Custom Fit: McLean Residence Marries Traditional and Contemporary

Custom Fit: McLean Residence Marries Traditional and Contemporary


Designer Kellie Burke figured into the creation of her clients’ new home from its very conception. She was actually looking at a freshly poured foundation when her work on the project began. “They were emailing me photos of everything they looked at,” remembers the designer, “and I would troubleshoot each location.” She and the wife had vetted so much new residential construction in the Virginia suburbs that they nearly despaired of finding the right combination of workable floor plans and substantial building materials to suit a savvy young couple in the beginning stages of family life. “What they wanted was authenticity,” says Burke, “yet too often they found new houses that scrimped on the details.”

The husband, a financial services executive, and his stay-at-home wife found their solution when they discovered a design-build company that constructs homes from a choice of plans and customizing options.

“The couple found one of our projects in McLean when it was in the foundation stage,” says architect Hugh S. Winstead, whose firm worked on the build as well. “The traditional style of the house had been predetermined to fit the lot’s terrain but framing hadn’t started, so they could customize the interiors.” The husband saw the potential of the home’s 10-foot-high walls to display his collection of contemporary art. The wife loved the floor plan that separated the formal front of the house from the back, where her three young children could be active around a kitchen, family room and staircase opening to three floors.

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