House on a hill

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Source: Fairfax Country Times, Friday -Sunday, AUGUST 19 – 21, 2016 

Skillful solution transforms contemporary into welcoming Southern Colonial

By John Byrd SPECIAL TO THE FAIRFAX COUNTY TIMES

Hunstville, Ala. is a pretty small town, yet it has three historic districts and more homes in the national
register than most places twice its size. Growing up in such a community, Gina Jones is understandably
attracted to welcoming porches and grand foyers—hallmarks of the antebellum style.

Alas, when Jones, relocated to Northern Virginia several years ago, the place that came closest to suiting her family’s needs was an Oakton contemporary, one of four on a private drive at the top of a hill.

Like most successful transplants, Jones adapted to her new setting just fine. But after occupying the house for a few years, certain shortcomings became apparent. <Read more>