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House of the Week | McLean contemporary for $1.35 million

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This week’s featured home in McLean is a nature lover’s delight. Nestled between the trees on a 3-acre lot, the contemporary deckhouse blends seamlessly into its surroundings.

The main living areas, both upstairs and down, have a wall of energy-efficient thermal windows that floods the space with light. The pale exposed Douglas fir beams and wood ceilings and floors encourage sunlight to bounce around the rooms, while the handcrafted mahogany trim on the windows frames the panoramic views of the wooded setting.

“We like to be outside, so the openness of this house and all the windows appealed to us,” Michael Cotter, one of the owners of the home told The Post for an article in April.

When renovating the home, the owners wanted to maintain much of the 1989 Deck House design but incorporate more of the outdoors. They turned to local architect Benjamin Ames because of his “clean-lined aesthetic,” as Cotter put it.

“They completely opened everything up so that you take full advantage of every inch, with incredible light and views of the 3-acre property from every room,” listing agent Mark McFadden of Washington Fine Properties wrote in an e-mail. “The flow is superb, easily moving from the gourmet kitchen, breakfast area, dining room, living room, TV room and master suite.”

The four-bedroom, 31 / 2-bath home has two wood-burning fireplaces and a gas fireplace in the breakfast nook. The master bedroom and its bath are separated only by the bed’s towering wooden headboard. The screened porch and wraparound deck provide plenty of space for outdoor entertaining.

The 4,232-square-foot house is on the market for $1.35 million.

Listing: 1020 Towlston Rd., McLean

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Kathy Orton is a reporter and Web editor for the Real Estate section. She covers the Washington metropolitan area housing market.


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