When we take on a new custom home project at Sandy Spring Builders, it’s not just about building another house. We build homes for real people, and that is how we approach each project – who is our client, what are their goals for the home, how do they like to live? We have built many homes for our friends; and more often than not, our clients become our friends too! One of our favorite “real people” stories is about a home we built in Bethesda a few years ago. Neil and Kara fell in love with a beautiful 20,000 sf lot we had with mature trees and plenty of room to accommodate the home they envisioned and a large yard for their 3 children – Jack, Quinlan, and Gibson. They worked with us to design and build their dream home – a traditional four-square home with a large covered front porch where they could relax in their rocking chairs. The home looked like it had been built at the turn of the century and fit beautifully in the neighborhood. The first floor had an open Family Room, Kitchen, and Breakfast Area with a well-planned Mud Room and Pantry with a Kid’s Powder Room behind the garage. What made building for this family even more special was that a dozen years earlier, Kara had been the 3rd grade teacher of one of the SSB owner’s kids – and now she and her family are part of the SSB family! She said that one day she dreamed of having a home built by SSB. Building a dream home for Neil, Kara, Jack, Quinlan, and Gibson was truly a labor of love. And the kids always enjoy visiting their construction team when they see them on projects in the neighborhood. That’s what building homes for real people is all about, and that’s why we love what we do.


Our featured home is located in the Edgemoor neighborhood of Bethesda. Edgemoor’s exceptional reputation is only part of what residents say is special about the neighborhood, just west of downtown Bethesda. Edgemoor is within walking distance of the restaurants and shops of Bethesda Row and surrounds, and offers a short commute to downtown Washington and Northern Virginia. The Bethesda Metro station is also in walking distance, and a bustling social life is available through the Edge­moor Club, a private swim and tennis club, and the Edgemoor Citizens Association, which sponsors events throughout the year. Edgemoor was established in the early 1900s and has always drawn its identity from its proximity to downtown Bethesda, according to the Edgemoor Citizens Association. But residents say it wasn’t until the past decade or so, when downtown Bethesda grew into the bustling center of commerce and nightlife that it is today, that the neighborhood acquired its “panache”. Sandy Spring Builders has had the unique distinction of building more new homes and renovations than any other builder in the area. And we are proud sponsors of the Edgemoor 5K race.