The home, built in 1988, has gained a garage with a garret apartment and a one-bedroom B&B in a converted shed in recent years. Designed so there's no opportunity for segregation, the 16'-wide home has no den, family room, or kids' room. One end of the long, flexible space is organized around a fireplace. Photo: Stephen Barling

Through the years: With the family grown, a home evolves

As children grow up, change is a constant. So it’s appropriate that their surroundings would continually evolve along with them. In the case of Kirk and Cathy Train, the process of raising two children has been intertwined with the process of building, rethinking and rebuilding their house. “Buildings and houses are living fabric,” said Kirk, […]

The spacious porch, a custom-built frame of Spanish cedar, is flanked by two bluestone patios and walls of Pennsylvania fieldstone. Photo: Andrea Hubbell

Big screen: Two walls make a porch for three seasons

Upgrading a stoop to a screened porch is roughly like trading a cot for a California king: It really does make your life better. The owners of one 1940s-era house in Charlottesville knew they’d reap many benefits from investing in the outdoor space behind their home. Justin Heiser of the design-build firm STOA said it […]