08/16/2012 09:33 am ET

Inspired Design: Clifton Home Exterior is Near-Replica of Historic Home

When Pam Ellis and her family moved from Seattle, Wash. to Northern Virginia in 1991, she struggled with finding the right home. Pam looked at “a huge expanse of area, from Falls Church to Leesburg, and a zillion homes” but found them all too formal, too dark or both. “I didn’t want a house that had the formality of the East Coast,” said Pam, a Fairfax County employee. “I wanted a house that was very relaxed, with a lot of windows.”

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