- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 3, 2005

When Larry and Lois Kennedy purchased the rambler at 10417 Lawyers Road in Vienna, even they did not envision the romantic country estate their home could become.

Year by year, the Kennedys transformed their 2-acre property, spreading their unique vision from room to room so that today their home has become a perfect model for Mrs. Kennedy’s award-winning remodeling business.

Now on the market for $1,450,000, this English country arts-and-crafts-style home rests at the end of a gently sloping winding driveway, which has been expanded to accommodate guest parking for 10 cars in addition to the two-car garage.

The exterior easily blends brick, stone, wood and redwood-stained siding, along with two flagstone paths, stone wall terracing, stone patios and porches and a tiered wood deck with a hot tub.

Multiple doors and steps lead to the porches and deck and a breezeway loggia, which connects the garage and living areas and provides a charming setting for outdoor dining in nearly any weather, plus an outdoor kitchen for year-round grilling.

The home sits atop a sloping plateau, which provides views in every direction of lawns, mature oak and evergreen trees, flowering shrubs and dogwood.

Mrs. Kennedy’s flourishing interior-design business has benefited the Kennedy home, too, beginning with her choices for the vaulted foyer, which has a beamed ceiling, stained-glass windows, faux-finished Italian walls and Italian ceramic-tile flooring, including a “ceramic carpet” with a border of patterned ceramic tiles.

The back of the foyer has an exposed brick wall with arches leading into the living room and the kitchen.

A custom staircase with a wrought-iron railing and oak steps leads to the attic level, where the owners intended to add a master-bedroom suite. The architectural plans for the suite convey to the buyers, and all preliminary preparations for the project are complete.

Two other spaces on the main level serve as models for Mrs. Kennedy’s interior-design business, including the dramatic English country kitchen.

The Kennedys raised the ceiling over the existing kitchen to add a vaulted and beamed ceiling above the granite center island, which has a preparation sink and seating for two. A wrought-iron chandelier hangs above the island, and the custom-designed cabinetry includes every imaginable detail and accessory.

Italian ceramic-tile flooring underfoot creates a warm ambience for the room, which has a Dacor range with double ovens, a fully integrated Viking refrigerator, a Miele dishwasher, built-in recycling and trash units, and an oversize sink.

Just beyond the kitchen lies the great room, the second special project of the Kennedys and one that took years to complete.

The owners transformed the carport, which had a peaked ceiling, into a great room with a peaked and beamed ceiling, a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, and antiqued ceramic-tile flooring. The rear wall includes multiple windows with transoms and cove lighting hidden in the ceiling, which adds a romantic ambience to the space in the evening.

The owners enjoy entertaining friends and family at their long wooden dining table with the lawn and trees at their backs and a roaring fireplace in front of them, and they have been known to enjoy their hot tub in the middle of a snowstorm.

The living room features an antique brick fireplace and a deep bay window that overlooks the back yard and the deck with the hot tub, accessible through a back door from this room. Nearby is the study, a centrally located, cozy command center for the home, which has built-in bookcases, a built-in desk and a door to the deck.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy have home offices, so the home is configured to accommodate their work and their clients.

The front library, which includes wide picture windows, an exposed brick wall and built-in bookcases, serves as Mr. Kennedy’s office, while an adjacent bedroom with a private outside door to a side patio functions as his waiting room. Between the library and this bedroom is a short hallway leading to a full bath.

The second bedroom includes two closets and large windows overlooking the side yard. The corner master bedroom also has two closets, windows overlooking the back yard and a private full bath.

On the lower level is the Kennedys’ first renovation project, a custom laundry room with space for crafts and hobbies, with hardwood cabinets, a built-in desk, a stainless-steel double sink, a work counter, under-counter lighting, and an under-the-counter Miele washer and dryer.

Adjacent to the laundry room is a storage room with a worktable and, on the opposite side of the stairs, another workshop, which also functions as a room-size pantry, including a refrigerator, cabinets and a wine rack. Additional storage spaces on this level include a cedar closet.

Mrs. Kennedy’s home office functions as both work space and design display space, so both the home office and the adjacent recreation room include custom cabinets with details such as pull-out pantry shelving, recessed lighting, hidden lighting on the shelves, and an entertainment center with space for a television and stereo system.

In addition to the custom cabinetry, the recreation room includes a brick fireplace and a bay window. Just beyond the recreation room is a bedroom with two closets. It can also function as an exercise room, if desired.

The office area, which can easily be converted to an in-law suite, includes an atrium door to a stone patio a few steps below the hot tub and deck.

This door can also be reached from a flagstone front walk so that clients can reach the office without passing through the house. In addition to the abundance of built-in workstations, which include cabinets, shelves and desks, the home office has four deep closets for storage.

A built-in kitchenette includes a microwave, refrigerator and sink. The full bath off to one side serves as a display model for the bathroom-remodeling business, with a ceramic-tile shower, a custom-designed vanity, and cabinet and ceramic-tile flooring.

Although the Kennedy home as currently arranged includes three home-office spaces and additional space for waiting clients and employee desks, these areas can easily be reconfigured into bedroom or living areas. While the owners, only the second owners of this 1950s-era home, were remodeling the property, they also took care to add such features as heated floors in the great room, a new roof, Marvin double-pane windows, a laundry chute, a new air conditioner and a new furnace.

Despite all the new features and upgrades to the 2-acre homesite, one of the nicest amenities of the Kennedy home has been there since before the house was built: a curtain of woods, which provides natural beauty and natural privacy.

Address: 10417 Lawyers Road, Vienna, VA 22181

Community: Conlan Manor

Age: Built 1957, renovated 2004

Price: $1,450,000

Size: About 4,500 square feet on lot of 2 acres

Taxes: $6,012 in 2003

Exterior features: English-style arts-and-crafts home with brick, stone, wood and siding with redwood stain; winding drive with guest parking for 10 cars; two-car garage; stone retaining wall and path; flagstone front porch; side patio.

Interior features: Four bedrooms; three full baths; custom foyer with vaulted beamed ceiling, faux-finished Italian-style walls, Italian ceramic-tile flooring; hardwood floors and upgraded moldings; living room with fireplace and bay window overlooking rear yard; custom English country kitchen with vaulted and beamed ceiling; great room with floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace; garden room with sink rough-in; study with custom-designed built-ins and door to deck; library with built-in bookshelves; bedroom wing with three bedrooms and full bath, plus master bedroom with full bath; finished lower level includes home office/in-law suite with kitchenette, full bath; recreation room with fireplace, exercise room, workshop/pantry, storage/workshop and custom laundry room with cabinets and shelves.

Amenities: Wraparound deck and patio with hot tub; breezeway loggia with outdoor kitchen and dining area for year-round grilling; stone patio; three fireplaces; architectural plans convey for future attic-level master suite.

Close by: Dulles Toll Road, state Route 123, Interstate 66, Vienna Metro; shops, restaurants and entertainment in the town of Vienna, the village of Oakton, Tysons Corner and Reston.

Schools: Flint Hill Elementary, Thoreau Middle, Madison High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtors Terry Belt and Gail Belt with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 703/340-3772.

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