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Evergreene Homes arrives

September 23, 2012 12:10 am

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Gently curved streets with sidewalks and curbing give this neighborhood in 'The Manors' portion of Lee's Parke subdivision a clean and welcoming look. hg092312evergreeneram07.jpg

The staircase with its curved rail lands in the foyer and leads to the Lexington's living room. hg092312evergreeneram04.jpg

Evergreene Homes offers a patterned stone walkway and patio as an optional upgrade. hg092312evergreeneram01.jpg

The mud room in the Lexington, a new home built by Evergreene Homes in the Lee^BENT^0027^EENT^s Parke subdivision in Spotsylvania County. (Sept. 4, 2012) (Robert A. Martin/The Free Lance-Star) ------ two col color photos hg092312evergreeneram09.jpg

The foyer continues to the family room, just the place to welcome in family and friends. hg092312evergreeneram05.jpg

The Lexington's main-level family room is part of an open floor plan that flows from the kitchen and breakfast area. Upgraded moldings and trim are elegant touches in the model home. hg092312evergreeneram02.jpg

The detail in the family room fireplace in the Lexington, a new home built by Evergreene Homes in the Lee^BENT^0027^EENT^s Parke subdivision in Spotsylvania County. (Sept. 4, 2012) (Robert A. Martin/The Free Lance-Star) ------ 2 col color hg092312evergreeneram06.jpg

The Lexington's kitchen was designed with upgraded granite countertops, dark cherry cabinets, stainless steel appliances and pendant lighting. hg092312evergreeneram08.jpg

The finished basement offers wide-open spaces in the Lexington, Evergreene Homes' recently completed model at Lee's Parke subdivision. hg092312evergreeneram11.jpg

The master suite features a tray ceiling with crown molding and an eye-catching paint scheme. hg092312evergreeneram16.jpg

The clubhouse and community pool complex at Lee's Parke.

BY RICHARD AMRHINE

Considering the plight of the residential construction industry in the Fredericksburg area in recent years, it's refreshing to learn that a regional builder is making its first foray into the area.

Evergreene Homes is based in Chantilly and has built in more than a dozen neighborhoods in the Washington area since it was established in 2007. Added to that list are projects in Bethany Beach, Del., and now at Lee's Parke in Spotsylvania County.

Leslie Mytrysak, new-home sales manager for Evergreene at Lee's Parke, said the company is enthused about the opportunity to build in the Fredericksburg area, and already has lots under contract in Lee's Parke.

"It might seem odd to hear that a [residential building] company got started in 2007," she said--when the downturn was beginning to reveal itself. "But they knew what they were doing."

She said the company was started by industry veterans with decades of experience who weren't already holding the baggage of overpriced lots that put many builders in jeopardy in the mid-2000s.

"They started by building on lots people owned," she said. "And then it went from five or six [houses] a year to 15, 20, 100, which is what we're looking at this year. Things are definitely getting better."

LEE'S PARKE OFFERINGS

Evergreene holds 200 lots in various sections of Lee's Parke, and has released 68 for which infrastructure is completed.

The company recently completed and furnished its first model home at Lee's Parke, the Lexington, which will be on the Fredericksburg Area Builders Association Parade of Homes on the first two weekends of October.

The Lexington starts at 2,149 square feet of finished living space, plus unfinished basement, and lists for $319,900.

The model home version includes a finished basement and a two-story morning room bump-out, boosting the square footage to 3,600 and pricing out at about $330,000. The model, as built, with custom exterior stonework, composite deck, whole-house sound system and pretty much all the bells and whistles the company offers, would come to about $434,000.

Three other Evergreene designs, one smaller and two larger than the Lexington, are available for "The Manors" portion of Lee's Parke, south of Spotsylvania Parkway. Evergreene offers still-larger designs of up to nearly 4,000 finished square feet, not including basement, for its lots in Lee's Parke Estates, north of the parkway.

Mytrysak said that as a regional builder, Evergreene prides itself on attention to detail and flexibility in construction that many volume builders can't or won't provide.

"We're not here to fit you into our house, but to fit our house around you," she said.

Evergreene deals exclusively with W.C. Ralston Architects of Chantilly.

TOURING THE MODEL

Visitors are greeted by a brick stoop that is standard for the elevation used for the Lexington model. The front door has a formal look with sidelights and a transom that shower the foyer with natural light.

The model's handsome decor was designed by Interior Concepts Inc. of Annapolis, Md.

To the right is the formal dining room, with an upgraded trim package that includes crown molding, chair rail and shadow boxes. It is connected to the kitchen via a butler's pantry.

To the left of the foyer is a compact living room--a sitting area that would be a great space to curl up with a good book.

The entire main level has hardwood flooring and 9-foot ceilings. Standard features throughout include wide baseboard trim, four-panel doors, fireplace mantels with dentil molding and brushed nickel doorknobs and plumbing fixtures.

The foyer continues toward the main living area. It's an open floor plan with island kitchen, breakfast nook and family room.

The kitchen offers a handsome look of granite countertops, tall kitchen cabinets and stainless-steel appliances. The model's granite and cabinetry are upgrades from the standard.

The optional morning room bump-out is a nice addition to the area, and opens to the rear deck. Skipping the bump-out would mean direct access to an expanded deck from the breakfast area.

Another nice touch in the model is a mudroom from the garage that features Evergreene's award-winning cubby design--a place dedicated to stowage of the kids' coats and backpacks.

That arrangement also puts the laundry pair upstairs, where the dirty laundry is.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms and three full bathrooms. The master suite, with an elegant tray ceiling, adjoins a large walk-in closet and a luxury bathroom with dual vanity. The model sacrifices a tub for a larger tile shower and solid-surface vanity. Cultured marble is standard.

A clever look in the model's master bath is the tree wallpaper that mimics the stand of trees seen through the bathroom window.

Two other nice-sized secondary bedrooms share a bathroom. The third secondary bedroom is set up as an office with a daybed. With its own full bathroom, it could also make the perfect guest room.

Mytrysak notes that Evergreene offers any combination of second-story flooring, from full hardwood to wall-to-wall carpet.

The finished basement includes a large recreation room with space for a pool table and a home theater area. There's also a full bathroom and a room that could be used for exercise or hobbies.

Downstairs is also home to the highly efficient climate control system. By participating in the Home Energy Rating System program, or HERS, Evergreene is able to verify the energy-efficiency of its homes for its buyers. The rating is determined by an independent third party.

HERS sets a rating of 100 for the typical standard new home. A rating of 85 achieves an Energy Star Home qualification. Evergreene homes have achieved a 70.6 rating, meaning that an owner would spend less than 71 cents for heating and cooling that would cost the standard new home owner $1.

Outside, the Evergreene model features custom designed stone walks, both back and front. Out front, an exterior lamp is standard.

Richard Amrhine: 540/374-5406
Email: ramrhine@freelancestar.com




Lee's Parke was approved for 2,250 single-family homes, plus 400,000 square feet of commercial space, by the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors in 2002. The board stipulated that build-out not occur within 14 years in order to phase in the growth.

The county also received proffers from developer Fried Cos. of Springfield that included 2.3 miles of Spotsylvania Parkway between U.S. 1 and Leavells Road.

Fried vice president David Lesser said the developer still holds hundreds of lots in the 1,125-acre subdivision and, noting the economic downturn that stunted residential growth, now anticipates build-out in 2022, 20 years after approval.

The future commercial development is slated for the open space on the south side of Spotsylvania Parkway.

--Richard Amrhine




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