The Owner's Bath with Free-standing Tub and Steam Shower in a Gulick | One home on Innsbruck Avenue. © Hoachlander-Davis Photography. All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission.

Free-Standing Bathtubs

September 27, 2018

A free-standing bathtub is a stunning focal-point, particularly in an owner’s bathroom. Available in myriad shapes and sizes, they come at many price points and in every finish —from acrylic and cast iron, to copper, solid-surface composites, and wood—with styles to complement any décor. Despite matchless aesthetic appeal, there are a few practical considerations: Select […]

An example of a contemporary farmhouse home.

Trending Home Styles: The Contemporary Farmhouse

September 24, 2018

Homeowners are increasingly drawn to an exterior style that is popularly known as “contemporary farmhouse”. In some areas, it is overtaking traditional manor homes and replacing the craftsman style that’s been popular for a decade among buyers in close-in suburbs. While “contemporary farmhouse” is not a strictly architectural term, it is easily identified and characterized […]

Large format tile in the dramatic Foyer in a Gulick | One custom home.

LIFE | STYLE: August 2018

August 31, 2018

The end of summer is upon us, and we at Gulick Group are excited for some cooler weather and to get started with construction in our new Summer Creek community. Maintenance reminders for the fall season: keep your gutters clear and recaulk your windows and doors to avoid water penetration issues that can develop in […]

The large format tile in the dramatic foyer of a Gulick | One custom home.

Large Format Tile: Plan Early for Ideal Installation and Lasting Beauty

August 29, 2018

Large ceramic, porcelain, and stone tiles (18” or larger on a side) are increasingly popular for baths, foyers, and kitchens. With fewer grout lines, they are dramatic and can visually enlarge a space. Large format tile requires special handling because larger tiles are vulnerable to cracking if there is any flexing or torsion of the […]

Winthrop Manor - Alternate Elevation

Design Your Home from the Inside Out

August 25, 2018

A home’s appearance, exterior style, and curb appeal are extremely important – so it may seem logical to design the exterior first as you plan your custom or semi-custom home… but that approach can constrain your floorplan and the function of your home, may result in a disconnect between interior and exterior style, and is […]

LIFE | STYLE: July 2018

July 31, 2018

Welcome to LIFE|STYLE, a new monthly newsletter created to provide Gulick Group clients, realtors, and prospective purchasers with useful information, explore new and emerging style trends and preview Gulick Group’s newest offerings and home designs. LIFE|STYLE is a digital newsletter in the spirit of “Details”, our popular printed piece from the days of postal-only communication. […]

A custom Pool, with spa, outdoor living space, and Lanai on a Gulick | One home in Great Falls. ©Hoachlander Davis Photography

Taking the Plunge: Tips for Pool Planning

July 25, 2018

When you choose the best options for your home and family, a pool can be an investment that delivers years of enjoyment and helps you get the best use of the outdoor space on your homesite. Decision 1: Now or Later Many homebuyers view a pool as a “phase two” amenity. That’s an option for […]

A beautiful quartz countertop on a walk-behind wet bar at Summer Creek.

Quartz Countertops

July 15, 2018

Quartz is rapidly outpacing granite, marble, and other natural stone as the high-end countertop of choice for baths and kitchens. Quartz is engineered from a blend of ground quartz, polyester resin, pigments and other decorative elements (like recycled glass or metallic flakes). It beautifully mimics natural stone for traditional decor, but is available in a […]

A marketing blueprint for Gulick | One.

Understanding “Custom” Homes

June 28, 2018

The definition of “custom” depends partly on point of view. In the purest terms, a custom home is one-of-a-kind, designed for a specific client and a specific location. The buyer works with a builder and an architect to specify every element of design. Some people think of non-custom homes as cookie-cutter, or offering very limited […]

This is a rendering of a custom lot layout done for a homesite in the Reserve in McLean.

5 Tips for Selecting the Right Homesite for Your New Home

May 16, 2018

What Goes into a Site Study? 1 Physical exploration of the site, including land survey, soil studies, topography, grade/slope drainage, etc. 2 Verification of utilities availability, and/or ability to support a septic system and well. 3 Research into any zoning, land use, or environmental restrictions (such as presence of protected species or habitats) and whether […]