French Farmhouse on the Water

At O'Grady Homes, we love building beautiful homes like this French Farmhouse on the water. The finished result is outstanding, especially since Chris delivered exactly what the homeowners wanted. Chris O' Grady was responsible for building this project while he was the Co-Founder and Director of Construction with Grady O Grady Construction. This blog points out some highlights and challenges to building this home.

 

An important aspect of this project was how specific the homeowners were. Their vision of the finished home was very clear. They knew many of the exact finishes and details they wanted. Some builders would consider this a "picky client", but Chris loves clients that know what they want. It was a pleasure building and fulfilling the homeowner’s vision.

Major Remodel

Front of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction and Partner at Grady O Grady
Main entery to custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction and Partner at Grady O Grady
Driveway of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
Front of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
Landscape detail of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
Driveway of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
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The French Farmhouse was a major remodel of a 4,000 square foot home that grew to 5,900 square feet. The expansion and remodel were very tight fits on the lot. Chris has built many homes on tight lots, and he has significant experience with permitting, interacting with HOAs, scheduling and keeping the neighbors happy. Great project management tools help Chris keep many of these issues under control while his people skills also help the team play well with others. Chris is known for his project management process, which he created as the Director of Construction at Grady O’Grady and he brought them to O'Grady Homes.

One project management specific challenge was getting the demolition completed without disturbing the neighbors. He addressed this challenge by building temporary structures at the edge of the property lines to contain the demolition. The tight lot also created the challenge of hauling the waste material away. "This was a Rubik’s Cube challenge -- to keep the dumpsters on the property, maneuver heavy equipment, and stay on schedule," said Chris O'Grady.

Laying The Foundation

Another instrumental part of the project was laying the foundation for this waterfront property. Chris O'Grady has built many homes on the waterfront with Grady O Grady and O'Grady Homes. Working with cites like Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, and Dana Point has given Chris tremendous experience with laying foundations and seawalls right up to the water. "People really want to live right on the water," said Chris O'Grady. "We have to make sure that the foundation and seawall will give them the waterfront lifestyle they demand. Building properly on the waterfront is very tricky and every detail must be exact."

 

In addition to the foundation space issues with the foundation was the pour itself. There were significant preparation and project management planning to get this slab right the first time. The foundation nearly went to the lot line and the water line. Since everything hinges on a good foundation, Chris and his team prepared the entire space to pour as one piece of concrete. Next, the trucks had to be scheduled with almost perfect timing while all the subcontractors were on site ready to pour. As a result of the copious planning and experience, everything went off without a hitch.

A Pool with a View

Glass walled pool of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
Waterfront view of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
Family room waterfront view in a custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
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One of the most spectacular features in the French Farmhouse is the special waterfront pool. This pool needed a view; therefore, the fourth wall of the pool is constructed entirely of glass. The client wanted more than an infinity pool; he wanted a complete view of the water and a pool. "We have built many pools and used glass to deliver great experiences," said Chris. "When an entire wall of the pool is glass, then there are unique structural challenges. Our team delivered a great result on this pool."

Detailed Design

Floor plans of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
Floor plans of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
Floor plans of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
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Many of our clients have a very specific vision for their new home. We love clients with passion for details and this client was very specific. Chris believes that he is challenged with delivering "the brand called me," for the client.

This project had a great design team that included:

It is always a pleasure to work with such a collaborative professional team that delivers quality designs and exceeds the client’s expectations.

Grand Entry

Foyer of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
Formal living room of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
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This client wanted an open floorplan home with clean lines and subtle touches of old Europe woven into the details. The team blended the need to be somewhat modern while having aspects of solid tradition. The exterior demonstrates French Farmhouse which has been modernized and the Grand Entry invites visitors inside to see a spacious foyer with a grand sweeping staircase and a view of the water. The finished result is statement of elegance that is an impressive invitation into the home.

An Entertaining Space

Open floor plan of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
Family room of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
Sports bar of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
Waterfront view from a custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
Kitchen of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
Glass walled pool in a custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
Dining of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
Dining room of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
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All of these design features of the home lend themselves to entertaining. Visitors are naturally drawn to the waterfront view and into the Great Room, which is an open floor plan that includes the Kitchen and a New York Yankees themed Bar. The waterfront experience is still front and center with fully pocketing glass doors that disappear entirely.

Master Retreat

Master Bedroom of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
Stand alon bath tub in a custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
Master bathroom of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
Master bathroom of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
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While the first floor boasts of beautifully crafted common rooms, the upstairs showcases a luxurious Master Suite with much privacy. The Master Suite retains the focus on the amazing waterfront view, and offers vaulted ceilings and windows that create a magnificent space for rest and relaxation. The Master Bathroom brings warm finishes that are typical of a French Farmhouse with a self-standing tub that allows the homeowners to soak in the tranquility. Just off the Master Suite is the Bonus Room for the homeowner's private retreat .

Technology Details

TV and speakers in Bar of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
TV on wall of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
TV on wall in family room of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
In-ceiling speakers in bedroom of custom home built by Chris O'Grady as Director of Construction at Grady O Grady
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While the designs and high quality materials demand attention, the hidden details are all the technology incorporated throughout this home, which consists of approximately 7 miles of low voltage wire. Upon close inspection of the pictures, viewers may see some speakers, keypads, and TVs, but they are all elegantly included and built in to the design. Almost every window has a motorized roller shade that is perfectly concealed in pockets in the ceiling. The best technology is built-in, but it has its place.

Happy Client

Chris O'Grady has been building the best custom homes in Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, Dana Point, Mission Viejo, and Coto de Caza for over 30 years. He built this project as the Co-Founder and Director of Construction at Grady O Grady homes. Chris loves a challenge and looks forward to building a home for you.

The Grady O Grady Legacy Continues

Grady O Grady has a 25 year history of building fine custom homes on the Orange County, CA area. Chris was a Co-Founder and Director of Construction of Grady O Grady. His primary role was building the projects to create great homes for their clients. Chris has built homes in many of the coastal communities like Dana Point, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Corona Del Mar, Laguna Beach, and Huntington Beach. 

In 2016 Chris O'Grady formed O'Grady homes to continue independently from Grady-O-Grady, with the goal of being even more involved with each project and home-owner. "Our focus is building a great experience for our clients." said Chris "Sure, we build great homes, but the experience of building home has to be great as well. I care deeply about having a great experience and building a great home."