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Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 | 13 comments

Murals of Mount Vernon Ave

Murals of Mount Vernon Ave

The other day, my daughter and I went on a mural tour of Mount Vernon Ave. in Del Ray. We fueled up at Junction Bakery before our trek along the Avenue. Junction Bakery’s mural is the newest mural on the Avenue. There are two murals that were painted when there was an antique store where Walgreen’s is now. They still remain on the side of the building. The mural at Greenstreet Gardens is large and expansive and a beautiful backdrop to their plants. The mural on the side of Velocity is a nod to Del Ray’s Farmers’ Market. Your Dog’s Best Friend has a mural that seems to flow seamlessly into their outdoor sitting area. The mural on this beautiful home at the corner of Windsor Ave. catches everyone’s eye. St. Elmo’s mural pays homage to one of our neighborhood’s most famous former residents, Jim Morrison. The Cheesetique mural reminds us of the neighborhood’s history with the railroad. The Mount Vernon Rec Center was a mural made by families...

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Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 | 0 comments

Janet and Everett’s Backyard “She Shed”

Janet and Everett’s Backyard “She Shed”

We all loved seeing Janet and Everett’s amazing garden during the Del Ray Urban Farm Tour last weekend, but the plants themselves weren’t the only standout feature. The tiny house in the yard, aka the “she shed,” attracted many a gazing eye. I learned that Janet, her husband Everett, and sister Nancy built the house themselves from the ground up. They wanted to build a garden shed on the property so as a test-run of their construction abilities, they decided the build the tiny house. At first the house was used a playhouse for their kids, but now Janet uses it the most as her writing studio. Her kids are still welcome to play in it too.  It’s 4′ x 6′ with a height of 6′ at the peak of the roof. Let’s step inside. Except for the shingles, they either salvaged or bought the main materials for the house second-hand: Windows: Community Forklift for $25.00 each. They’re samples and don’t actually match, but no matter. Flooring: Habitat for...

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Posted by on May 18, 2016 | 1 comment

10 Colorful Houses of Del Ray

10 Colorful Houses of Del Ray

When in Del Ray I frequently see houses that catch my eye. Luckily, I am always ready to take a picture with my iPhone. There is a famous saying, “the best camera you have is the one you with you.” I find that to be true. The colorful and unique style of homes in Del Ray make the perfect subject, especially for Instagram. Here’s a few of the recent photos we’ve posted on the DIY Del Ray Instagram account. For more fun Instagram shots of Del Ray’s beautiful and unique homes, follow us @diydelray and use the hashtag #delrayva so we can see your photos...

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Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 | 0 comments

Save the Date: 2015 Del Ray Residential Architecture Conference

Save the Date: 2015 Del Ray Residential Architecture Conference

If you love local architecture and history as much as we do, you’ll want to save the date for the Del Ray Residential Architecture Conference on September 19 sponsored by the Del Ray Citizens Association. The event marks the public release of the new Del Ray Pattern Book, a “user-friendly, non-binding, residential architectural pattern book for the Del Ray neighborhood.” The book will be helpful for anyone wishing to make alterations to their homes while maintaining historical design elements. Following the conference, directions will be provided for a self-guided walking tour, taking you by the many different types of architecture we have in the neighborhood. There will also be a preview of some of the homes to be featured on the 2016 Del Ray House & Garden Tour. We don’t know which homes will be highlighted quite yet, but for sure there will be some bungalows, colonials, farmhouses and Sears kit homes similar to these: Stephanie Sample, a historic preservation planner with the city of Alexandria, also tells us...

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Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 | 0 comments

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. 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. 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. These steps, that make up a freestanding set of stairs, are original sawn lumber from the old 1790 Seaport Inn in Alexandria, which...

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