Traditional Comfort

A newly-constructed home takes design cues from the past

While this home’s traditional brick and stone exterior borrows from the Federal style, its interior is designed for a very 21st century family lifestyle.

Project Type:
demolition, new site work and new construction

Distinguishing Fact:
geothermal heating and cooling throughout

In order to make way for this beautiful 8,500 square foot home in Alexandria, Virginia, ILEX first demolished the previous structure, conducted new site work and added a buried infiltration tank/trench system for the on-site treatment of all stormwater.

In addition to using brick and stone, the three story home's exterior features premium materials such as a sustainable synthetic slate roof and standing seam metal roofing, as well as operable shutters and energy-efficient aluminum clad windows. A formal Chippendale style portico complete with columns provides an elegant entryway into the home.

Once inside, the house is built for form and function with an organized floor plan that accommodates the family's modern lifestyle. The more formal portions of the home are finished with a combination of herringbone parquet and White Oak rift and quartered floors, painted wainscoting, custom interior columns, custom wood mantles, built-in window seats and polished ebony stained oak stairwell railings. A generous sun-filled kitchen and family room are located toward the rear, with a large screened back porch that's perfect for summer dining.

The house relies on environmentally-friendly geothermal heating and cooling, and sound deadening insulation was added between rooms and floors for privacy. In the basement, the family can enjoy quality time in the media room or playroom, complete with a charming sliding barn door and rustic hand scraped oak floors.

Architecture: Rolando Valdez, George T. Myers, GTM Architects
Photography: Diego Valdez

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