When a Realtor Builds Her Dream Home, Part 2

When we met with our architect, Steve Kulinski, with whom we’ve worked with on many projects over the years, it instantly became clear that he understands who we are and what we’re looking for in our dream home. He came back to us with something we fell in love with immediately! After making sure that the columns on the front and screened-in porches would be square, not round (sorry! I just prefer them square!), we had an agreement and could begin moving forward.

As of January 21st, I am excited to share with you, we actually had a house to see! The metal roof went on last weekend and we’re thrilled to see the exterior progress being made!


After agreeing on the façade, we next attacked the floor plans. It helped tremendously that we have a ton of wonderful friends living in the neighborhood in similarly sized and modeled homes. Again, we don’t have children, but maybe someday in the future (hello, Mother, who is reading this…yes, one day in the future!), we will be blessed enough to, so having mom friends to ask what they like and dislike about their homes was really key! We also factored in complaints that we hear from clients all the time.

Here’s what I call our “non-negotiable list” that I gave to Steve Kulinski:

1) A walk-in pantry

2) A mudroom

3) A garage big enough to comfortably fit two cars and provide some extra storage

4) An open-concept kitchen and family room

5) A kitchen with tons of cabinet space and an island

Then I gave Steve our Dream List:

1) Screened-in porch

2) Double-sided fireplace from family room to screened-in porch

3) Main-level office so I feel like I can interact with others while I work

4) A master bedroom closet big enough for an island

5) A shower with a rain shower head so my 6’5” husband can stand tall!

6) A formal dining room so one day I can host all the family holidays

7) A bedroom-level, “Pinterest-worthy” laundry room

8) An attached bath in each bedroom

9) And, of course, Geoff’s TV room

With that said, we have a budget and we’re sticking to it!

After a few additional meetings with Steve, we now have a final layout. While we didn’t get everything we wanted, we’re pretty darn excited with what was presented to us!

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Born, raised, and bred in Alexandria, VA, Britt Patterson is a true product of the great state of Virginia. Britt attended Waynewood Elementary (Class of ’96), Carl Sandburg Middle School (Class of ’98) , and West Potomac High School (Class of ’02), she then went on to attend Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) where she majored in Business Marketing and Minored in Real Estate. Britt “officially” joined the family business as a licensed Realtor in 2008 after two years of working the political fundraising field and prides herself on her Alexandria real estate knowledge, alongside her integrity, loyalty, and professionalism as an agent and Vice President for the family business.

The Patterson Group is one of the most experienced and trusted real estate teams in the area, serving Alexandria, VA for over thirty years. We offer professional, hardworking, detailed and friendly service and a large network of contacts and resources accrued over our many years in Alexandria real estate. Comprised of seven Alexandria locals, six of whom are licensed realtors and three of whom are accredited staging professionals, The Patterson Group is passionate and knowledgeable about Alexandria, VA and here for all of your Northern VA real estate needs. Allow us to help you find your home here and discover all that the Alexandria lifestyle has to offer.


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