- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 13, 2011

The combined efforts of architect James F. Rill, Bethesda Bungalows builders and developer Judy Whalley, a former Justice Department attorney with a zeal for home building, have generated a LEED Gold-certified single-family home with a traditional arts-and-crafts-style exterior in Kensington, Md.

Located at 4234 Everett St. in the Chevy Chase View community, this newly constructed home is on the market for $1,599,000.

The custom-built home, which successfully emulates the simplicity of the arts-and-crafts movement, including oak trim, handmade tile and handcrafted built-in cabinetry, is a prime example of environmentally conscious building, resulting in an extremely energy-efficient, healthy home.

Green construction practices are an important element of this home’s appeal, along with a location within walking distance of a MARC train station and multiple bus routes. The Medical Center, Grosvenor and Forest Glen Metro stations are nearby, along with shops, restaurants and entertainment venues in Bethesda, Silver Spring and Wheaton, Md.

The five-bedroom, 4½ bath home has three finished levels and rests on a half-acre lot with professional landscaping, including mature trees and water-saving native and drought-resistant plants. The exterior of the home has fiber-cement siding, a wraparound front porch and a back pergola that provide shade for the home and outdoor living space.

The energy-efficient features of this home include geothermal heating and cooling, an energy-recovery ventilation system, high-performance windows, Energy Star appliances, energy-efficient lighting and insulated hot-water pipes. The home has healthier indoor air quality because of the use of low- or no-VOC paints and sealants, direct-vent fireplaces, the ventilation system and formaldehyde-free products. The basement level has renewable cork flooring, while the first and second floors have reclaimed white oak hardwood floors. The kitchen and bathroom sinks are made of recycled glass.

The open floor plan on the main level, reminiscent of a Frank Lloyd Wright design, has a beamed ceiling, crown molding, wide window casings and built-in cabinetry. Oversized arts-and-crafts-style windows fill this level with natural light. The foyer includes a handcrafted oak bench, a closet and an adjacent powder room with a vessel sink and a tile-accented walnut mirror.

The living room has windows on two sides, including a box bay window framing a view of the front yard. This room features a gas fireplace with a handcrafted tile surround. It is flanked by built-in cabinets with leaded glass doors. Handcrafted oak pillars frame the entrance to the living room.

The formal dining room, entered from the living room or the central hall, has a wide bay window facing the side garden. Across the hall are a built-in oak bookcase and an open wood staircase to the upper and lower levels.

The kitchen features bamboo cabinetry, some with glass doors; a large furniture-style center island; a built-in wine rack and beverage refrigerator; and Energy Star appliances. The kitchen is open to a breakfast area with three walls of glass and to the family room, which has two walls of windows and a glass door to the covered deck. The family room has a stone-faced gas fireplace flanked by built-in cabinets.

The second level includes four bedrooms, each with large windows, hardwood flooring and crown molding. The master-bedroom suite has windows on two sides, an oversized walk-in closet and built-in cherry cabinets. The master bath has cherry cabinets, a dual-sink vanity, a soaking tub and an oversized shower.

The second bedroom has a box bay window and a built-in bookcase, while the third bedroom has a built-in desk. The fourth bedroom has a private full bath, and the other two bedrooms share a hall bath.

The finished lower level includes a recreation room with a coffered ceiling and a wet bar. The adjacent room can function as an exercise room or a home theater and has been equipped with the wiring and cabling for a theater. This level also has a bedroom with two walk-in closets, an outside entrance and a full bath. The lower level also includes a walk-in cedar closet and a wine closet.

For more information, contact Realtor Martie Mitchell with Long & Foster Realtors at 301/873-2425 or visit https://4234everettgreenhome.com.

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