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Source: Fairfax County Times Homes Friday – Sunday, April 20 – 22, 2018

“Irish bar meets Ritz Carlton” lower level solution wins (CotY) award

By John Byrd

Author John Gilstrap had waited long enough for a “destination place” in the lower level of his 5,500 square foot duplex in Fairfax. Gilstrap, who writes the best-selling John Graves novels, had purchased the home 11 years ago and promptly “finished it”– as a place where his son could shoot pool with friends.

Fast forward a few years; the son has graduated from college and moved into a place of his own. Seizing the day, Gilstrap and wife Joy decide it’s now their turn. Main goal: convert the lower level into a family entertainment suite that conveys something of his Irish heritage and her interest in art.

It all begins with a detailed program. As Gilstrap explained to his chosen remodeler, he wanted an intriguing mix of interior design values. “Irish bar meets Ritz Carlton,” as he described it.

Of course, it’s not always clear what a remodeler understands about a homeowner’s “wish list,” but Michael Nash Design Build and Homes not only embraced Gilstrap’s vision, but also ran with it– demonstrating considerable creative aplomb along the way. < Read More >