Source: Fairfax County Times Homes September 2 – 4, 2016
By John Byrd SPECIAL TO THE FAIRFAX COUNTY TIMES
Robert Brooks and Julie Griffith, both lawyers, had occupied a 2,800 square foot Colonial in McLean for over 20 years. In the fullness of time, the property proved an ideal place to raise a family, but as their two children grew, the house had gradually come to seem pinched and inadequate. Alas, prizing the good local schools and easy commute to the District, Brooks and Griffith decided against shopping for a larger residence further out. Enlarging the existing house, on the other hand, was an option.
There was much about the existing house that might be improved upon.
For starters, the kitchen was small, dark and dated. The original U-shaped counter surface, which incorporated the range oven and the sink, was like a fortress that made it difficult for the cook to move freely into other rooms when entertaining. Surfaces and storage were restricted. Traffic between the kitchen and other first level rooms did not circulate well.<Read More>