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Friday, October 17, 2008

Reston Home Tour: Lemons Into Lemonade

This weekend's Reston Home Tour is like Christmas to fans of our New Town(tm)'s eclectic architecture, but we were taken by an unusually honest assessment of one of the homes on display this year:

One couple purchased a Reston home that was later found to have structural issues and therefore had to be remodeled, Haukness said. "These things forced them to renovate when they wouldn't have otherwise," she said. But the couple "turned lemons into lemonade," and the contemporary house is beautiful with many green features, Haukness said.
Riiight. Lemons into... mauve-colored lemonade.

Anyway, other homes include a Town Center condo (we hope it has a better view than this place), another home on Hidden Creek Golf Course (just follow the sliced balls) and a house with... an elevator. You heard us right, an elevator, like they have in those fancypants tall buildings in New York City and whatnot. What will they think of next -- a mechanical device which, when signaled by a remote-controlled radio transmitter, operates a chain-driven mechanism to open a garage door? Maybe we'll see one of those "garage-door openers" next year, assuming the global economy doesn't utterly and irrevocably collapse and we're not shuffling from Maytag to Whirlpool appliance boxes, gawking in envy at people's corrugated "great" rooms.

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