- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Many home buyers long for the charm of an older home and search for a residence with a big front porch, pillars and distinctive windows, but at the same time they want the best of modern technology and energy efficiency.

Brookfield Homes Corp. has reconciled those two desires at Dunn Loring Chase, where 18 homes are being built with craftsman-style architecture.

Craftsman-style architecture, introduced after the Victorian era, features deep porches with tapered pillars. These homes were designed as a simpler antidote to the sometimes over-the-top Victorian detailing.

Other elements of craftsman-style architecture include larger rooms with plenty of windows for natural light. These homes are built with the intent to blend with their surroundings.

At Dunn Loring Chase, residents can appreciate the appeal of a historic home, yet benefit from elements of modern design. The exterior of each home will have brick and fiber-cement siding, a brick front porch and professional landscaping including a sodded lawn on all sides.

The flexible floor plans allow families to adapt their home to their changing needs, including adding extra bedrooms and baths beyond the standard four bedrooms, three full baths and powder room.

Each home will include Energy Star appliances, a recycling center, dual-zone gas heat, high efficiency gas hot water, additional insulation, an air infiltration prevention system and energy efficient windows.

Additional standard features at Dunn Loring Chase include hardwood flooring in the foyer, kitchen, morning room, family foyer and powder room; an oak staircase, a main-level study with glass doors, ceramic tile flooring in the full baths, a tub and separate shower in the master bath, a gas fireplace in the family room, 10-foot ceilings on the main level, 9-foot ceilings on the lower and upper levels, atrium doors on the back of the house, tray ceilings in the master bedroom, an advanced multimedia wiring system, a full unfinished basement with a three-piece plumbing rough-in and an authentic craftsman-style trim package including crown and chair-rail moldings and wainscoting.

The kitchen features two wall ovens, a five-burner gas cooktop, granite or silestone counters, 42-inch oak cabinets, a center island and a wood pantry.

Base prices for the homes at Dunn Loring Chase range from $1,199,990 to $1,279,990, and the homes have 3,400 to 7,900 square feet of living space.

In addition to the luxury of the homes, residents can appreciate the community’s location across the street from the Dunn Loring Metro Station and near Interstate 66, the Capital Beltway and Va. Route 7.

Shopping and entertainment are nearby at Tysons Corner, and the Dunn Loring Community Park and Community Center are close for family recreation.

The Edgemont model, priced from $1,199,990, features a foyer flanked by columns framing the entrances to the formal dining room and formal living room on either side.

The central reception area is open to the second floor. This home has a main staircase located to one side of the reception area, a split staircase leading to the upper and lower levels. A second staircase to the upper level is next to the kitchen.

At the back of the home are a study with French doors, a two-level family room with columns and a fireplace, a morning room and a center-island kitchen.

This level also includes a powder room, a butler’s pantry, a walk-in pantry, a laundry room and a family foyer with the recycling center, a closet and a door to the garage.

Optional changes to the floor plan on the main level include adding a deep bay window bump-out to the kitchen, a screened porch off the family room, and a family office and larger family foyer in place of the laundry room. Bay windows can also be added to the study and living room.

Upstairs, the master suite features a tray ceiling, a sitting area, two walk-in closets and a bath. The standard floor plan has three additional bedrooms on this level, with one bedroom including a private full bath and the other two sharing a connecting bath with a dual-sink vanity.

Optional changes to this level include a bay window bump-out for the master sitting area, a fifth bedroom in place of the two-story family room and a sixth bedroom with a private full bath and a walk-in closet over the garage.

Buyers can add a loft level with a bedroom, a full bath and an open loft. The lower level can be finished with a recreation room, a den, an exercise room, a fireplace and a wet bar.

For information or an appointment to visit the homes at Dunn Loring Chase, call 703/289-3750 or visit www. brookfieldwashington.com.

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