“Seven Locks Settlement” on the southwestern edge of Cabin John is one of the oldest, most eclectic neighborhoods in suburban Montgomery County. I was fortunate enough to broker six undersized, seemingly unbuildable lots to Ellison Corporation. We developed a house plan to suit three of the most typical lots and custom designed houses for two of the other lots and expanded and renovated an existing house straddling two non-conforming lots. Ellison worked “outside the box” and effectively navigated archaic zoning requirements to develop houses on seemingly unbuildable lots. All were sold prior to completion and the community has evolved into a showplace of contemporary village living.