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MBIA 2021 Award-Winning Homes

We were honored to receive three Gold Awards at the annual MBIA Custom Builder Awards. Take a look at our award-winning homes!

Bradley Boulevard | Bethesda, MD

Gold Award | Custom Contemporary Home

Sandy Spring Builders was tasked to build a clean line contemporary home on busy Bradley Boulevard in Bethesda. The home provides a very modern styled front façade with beautifully cut dry-stacked stone, large glass-faced stair tower, wood accents and a beautiful wide plank metal roof. The 4-car garage is subtly blended in with contemporary garage doors. The scale of the home is perfect for the two-acre lot and large frontage on this main road. You enter the home through a very substantial custom-made door into a dramatic two-story space with a long suspended bridge above defining the space between the Foyer and the Great Room/Dining Room. The view as you look into that room is a spectacular 20’ high wall of glass in the rear looking out at the pool in the background, all in axis with the entry. This is just a stunning beautiful open space that has incredibly custom details. The kitchen and all cabinets and build-in are very smooth and custom made but have a warm feeling from the wood. The lower level has a fantastic bar/entertainment area with a glass enclosed wine cellar. Also, in the lower level there is a Peloton exercise room, a golf simulator, and a room where the owner teaches zoom Jazzercise classes. The result is an unbelievable contemporary structure with a first-floor Owner’s suite, secluded second floor guest suite, open floor plan and a perfect home for entertaining. The backyard entertaining area has a screen porch with separate powder room, and the pool also features a spa area. The craftsmanship and attention to every detail is evident throughout this stunning contemporary home.


Moorland Home | Bethesda, MD

Gold Award | Custom Traditional Home

This Bethesda home, designed by GTM Architects and built by Sandy Spring Builders, is in the sought-after Edgemoor neighborhood and was designed for comfortable living for a family of six. The house plays on a “black and white” theme and color palette, both inside and out. The traditional hipped roof exterior massing of the house includes tall black glass windows set against white brick facades, accented by a beautiful precast front entry with a solid stained mahogany front door. A detached 2-car garage with low roof line is in the rear of the house, where it is less noticeable and also serves to create a more private rear yard. Great attention was paid to manipulating the rear yard grades with the addition of concrete retaining walls on 3 sides, allowing for a near-level yard and tall landscape screening against nearby neighbors’ houses. Inside, the black-and-white theme continues with thoughtful, contemporary finishes and brass accents throughout. 9-foot-tall glass windows and doors throughout the entire first floor allow ample light to shine upon the simple, elegant interior trim details and strategic panel molding accents on walls and ceilings. A large rear screened porch with a retracting vinyl window system and gas fireplace allows for this indoor/outdoor space to be used year-round. Custom high-gloss black finished walls and cabinetry in the Butler’s Pantry with antiqued mirror contrast with the clean, white and brass kitchen that is directly adjacent. Other highlights include a golf simulator and polished concrete floors in the basement, and a bunk room on the second floor for young guests.


Woodford Home | Potomac, MD

Gold Award | Custom Home Renovation

In 2009, Sandy Spring Builders built a Guest/Pool House/Pool and Gardens for a homeowner on an adjacent lot to their home that had been built in the mid-1990’s. In 2020 the Guest/Pool House/Gardens lot was purchased separately from the main house by an empty nester couple wanting to add and renovate the Guest House and make it their home. The original building was styled like a Tuscan Villa and had stunning architecture and now mature gardens. Sandy Spring Builders and GTM Architects were tasked with the challenge of adding to the existing building without altering the style to make it look like it was all built at the same time. The results are absolutely amazing. The outdoor pergola and outdoor fireplace are now a magnificent great room. New wood was stained to match the existing. Existing doors were relocated and reused so that all custom doors would match from the exterior. A small pool house kitchen was reconfigured and completely renovated into a kitchen worthy of any custom home built. The result is a two-car garage, three bedroom, three bathroom home with a great room, cozy den and a magnificent master suite. The new building is simply a stunning Tuscan Styled Custom Home nestled between magnificent gardens. New and old spaces are integrated seamlessly. When in the space you are transported elsewhere and do not feel like you are in the middle of Potomac, Maryland. This was a renovation of an already beautiful accessory building project, turned into a forever home – all done by the same builder.


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