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Posted by on May 20, 2014 | 3 comments

Chris and Lisa’s Converted “Carriage” House

Chris and Lisa’s Converted “Carriage” House

One of the many interesting things you learn from the Del Ray House and Garden Tour is the history of the homes in our neighborhood. Chris and Lisa’s house — which we first shared in a sneak preview in April — is one of these Del Ray properties with a unique story. You can’t tell by looking at it now, but Chris and Lisa’s home was originally a quarter of the size it is today. In 1987, a small one-bedroom loft was built onto an existing structure (a garage, or the more romantic term, carriage house) that belonged to the neighboring house on Howell Ave. The garage was torn down, and the small living space was rented out for a period of time before being rezoned as its own residence on Dewitt Ave. Previous owners expanded the building with a two-level addition in 2005, transforming the petite 750-square-foot space into a modest 1,200-square-foot home. The house was in move-in condition when Chris and Lisa bought it in 2012. The...

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Posted by on May 13, 2014 | 3 comments

Jon and Lisa’s DIY Fixer

Jon and Lisa’s DIY Fixer

If you went on the Del Ray House and Garden Tour this past weekend, you got to see something new for the tour, a house currently undergoing renovations. This “project” house is the work of homeowners Lisa and Jon, a pair of intrepid DIYers who are turning a classic Del Ray fixer into their dream home. At the next Del Ray House and Garden Tour (in 2016), their house will once again be featured on the tour — most likely it will look very different — but in case you missed this year’s event, here’s a look at the before state of the house. Jon and Lisa bought the house two years ago from the Burke and Herbert bank next door. It had been a rental for over 40 years — those 40 years came with a wide variety of decorating styles in the form of wallpaper, wall-to-wall carpet, paint and wood paneling. It also came with dated fixtures, a lack of air conditioning and water and roofing issues....

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Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 | 0 comments

Sneak Preview #5: 2014 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

Sneak Preview #5: 2014 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

This is a home on the 2014 Del Ray House and Garden Tour you’ll want to linger in, taking note of all of the beautiful renovations and the exquisite interior design, not to mention the gorgeous gardens. The owners have done a lot of the work in their 1920s home themselves incorporating salvaged and repurposed materials like the original pine floors, old doors, and doorknobs. These hand-built bookcases run the length of the 25-foot living room — look closely for the secret TV compartment over the gas fireplace. Additional architectural features include two sets of French doors on the main floor and an expanded kitchen. Among their many projects, the owners can tell you how they installed frosted glass in a salvaged old door in the upstairs bathroom. And one of the most delightful features of this home is getting to witness the owners’ interior design and artistic talent up close. I’m tempted to recommend that you head straight for the garden before touring the interior of the home...

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Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Carol’s Restored Vintage Charmer

Carol’s Restored Vintage Charmer

Psst — Carol’s house is currently on the market! Read below to see the fabulous work she has done and then click through to see the listing. It’s a rare treat when we get to track the progress of a home renovation from beginning to end. We were thrilled when Carol welcomed us into her home two years ago to see the work she was just beginning. Now we’re excited to show you what she has accomplished over the past two years. You can read the entire before story, but in a nutshell, here was the house when Carol purchased it. The yard was so overgrown, the neighbors had complained the uninhabited house was leading to criminal activity on the street. After a massive yard clean-up, we could finally see the house. Today, it has a new roof and trees are starting to fill in some color. Two years ago, the side yard was also cleared and graded. And today it’s home to trees, shrubs and a healthy green...

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Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 | 0 comments

Sneak Preview #4: 2014 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

Sneak Preview #4: 2014 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

Creative, quirky, stylish, sentimental and full of personality — that’s how I would describe this next house on the 2014 Del Ray House and Garden Tour. Interestingly, this building was never meant to be a house (at the tour you’ll find out its original purpose), but walk through the front door and you’ll know you’re at home. Artistic, whimsical and even humorous accents can be found in every room… Take your time to explore every inch of this small but spacious home. Of special note, check out the over-sized windows in the master bedroom overlooking the cherry trees, as well as the Alfred Hitchcock-inspired bathroom, the wall of records, the art (almost all made by local artists from A Show of Hands) and the private garden out back. The Del Ray House and 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...

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