Michael Nash Indoor-Outdoor Solution Judged Best in 11 States

Two-tier exterior custom-designed for family of five

A rear elevation solution that combines a mid-level screened-in porch with an open-air “kids” play zone below has won a regional “Contractor of the Year” award (COTY) for Michael Nash Design Build and Homes. The design solution–in which a builder-grade screen porch been replaced by a substantially larger accommodation with expanded outdoor entertainment components–was implemented in the home of an Ashburn couple who had occupied for 14 years. The project was named the best exterior ($100,00.00 to $250,000.00) in eleven south Atlantic states by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.


In accepting the prize, Michael Nash president and founder Sonny Nazemian was quick to acknowledge his company’s high-performance design team, which grappled with several site and interior design challenges.


“Homeowners today are seeking plans that fully utilize previously overlooked space enhancement options,” Nazemian said. “As a firm, we have become particularly adept at achieving large improvements in functionality and interior design while adding comparatively little square footage. Our whole approach is to expand what is possible within a budget by prioritizing and focusing the investment where it counts.”


Owners of the 5,000 square foot residence were seeking a multi-level indoor/outdoor solution that would better satisfy the entertainment requirements of the entire family.


With three school-age children underfoot, the plan called for an organic way to sequester the children’s activity play zones from more relaxed adult pursuits in the screened-in porch. Porch activities might include watching the game by an open fire or (in warmer seasons) under a rotating overhead fans, or simply visiting.

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Two-tier Exterior Solution with Firepit
A recently completed two-tier rear elevation makeover to a 5,000 square foot production house in Ashburn accommodates a wide array of outdoor entertainment needs for a family of five that includes three school age children.

“We wanted a plan that could work well for six or seven months of the year,” Nazemian adds. “This is the real essence of an indoor outdoor design.”


Aesthetics being a key requirement, an outside retaining wall inspired designers to clad the exposed rear elevation in stone and add a floor-to ceiling hearth. A beveled tongue-and-groove ceiling and wood-grained porcelain flooring reinforces the interior’s rustic harmonics.


On an adjacent outside deck, there’s an 8’x8’ jacuzzi. The children’s play zone below the porch features a broad flagstone patio, a swinging couch and a second television.


The deeper satisfaction for the owners, though, is the beautifully articulated indoor-outdoor arena with its many well-defined, cleverly-integrated activity zones, to wit:


  • A stone firepit on the plat’s southeast corner offers a welcoming, slightly elevated view of surrounding country side–a perfect gathering spot from early spring to late fall.
  • A barn-style screened door linking the new porch to the grilling deck evokes the bucolic heritage of the lovely rolling country side that once offered grazing for cattle; the grill shares a footprint with a nearby jacuzzi.
  • The lower-level flagstone patio is ideal for dining alfresco. Covered in stain grade ceiling panels and adorned with recessed lights and ceiling fans, the lower patio offers day and evening open-air entertainment space. A swinging couch whimsically completes the eclectic outdoor conversation pit.
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Lower Level TV Viewing Area
the children’s play zone below the porch features a broad flagstone patio, a swinging couce and a second television

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Upper Porch
A outside retaining wall inspired designers to clad the exposed rear elevation in stone and add a floor-to-ceiling hearth. A beveled tongue-and-groove ceiling and wood-grained porcelain flooring reinforce the interior’s rustic harmonics.

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Grilling Deck
A barn-style screened door links the new porch to the grilling deck, which shares a footprint with a nearby Jaccuzzi


A perfect gathering spot in any temperate weather scenario, the firepit offers a slightly elevated view of surrounding country side.

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Home Additions: Patricia Meder, Annandale, VA ---

“I would say, over the years we’ve hired Michael Nash anyway 15 different projects …”

Kitchen Remodeling: Jay and Gretchen MacMillan, Potomac Falls, VA ---

“… It was very scary, but overall it’s a very pleasant project for us” “I think it’s just like working with peers, they’re very nice and very open …”

Bathroom Remodeling: Cheryl Ann and John Helmick, Centerville, VA ---

“Oh they were fantastic (Michael Nash) … They came into the house and did everything …” “They were professional at all times …”

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8630A Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA

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