Coastal Virginia Idea House

2020 CoVa Idea House: Home Is Where the Harbor Is

Coco Chanel, the iconic post-WWI French fashion designer, once famously said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” As the award-winning team at Stephen Alexander Homes & Neighborhoods set about designing the Marina…

2020 CoVa Idea House: Relax and Stay a While

Residing at the nexus of creek and bay, sea and shore, and past and present is the latest addition to Stephen Alexander Homes and Neighborhoods’ “Little Big House Collection.” Here at the Marina Cottages—the last neighborhood to be developed in Norfolk’s charming East…

2020 CoVa Idea House: Serious Fun

If you could have a 16-foot wide “kitchen window” framing a view of boats bobbing in their berths in the sparkling waters near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, you would want that, yes? Of course you would. And that’s…

2019 CoVa Idea Houses

Thoughtful decisions about our homes can lead to happier and even healthier living. And Idea Homes provide owners and buyers with lots of food for thought. Top tier magazines like Southern Living, Sunset, House Beautiful—and, of course, Coastal Virginia—embrace the…

2019 CoVa Idea House: Double the Details

What’s better than a houseful of great ideas? Why, two housefuls of great ideas. With one house taking shape in Williamsburg and the other on the Southside, we’ve got you covered, Colonial to Coastal. The Rose Eleganza The creation of…

2018 CoVa Idea House: York Lane Cottage

Photography by Jonathan Edwards Like sipping champagne on your daysailer, the stunning 2018 Coastal Virginia Magazine Idea House is proof positive that elegance and a casual, coastal lifestyle need not be mutually exclusive. The York Lane Cottage, with its turn-of-the-century…

2018 CoVa Idea House Preview

LOL. Laugh Out Loud? Oh, heck no. Luxury Outdoor Living. According to Stephen Quick IV, of Stephen Alexander Homes, the stunning deep water setting of the 2018 Coastal Virginia Magazine Idea House inspired the design of this home and informed…

2017 CoVa Idea House: A Pearl Of A House

Photos by Jonathan Edwards Media An oyster shell—where ruggedness and refinement coalesce in one intriguing package—was the perfect inspiration for the 2017 Coastal Virginia Magazine Idea House, the second partnership between Coastal Virginia Magazine and Stephen Alexander Homes and Neighborhoods.…

2017 CoVa Idea House: Bright and Beautiful Ideas

On a bright, beautiful and freezing cold day in December, I was treated to a private “sneak preview” tour of “The Gloucester,” Coastal Virginia Magazine’s 2017 Idea House. It was similarly bright and beautiful. The second such partnership between Coastal…

2017 CoVa Idea House: Bursting With Ideas

Situated on a 15,000-square-foot lot on a “very green site” that backs up to Lago Mar, the house, which will sell in the low $800,000s, sports 3,800 square feet of living space and at least 50 windows.