Hopkins & Porter Construction, Inc Uses Creative Solution to Solve Garrett Park Zoning Conundrum

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Maryland-based home improvement and construction company manages to find ways around client's unique zoning issues. By working within existing zoning laws, the homeowner's needs are met without having to go through a lengthy county variance process.

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This creative solution to our client's zoning issue allowed us to accomplish a number of things. The big thing is we got the job done in a more timely fashion and left her feeling satisfied.

Hopkins & Porter Construction, Inc, a full service home improvement and construction firm based in Potomac, is pleased to announce the completion of one of its most challenging projects this year. A client in Garrett Park approached Hopkins & Porter Construction, Inc with the task of doubling the size of her home. That task was something that Guy Semmes, President of Hopkins & Porter Construction, Inc, felt his company could handle without issue, given the firm's 37 years of experience.

As the project progressed, it became clear that the home's zoning would not allow Hopkins & Porter Construction, Inc to complete the project without getting creative. To get around this zoning restriction that involved an easement on the property reserved for the town of Garrett Park to build a bridge that was never completed, the Hopkins & Porter Construction, Inc team came up with the solution of building a new hidden entrance for the home, kept private by planters and covered storage. The entrance opens into a foyer that leads to the home's new kitchen.

Without the workaround, Hopkins & Porter Construction, Inc would have had to request a variance to go outside of the property's zoning setback, under municipality rules. A response to the variance request could have taken anywhere from six to seven months, with no guarantee that the it would be approved.

Hopkins & Porter Construction, Inc's solution is one which the company's president is extremely proud of.

"This creative solution to our client's zoning issue allowed us to accomplish a number of things. The big thing is we got the job done in a more timely fashion and left her feeling satisfied," Semmes says.

"Beyond avoiding what would have been a lengthy zoning issue, we preserved the view of he house from the street. This home is one of the original Chevy homes. During the Depression the builder put a Chevy in each garage to make the home more attractive to potential buyers. We wanted to preserve the garage, and by going with this option, we were able to do that. Both our client and my team are thrilled with the outcome."

About Hopkins & Porter Construction, Inc
Hopkins & Porter Construction, Inc builds custom homes, additions and renovations throughout the Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, DC areas. Their team of experienced architects create quality living spaces for affordable prices. To learn more, visit http://www.hopkinsandporter.com.

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