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Project Overview
In their search for a home in Vienna, the homeowner’s found there were no homes available that met their criteria. Instead, they decided to buy a house based on the lot and location. They had the small, outdated house demolished in order to build a custom home that would meet their needs.

Specifications / Challenges
The homeowners had specific ideas for their new home. Besides being a beautiful place to live, they wanted an open floor plan with plenty of space for entertaining. Natural light and windows were vital in order to enjoy the tree-filled property. It was also important that the house fit in well with the existing homes on the street, avoiding the “mansion effect.” The homeowners requested large bedrooms and closets, giving up a formal living room to accomplish this. Energy efficiency and low maintenance were “must haves” for their new custom home.

Creative Solutions
The main level of the home has an open floor plan, featuring a large arch-topped bay window and attractive fireplace. The kitchen is spacious and open – perfect for gatherings. High ceilings contribute to the open feeling. The bedrooms and closets are amply sized. There is also separate space for two personal offices in the home. Outside, there is a welcoming front porch and a convenient rear porch off the kitchen, ideal for summer entertaining. The house was carefully designed and sited to fit in with the neighborhood, which has a mix of older and newer homes. There were no trees taken down to accommodate the new home. Extra attention was given to energy efficiency in the design and material selections. Energy Star appliances were used. The exterior features low-maintenance composite materials, including James Hardie siding, and Azek trim.

Overall Results
The home meets all of the homeowner’s criteria. It features open spaces for entertaining, but still retains a warm, comfortable feel. Attention was paid to finishes and fixtures. The high quality of craftsmanship is apparent throughout the home. Despite being relatively sizeable, the home fits in the existing streetscape very well, blending in with the neighboring houses and trees.

Green Design
Many green design features were incorporated into this house, enabling it to be Energy Star certified. Care was taken in framing and insulation. A very efficient HVAC system was installed, allowing the home to easily pass duct and infiltration tests. Only Energy Star rated appliances were used, along with high efficiency lighting. WaterSense rated faucets and showerheads were installed, along with dual-flush toilets. Low or zero VOC materials were used throughout the interior of the home. On the exterior, the use of James Hardie siding was a much better choice than PVC based siding products. Anderson windows and doors also aid thermal efficiency.
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Commonwealth Home Remodelers, Inc.
208A Dominion Rd. NE, Vienna, VA 22180
t: 703-255-9861 • f: 703-255-0425
www.CommonwealthHome.com