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Charity Home Tour to benefit St. Lucy Project

When does a townhome become dated? The answer is subjective. But 40 years is a long life cycle for any style preference. And it's not simply that surfaces become tired, or that formerly sparkling appliances are now anachronisms.

The bigger point: the home's best assets are not being presented in bold relief. What you have seen so often becomes invisible. The impulse is to renew everything — and not just the house, but your enjoyment of it. It's a situation that calls for new thinking, and a new era.

Such is the motivation behind many a modern makeover, said Craig Durosko, founder and chairman of Sun Design Remodeling, and the professional who guided the 1,575-square-foot home now featured in his company's annual “Remodeler's Charity Tour” from vague proposal to the gleaming showplace that will be open to the public Nov. 4 from noon  to 4 p.m.

As in the past, Sun Design's remodeled home tour benefits a local charity. Donations this year will help the St. Lucy Project, an affiliate of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, and Christ House in Alexandria. Both are engaged actively in distributing nutritional foods to food-insecure people within the diocese.

To simplify the food donation process this year, CCDA will have a van near the Rushen house all day. Meanwhile, visitors searching for remodeling ideas will find fresh design concepts and space plan innovations throughout the residence.

Located at 417 Pitt Mews in Alexandria, the Colonial-style townhouse has been owned by Steven and Mary Rushen since 2006. The recently executed top-to-bottom makeover incorporates a fully renovated kitchen with walk-in pantry, a master bedroom suite with an enlarged master bathroom, and a completely re-invented living room/dining room with enhanced built-ins and a stunning view of Alexandria's Old Town district.

“We've learned how our open houses can serve the community,” said Sun Design President Bob Gallagher, who grew up in Clifton. “Homeowners enjoy seeing what their neighbors are doing to improve their homes, but they're also happy to help less fortunate people around them.”

Byrd (byrdmatx@gmail.com) has been writing about home improvement for 30 years.

Find out more

 Go to https://www.sundesigninc.com/events/remodeled-home-tour/.

To donate food or volunteer to help the St. Lucy Project, contact Patty Kuntz at pkuntz@ccda.net or call 703/479-2975.


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017