A Mega Mansion with a Small-Home Feel?

From Margaret Everton on April 16, 2010 in Washington DC

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While it’s not unusual for a mansion to feel like more like a hotel and less like a welcoming, family-friendly dwelling, this grand 22,000-square-foot Potomac home still manages to convey a sense of warmth.

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With the help of Anthony Barnes of Barnes Vanze Architects, Raul Fernandez and his wife, Jean-Marie, spent two years designing their dream home. Fernandez, who co-owns the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards, appointed Gibson Builders to turn the couple’s dream home into a reality.

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One of the home’s many highlights is the reclaimed Russian white oak flooring. The distressed look is perfect for a family with a small child – mild wear and tear is all part of the appeal.

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When it came time to decorate the eight-bedroom, 13-bath home, interior designer Jose Solis of Solis Betancourt jumped on board. He successfully toned down the expansive feel of each room by incorporating soothing colors and a plethora of family photos.

Who says ample space has to feel impersonal and cold? This DC mansion suggests just the opposite.

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