Interior Design Spotlight: The Newport by Winchester Homes

Posted: July 22, 2014 at 4:51 pm by: NewHomesGuide

At the heart of this home is a second, two-story foyer with oval staircase, linking the formal two-story entrance to the more modern family area, which features a gourmet kitchen, oversized pantry and rear wall of windows. Upstairs, the owner’s suite features an oversized bathroom with a large soaking tub and his and hers vanities. Outside, whether you choose a porch or portico, the brick and stone appointments add refinement to the English and Victorian Manor styles. Great model home by Winchester Homes!

The Newport model by Winchester Homes is part of the West Park at Brambleton community.

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Interior Design Spotlight: The Putnam by Toll Brothers, Inc.

Posted: July 17, 2014 at 4:55 pm by: NewHomesGuide

The Putnam model by Toll Brothers, Inc. at Loudoun Valley is a great home design for entertaining! The foyer flows directly into an expansive living room and the adjacent dining room, offering an immediate sense of welcome. And this home’s tranquil master bath featuring a lavish Roman tub, dual vanities, a separate shower, and a private toilet area will help you to relax after you entertain! Other highlights include a large kitchen with abundant counter space and an attached sunlit breakfast area; a convenient second-floor laundry area; an expansive family room; nine-foot ceilings throughout the first floor; and beyond the sumptuous bath, the master bedroom also includes a large walk-in closet.

This is the closest new community in the area to The Dulles Toll Rd/Rt. 267, Park and Ride, and the proposed new Silver Line Metro station!

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Interior Design Spotlight: The Pembroke by Stanley Martin

Posted: July 9, 2014 at 3:12 pm by: NewHomesGuide

The Pembroke Model at Cardinal Grove by Stanley Martin Homes is in a convenient Prince William County, VA location, with loads of amenities. Enter this beautiful home with the living room to the left and the library to your right. Passing the hall closet and powder room on your right you will enter the kitchen and breakfast area. The dining room is to the left of the kitchen and the family room is to the right. Options on this level include a deck, sunroom, guest suite, a 3 car garage and a fireplace in the family room.

Upstairs you will find a master suite with an expansive walk-in closet, sitting room and master bath. There are also 3 extra bedrooms, a hall bathroom and a laundry room. You have the option of adding an additional bathroom on the upper level and a loft.

You can have a finished lower level that includes a media room, recreation room, den, full bathroom and a lot of storage.

The Pembroke by Stanley Martin

The Pembroke by Stanley Martin

The Pembroke by Stanley Martin

The Pembroke by Stanley Martin

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Outdoor Recreation Communities

Posted: June 25, 2014 at 4:29 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Outdoor recreation communities are becoming more popular than ever – which makes a place like Plantation Lakes an outdoor lover’s dream come true.

Located in Millsboro, DE, Plantation Lakes – a top outdoor recreation community – offers countless amenities including a pond, pool, tennis courts, golf course, fitness center, community center, children’s playground, and walking trails. And if you’re looking for some fun in the sun away from home, Bethany Beach and Assateague Island are just a few minutes away!

This golf course, amenity-filled community offers unique home designs ranging from 1,300 to well over 2,200 square feet with a 2-car garage.

With all these amenities and this location, you get the best of both worlds: the beach lifestyle with golf in your backyard.



Check out homes currently available at Plantation Lakes by Lennar Homes and K. Hovnanian Homes.

Community Spotlight: Bishop’s Landing in Millville, DE

Posted: June 18, 2014 at 4:25 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Bishop’s Landing is a luxurious and highly desirable planned community located just a few minutes from Bethany Beach in Millville, DE. This thoughtfully designed community offers resort-style amenities for their ocean villas, beach villas, and single-family homes. Homes range in size from 1,712 to 3,007 square feet and feature 3-4 inviting bedrooms and 2-3.5 luxurious baths. Bishops 2

Bishop’s Landing also offers its residents a full service clubhouse (that officially opens this Saturday and looks amazing!), an Olympic-sized pool, a secondary pool and bathhouse, two tennis courts, 16 acres of ponds, over 51 acres of parks and green space, fountains, fitness paths, a stocked fishing pond with pier, a beach shuttle, and a planned dog park. While all the amenities offered might make someone never want to leave home, having Bethany Beach so close by also offers countless activities and things to see. In fact, Bethany Beach was named one of the Top 10 Best Beaches for Families!

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Area Spotlight: Eastern Shore, MD

Posted: June 11, 2014 at 4:55 pm by: NewHomesGuide

The Eastern Shore of Maryland is a great place for many to call home. A relaxed atmosphere with a small town feel, it’s a short two-hour commute to DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia but still far enough from the city to be able to lay low and enjoy life. Made up by Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties – Eastern Shore residents will show you that Maryland has its roots in Southern hospitality.

The Eastern Shore offers plenty of choices for homes and a wide variety of prices throughout the region. The area offers everything from small affordable homes and apartments to planned community living to multi-million dollar homes on the waterfront in upscale neighborhoods.

Here are our top three choices for new homes communities!

Easton Village in Easton, MD

Easton Village is a modern collection of new homes in a waterfront community. Located in Easton, MD; this community has small town magic and big town amenities. Arts and Crafts architecture, multiple car garages, first floor owner suites, chef-style kitchens and high ceilings are all hallmarks of this new homes collection. Just minutes from boutiques, bistros and restaurants, a world-class hotel, parks, piers and performing arts, Easton Village has community features including a pool, clubhouse with a health and fitness center, kayak launch and a community pier all overlooking the Tred Avon River.

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Osprey Pointe in Grasonville, MD

Imagine arriving at your new home on the sparkling waters of Prospect Bay. Nestled between nature’s most inspiring sunrises and dazzling sunsets, among blue birds and bald eagles, you will find these spacious, luxurious homes crafted with fine details and lots of comfort.

Osprey Pointe offers waterfront living with high-end interior and exterior features. Enjoy your preserved green spaces that feature a boat ramp and kayak launch or fish or crab along the water’s edge. Prefer to have your own private dock? Osprey Pointe offers the option and ease of building it for you. It will be there when you move in. Just jump on your boat and go!

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Symphony Village in Centreville, MD

Symphony Village is one of Maryland’s best-situated resort style communities for those 55 plus. Here, the charm of the Eastern Shore combines with the nearby excitement of Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington DC for a have-it-all location. At Symphony Village, you get a small town ambiance and larger-than-life amenities.

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Coastal Living: New Homes Guide’s Top Picks For Delaware Beach Communities

Posted: June 4, 2014 at 9:32 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Whether you plan to live there part time or full time, coastal homes are a great investment towards your happiness and property wealth.

If you’re trying to narrow down your choices, make sure to consider the lovely state of Delaware.

The First State is known for its pristine, family-friendly beaches. In fact, Bethany Beach was named one of the Top 10 Best Beaches for Families by Family Vacation Critic in 2013 while Rehoboth Beach has been recognized as one of the nation’s cleanest.

Generations of families have enjoyed the quaint, small town charm so characteristic of Delaware’s coastline. The beaches here are not quite like those in other states, with less touristy crowds, beaches here have been named “Best Secret Beaches” by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Delaware’s beach communities also have many perks within walking distance. Think tax-free shopping, dining, and entertainment as well as miles of gorgeous beach views and activities for the whole family.

We present to you some of our picks for our favorite beach living communities:

Watermark at North Bethany, Bethany Beach DE

Watermark at North Bethany, Bethany Beach DE

Watermark at North Bethany in Bethany Beach, DE:

Watermark at North Bethany consists of 49 grand coastal homes created exclusively for this upscale Bethany Beach community. Home plans feature porch-living at its finest with great outdoor spaces on multiple levels, and open floor plans designed for both summer entertaining and year-round living. In addition to distinctive coastal architecture, Watermark at North Bethany offers an impressive mix of planned amenities, including a neighborhood infinity pool overlooking a lagoon with its own sandy beach.

Shoal Harbor in Rehoboth Beach, DE:

Shoal Harbor is an exciting and new community in Rehoboth. Upscale, 3BR/2.5BA townhomes feature ground-floor living, a one-car garage, 9’ ceilings, hardwood, tile, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Shoal Harbor is located close to downtown Rehoboth Beach, its award-winning restaurants and charming shops, as well as the Boardwalk, sand and surf!

Red Mill Pond in Lewes, DE:

Imagine a one-of-a-kind, year-round resort style living that puts you within easy reach of Delaware’s fabulous beaches. The Villages at Red Mill Pond feature beautiful homesites nestled against one of the largest fresh water lakes in Delaware. First hand enjoyment of the water for everyone with a gazebo and kayak/boat launch. Walking trails along the waters edge and throughout the community provide an incredible amenity.

Red Mill Pond in Lewes, DE

Red Mill Pond in Lewes, DE

Indoor/Outdoor Living: A Growing Trend That’s Here to Stay

Posted: May 28, 2014 at 3:52 pm by: NewHomesGuide

What is indoor/outdoor living? It means having a home with architectural elements that allow your indoor living to expand and blend with outdoor space. It means having huge sliding windows and doors that open your home right up to the outdoors and let the light and breeze in. It means opening an entire wall to the backyard to dramatically expand your living space. It means seamless transitions between your indoor home and outdoor escape.

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Sound like a trend? Maybe so – but it’s one that’s changing people’s lives and it’s here to stay.

Growing in Popularity – From covers of magazines to interior design seminars to homebuilders across the country to homebuyers of all income levels, indoor/outdoor living has seen an explosive growth in the last few years. Today, builders know that large sliding glass doors and windows are some design elements that help a home stand out from the rest.

Green Living – Large openings to your backyard can actually improve your carbon footprint. For example, by opening an entire wall of your home to the outdoors, you are dramatically expanding your livable space without the need for more structure (saving yourself costs, materials, and energy) – all which improves your home’s energy efficiency.

A New Lifestyle – More than just a trend, indoor/outdoor living is changing the way we live. No matter where you live, be it the sunny West Coast or the cooler East Coast, large space openings breathe life into a home. From entertaining your friends and family at a Summer BBQ to hosting a Spring or Fall dinner party, when you allow light and breeze into your home naturally you will wonder how you ever lived any other way.

The Oronoco

The Oronoco located on the banks of the Potomac River in Old Town Alexandria, VA.

Glass walls, outdoor rooms, shared materials, solar orientation, and transitional zones are all terms that builders are embracing while updating their designs. Interior designers have also reported that they are increasingly being asked to focus on exterior spaces and retailers such as Pottery Barn are featuring twice as many options for outdoor living as they did five years ago (think indoor/outdoor rugs, fade and water resistant furniture, shatterproof dinnerware).

Indoor/outdoor living used to be the kind of thing one only expected at luxury resorts or in West Coast beach mansions with living areas that erased separations between the house and an ocean view. However, that is no longer the case as indoor/outdoor living is no longer just reserved for beach dwellers. Instead, it’s now a concept that’s embraced by homeowners, homebuilders, designers, and retailers across the country.

Multi-Generational Living In Today’s World

Posted: May 16, 2014 at 5:45 pm by: NewHomesGuide

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Did you know that more than 50 million Americans (17% of the population) are currently living in multi-generational homes?

Multi-generational house plans have become extremely popular in the 21st century. Whether it’s parents moving in to look after their grandchildren, young adult children returning home after college, or parents moving in to be looked after – homes are now expanding in order to accommodate growing families.

There are many reasons why you may want to consider this design. House plans designed for multiple generations or with in-law suites include more private areas for independent living such as small kitchenettes, private bathrooms, and even multiple living areas. Separated spaces are typically connected to the main house for security and economy – also differentiating the home from a duplex or multi-family home.

Builders are already supporting this growing trend as many already offer multiple master suites or dens and family rooms that can be converted into bedrooms. They offer universal design features that may include wider hallways and doors, brighter lighting, or few to no steps in order to accommodate small children or aging adults.

While many builders have been offering these options for a while now, they are beginning to see a slight shift in demand and scope. For example, Toll Brothers has recently introduced three new multi-gen options that can be selected for many of their most popular homes in Maryland & Virginia, including their Harding model.

The most requested feature in multi-gen homes — and available with Toll Brothers’ Harding home design — is a conveniently located outdoor entry for private visits with friends. All their multi-gen options include a bedroom with a separate adjacent sitting room for private entertaining, a large walk-in closet, and a private or semi-private bath. Showers are standard, but luxury bath options are available and include a soaking tub or whirlpool tub if desired. Also available are morning kitchens, which include cabinetry, a sink, and a space for an under-counter refrigerator.

While the cost of a house custom designed for multigenerational living is the same as any home of equal square footage, its good to point out that with several generations paying one mortgage, the financial burden may actually be less – not to mention everyone will be more comfortable!

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Toll Brothers – The Harding 1st Floor – Multi Generational Home Plan

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Toll Brothers – The Harding 2nd Floor – Multi Generational Home Plan

Boomers – Defining a New Standard for Active Adult Living

Posted: May 14, 2014 at 11:35 am by: NewHomesGuide

As a Boomer, you are part of an influential demographic with over 75 million people and almost 70% of the total wealth in the United States. Therefore, your housing demands translate to a range of appreciable responses in residential design trends.

A Home That Grows With You
Retirement is a major transition in your life. What differentiates Boomers most from other generations is that not only will you likely increase your physical activity level in retirement, but many of you will continue to work in some capacity as well, either in professional or philanthropic pursuits. It is vital that you have a devoted destination to perform your hobbies or conduct business, and whether you enjoy yoga, playing an instrument, or day-trading, these activities all can be accommodated through good design.

Source: © Mike Miriello Photography

Source: © Mike Miriello Photography

The spaces you live in should serve a variety of functions to accommodate your lifestyle changes over time. Emerging trends among Boomers like multiple master bedroom suites and second-story loft spaces each require forethought in the design of a new home. For this reason, an architect can be a great resource in ensuring that your home not only fulfills your personal necessities of lifestyle and comfort, but also enhances your sense of independence. An open floor plan with living spaces consolidated on a single level provides a versatile palette for reconfiguring spaces to suit your sensibility long after construction.

Source: © Mike Miriello Photography

Source: © Mike Miriello Photography

As you age, there is no reason to forgo comfort; this is precisely why, when building a new home for your retirement, it should be nothing less than your ideal vision. There are several design elements you can discuss with your architect that significantly impact your experience; be sure to consider the amount of space you need, the durability and performance of materials, and proper selection of fixtures and equipment that will grow with you. This checklist from the National Association of Home Builders is an excellent guide to features that can help you craft a home you will never have to move out of.

Source: Coldwell Banker

Source: Coldwell Banker

Close To What Matters Most
You have likely built a life around your family and career, which means you will want to retire close to your existing home. If so, you’re not alone. This study from PulteGroup indicates that nearly two-thirds of Boomers would like to remain in the state they currently live in when they retire, primarily to retain proximity to their families and friends. Developers are responding by taking advantage of existing infrastructure and building in areas that are less isolated, providing a wider range of amenities that are not limited to just those within the community. Walkable connections to dining, entertainment, and recreation as well as direct routes to healthcare and transportation all rank as the most appealing factors in selecting a retirement location. This means that you are connected to what is most essential to you while also allowing for greater diversity in your daily life.

Source: © Maxine Schnitzer Photography

Source: © Maxine Schnitzer Photography

Fostering Community
Social interaction is fundamental to your lifestyle. Outdoor living spaces can connect you with your neighbors and have the additional incentive of reduced lawn maintenance. Integrating covered porches, patios, and courtyards on your home’s exterior, as well as spaces for entertaining inside, will offer an enticing retreat for your family and friends. A home where those closest to you will feel welcome and will assist in cultivating the personal relationships most critical to your wellbeing. These are the people that you can rely on to ensure your house is in good hands when you lock the door for a month away to visit friends or travel through Europe. Through technology and supplemental resources, developers are integrating the security and convenience of maintenance-free living into the design of new communities.

Boomers are a remarkable contingent that presents exciting opportunities for designers, builders, and developers alike. With the help of a professional who understands your priorities, your unique vision can become a reality. For the home you plan to spend the rest of your life in, you should expect the best and seek to create a home as exceptional as you are.


This has been a guest blog post from our friends at W.C. Ralston Architects.

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