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Old 07-05-2011, 10:48 AM
 
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Will this area ever get away from the brick, Georgian/Colonial McMansion style that seems to charactererize just about every NoVA SFH built since the early '90's?
No .
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Old 07-05-2011, 12:31 PM
 
Location: South South Jersey
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Hmm... at least out here in the outer 'burbs, the faux Colonial McMansions seem to be outnumbered by the.. um.. extreme-late-20th-c. 'eclectic' (that's such a kind modifier, IMO) ones - you know, lots of random little peaked gables and stuff. But, yes, they are brick. I did finally see an entire neighborhood of the infamous vinyl-sided McMansions after venturing out to the Dulles area the other night to dine at the new Generous George's (not worth it, BTW).

I actually don't mind the early 1980s pseudo Colonials on lots large enough to contain them. Maybe that's because I spent part of my childhood growing up in one (in the Chicago suburbs).

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Old 07-05-2011, 12:39 PM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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Hmm... at least out here in the outer 'burbs, the faux Colonial McMansions seem to be outnumbered by the faux 'eclectic'
Like "wait, shouldn't this belong to one of Louis XIV's ministers" that kind of eclectic?
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Old 07-05-2011, 12:44 PM
 
Location: South South Jersey
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Like "wait, shouldn't this belong to one of Louis XIV's ministers" that kind of eclectic?
Yes, yes - *exactly* that kind of eclectic.
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Old 07-05-2011, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Dudes in brown flip-flops
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Like "wait, shouldn't this belong to one of Louis XIV's ministers" that kind of eclectic?
Oh man, those crack me up. It's like some first year architecture student was looking through a book of architectural features and just added each one he or she liked. No editing process whatsoever. I keep waiting to see my "dream house" with an onion dome, a functionless gate not attached to an actual fence, and a minaret for good measure.
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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How about more square shaped contemporaries with lots of glass, wood, and/or cement? What's funny is the high end modern furniture you see advertised in the New York Times and upscale magazines seems to fit better with that style than in a Georgian style McMansion. Granted they may be pitching that toward the Manhattan high-rise market. Or are a lot of homeowners here mixing traditional exteriors with modern interiors?
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:34 PM
 
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How about more square shaped contemporaries with lots of glass, wood, and/or cement? What's funny is the high end modern furniture you see advertised in the New York Times and upscale magazines seems to fit better with that style than in a Georgian style McMansion. Granted they may be pitching that toward the Manhattan high-rise market. Or are a lot of homeowners here mixing traditional exteriors with modern interiors?
I've seen some oddly modern stuff inside some of those McMansions.

How about this for a square-shaped contemporary? You can be modern and hip while still being prepared for the apocalypse.
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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For being a fairly well heeled and progressive area politically we seem awfully conservative in our preferences for food, clothing, and shelter. Not much "cutting edge" about NoVA. Is that its charm?
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Old 07-06-2011, 02:00 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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I love the ACTUAL Colonials, Capes, and bungalows built before 1945 or so. The stuff they're calling that now doesn't even resemble the real thing.

But a lot of that is due to the cheapness of the builders. We visited a friend in the Lower Greenville area of Dallas recently; the newer houses there are built to blend right in with the older ones, so that you can hardly tell they're new. Really nice masonry work, tasteful scale--why can't they do that here?

As to stucco: Check out this one -- what I think is a beautiful Spanish Colonial in the Cherrydale section of N. Arlington. And then rotate the Streetview 180 degrees to see the beautiful stucco foursquare right across from it.
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Old 07-06-2011, 02:32 PM
 
Location: NOVA
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It'd be great to see some "normal" sized SFHs in the area, but the land is too valuable so they mostly build THs or the McMansion.
I've been hoping for "normal' sized homes in the area for years. Even the townhouses are becoming too big for my taste. I've given up. There's nothing homey or cozy about the homes built in this area since the mid-80s. And forget getting any kind of decent yard or distance between you and your neighbor.
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