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Sneak Preview #2: 2014 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

Sneak Preview #2: 2014 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

I’m especially thrilled that the Del Ray House and Garden Tour organizers have picked a home this year that has fascinated me for quite some time. From the street, the home appears to be an attractive, yet unassuming 1920s Bungalow. But from the back, the home boasts a handsome modern addition and a second-story loft.

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I’ve been especially curious about the vintage Airstream trailer parked out back. It’s a 1961 model called the Ambassador with meticulously restored features. The homeowners tell us they’ve projected outdoor movies on the side of the trailer in their backyard. Tour-goers will get to see inside this treasure too.

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When you visit the home, the owners and the architects will be there to talk about the zero net energy construction throughout, the two roof gardens, as well as their efforts to replicate the materials and methods used in the original construction.

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These steps, that make up a freestanding set of stairs, are original sawn lumber from the old 1790 Seaport Inn in Alexandria, which now houses a Starbucks on the corner of King and Union Streets. (The planks were cut by hand using a Colonial-era method called pit sawing.)

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What’s even more fun about this home tour is getting to see the couple’s collection of vintage pieces that in many cases still work.

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In other rooms, they display pieces of earlier eras, like this turn-of-the-century cedar McDougall cabinet. Nothing in this home is without a past and a great story to go with it.

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The Del Ray House & Garden Tour is Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Advance tickets for the tour are $20 and can be purchased online. Proceeds benefit the Alexandria Scholarship Fund and neighborhood improvement projects.

Stay tuned for more sneak previews!

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