Parc Somerset Client Review

When we decided to renovate our 18-year old condominium in the Parc Somerset complex, we consulted our NYC interior designer (with whom we have worked for 11 years) and together we interviewed four local contractors. After an exhaustive day of interviews, it was a unanimous decision for all of us that Jeffco Development was far and away the most impressive. Jeff Robins was so interested, listened intently, did not have a superior attitude, took notes on our wishes and budget, and advised us about what was feasible. Within 4 business days, we had a proposal for a work contract from Jeffco Development.

We then discovered that we needed a certificate of liability insurance from our homeowners insurance to cover the project. When our homeowners company wanted to charge us an exorbitant amount of money, Jeff Robins found a way for us to link it into his business coverage and saved us.

Our project included the following: kitchen renovation with new appliances, new lighting throughout, complete floor renovations (removal of marble from the foyer, tile from the kitchen, carpet from the hallways and bedrooms, with installation of hard wood floors throughout), fireplace renovation, complete renovation of the guest bathroom and level 5 painting throughout. There were things that exceeded our budget e.g. master bath and master bedroom closet –but I will put them on a list for future projects with Jeffco. Shaun Aschenbach was the project manager and he would routinely accept deliveries for appliances, and all of the materials being shipped from NYC e.g. light fixtures, flooring, carpeting, cabinet and door hardware, wallpaper and installing them as they arrived.

Our condominium managers were incredibly impressed with Jeffco Development for their attention to detail, their prompt delivery of required documentation and how polite everyone on the Jeffco team was to the staff. Each day, the Jeffco team had to install plastic covering to protect the rugs between the elevator and our condo before the work of the day even started.

The job is completed. We are thrilled with the results and one of the nicest experiences I’ve ever had. The job was done to perfection and within the proposed budget. In addition, Jeff Robins adds the special touches. With every invoice, the concluding sentence is “respectively yours”. What an impressive mission statement! Jeffco also left us a bottle of wine as a thank you. Who could ask for more? We are so grateful to have had them on our project.

Nancy Richert
Chevy Chase MD
Sept 13,2016

Jeffco Development Completes Renovation of Historic Canal Street Mule House

We’re extremely excited that the renovation of the historic Canal Street “Mule House” is complete – with stunning results.

We started this amazing project last summer when approached by Mule House LLC.  The owner Alex Alperstein who bought the property in 2014 wanted the existing structure gutted and completely renovated. That included a tear down of the dilapidated addition on the back of the house and the addition of a new, two-story addition on the rear of the row house.

The Mu3069_CanalStreet_NW028_le House has been a historic mainstay in the Washington, D.C., area since in the mid-1800s.  As the story goes, the C&O Canal barge would haul limestone, coal, whiskey, wood, sand and flours and even munitions between Ohio and Washington, D.C. Mules would pull the barge up and down the canal. The house was where the mules apparently lived. The National Park Service had been maintaining the barge and used it as a tourist attraction until a few years ago. The so-called Mule House fell into disrepair.

It was important to find ways to artfully blend the old sensibilities of the Georgetown structure with the new design. We worked in collaboration with Christian ZAPATKA architects who took the lead in designing the space. We held weekly meetings with the owners to review design and construction details.

We knew a home like this has to be a well thought out project. Once we took out what we needed to, we evaluated 3069_CanalStreet_NW006_the materials we had and wanted to see how we could reincorporate them into the Mule house renovation.

The front facade needed to be cleaned up. We did this without ruining the style, charm and grace of Canal Street. The interiors were in extremely bad shape. We preserved what we could of the existing structure and used as much of the materials – wood, brick, stone- to keep let people know the age of the house, but still gave a modern and fresh feel to the home.

All of the wood beams you see come from the house. The oak hewn beams were taken out of various parts of the house during demolition. We were able to clean them up by sanding and wire brushing them.

3069_CanalStreet_NW014_The windows on the front of the home were refurbished. We also took the necessary steps to make sure all of the mechanical electrical plumbing (MEP) of the house were new and installed properly. We want people to feel the history and age of the structure without sacrificing the functionality and efficiency of a new home.

One of the most interesting design features is the exposed granite wall that transitions to brick. You don’t see this very often. We installed lights in the floor that accent this feature, making for a very dramatic entrance.

A key aspect of renovating properties with historical significance is trying to maintain the beauty and historical value of the neighborhood. The neighbors were a great part of this project. They were so happy this property was being redeveloped. It was in such bad shape and poorly maintained.3069_CanalStreet_NW005_

By us coming in and cleaning Mule House up not only made the neighbors happy but will also be a beginning step to revitalize the canal. The homeowner sought out every neighbor to keep them informed on our project and progress. Jeffco was always happy to walk them through to see the progress. The neighbors are happy to see the property enjoyed by someone and not left in disarray.

This property was featured in Curbed DC. Click here to view the article.

Interested in learning more about the Canal Street project? Read Urban Turf’s article.

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