- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 25, 2004

When Bart and Teri Capps began designing and building their custom home in Clifton a little more than two years ago, they never dreamed they would only savor its pleasures for a brief six months before being transferred out of the area.

Mrs. Capps, an interior decorator, not only decorated her Colonial-style home, but also designed the 12,000-square-foot floor plan, including every detail from the wiring and plumbing layout to the Pennsylvania quarry-stone exterior.

The result is a tour de force of interior decorating, a showcase for Mrs. Capps’ clients that includes 12-piece crown moldings, five interior staircases with themed decorations, wainscoting in most rooms, a mural of the University of Virginia, imported chandeliers and even a custom-designed mudroom with storage for each family member.

The Capps named their estate “Brigadoon VI” and have placed it on the market for $4.95 million.

A stone front porch, a stone side porch and a flagstone terrace across the back of the home are nearly complete, and the Capps had further landscaping plans, which can adopted by future owners.

The land has been engineered for a swimming pool with a summer kitchen, a tennis court and a golf range. The grounds are surrounded by 7-foot privacy fencing, with decorative wrought-iron fencing in the front.

The imposing stone exterior hints at the elegance to be found inside, but few visitors to Brigadoon VI can be prepared for the level of intricate detailing found in each room.

Local artisans completed the stenciling on the elaborate crown moldings found in many rooms, painted the murals with scenes of Virginia landmarks and hand-painted designs on the hardwood floor in the foyer.

Arched entrances were hand-cut to create a gentle transition from room to room, and red oak hardwood flooring has been used on the main and upper levels.

The formal living room and formal dining room flank the foyer, each with wainscoting; extensive moldings; custom-designed door tops; and black imported door hardware, which is found throughout the house.

Beyond the living room is a formal salon, an elegant sitting room with a $20,000 Dresden chandelier as its focal point. Brightly hand-painted and wallpapered walls with wainscoting and extensive trim pick up the colors of the whimsical floral chandelier.

A doorway also leads from the living room into the family room, which has a hand-painted sky placed into an oval molding overhead. At one end of this room is a fireplace with Delft tiles flanked by maple cabinets and shelves. The family room has two sitting areas and two sets of French doors, which open onto the terrace.

A breakfast room links the family room with the kitchen and includes a hand-painted sky set into a circular molding on the ceiling. Custom-patterned slate floors link the breakfast room and kitchen, and the breakfast area also has a French door to the terrace.

The custom kitchen includes upscale appliances, crown moldings and wainscoting, a bay window over the sink, a center island with a breakfast area and preparation sink, and a built-in desk.

Mrs. Capps placed appliance garages in the corners to give the kitchen a cleaner look and to hide small appliances, and she carefully chose the plumbing fixtures here and elsewhere in the home.

A butler’s pantry links the kitchen and dining room, and it includes elaborately painted plaster moldings, marble counters, glass-front cabinets, a wine refrigerator and a second dishwasher.

Near the butler’s pantry are stairs leading to the three-car garage, a space normally left undecorated but that Mrs. Capps chose to showcase with Victorian trim work.

The 11/2-story garage includes a storage area above the cars, an art and carpentry area and colorful Victorian boot benches for additional storage. A mural with the house name decorates the entrance to the home from the garage.

A mudroom just off the garage, also accessible from a separate front entrance, includes wainscoting and vibrant floor-to-ceiling lockers for storing backpacks, shoes and sports equipment.

Stairs lead from the mudroom to the second floor bedroom and to the lower-level rooms, and the room also has access to the garage and the kitchen.

The second level, accessed by several staircases, includes an elaborately decorated master suite with a sitting room with a mural of the sky with cherubs on the ceiling, extensive wainscoting, moldings and cornices, along with a columned entrance into the bedroom, which has Venetian plaster walls.

A coffee bar with refrigerator and a marble counter and intricate moldings overhead links the bedroom to the marble bathroom, which has a heat lamp, two separate vanities with extensive cabinetry, a large-scale shower and a whirlpool tub.

All closets in the home include built-in shelves and drawers, and the master suite’s walk-in closet includes a center island of drawers, some specially designed for jewelry.

Additional bedrooms on this level include one with a private bath designed for a toddler or young child with a low sink. Two more bedrooms share a connecting bath with two sinks, two toilets and a central bathtub.

Between the two sinks, a custom-designed floral-patterned bench sits under a window.

Each bedroom features a different decorating theme with custom-designed paint, wallpaper, moldings and wainscoting.

This second level also features a private loft at one end. It functions as Mr. Capps’ office and can be directly accessed from the garage via a Chippendale-style staircase.

The loft includes three dormer windows, a hand-painted mural of Monticello and columns along the walls, plus space for both a work area and a pingpong table for relieving stress.

The third level includes two more bedrooms with sloping ceilings, with a central sitting room or play room, which could also be made into another bedroom. These rooms share a long bath with doors at either end. This level also has a storage closet, which runs the length of the house, and an oversized laundry room with extra storage cabinets.

The lower level, dubbed “the lodge” by the Capps, includes a staircase with pine paneling painted to appear antique and wrought-iron railings.

The recreation room, which includes windows at the front of the house, has three distinct areas. The bar at the front includes a complete kitchen with a rustic theme, the billiards-table area has a coffered copper ceiling overhead, and the sitting area has a wood-burning fireplace and a coffered ceiling above.

Adjacent to the lodge are a media room with surround sound and a custom storage closet for movies and music.

On the opposite side of the lodge is a library with French doors and wall-to-wall bookcases. Nearby are an enormous mirrored exercise room, a large practical home office with closets and storage, and a full bath.

A guest bedroom with private access to the bath includes two closets and built-in shelving.

The level of perfection in this Clifton estate has been achieved through the meticulous attention to each and every detail by Mrs. Capps, who hopes to find a buyer who will appreciate the family’s dream home and perhaps continue work on her masterpiece.

Address: 12414 Henderson Road, Clifton, VA 20124

Community: Henderson Hills

Age: Built in 2003

Price: $4.95 million

Size: Almost 12,000 finished square feet on 5.88 acres

Taxes: Assessment pending

Exterior features: Colonial-style stone and Hardiplank exterior with custom trim, copper roofs over the porches and gables, a circular drive, fully fenced with wrought iron in the front of the property and 7-foot privacy fencing in the back, three-car garage with overhead storage, work area, potting shed, storage

Interior features: Seven bedrooms; five full baths; two powder rooms; formal foyer with hand-painted mural; living room; dining room; formal salon or sitting room; family room; kitchen with bay window and center island; butler’s pantry; mudroom with custom cubbies and lockers, stairs to garage; multiple interior staircases; upper-level laundry room; loft with home office; finished lower level with bar and full kitchen, sitting area, billiard room, media room, exercise room, home office, library and guest suite

Amenities: Flagstone and sandstone porches and terraces on three sides of the house; three fireplaces; master-bedroom suite with sitting room, coffee bar, bath; custom closets; elaborate crown moldings; hardwood flooring throughout two main levels; custom cabinetry; custom wiring includes Bose stereo indoors and outdoors

Close by: Clifton; minutes to Braddock Road, Fairfax County Parkway and Interstate 66.

Schools: Clifton Elementary, Robinson Middle and Robinson High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Rick Williams of Cap Center Realty at 800/968-5844; www.brigadoonviestate.com

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