The Potter Residence

This residence, located in Powhatan, Virginia is a Georgian style two story brick home with a basement under the main house. The Williamsburg style garage gracefully accentuates the circular drive.

When we went to the site to figure out where to place the house, I discovered that the lot was perfect for a basement design. We added the basement for the use of storing the tractor, gardening tools, and outdoor furniture.

The Potters initially started out with wanting a French Provincial ranch design. Then they went to a Cape Cod design, finally settling on the two-story design you see here. The design phase alone took two years, but it was well worth it. It is one of the most beautiful homes inside and out that I have had the privilege of helping to design.

I live and breathe what I design and teach.

I can actually build what I design, whether that be a house, an addition, a piece of furniture, a deck, or a mural.

Because of my hands-on experience, I understand and appreciate, on a deeper level, what it takes to design and build a home. It enables me to guide you in confidently navigating the process of designing and building your own DreamHome project.  

Ken Broadwater Homes

Over the course of thirty years I have had the privilege of designing and drawing almost every house Ken Broadwater Homes has built. I am proud to say that Ken  played a major role in making my own family home a memorable and successful building experience. I definitely would recommend him to anyone in the Central Virginia area. Below are a handful of examples of ranchers, Cape Cods, and two story homes that I have designed and Ken Broadwater Homes has built over the years.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition — S05E18

The Lucas Home
and The Private Collection Room

In 2007 I received a call from one of my favorite builders, Ken Broadwater. “Joni, I know you don’t watch TV, but have you ever heard of the show “Extreme Makeover?” I replied, “I think that’s one of Mike’s favorite shows.” “Well, would you like to draw the plans for the Lucas family for the TV show?” I immediately said, “Yes”, and as the saying goes, “The rest is history”

Ty Pennington of Extreme Makeover getting ready to say “Move that bus” on December 10, 2007.

We had started this project with snow flurries and single digit temperatures for the first couple of days. Just four days later, on December 10. 2007. It was sunny and almost seventy degrees when Ty Pennington rolled up his sleeves to get ready to give the command to, “Move that bus!”

“Dear Joni,January 27, 2008

Thank you so much for all your hard work on our home. Not only is the design perfect, but you also gave so much time and worked very long hours to make sure the design of the home was carried out properly. You certainly went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure our dream home came out just right. The way everything is laid out makes the chores and my day run very smoothly. All of the surfaces are also very maintenance friendly….”

Jean and Michael Lucas

The James Residence

The designing phase of our DreamHome began in the fall of 1992. It was to be our family home where we brought up our two kids in rural Powhatan, Virginia. Our 2,400 SF house looks deceptively small because we don’t have an attached garage. Also, the surrounding forest makes it look like a little brick cottage.

Just after the holiday season, we went down to the county on a snowy afternoon and applied for our building permit.

After the winter snows had melted and the spring rains had subsided enough, we were able to finally break ground in April 1993. As you can see in the photos, my then two and a half year old son was the acting foreman. Our daughter was born in May, 1993.  So it was definitely a busy and exciting time in our lives.

We happily moved in over the Fourth of July weekend, 1993. What a way to celebrate the holiday!

The Acker Residence

This is a two-story addition and renovation done in Midlothian, Virginia. It was completed in 2001. I designed their front porch in 2008 and I am currently working with them again to design a renovation of their kitchen and upstairs bathrooms.

A Midlothian, Virginia Residence

This residence, located in an upscale subdivision of Midlothian, Virginia, showcases the use of Dry-Vit and stone veneer on a transitional style home. Notice the uniqueness of the front door. I was asked to design their front door. Little did I expect that they would use my design exactly as drawn. The door was custom made in Canada exclusively for this home

Simmons residence

The Simmons residence was originally an 1,100 SF brick rancher that transformed into a vinyl sided 3,000 SF+ Saltbox home. Located in Springfield, Virginia, this residence won the Most Beautiful Home award in 2010.

Green Bay, Virginia:  Greenhouse

ln 2014 my son was managing a farm in Green Bay, Virginia. I was asked to design and help build a Greenhouse for the seedlings production part of the farm. To save money, my son suggested that we utilize materials from around the farm and implement the idea of reclaiming materials to build a ‘green’ greenhouse. After we scoured the farm, we were able to salvage enough material to design and build a 30’ x 20’ greenhouse. Aside from purchasing Smart Siding for the exterior and the hardware necessary to put the greenhouse together, the entire structure was built using reclaimed materials . The glass windows that were used were salvaged from a nearby college.

Because of time constraints (Farming takes priority) and trying to keep cost down, the finished product isn’t as nice looking as I would have liked. However, it is very functional and serves the purpose it was intended for. Many of the windows are moveable, which helps regulate the temperature inside the greenhouse.

Hazelwood, PA: Farmstand

ln 2014 I was asked to design and help build a farmstand on top of a hay wagon as part of a community project. The challenge was to design and build it in such a way that it could be taken apart and rebuilt when needed, as they planned to store it in the off-season. The mural on the end was painted by a local artist, Margaret Baco.

Pittsburgh, PA: Florida Room

ln 2016 I designed and helped frame this lovely 30’ x 16’ Florida Room Addition for the Bossers in Wilkinsburg, PA. Jeff Mclaren was the builder for this project.


Finished View

Oakmont, PA: Deck

ln 2017 I was asked to “just resurface an existing deck”. Upon taking the old decking off, it was discovered that there was six feet under the deck instead of what appeared to be about a foot off the ground. So the issue here was how to get the water away from the house. I had to design a system of corrugated roofing to slope into a gutter under the decking and then out to a french drain which then went out into the yard and down the hill away from the house.

Dentist’s Office

The bio dentist requested two murals for one of his patient rooms. The two 8’ x 10’ murals were cut to fit around the x-ray machine, cabinets and other dental equipment on two separate walls. The two peaceful paintings are both of the River Jordan and help soothe and calm the patient while waiting for the procedure to be done.

A second project for bio dentist’s office was to create a more natural setting upon entering the reception area. The reception counter was renovated using a stone veneer applied to Durock.

Shed Renovation, Newton, MA

We had multiple projects going on at this residence this past summer. Here you see the Before and After pictures of the beautiful old solid oak shed. I replaced all the rotting parts and then re-stained the shed.

Assortment of Small Projects
for Homes and Gardens

Here are some samples of small projects of landscaping, custom cabinets, custom made porch columns, craft consignments for decorating the home.

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