A trio of homes goes on Parade


Three Alexandria houses will be among the 33 throughout Northern Virginia to be open to the public during the 10th annual Parade of Homes.

The event will be hosted by the Custom Builders Council on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Group admission is $20, to benefit the Ronald McDonald House and other local charities.

For more information, directions and maps to the 33 custom homes featured throughout Northern Virginia, go to www.vaparadeo
or call 703-817-0154 ext. 103.

New Century Homes of Fairfax created the extension that added both 800 square feet of living space and a new contemporary flair to a 1960s split-foyer on Belwood Court.

Located on the left of the original building, the new family room features a vaulted ceiling, a 12-foot foyer ceiling and hardwood floors. High-performance Energy Star windows with transoms, exterior vinyl siding and a new roof create a modern home in harmony with the original style.

In the same spirit, a Cape Cod on Columbia Road was expanded with a new three-story addition, thanks to Nautilus Builders of Hyattsville. It can now accommodate 50 guests in a spacious great room/living room/dining room area, plus a gourmet kitchen. In addition, a spacious master suite was added to the top floor, above a two-car garage.

National Capital Homes of Lorton is displaying a brick Colonial custom home on Accotink Place. The front door is framed by pillars, leading to an elegant marble entrance hall. This sounds the traditional theme, which is echoed in the elegant moldings throughout the house. The main level boasts a formal dining room, great room, conservatory, gourmet kitchen and screened porch. The lower level provides an entertainment area with a wet bar and a full bedroom. Six bedrooms, seven baths plus a powder room and three fireplaces help make this a true luxury home.