- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 21, 2003

When builders design and construct homes for themselves, they often pay particular attention to the details that make a home livable and uniquely attractive.

Seven years ago, the builder of the home at 7204 Wolf Run Shoals Road in Fairfax Station added wainscoting, chair rails, dentil moldings, ceiling medallions and whimsical plasterwork on the ceilings in many rooms.

He also designed a deck that covers only half of the rear elevation of the home, so that a patio off the lower level would be left uncovered and open to sunlight. Practical details — such as extra shelving and varied heights of rods in all the closets, an upstairs laundry room and a double-size pantry off the kitchen — add to this home’s livability.

When he finished building his dream home, he chose to sell the home he had intended to live in to the current owners, who benefited from the builder’s careful attention to detail. Now on the market for $939,000, this home offers more than an elegant Colonial design that has been carefully constructed.

The home comes with just more than 5 acres of land. Currently, the acreage includes meadows of grass, a variety of trees and some picturesque fences. The owners have added four to five trees each year to their property, along with garden beds, and future owners could add more trees and flowers or even a swimming pool in the level rear yard.

A flagstone walkway flanked by shrubs and perennials links the parking area in front of the three-car garage to the main entrance of the house. The front door features etched glass surrounded by sidelight windows and a transom window, while above the door, a Palladian window provides a spectacular display inside and out.

Inside, the two-story foyer features hardwood flooring, an oak staircase and elaborate wainscoting. Double doors open from the foyer onto a quiet study with hardwood flooring, wainscoting and crown moldings, and a view of the front lawn. No shelving has been built into this room, allowing for flexible use as a sitting room or main-level game room, if desired.

Across the foyer are the formal living room and the formal dining room, each with hardwood flooring and plenty of detailed wood and plasterwork. Partial walls with decorative columns separate these two rooms yet allow for an open flow between them. Tall windows on three sides of the house frame views of the greenery outside.

The heart of the home, and the favorite room of the owner, is the large kitchen and breakfast area that opens onto the family room. Casual entertaining is a breeze in this part of the home, as guests can gather around the oversized center island, relax around the informal dining table, sit in the family room or roam onto the deck just outside.

The kitchen includes both a cooktop and preparation space along with a breakfast bar on the center island, cherry cabinets that include a wine rack and some glass-front cabinets, a built-in desk, double-wall ovens and a built-in microwave.

The step-down, two-level family room includes a brick wood-burning fireplace, two skylights and a ceiling fan. Staircases here lead to the upper-level bedrooms and to the lower level.

Upstairs, the master suite features a dramatic tray ceiling over the large bedroom, which has plenty of space for a sitting area near the windows. Two closets frame the doorway to the master bath, while a third, double-size walk-in closet is accessible from the bath. The master bath includes a deep whirlpool tub placed under a window, an oversized glass-enclosed shower and two separate vanities with cherry cabinets.

Off the upstairs hall are a linen closet and a large laundry room with extra shelving.

The largest of the secondary bedrooms includes a walk-in closet with a window and a sitting room off the bedroom. This bedroom shares a connecting full bath with a dual-sink vanity with the second bedroom. The fourth bedroom on this level has a private full bath.

The finished lower level is practically a small home in itself, with space for entertaining, working, sleeping and cooking. The stairs lead from the family room to the den, a large open space with high windows and a built-in niche for a desk.

The den includes a walk-in closet and a set of double doors leading into the recreation room. The den could also function with ease as a media room, an exercise room or an additional bedroom.

One step connects the den and recreation room, a huge open space with room for sitting areas, a billiard table and a dining table, if desired. Nearby, the galley-style kitchenette includes a refrigerator, a stove and cabinets.

A full bath functions as a guest bath and as the bath for the fifth bedroom, an oversized room with a large closet and a large window looking out the side of the home. In-laws or an au pair easily could be accommodated in this suite of rooms, which also has French doors opening onto a small flagstone patio and the back yard.

A large unfinished storage room off the recreation room is just one more example of the builder’s thoughtful attention to detail and includes a few built-in shelves.

The neighbor’s pond and the woodlands nearby attract all sorts of wildlife, adding to a sense of serenity in all seasons despite its convenient location not far from Route 123 and the Fairfax County Parkway.

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