After nearly twenty years, we have moved from our Reed Street office to
8 East Federal Street in the historic district of Middleburg.
Parking in Middleburg can be challenging but there are plenty of spaces available in the Liberty Street Public Parking lot directly behind our office. From there you can access our side entrance quite easily.
Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm.
Stop in and visit. You don’t need a project to call on us!
After nearly twenty years, we have moved from our Reed Street office to
Mike Wren, lead carpenter and foreman with Maidstone Construction since 1983, died April 25, two weeks after suffering a heart attack. He was 59. He passed away with his wife Bonnie, his daughter Erin, her husband Jeremy and son Dexter, and his extended family at his side.
Brad and Mike first worked together in 1981 in McLean for Brad’s northern Virginia based commercial construction company. When Brad and Jim Hackman formed Maidstone Construction in 1983, they reached out to Mike, already a highly skilled carpenter. To their great good fortune, he agreed to join the company as their first employee.
During his 32 years with Maidstone, Mike made countless friends and gained innumerable admirers. Mike touched many lives – not only through our business community and our clients, but with the town and his family and his friends.
Mike wore many hats with Maidstone Construction. In addition to lead carpenter and supervisory duties, Mike was an excellent finish carpenter, cabinetmaker, furniture maker, auto mechanic, small engine repairer – you name it, he could do it. He enjoyed photographing nature and wildlife and especially trains. Many of his works are featured on our website.
Beneath that slow talking deadpan demeanor was a sharp wit, thoughtful observer, and wonderful family man. No one was more loyal, more dependable, or more honest. Mike was a man with not a sliver of conceit or arrogance and who never sought praise.
Mike will be missed by all.
Maidstone Construction has developed a taste for wine – cellars, that is! Over the years we have enjoyed working with our clients to create great spaces that will allow them to fully enjoy their wine collections. No space is too small to fit in a few racks customized to your bottle sizes – whether the large volume formats, or splits and wood cases. It is important to consider all the design elements in a room of this type – from the entry door or gate to the ceiling, wall and floor finishes.
In this narrow cellar, a tasting counter and bar area were designed to showcase the wood crates of our client’s favorite brands. Our carpenter carefully fitted and shimmed the pieces of crates to a smooth surface, banding the edges with a custom rustic hammered iron nosing.
The rack designs included dramatic diamond-pattern storage as well as efficient and practical square box shelving. All were custom built by Maidstone’s carpenters using birch plywood and finished in a “Deep Red” Benjamin Moore semi-gloss latex paint.
As most of us know, wine is preserved, or aged to its fullest potential, only in optimal environments. This particular cellar utilizes a Mitsubishi inverter heat pump with delivery from a high wall air handler concealed behind a custom wood grill. Humidity levels are controlled by a “Wine Guardian Freestanding Humidification System” from www.WineRacksAmerica.com.
Another design element critical to the striking appearance of this wine cellar is the flooring provided by Carlisle Wide Plank Floors of Stoddard, NH, http://www.wideplankflooring.com . “Old Growth Engineered Walnut”, prefinished with Carlisle Amber Satin Finish, is a beautiful complement to the rich red cabinets. And to help you find just the bottle you’re looking for, we suggest wine bottle tags, available online at http://www.wineenthusiast.com/.
Wine Cellars don’t really have to be below ground! Recently our clients wanted to showcase their collection and have convenient access from the nearby dining room. Maidstone created an intimate but welcoming space using custom iron gates, a Sienna flagstone floor, and native fieldstone veneer walls, creating a distinct old world ambience. Iron provided by Iron Masters of Frederick, MD.
The Viking “Tri-Zone” Wine Cellar cooler holds 150 bottles and comes with a door alarm and lock. The custom cabinets are Maple Ridge Cabinetry in rustic alder, provided by WaterStone Kitchen and Bath.
Maidstone’s talented carpenters built the diamond-style storage from rustic barn boards to fit into the arched openings. Antique reclaimed oak beams help to create a warm and cozy mood as reflected throughout this Tuscan-inspired home.
Contact us today to see how Maidstone can help you realize your own distinctive wine cellar.
…with an outdoor kitchen like this one, that is!
Our clients have a fabulous site and have designed outdoor living spaces around their new home to take advantage of all the beautiful panoramic views.
The outdoor kitchen shown here was designed by Metes and Bounds Landscape Design of Upperville, VA, http://www.mbldonline.com/about.html . The suite of Lynx outdoor kitchen appliances includes a 54” Built-In Gas Grill and accessories, a Built-In Double Side Burner, a 30” Built-In Outdoor Warming Drawer, a 24” Outdoor Double Drawer Refrigerator, and a Stainless Steel Slide-Out Outdoor Trash and Recycle Center, all available at Appliance Builders Wholesalers, http://www.abwappliances.com/ .
The native field stone and double laminated marble counter top will afford low maintenance and long lasting appeal in this customized outdoor living space. Additional dining options are available in the adjacent screened porch, fitted with a rustic wood fueled fireplace for everyone’s comfort on a chilly evening. Maidstone has the expertise to build exceptional outdoor kitchens and living spaces. Get in touch with us today to talk about your design ideas.
In an area where colonial home styles rule, we do not build many houses with clay tile roofing. Though tile roofing is more common in Florida, the southwestern US and other tropical habitats, tile can be elegantly incorporated into a home in the Virginia countryside.
These photos show one of our recent projects, a Tuscan-style home, using a blend of two Spanish Tile colors by Ludowici Roof Tile of Lexington, Ohio, installed by Clarke County Roofing and Guttering of Berryville, VA.
Through the Marvin push out casement window you can see the clay tile roofing, copper guttering and copper flashing. Also visible is the native fieldstone veneer and timber headers. Look carefully and you will see randomly placed “boosted” tiles – tiles mortared with intentional carelessness simulating generations-old “repairs” to broken tiles as it would have been done “in the day”.
There are pros and cons to including a clay tile roof in your new or renovated house plans. They will last longer than most other roofs – seventy-five years and more – and they are fireproof and resistant to weather’s debilitating effects. The weight of tile roofing will require a significantly strengthened structural roof frame, and venting – a must in our mid-Atlantic climate – requires non-standard techniques planned in advance of construction. Tile roofs are also fragile so repairs and maintenance should only be done by professionals.
For over 30 years Maidstone has successfully helped to engineer all types of roofs and gutters and can help you achieve the roofing look you want for your new home or renovation.
Maidstone Construction has been creating elegant, livable homes in the Loudoun, Fauquier, Clarke and Rappahannock Counties in the Virginia Piedmont for over 30 years. Over that time we have built an unmatched reputation for quality, expertise, integrity and customer satisfaction.
If you are planning to build a new home or addition, or if you are considering a remodeling project, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you!