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“The only fantasy I’ve ever had was to have a greenhouse,” says Joy Adler, an avid gardener who recently acquired a Master Gardener certification. Having worked with Jerry Liu since the late 1970s on minor projects for her Bethesda home, Joy recently approached him with her greenhouse idea. Jerry, whose father managed greenhouses, explained the pitfalls that come with them, namely mold and heating issues. “Because he was so knowledgeable, I was persuaded to do a room with enough glass and light in it to serve the same purpose,” says Joy.

Our crew built an extension onto the existing home, giving Joy and her husband Ira a glassed-in garden room on the main level and a large master bath above it. The original was a 1960s bathroom, explains Joy, and “if one of us wanted to use the sink, the other had to go out into the hall.” Our designer, Sharon Poole decided to wrap an L shape onto the house that permitted us to use two existing exterior walls and attach to an existing heating system. Because the upstairs was recessed from the downstairs, the difference permitted us to create a roof of skylights to let in even more of the light Joy desired.

“We’re delighted with the results,” Joy says. “In fact, it changed the way we live in the house because we live in that garden room now. We even put a kitchen table in there.”

“What I really appreciate about DG Liu,” she continues, “apart from the fact that I can trust the work, is that if something isn’t immediately right, I can trust it will be fixed without argument. There is always someone you can communicate intelligently with, whether it’s Jerry, a lead carpenter, or someone else you can call and speak to. There’s always someone who gets it.”

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“We’re delighted with the results, In fact, it changed the way we live in the house because we live in that garden room now.”

Joy Adler