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Source: Fairfax County Times Homes Friday – Sunday, March 23 – 25, 2018

Michael Nash Hillside Solution adds space for grand foyer, gracious southern living


Hunstville, AL 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.

“I was looking for a larger master bedroom, a guest room… and I really wanted a front porch and a foyer,” Jones recalls. “The foyer was important in my childhood home. It’s where the house begins.” < Read More >