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Thousand Acres Home - In process

Thousand Acres Home - In process

We are nearing completion of another custom home on Deep Creek Lake in the Thousand Acres development in Swanton, MD.  The Homeowners will be settled in just in time for the Winter holidays and Ski Season!  This 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom custom home was designed by local Architect Phil Silkey, AIA.  The home includes a state of the art home automation system with security and incredible sound systems. It is also equipped with a golf simulator and billiard room. 

Front Entrance

Front Entrance

Beautiful Oak front doors

Beautiful Oak front doors

Kitchen features custom cabinetry, high end appliances, granite counter tops, and tile back splash 

Kitchen features custom cabinetry, high end appliances, granite counter tops, and tile back splash 

Kitchen bar lighting

Kitchen bar lighting

View of Deep Creek Lake from the back porch

View of Deep Creek Lake from the back porch

Can you get excited about these tile drains, because we are!

Can you get excited about these tile drains, because we are!

Oak bar top

Oak bar top

Glulam yellow pine timber stairs

Glulam yellow pine timber stairs

Wood mantel on lower level fireplace

Wood mantel on lower level fireplace

Looking through the great room windows from the loft

Looking through the great room windows from the loft

Passive House, Mountain Lake Park - Insulation

Passive House, Mountain Lake Park - Insulation

Earlier this summer we started construction on a Passive House in Mountain Lake Park. The home was designed for a local couple who have had their heart set on building a sustainable home for years.  The owners began working with Carri Beer, AIA, LEED AP, from Brennan and Company Architects, and Passive House consultant Michael Hindle. 

The Passive House has many energy efficient and sustainable details.  Below are some photos of the excavation, foundation, and footing insulation.  

The footings bear on a cellular glass insulation block called FOAMGLAS from Pittsburgh corning, and the under slab, interior and exterior of the footings have Roxul Rockboard mineral wool insulation. 

FOAMGLAS - Cellular glass insulation

FOAMGLAS - Cellular glass insulation

FOAMGLAS insulation

FOAMGLAS insulation

FOAMGLAS under footing insulation, with Mineral Wool Insulation on exterior side

FOAMGLAS under footing insulation, with Mineral Wool Insulation on exterior side

Exterior Insulation - Mineral Wool; Rub-R-Wall waterproofing on concrete block

Exterior Insulation - Mineral Wool; Rub-R-Wall waterproofing on concrete block

Exterior Insulation - Mineral Wool

Exterior Insulation - Mineral Wool

Contemporary Custom Home designed on Deep Creek Lake

This custom home, built on Laurel Lane near the Deep Creek Lake State Park, was designed by McInturff Architects.  This contemporary design strays from the traditional architecture that occupies the shorelines of Deep Creek Lake, and our builders were up for the challenge.  The typical Garrett County winters could be stressful on the flat roofs, so one has to be mindful of snow loads and water drainage, and this elegant design provided structure and drainage, ready for the harshest snow conditions. 

The abundance of glass lends itself perfectly to the stretch of lakefront that presents to the kitchen, dining, and living room. 

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This home features multiple energy efficient systems including an ICF Foundation (Insulated Concrete Forms), spray foam insulation, and a hybrid heating system from Carrier with Greenspeed intelligence.  This system integrates a heat pump recovery system with a gas furnace.  For example, when you set your thermostat to 70 degrees, the furnace kicks on, but once it gets to a certain temperature, maybe about 65, the heat pump recovery system takes over, and saves on your propane usage. 

We thoroughly enjoyed working with this design team, and we are humbled by this testimonial from the architect, Mark McInturff, FAIA:

"As architects ( or homeowners), when we build at a distance , it is important to select a builder who will always do the right thing- communicate well,  know when to ask questions, and execute a consistent level of craft that doesn't need watching over.

Gosnell is just that kind of builder. From preliminary planning to final punch list, they are a pleasure to work with and consummate professionals.

As a result, we don't need to be at the site every day to make it right. They are there, and it will be right."

North Camp - Healthy House

This custom home overlooks the slopes at Wisp Resort in Western Maryland, near Deep Creek Lake.   This ski-in, ski-out vacation home includes 6 bedrooms, 6.5 half baths, and a Guest Suite above the garage.  Featuring rustic barn wood siding and timber trusses above the great room, every material in this home was meticulously chosen with special regard to create a Healthy Home.  This Healthy Home included a geothermal heating system, AirKrete insulation, multiple air sealant applications, and triple pane windows to create an extremely energy efficient home.  

Gosnell Builders worked with a Healthy Home Consultant to be sure the design of the home followed specific guidelines.  Every material from the fiber glass rebar to the paint and caulk was specified in regards to its low VOCs and off gassing components.  We even worked with an electromagnetic field consultant to design special wiring to combat the electromagnetic radiation. 

Fiddler's Green - Deep Creek Lake

Fiddler's Green is a lakeside retreat on Deep Creek Lake, designed by local Architect Phil Silkey, AIA.  This home is the perfect retreat for family and friends relaxing for the weekend at Deep Creek Lake.  A contemporary cottage inspired by the Lake and boat houses of the late 19th century, this home fulfilled the owners need for a larger cottage with internal boat storage. Challenged with a narrow lot on Deep Creek Lake, a small footprint incorporates a first class energy package within a naturally finished Douglas fir timber structure, and features lakefront glass, stone fireplaces, a waterproof stone deck, and a stone faced bar.

This custom home includes an extremely energy efficient hybrid system from Carrier with their greenspeed technology.  The hybrid technology combines a propane furnace with a highly efficient heat pump.  We also incorporated under slab insulation, spray foam insulation, and tankless water heaters.  The home automation system monitors the energy use and controls other systems in the home as well. 

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Meadow Mountain Lane - Deep Creek Lake Custom Home

This lakeside rustic, timber frame construction features reclaimed chestnut barn beams, and a wealth of rich wood and natural stone finishes.  Designed by Lucas Associates Architects, this 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath custom home combines rustic sophistication with the comforts and amenities of new home construction – invoking the style and design sensibility of an Aspen lodge, built on the shores of Deep Creek Lake.  

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Bird Song - Ridgeview Valley

Bird Song, a Custom Home in Ridgeview Valley, was designed for an artist and retired NASA engineer.  Designed by Phil Silkey, AIA, and Gosnell Builders.  Bird Song has a great floor plan with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and an elegant loft space with a pull out for guests.  Gosnell's Designs for Ridgeview Valley focus on the rugged nature of Garrett County, with little maintenance, and the convenience of being in the heart of McHenry, without the property taxes and additional costs of being on Deep Creek Lake.

Golden Meadow - Ridgeview Valley

Golden Meadow is a 4 bedroom home, and was one of the first homes to be built in Ridgeview Valley.  Demonstrating that new home construction can seamlessly incorporate a tried and true design sense with the demands of modern living, this home celebrates a timeless farmhouse vernacular, while utilizing Geo-thermal technology and an efficient use of energy, material, and space – embodying affordable luxury. This house has numerous energy efficient applications including an ICF Foundation wall, under slab insulation, spray foam insulation, a tankless water heater, and of course Geo-thermal heating and cooling.