Carrington Homes specialize in building high-end projects in the regions of Fairfax and Loudoun Counties—but according to marketing manager Kristen Brittingham, that is as far afield as the company plans to go. “We prefer to keep the scope of the business small,” she explains. “This is our niche, right here.”
Carrington Homes builds 40 to 50 houses a year—usually, in communities, it owns, but also in established, multi-builder developments. The firm has a portfolio of about 20 architectural plans, ranging in style from French Country and Craftsman to Shingle and Colonial Revival—all designed by architect James McDonald of James McDonald Associate Architects. Once a buyer has decided on a particular style, McDonald will customize it in a collaborative process to accommodate the clients’ wishes.
In addition to the houses Carrington Homes builds in Loudoun and Fairfax communities, the company has also launched a build-on-your-lot program for buyers who already own their properties. Homes in this program are currently poised for construction in Vienna, Oakton, McLean, Great Falls and Clifton. “These are true custom homes designed by James MacDonald, and they can be built on lots in a wide range of sizes,” explains Brittingham. Available home styles include Craftsman, French and English Country and American Farmhouse.
Carrington works with buyers to customize elevations, making changes to doors, porches and front entries as well as floor plans. A wide range of square footage options is available. Kitchen, bath and interior design services are also on offer; designers on staff help with interior paint colors, furniture placement, flooring selections, lighting, finishes and more.
When it comes to construction, the company places a premium on high-quality construction materials. Exteriors showcase metal and copper accents, mahogany front doors, HardiePlank siding, Cushwa molded brick and quarried stone. Distinctive architectural flourishes like gable and hip roofs, dormers, porches, porticos and window and door details impart character to each home. Inside, custom millwork and built-ins abound. “We are passionate about architectural details,” Brittingham explains. “So all interiors feature extensive woodwork throughout.”
Recent Carrington properties have also featured a smaller, detached structure termed an accessory house, with a full kitchen and bath, one to three bedrooms and an option for its own one-car garage. Designed with the extended family in mind, it visually complements the main structure.
Model homes on display at any given time represent all the classical styles Carrington Homes offers. Houses start in the $600s for a 3,000-square-foot residence in Loudoun County, and in the $800s for a 3,500-square-foot residence in Fairfax County.
FACTS & STATS
Carrington Homes has a staff of 16, including project supervisors, purchasers, and a designer. The company employs a stable of sub-contractors on a nearly full-time basis.
Specialties—The company has homes in six communities in Loudoun County and three communities in Fairfax County. Homes in the build-on-your-own-lot program may be in other locations.