Walking up to the house, past the front rain garden of native and drought tolerant plants, the discerning eye can spot clever details such as the well crafted cedar columns framing the welcoming front porch, and the charming garage doors which compliment the grey flagstone masonry. The grand eight foot front doors are set with a rippled glass and wrought iron detailing which speaks to the artistry you will see inside the gallery foyer.
Upon entering the home, you’ll find a perfectly balanced staircase leading to the top floor with Southern exposure’s colorful autumn light beaming through to highlight the artfully decadent chair railing and crown molding which is mirrored in the front living room and formal dining. Seed co-founder, Rachel Puri notes that “the intention for the home is to have open spaces wherever possible, creating fewer boundaries.” This is perfectly showcased in the flow of the first floor, where natural light floods the morning room, gourmet kitchen and family room, it is truly a showstopper. The double glazed, low E casement windows provide an elegance and efficiency that is evident in their placement and ability to create a very nice cross ventilation throughout the home.
Elements of luxury and elegance are echoed throughout the home in the beautiful selections. They were hand picked by the team to define a custom and luxurious feel while being conscientious of the high performance certifications. The richly hued select oak hardwoods were locally harvested and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and the art-piece like exotic Patagonia granite seamlessly ties the kitchen together like a glittering jewel. Each item of this home was thoughtfully and specifically chosen to meet high standards of luxury, performance and quality.
Fairfax County has only seen one of the coveted LEED certified homes, and Virginia has only had 15 LEED homes certified through their program to-date, making this house an icon of quality construction.
The quality of this home is not only measured by the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED home program, but also incorporates the EPA’s Indoor AirPLUS and the ENERGY STAR Home builder program certification. Living in the Forester, a family can still enjoy the spoils of spacious, luxurious, McLean living, but with the added bonus of a healthier home and reduced energy costs. It is a win-win all around.