When Aly Jacobs, a former morning radio host at D.C.’s country station, 98. 7 WMZQ-FM, and her husband, Matt Leydig, a commercial real estate
executive at EagleBank, were expecting
their first child in 2015, they decided to
move from the District’s U Street Corridor to Bethesda. ;ey wanted to be
closer to their work, Jacobs in Rockville
and Leydig in Bethesda. ;ey wanted a
larger home with a backyard. And they
wanted a family-friendly community
where they could raise their son, Sam,
who’s now 1½.
The couple found a teardown in
downtown Bethesda and began to plan
what Jacobs calls their “forever” home.
As architectural plans were being finalized and implemented by M.A. Builders
in Kensington, Bethesda-based interior designer Erica Burns managed the
selection of materials, helped design the
kitchen and bathrooms, and chose lighting, hardware and finishes.
The resulting six-bedroom, colo-nial-style home is befitting to the
neighborhood and features an open
floor plan, with more formal rooms in
the front and a great room in the back.
“I love the open feel of it,” Jacobs says.
“It’s such a comfortable home to raise a
family in. We’re together, but everyone
has their own space, too, whether a man
cave or playroom.” She adds, “Coming
from D.C., where Matt and I shared
a closet and sink, it feels really good
to have separate vanities and our own
closets in the master suite.”
“[;e couple] knew what they wanted
Other architectural features include
10-foot ceilings; dark brown, wide-plank
stained wood floors; and sliding glass
doors in the great room that open onto
a screened-in porch.
when it came to design,” Burns says.
“;ey both love to entertain, and host
family and friends. Matt is definitely