mirror with an
console in the
foyer. The front
door pops in
works well with
ocation meant everything to
Roanna and Michael Kessler.
;at’s why, despite knowing
they’d eventually have to remodel
or rebuild to accommodate their
growing family, the couple bought
a dated, dark and small rambler in
Chevy Chase West near Norwood
Park in 2013. Now, the Kesslers
have three boys: Henry, 7, Noah, 3,
and Leo, born earlier this year.
“We chose this area for its
walkability and to be close to my
family,” says Roanna, who grew up
in Fairfax, Virginia, after an early
childhood in Queens, New York.
She and Michael—both doctors—
met in New York City during their
“;e final straw came when the
basement flooded for the second
time,” Roanna says of the rambler.
“We had to take out the old carpet
and found mold under it. ;at got
us to pull the trigger. We decided to
tear down and build a new house.”
In 2016, the Kesslers retained
Builders, partly because it’s a one-stop design-build firm and partly
because they were familiar with
the company’s work through
friends. They wanted to build a
Craftsman-style house on their lot.
;e Kesslers moved to an apartment
at nearby Wisconsin Place until the
house was completed in 2017. E X