The new country estate at 956 Mackall Farm Lane in McLean will be the location for the 8th annual DC Design House, a project that raises money to benefit Children’s National Health System. The 2015 DC Design House will be held from April 11 to May 10.
“We’re excited to have found such a wonderful location and partner for the 2015 DC Design House,” said Skip Singleton, co-founder of the DC Design House. “The new home by Artisan Builders is a charming old farmhouse-style home in McLean, our first venture into Virginia, with many rooms for our team of designers to decorate.”
Built by Artisan Builders and designed by Harrison Design, the 8,869-square-foot home replicates an old American farmhouse. The home is reminiscent of a Virginia countryside home, but offers modern amenities. The interior floor plan is an L shape, which was popular among early farmers because of the ease and efficiency of adding future rooms.
“My partners and I are truly thrilled that Artisan Builders’ new old farmhouse in McLean, Va., has been selected as the 2015 DC Design House,” said Stephen Yeonas of Artisan Builders. “Our entire team is committed to making the event the best ever, while helping a great cause, Children's National Health System.”
THIS MODERN FARMHOUSE offers light-filled interior rooms that blend old elements, such as reclaimed wood and antiques, with new features, including top-of-the-line kitchen appliances.
A gallery finished with stone from an old Virginia farmhouse and a library paneled in quarter-sawn oak are among the vintage touches. The exterior features covered porches, antique style lighting, and natural stone in a random, hand-cut pattern. Landscape design is by Fine Landscapes and sales by Yeonas & Shafran Real Estate.
Some of the area’s top designers previewed more than 20 rooms in the three-level home, which includes first floor formal and family foyers, dining and living rooms, library, kitchen, breakfast room, family room, mudroom and front and rear covered porches. Among the rooms on the upper level are a master suite with reading nook and three secondary suites, while the lower level offers a bistro and bar, media and game rooms, and an additional bedroom and bath.
“We’ll be announcing designers by the end of November,” said Susan Hayes Long, chair of the DC Design House, “and we’re sure the 8th annual DC Design House will continue our tradition of exceptionally innovative designs and inspiration, all while raising money for our beneficiary: Children’s National Health System.”
The interior designers create presentation boards, which show how they would design the home. Volunteer staff choose the designers who will donate their time and talent to transform the house into a showcase home.
The DC Design House began in 2008 as an event for the DC Metro area in which top area designers showcased their talents in a “flowing design home” to raise funds for a local charity. What began as a single event goal to raise funds for Children’s National Health System, formerly Children’s National Medical Center, has developed into an annual residential design attraction and fundraiser.