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The Huntington

Tucked in a quiet wooded community in eastern Frederick County, MD, this charming Craftsman Revival is rich with period detailing both on the exterior and the interior while remaining maintenance free on the outside with modern materials and treatments. The wrap around front porch is full depth and meant for sitting and visiting. Finished on all three levels and out over the garage, there is no wasted space (or energy). An oversized three car garage was his dream. Hers is the large owner’s suite at over 44 feet from end to end. Boasting sensible features like closed cell foam insulation, electric car charging, and dual fuel heating, it’s an incredible value, look and use of space.

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This glorious estate home is to be situated on nearly five acres of Frederick County’s finest rolling hills and green pastures. With two double garages and a tear-drop circle driveway, residents and guests alike will find ample parking as they come to be entertained on the rear veranda and take a dip in the pool. Twin foyer circular stairs rise to the ten-foot first floor ceilings in the Southern tradition. Home offices for telecommuting facilitate working in the new economy. A large open floorplan allows for entertaining large groups, but if the meal isn’t ready, it’s OK; the kitchen seats eight guests. The owner’s secluded veranda off the bedroom allows for a private retreat when peace and quiet are the order of the day or night.

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Paxton-frontPaxton-backThe Paxton

This fully custom home, situated among the wooded slopes of Middletown Maryland, is a true to form Mid-Atlantic Craftsman style home with mixed textures and colors and detailing on the exterior, yet all maintenance free. Two large porches allow for smooth transitions from outdoor to indoor living. The largest porch, at 840 square feet, is planned for dining, relaxing, and entertaining with 180 degree views of the surrounding landscape. Inside the kitchen, the dining room, family room with high ceiling, and foyer all flow seamlessly into each other through the use of flush beams and hidden supports. Home offices for both owners facilitate home based businesses and telework. The three car detached garage provides a stately look and a workshop for him that’s away from the home.

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drake-1drake-2The Drakensburg

This fabulous house overlooks Lake Linganore in New Market, MD. A grand state room looks towards the water, as well as the kitchen and master suite. The exposed beams, planked walls, and stone accents add depth, value and visual interest. Features include live-edge woodwork and several locally made treats by a young local carpenter. Please take note of the detailing around the home; this is typical for us. We enjoy them! A geothermal system drives this home, as well as closed cell foam walls and high density fiberglass batts.

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Peacehaven is a 2,000 square foot bungalow situated in the woods, just above the water’s edge. A mixture of natural colors and textures on the exterior adds visual interest and blends well with the natural surroundings. A large deck and a screened in porch makes outdoor living a breeze. The open plan has all common living spaces oriented over the water. The Craftsman look is carried from outside to inside with large flat moldings and five panel doors. The owners enjoy hanging barn doors on steel rails and pocket doors that slide right of the way.

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Patapsco II

This home is based on one of our popular models from the Plan Gallery. Sporting the design and detailing of the Craftsman period in American Architecture, this home also offers the energy efficiency and interior space planning that are prerequisites for a smart home today. A large open floorplan from kitchen to fireplace is central. The dining room/flex space and foyer are all equally incorporated into the living space. There is a grand fireplace with exposed antique rough hewn timber accents. Upstairs there are three bedrooms as well as baths. An over-the-garage-suite is perfect for in-laws or a second master suite.

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This near 3000 square foot home consumes about as much power as a small automobile. Utilizing closed cell foam insulation, geo-thermal heating, and other hybrid technologies the owners will have utility bills just a small fraction of that paid by others.  The finishes are a mixture of timeless shapes and proportions and ultra modern. Exterior shell materials are hardy and strong and maintenance free. Outdoor living spaces are robust and inviting with over 150 square feet of screened covered porch, an outdoor fireplace, a detached garage, and more.

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Spree 1 Spree 2The Spree

This home is a classic revival of the Colonial Era. Twin gables to show status, tall and proud architecture shows firmness of place. This classic Maryland design is reminiscent of ageless construction. Behind the traditional walls is an open floorplan to die for. No walls or beams segregate the first floor; a single open space. Real social networking is unlimited. The bedroom level features a master suite with a private balcony overlooking the water and bedrooms overlooking the road. There are fireplaces in the family space as well as the master space. Trim and millwork to an excess abound. Arched bay windows for reading and reflection, flip top benches for book storage, and a hidden passage to attic storage are among the secrets this home boasts.

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Exterior_Front-1 Master_Bedroom_DeckThe Patapsco

This fully custom designed home is inspired by the Craftsman movement of the early 20th century. This 2,900 square foot plan boasts four bedrooms and three baths, with a large master suite on the main level. There is a rear deck of over 700 square feet and an au-pair suite over the garage. The full front porch welcomes guests while the rear of the home and yard provide quiet waterfront enjoyment!

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0006HDR 0011HDRThe Foxcroft

This stately home, on one of the steepest lakefront lots in the Lake Linganore Community is a show home, hands down. With more than 80% of the exterior constructed with brick and stone, there is little exterior maintenance. The rest of the house is maintenance-free for a lifetime! Gentle colonial era arches and roof design lend themselves to graceful yet sturdy construction.  The interior of the Foxcroft is an open plan with generous living spaces, a work-from-home office, as well as a formal entertaining area and a glorious master suite. Steps to the lake for kayaking and boating, along with an outdoor fire-pit, finish the design.

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The Cumberland front The Cumberland -back The Cumberland

The Cumberland is a plan furnished by C.E. Rensberger & Family and customized by our client. On the exterior we see charming Craftsman period elements from corbels to shake siding and a period garage door styled after a carriage house door from the early 20th century. Inside there are three full bedrooms with a master suite on the main level. There is a spacious family room-kitchen-nook area with a real woodburning fireplace that is completely open to the private rear of the home. Social gatherings will transition smoothly from inside to outside and back again via multiple glass filled french doors. By utilizing the lay of the land and a smartly placed low retaining wall in the rear, the clients will enjoy a private back yard experience, screened by a large tree-save area farther back. For future growth planned by the family, we are utilizing attic trusses to create a large but unfinished attic space.

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The Abington

The simple, but attractive tradition of the Craftsman movement of the 1920’s and 30’s is alive and well in Frederick County, MD. This front elevation was first drawn by our client on tissue paper and C.E. Rensberger brought it to life. This home boasts an energy efficient shell, open floorplan, spacious mudroom, and much more. But the interior colors and finishes are in keeping with it’s Craftsman exterior, including details down to the smallest molding.

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2016-1-21-15-57-15-00030055Jackson II

Proudly sitting atop a hill and at the end of the road, the Jackson II mountain and water views are stunning. This Craftsman inspired home has various colors and textures of material adorning the exterior to create visual interest, and all maintenance free of course. There is a massive deck with observation platform and ample other private outdoor living spaces. This truly open plan has a rear first floor room 37′ wide! Social engagements will flow seamlessly from inside to outside and back again. This home is smartly planned and has several less obvious features such as an electric car charging station in the garage and a home office with a bathroom. The mudroom is the size of a bedroom – now that’s smart!”

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The Asbury is a classic mid-Maryland style Colonial Revival home that started as a plan of CE Rensberger’s but has been revamped to suit the Owner’s family, lifestyle, and particular needs for now and in the future.  While blending in well with the community the interior is totally suited for this family.  There is no dining room, rather a home office for telecommuting.  The rear of the home is a completely open plan with a single space 36 feet wide by 17 feet deep that includes a kitchen area, dining space, and family room with fireplace.  There is an oversized laundry/mudroom.  The garage is oversized with an extra deep bay not visible from the street.  Outdoor living is a premium, and for this Owner we have utilized a long low retaining wall to limit tree-clearing and to create a ‘seat-wall.’  A large shaded patio immediately behind the home invites social gatherings to flow in and out of the home.  An outdoor shower suits the kids back from the beach and the dogs too.

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The Seneca

This fully custom home came to C.E. Rensberger & Family from our client. They drew it themselves—their “Dream Home”. We happily accepted the drawings and with but a few changes to meet current codes and/or improve buildability, construction began.  Situated in the wooded hills of New Market, MD, this 2,000 square foot plus lake home bungalow fits the land. Drawn with the sloped lot/land in mind, outdoor living spaces are private through the creative use of retaining walls. Water views from the deck and inside are spectacular.

C.E. Rensberger & Family’s standard upgrades like a woodburning fireplace, hardwood and ceramic floors throughout, upgraded windows and doors, stainless steel appliances, stone countertops, and extensive trim and moldings are included.

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0006HDR0062HDRThe Jackson

Inspired by the Craftsman movement after the end of Victoria’s rein, this plain style is fancy by today’s standards. Textured shingles and shake, complimented by brackets and corbels and a metal accented roof is true to style. Outdoor/transitional living is brought to life with a composite deck in historic color, fruit trees, shade trees, and a morning room full of glass. On the inside there is a wide open floorplan that supports modern social more’s and contemporary living style. The rear of the home is one room, 38 feet long from kitchen to fireplace. The Jackson has a mudroom of over 140 feet square, and a full bath on the first floor, with a home office nearby. Upstairs there is a four bedroom layout with a trayed ceiling in the master bedroom and spacious closets and bath.

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Ranier1 Ranier2The Ranier

Situated in New Market, Maryland, this finished over 2,800 square foot model designed by Frank Lolli is inspired by architecture from the Pacific Northwest. This home features a huge, open kitchen two-story family room, with a two-sided fireplace, four bedrooms, four baths, 12’ garage ceilings, a stunning front balcony, and much more.

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6882Woodrise-1043The Greenbrier

This full custom rancher has a number of hidden treasures. Among them are fireplaces at both levels, a completely separate dwelling area in the basement, full walk-out basement doors and windows, and a master suite on the main level 35′ long at it’s greatest point. There is an open floorplan that flows uninterrupted from the kitchen through to a family room and a foyer/ reception area amply sized. The basement has a full garage bay for drive-in golf cart storage!

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The Bennett

This home has been custom designed to be adorned with Craftsman elements both inside and out, to include the brackets and corbels of the 1920’s and 30’s on the front and sides, and a wrap around porch. The inside will boast period doors and millwork as well. The floorplan remains open and airy with completely modern conveniences and an energy efficient design. A stunning master bath is also included (designed by our client!).





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This 1990’s production home was built with a traditional dining room off the foyer; the dining room being separated from the kitchen. CE Rensberger & Family removed the dividing wall, adjusted the HVAC system, corrected some latent construction defects, and worked closely with the owners on their final selections. The result is a huge 24’ x 13’ eat-in kitchen with ample storage, an island, fabulous new appliances and more. Let entertaining in the 21st Century begin!





The Sugarloaf

Situated in New Market, Maryland this finished 2800 square foot model designed by Frank Lolli is C.E. Rensberger & Family’s Sugarloaf model. This home includes four bedrooms, three and a half baths, a deck, a two story family room, a first floor office, a second floor laundry and much more.

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Jaworski-Aerial-Photo-1The Queen Anne Victorian

Situated in Mt. Airy, Maryland and designed by Architect Jonathan Rivera, this 6500 square foot historically-inspired Queen Anne period Victorian home features a zero maintenance exterior, geo-thermal heat, closed cell-foamed walls, a wrap-around porch and a real turret. Watch the progress to completion and take the virtual tour!






Pergola8Outdoor Living, Pergola

Situated in Keymar, Maryland, this sturdy pergola, designed by Boyce and Joel Rensberger, blends indoor and outdoor living for almost all seasons. The owners enjoy enhanced privacy, screening from the shade and light rains, and the temperature below is always 10-15 degrees cooler than in the sun. Planted and furnished, this new outdoor space enhances the value of the home while offering lots of entertaining opportunities. Check out the slide show!







1820-Addition9Circa 1820 Addition

Situated in Rohrersville, Maryland this addition, designed by C.E. Rensberger & Family with Frank Lolli, is the extension of an 1805 German stone farmhouse. Rather than try to copy and fail at an exact match, this addition has the look and feel of a true addition; built by the family in the early 19th century as the family outgrew the original stone construction. Salvaged fieldstones are integrated into the new structure to provide continuity. The new work includes a laundry room, rinse off shower, one and a half baths, master suite, and a spacious family room with a woodburning fireplace. Wide plank yellow pine floors are period, yet heated by new radiant coils. Checkout the slide show!