Six Things To Love About the Coastal Virginia Idea House

1. Amazing Architecture: Even before your entrance to the house, plan to be awe-struck on the approach as you take in the nostalgic, Nantucket-style architecture that is described as the “epitome of a coastal lifestyle” by builder Stephen Quick IV of Stephen Alexander Homes. Alluring architectural details include cement, cedar shake siding; grouped and small square windows; and a wooden door with glass panels, sidelights and transom. Most impressive, of course, is the can’t-miss Gambrel roof, with a beautiful oval window and subtle gingerbread detailing at the peak. 

2. Decadent Details: A lot of little touches add up in a big way inside the Idea House, as one recognizes the importance of details such as a polished chrome Brizio faucet in the master bath that looks as if molten metal has twisted up out of the floor and gracefully arched over into the tub; a kitchen pantry outfitted with electric, marble backsplash and door made out of a surfboard; and a laundry room with 13-foot ceilings that double as pretty much anything—craft suite, scrapbooking room, DIY headquarters and more.

3. Creative Craftsmanship: Master trim work on both floors of the home stands out and elevates its charm to a new level. Look for a coiffered ceiling in the main living space, five-panel doors, interior transoms, and high-end molding—picture frame, beadboard and crown—throughout. “We wanted it to be like a 100-year-old house that had a modern renovation without losing its character,” explained Quick.

4. Stunningly Open Space: A signature of Stephen Alexander homes is open and airy living spaces, and the Idea House takes this family-friendly feature to a new level with a 13-foot kitchen island (able to accommodate five barstools) that serves as the hub of the home. The kitchen also offers a huge, farm-house sink, separate wine bar, inset drawers and all Thermador appliances. In other areas of the home, smart uses of space include plenty of built-ins and benches for tucking away clutter. 

5. Outdoor Oasis: Of course, no coastal home is complete without an inviting outdoor space. The Idea House’s back porch blurs the line between inside and out and leads the way to a half-acre lot landscaped with native vegetation by Visionscapes. A fully fenced front and backyard allows for ample privacy, and an outdoor shower complete with surfboard doors offers a space to rinse off before stepping back inside, onto the handscraped, wide-plank hardwoods.

6. Auction Opportunity: If you love what you see at the Idea House, no need to scramble for your smart phone to snap a picture. All of the furniture from Esprit Decor Home Furnishings will be up for auction, with the proceeds going to charity. You will have the chance to bid on an entire room—it’s decorating the easy way.

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