Designed by David Easton, Glen Love Cottage is the first
home built in the new Vineyard Estates.
Kluge Winery Opens Luxury Community
Set on the grounds of Patricia Kluge’s scenic Kluge Estate Winery & Vineyard near Charlottesville, Virginia, the new community of Vineyard Estates offers the best of fine living in a natural vineyard setting. Custom estates will be developed on 511 acres of Kluge’s 2,000-acre property and more than half of the 24 planned home locations will have their own vineyards. Owners may even choose to participate in the actual winemaking process.
Homeowners will also have access to a 24/7 concierge service, the Vineyard Ballroom (a pavilion on the winery property) and the Kluge SP Winery’s special-event rooms for large private events as well as intimate gatherings.
The first home built in the new Vineyard Estates, Glen Love Cottage, is designed by David Easton and situated on three acres that include a half-acre vineyard planted with Chardonnay grapes. The home is approximately 6,400 square feet and has five bedrooms with five full baths and two powder rooms. The cook’s kitchen is outfitted with Viking appliances and Durango limestone countertops. A swimming pool flanked by orchards, formal flower gardens and an herb garden are some highlights of the exterior surroundings.
The house was created to set the standard for Vineyard Estates and to put its green-building practices in place. Glen Love Cottage uses geothermal heat and has a sustainable generator for emergency back-up. It was also built to be equipped with solar panels at the discretion of the owner. Exterior materials include cypress, some of which was reclaimed from Southern riverbeds. Hardwood floors on the interior are made of oak reclaimed from old barns and factories.
Homes at Vineyard Estates will be sited on parcels varying from three to 33 acres. Sites with homes will be priced between $7 million and $23 million and raw land between $1.3 million and $5 million. Each home will be built to the owner’s custom specifications in one of the following six styles: Early Virginian, Georgian, Federal, Gothic, Beaux Arts and Early Modern.
For more information, call 434-220-5902 or visit www.vineyardestatesonline.com
The Greenbrier Sporting Club Goes Green
The Greenbrier Sporting Club, located on the grounds of The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, is adding a green neighborhood to its newest real estate development at Summit Village.
Situated atop the 3,300-foot peak of Greenbrier Mountain, the new green homes feature architectural designs that blend into their dramatic forest surroundings while providing the comfort and convenience that club members expect.
Green homes will be built on 56 unique home sites ranging in size from slightly less than one acre to more than six acres.
Assembling a “whole-house” design philosophy, architect Campion Platt consults on design for the green homes. He has developed a palette of healthy, “green” interior finishes and eco-friendly “green” furniture packages for the new homes.
“In addition to preserving the land, this is truly one of the first green villages dedicated entirely to whole-house design, energy use and environmental impact,” says Dan Paquette, Director of Development, DPS Sporting Club Development. “On many lots the opportunity exists to harvest supplemental energy from geothermal sources and capture rainwater for reuse. Each green home at The Greenbrier incorporates environmental considerations and resource efficiency into every step of the planning, design and building process. Home sites minimize environmental impact, while enforcing the extraordinary architectural principles already a hallmark at The Greenbrier.”
Homes will be built and maintained through Model Green Home Building Guidelines set by the National Association of Homebuilders, which encourage the use of building materials (exterior or interior) sourced within 300 miles of the home site to minimize the carbon footprint.
Interior doors in the green homes will be made of either recycled materials (molded doors) or sustainable fir veneers while wood floors will be either reclaimed from local sources or indigenous, regionally harvested and sustainable oak. Countertops will be soapstone, granite or marble supplied from regional sources.
Member residents at the Sporting Club have access to the resort’s world-class amenities including Audubon Certified Golf Courses, fly-fishing on some of the best rivers east of the Mississippi, falconry, shooting ranges, equestrian stables, luxury spas and fine dining.
For more information, call 888-741-8989 or visit www.greenbriergreenhomes.com
Custom Builder Awards of Excellence
Thirty-two local custom homebuilders, architects and remodelers were recognized recently in the 15th Annual Custom Builder Awards of Excellence, sponsored by the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association. The Awards celebrate excellence in construction, architecture and design in the Washington metropolitan region.
Bell Builders took home top honors in the category of Traditional Custom Homes for a home designed by architect Hutchinson & Associates. Chuck Sullivan Homes and architect Studio Z Design Concepts won the top prize in the category of Transitional Custom Homes. The winners in the Contemporary Custom Homes category were Stevens Builders, Inc., and architect Dan Ball and Associates.
In the category of Custom Homes Under 3,500 Square Feet, Block Builders and GTM Architects won the gold medal. Rosenthal Homes and Studio Z Design Concepts took top honors in Custom Homes Between 3,500 and 5,000 Square Feet. Two gold medals were awarded in the category of Custom Homes Between 5,000 and 7,500 Square Feet, one to Block Builders and GTM Architects, and one to Bell Builders, Inc. and architect Hutchinson + Associates, LLC.