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Construction of a new home for the owner of Great Jones Developments and his family will commence in Franklin Park, McLean in the coming months.

The home has been designed in the "Shingle Style", a style of architecture that evolved for a short period in the late 19th Century and marked a significant shift in American housing styles. Shingle architecture broke free from lavish, decorative designs popular in Victorian times. Deliberately rustic, the style suggested a more relaxed, informal style of living. It was thought this style of home would blend in well with the treed environment of Franklin Park and the generous proportions of this lot. The Shingle Style is one of the most wholly American styles of architecture.

The home will be certified by EarthCraft Virginia as an energy efficient, environmentally friendly house. The house will incorporate a number of innovative features and best practices to ensure that future energy use will be minimized and the environmental impact softened. Some of these features include:

  • Predominantly ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) construction to maximize tightness of the building envelope.
  • SIPS (structural insulated panels) in construction of the garage and studio
  • Geothermal Heat Exchange for heating and cooling and hot water heating
  • Radiant floor heating for efficient and comfortable heating
  • Gray water recycling (eg. Reusing shower and lavatory water for flushing of water closets)
  • Rainwater harvesting for irrigation and landscape water features
  • Preservation of old growth trees
  • Recycling and Compost centers
  • Triple-pane, fiberglass windows
  • Closed cell foam insulation to seal and insulate attic space
  • Solar Panel installation for provision of secondary electricity generation
  • Use of an ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator) to reduce load on heating and cooling equipment and improve indoor air quality
  • Use of Humidistats to control indoor moisture and improve air quality
  • Use of dual flush water closets and low flow water fixtures
  • Use of a heat exchanger to recapture hot water energy lost down drains after use
  • Smart house wiring system to accurately control energy usage, heating and cooling as well as providing for home entertainment, lighting, home security and other features.
  • Use of "Energy Star" compliant appliances wherever possible
  • Use of low VOC building materials and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified lumber where possible

The aim of the Builder is to show that an environmentally friendly house need not look radically different from a traditional home and that it can provide the same utility as a conventionally built house with no sacrifices in comforts or conveniences

Whether your dream home is 1,000 or 10,000 square feet, we're confident we can offer innovations that will make your home more energy efficient, environmentally friendly and more comfortable and healthy to live in, not to mention beautifully designed.

If you are considering building a new home and would like to learn more about what is happening here, please contact our office to schedule a visit. Once building gets underway, we would be more than happy to guide you through some of the features of the house so you may see what may be appropriate or desirable for your own home.