LIFE | STYLE: April 2019

April 30, 2019 (Reston, Virginia)

Spring is here; it’s our favorite season at Gulick Group! Balmy weather, warming sun and the fresh growth help to make every home look its best… and there’s no better time to enjoy the great outdoors, whether in your own backyard or at your favorite park, forest or sporting event.

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Outdoor Living Spaces

A custom Pool, with spa, outdoor living space, and Lanai on a Gulick | One home in Great Falls. ©Hoachlander Davis Photography
©Hoachlander Davis Photography

Indoor/Outdoor Spaces, Views, and Livability of Your Home

Indoor-outdoor living has become a prevalent part of many people’s lives, whether on a grand scale like a screened porch or pool/patio complex, or through a smaller outdoor amenity like an herb garden, coffee patio, pergola, swing, or grilling area.

With the exception of pools, it’s often fairly easy to add outdoor living spaces well after the home is built. If you’re planning a future outdoor space, consider:

  1. Traffic flow through your yard – Will a new space or feature require new walkways or disrupt access to other spaces? How will the construction personnel access the build area, and will it disrupt existing plantings?
  2. Siting – Optimize for sunlight (or shade) in various seasons, and create harmony with your home. You should consider septic field location, if applicable, privacy and access to utilities if your space will need electricity, water, or gas.
  3. Access – How will you access your new living space? If building new, you may want to add one or more extra doors during the build when it’s much easier and less costly. Depending upon the space, a glass wall might help add drama.
  4. Landscaping – Often, the keys to making an outdoor space feel private and highlight the outdoor environment are landscaping and lighting. Especially on smaller homesites, trees, flowering plants, screening, and thoughtful lighting (for evenings) can help enhance the space and mood just like the lighting and finishes in your home do on the inside.

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The Difference is in the Details

Distinctive Doors


Front doors are a natural focal point, helping define your home’s style and curb appeal from the moment your guests arrive. For larger homes with tall ceilings, a larger door—often 8-12 feet high—makes a statement and complements the home’s scale. A solid wood or iron door can evoke a sense of quality. A metal door feels durable and secure, and reduces the periodic maintenance required for a natural wood door. A composite solid core exterior door can provide the beauty and heft of wood, without the tendency to warp or swell from weather extremes, while fiberglass is a practical and affordable choice for secondary exterior doors. Oversized sliding doors for patios and other outdoor living spaces are popular to help bring the outdoors in.

Further, an entry is more than just the door. Transoms, sidelights or glass panels within a front door add light and drama to a foyer. Venetian glass, frosted glass, and similar treatments provide both privacy and light.

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Home of the Month

Winthrop on Homesite 8 at Summer Creek

Revised, Open Kitchen with Optional Sunroom. Note: This home is under contruction. This photo is of a similar model home, elsewhere.
Revised, Open Kitchen with Optional Sunroom. Note: This home is under contruction. This photo is of a similar model home, elsewhere.

The Winthrop on Homesite 8 at Summer Creek is now available for sale, and will be ready for occupancy Late Summer / Early Fall 2019. This beautiful home features approximately 8,500 finished square feet on three levels with a Sunroom, Professional Style Kitchen, and expansive rear views across the Enlarged Rear Deck to a yard lined with mature trees. Plus, the sunlit, fully-finished, Walk-out Lower Level boasts a Walk-Behind Wet bar, Full Bath and Exercise Space. Upstairs you’ll find 5 Bedrooms with en suite Baths, including an ample Owner’s Suite brightly lit with the newly designed Expanded Sitting Room. The setting is impressive, as the home sits above the street in Summer Creek which offers increasingly rare luxury; privacy and quiet in a convenient suburban setting.

Call 703-674-0350 or Contact Us for a private appointment. Brokers warmly welcomed.

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About Gulick Group, Inc.: Established in 1987, Reston-based Gulick Group has developed communities throughout Fairfax and Loudoun Counties, including One Cameron Place and Newport Shores in Reston, The Reserve in McLean, Autumn Wood, Grovemont, and the three Riverbend Communities in Great Falls, Red Cedar West in Leesburg, and Wild Meadow in Ashburn.