Project Description

Project Overview

This recent project had us based in horse country for about a year in Sparks, Maryland. Our clients purchased a small farmlet, tucked far off of any main road, amidst rolling pastures and woodlands, with the goal of transforming their large 1870’s farmhouse into a warm, livable family home to be enjoyed by many for years to come.

The house had not benefited from any significant attention in almost 30 years, so when we got to the scene, the client’s “to-do” list was significant. There were places on the third floor where you could see patches of sky through compromised areas of the roof and ceiling. In parts of the house, vines were growing through windows into the interior. The basement stairs were ready to collapse and the kitchen had at some point been taken over by something other than humans.

We worked closely with the family to identify what the priorities were for moving into the house and over the course of a year, transformed this run down, uninhabitable vintage property into a beautiful, spacious welcoming home whose sensitive updates allow for a full house any time!

The scope of work included replacing the entire roof, shoring up the basement and house foundation, insulating the entire house, gutting the kitchen, painting the entire exterior and interior of the house, introducing a new hvac system to the second and third floors, renovating the ground floor powder room and third floor bathroom, siding the entire exterior, adding new doors and windows where needed, updating the porch, updates to the master bath, renovating the butler’s pantry/wet bar and adding a pantry addition to the ground floor.

“We cannot say enough about the building experience we had with Smithouse. If you can believe it, they made a large construction project “fun.” Their sensitivity to budget, solution- mindedness, responsiveness and “nothing is ever a crisis” attitude made for a building experience that we would do over and over again. They have been out of our home for over a year and even though we are thoroughly enjoying our newly renovated space every day, we still on occasion wish we would come home to find Smithouse trucks in our driveway!”


  • Roof replacement
  • Kitchen redesign and renovation
  • Pantry addition
  • Reinforced basement, new stairwell
  • Entire house insulation
  • HVAC installation on 2nd and 3rd floors
  • Ground floor powder room renovation
  • Window replacement
  • Exterior siding
  • All interior and exterior painting
  • Third floor bathroom renovation
  • Entire home sealing
  • Master bathroom updates
  • New lighting and electrical upgrades
  • First floor design updates


  • JP Pototschnik
  • Mike Cox



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