Look to Nature for Elegant, Inspired Holiday Decor

Posted: December 16, 2014 at 9:15 am by: NewHomesGuide

You don’t have to look far for inspiration in finding great decor for your home this holiday season.

Showcasing the beauty of nature through natural-styled winter decor is the hot trend in holiday decorating, and we’ve got ideas to help you get started.

NHG - Blog Post 3 - Dec16From wreaths to garland, flower arrangements to centerpieces, natural holiday decorating offers you so many options to bring the outside into your home. Show your guests how naturally beautiful every bit of your space can be with these elegant and green naturally inspired holiday decorations, from some of our favorite places.

Take a look at some of the area’s most beautiful interiors in our supplemental publication Interiors, available now in print and electronic versions from New Homes Guide.

Create a Festive Feel in Your Home with the Perfect Holiday Decor

Posted: December 11, 2014 at 12:40 pm by: NewHomesGuide

This is the most wonderful time of the year for a reason—holiday parties! Having a holiday party is great way to get everyone you love together, and enjoy all of the best parts of the season.

One of the most important things in setting the mood for your holiday party is to pick the perfect decor. There are so many great ways to make sure that your holiday party decor really represents your style and shows off the true beauty of your home.

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Here are a few places to look for inspiration and tips:

Still looking for more great decorating ideas? Order New Homes Guide’s Interiors supplement today and get more decorating inspiration.

 

 

Holiday Decorating Begins at the Front Door

Posted: December 4, 2014 at 2:30 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Festive WreathThe first thing that people will notice when they come to see your home this holiday season is the front door. Make sure to start spreading holiday cheer right from the beginning of your guests’ visit with beautiful front door and entryway decorations.

Go beyond the usual green wreath or garland, and make bold choices to really express your style. Whether you’re looking to buy something beautiful or feeling more DIY, these decorating ideas will help you create an inspired entryway.

3 Gorgeous Holiday Door Decorations

How to Make a Wreath

Find Wreaths on Etsy

28 Festive Do-it-Yourself Christmas Wreath Ideas

 

If you’re still looking for the perfect place to call home this holiday season, our latest issue of New Homes Guide might have exactly what you’re looking for. Sign up for New Homes Guide today and keep up with all of the latest news, communities and available new homes — for free.

Building Leaders (Part 3): Miller and Smith, Pulte Homes and Ryan Homes

Posted: November 18, 2014 at 8:14 am by: NewHomesGuide

Building Leaders 2015Returning to our series highlighting some of the featured builders in our special publication Building Leaders 2015, New Homes Guide is proud to showcase three more builders at the forefront of the homebuilding industry.

Miller and Smith

At a Miller and Smith community, One Visit Can Change Everything. Homes are their original designs and community land plans are very different from other communities found in this area.

  • Awards —  GALA; MAME; Monument Awards; NAHB: Silver Award for Architectural Design Attached Home Plan; NVBIA; Parade of Homes; PRO Award; Professional Builder magazine; BALA Platinum Award; Smarter House for the Money; Builder’s Choice Awards; Smart Growth Award
  • Areas Served — Virginia: Loudoun County, Prince William County, Stafford County Maryland: Frederick County, Howard County, Montgomery County Delaware: Sussex County
  • Prices — Single Family Homes from the upper $200’s–mid $600’s, Townhomes from the upper $200’s–mid $500’s

Pulte Homes

Pulte Homes focuses on building in quality features that are important to homebuyers. Their homes are Life Tested®, which means they take ideas from their homeowners and build them into new designs.

  • Awards — J.D. Power Award: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among New Home Builders in DC”; GALA; MAME: Numerous; Monument Awards: Numerous; National Housing Quality Award: 2004 Gold Award Recipient
  • Areas Served — Virginia: Fairfax County, Loudoun County; Maryland: Howard County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County
  • Prices — Single Family Homes priced from the $600s, Townhomes priced from the $500s Condominiums priced from the $300s

Ryan Homes

Ryan Homes has been a leading homebuilder in the Washington-Baltimore area for over six decades. Delivering high-quality homes with exceptional service, “Welcoming Families Home for Over 65 Years.”

  • Awards — #1 Homebuilder in the Region for Over 25 Years, Multiple Finest for Family Living Awards & SMC Awards, 2011 and 2012 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year
  • Areas Served — Virginia: Culpeper County, Fairfax County, Fauquier County, Frederick County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Stafford County; Maryland: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Calvert County, Carroll County, Cecil County, Charles County, Frederick County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, St. Mary’s County, Washington County; Pennsylvania: Cumberland County, York County
  • Prices — Condominiums priced from the $200s-$400s, Townhomes priced from the $100s-$300s, Villas priced from the $200s-$400s, Single-Family Homes priced from the $200s-$500s, Estate Homes priced from the $500s-$700s, Active Adult priced from the $200s-$400s

Building Leaders (Part 2): K. Hovnanian® Homes®, M/I Homes and Mid-Atlantic Builders

Posted: November 12, 2014 at 9:00 am by: NewHomesGuide

Building Leaders 2015We’re continuing our spotlight on the builders featured in our Building Leaders of 2015 special publication this month. These innovators are building quality homes with exceptional features today.

K. Hovnanian® Homes®

Known as the the First Name in Lasting Value®, K. Hovnanian® Homes® has been a leading builder in the Washington DC area for over 50 years. They have exceeded industry standards with exciting home designs, energy efficiency and amenities in great locations.

  • Awards — HBAM, GALA, MAME, MAX, Monument Awards, National Housing Quality Award, Parade of Homes
  • Areas Served — Virginia: Culpeper County, Fairfax County, Fauquier County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Stafford County; Maryland: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Charles County, Frederick County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, St. Mary’s County;
    West Virginia: Jefferson County Eastern Shore Washington, DC
  • Price Ranges — Single Family Homes priced from the $200’s – $1+million, Villas priced from the $200’s, Townhomes priced from the $100’s to $500’s, Condominiums priced from the $300’s, Active Adult priced from the $200’s

M/I Homes

Established in 1976 by Irving and Melvin Schottenstein, M/I Homes is dedicated to building homes of uncompromising quality, innovative design and enduring value. They’re always working to strengthen the bond of trust that unites them with homebuyers.

  • Awards—  Builder magazine; J.D. Power Award; GALA; MAME; Monument Awards
  • Areas Served —  Virginia: Fauquier County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Spotsylvania County;
    Maryland: Anne Arundel County, Charles County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County
  • Prices — Single Family Homes priced from the high $300s, Townhomes priced from the high $200s

Mid-Atlantic Builders

Mid-Atlantic Builders builds custom homes tailored to suit their homebuyers’ needs and lifestyle. They’re proud to provide a unique level of customization and attention to detail in communities in Maryland and Virginia.

  • Awards — America’s Best Builder; GALA; MAME; MNCBIA; Monument Awards; NAHB; PRO Award
  • Areas Served — Virginia: Loudoun County; Maryland: Prince George’s County
  • Prices — Single Family Homes priced from the high $400’s to the $700’s, Townhomes priced from the high $300’s

 

Building Leaders (Part 1): Brookfield Residential, CarrHomes, Centex Homes, and D.R. Horton

Posted: November 6, 2014 at 4:06 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Building Leaders 2015New Homes Guide’s annual “Building Leaders” special edition has hit the streets, showcasing the very best homebuilders in the region. If you’re a subscriber, check your mailbox.

If you haven’t subscribed yet, here’s a little preview. Each week this month, our blog will highlight some of the builders featured in the book. These homebuilders, among the best in the industry, are leading the charge to provide homebuyers with excellent design, construction and amenities.

Brookfield Residential

Brookfield Residential, part of an international family of building companies, has more than 50 years of experience creating communities in the Washington, D.C. area. Brookfield homes feature innovative, stylish and current designs, along with the latest in energy-efficient technology.

  • Awards —  2012 Energy Star Leadership in Housing Award; 2012 & 2010 NVBA Awards: Outstanding Performance in HomeAid Assistance; Gala Awards 2008-2014, Numerous; 2010 NOVACO: Volunteer Business of the Year
  • Areas Served —  Eastern Shore. Virginia: Fauquier County, Frederick County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Stafford County. Maryland: Anne Arundel County
  • Price Ranges —  Single Family Homes from the low $300’s, Custom Homes priced from $1 Million +, Townhomes priced from the mid $200’s, Active Adult priced from the low $200’s, Condominiums priced from the low $200’s

CarrHomes

CarrHomes has one of the highest rates of repeat buyers of any area homebuilder. The company proudly carries on an 85-year tradition of excellence in community planning, architectural design, craftsmanship and customer service.

  • Awards —  GALA, MAME, MNCBIA, Monument Awards, NVBIA
  • Areas Served —  Virginia: Fairfax County, Loudoun County
  • Price Ranges —  Single Family Homes priced from the $500’s, Townhomes priced from the $500’s

Centex Homes

Centex Homes takes pride in demystifying the homebuilding and buying experience. For more than 50 years, Centex has been making the process easier for homebuyers in Maryland and Virginia.

  • Awards — J.D. Power Award 2005: Highest for Customer Satisfaction in DC(tied); GALA; MAME: various; Monument Awards: Fortune magazine: List of “America’s Most Admired Companies”; Big Builder magazine: “Most Admired Big Builder” – multiple times
  • Areas Served — Virginia: Frederick County, Prince William County, Stafford County
  • Price Ranges —  Single Family Homes priced from the $200’s, Estate Homes priced from the $200’s, Townhomes priced from the $200’s, Condominiums priced from the $200’s, Active Adult priced from the $200’s

D.R. Horton

D.R Horton builds quality homes based on the philosophy of founder Donald R. Horton: creating value every step of the way. For over 30 years, this builder has been demonstrating a commitment to excellence.

  • Awards — Builder magazine #1 Home Builder, 11 years in a row; GALA
  • Areas Served — Virginia: Culpeper County, Fairfax County, Fauquier County, Prince William County, Spotsylvania County, Stafford County; Maryland: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Charles County, Frederick County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County
  • Price Ranges — Single Family Homes priced from the $200’s – upper $600’s, Estate Homes priced from the $400’s,  Townhomes priced from the $300’s – upper$400’s Active Adult priced from the $300’s

2014 Great American Living Award Winners

Posted: October 30, 2014 at 9:03 am by: NewHomesGuide

The GALA (Great American Living Awards) program is the most prestigious residential design and architecture, sales, interior merchandising and marketing competition in the metropolitan Washington market. New Homes Guide is proud to have been the “Central Bar Sponsor” of the 2014 GALA and would like to recognize the winners. We honor those at the forefront of bringing great new ideas and a commitment to excellence to the new homes industry.

Builders, developers, architects, sales, marketing, merchandising and advertising professionals have judged these awards for more than 50 years. To win a GALA is to be considered the “Best of the Best” among industry peers.

New Homes Guide is happy to congratulate these 2014 Grand Award Winners:

For a complete list of the winners of the 2014 Gala Awards visit: http://greatamericanlivingawards.com/winners/

Great Deals on Move-In-Now Homes in Active Adult Communities

Posted: October 23, 2014 at 8:58 am by: NewHomesGuide

Homebuilders are offering some great promotions right now on new Move-In-Now Homes in the most sought-after active-adult communities in the area. Many of these communities, targeting 55-or-better homebuyers, feature great amenities like tennis courts, golf courses, fitness centers, community centers and more. These beautiful homes are ready now, waiting for you to settle in to enjoy the good life. Start your new home search now!

Here’s a look at some of the homes that are available now from some of the most prominent homebuilders in the area:

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Colonial Heritage - Lennar
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Looking for a home somewhere else? We’re sharing great promotions from across the region throughout October.

Back to School? Let Your Home Help.

Posted: August 27, 2014 at 9:30 am by: NewHomesGuide

The new school year is here and that means getting the kids up and out the door, then back home in time for homework, dinner and bedtime—it’s not easy.

What if your home could help?

Many builders are trying to make that happen, creating design features that help you get through the day with ease and efficiency. You’ll find similar elements called a variety of different names, but here are a few to look for.

Study Center
You want to make sure the kids are actually getting their homework done, right? But dinner’s got to get done, too. Many new homes make it easy for parents to do both at the same time. Study centers—spacious desk areas located in or just off the kitchen—are the perfect solution, letting you cook and keep an eye on the kids. It’s also a great spot to organize your mail or bills when you come home each day.

Mudrooms and Drop Zones
Bookbags. Sports bags. Gym bags. Purses. Briefcases. It’s a lot to keep track of. You’ll need a system.

Fortunately, a popular feature of many new homes is an expanded mudroom or drop zone, complete with counters, hanging hooks, cubbies and more. All are designed to help you organize your life and get you in and out the door faster.

Charging Station
It’s a high-tech world and that means devices and cords everywhere. To help you keep it simple, consider a charging station with plenty of outlets and plenty of room to charge your phones, tablets, laptops and more when you’re not using them.

 

DR Horton Work Station

DR Horton - The Brandywine

DR Horton Work Station

DR Horton - The Easton

K. Hovnanian - The Addison

K. Hovnanian – The Addison

K. Hovnanian

K. Hovnanian – The Tara

Pulte Planning Center

Pulte Homes – Pulte Planning Center – The Kingswood

Pulte Planning Center

Pulte Homes – Pulte Planning Center – The Sherwood

Van Metre Homes – The Barrington

Van Metre Work Station

Van Metre Homes- The Townsend Collection

Winchester Homes - The Milburn

Winchester Homes – The Milburn

Winchester Mud Room

Winchester Homes - Langley II

 

Community Spotlight: Embrey Mill in Stafford, VA

Posted: August 20, 2014 at 9:19 am by: NewHomesGuide

From the moment you turn onto its tree-lined streets and are greeted by the rustic yet relevant Embrey House, home to the coffee shop and pool overlook, this community feels different. It strikes a delicate balance between its quiet rural setting and innovatively sleek architecture with modern-day amenities. A little piece of city nestled in the countryside, if you will.

Located just off Courthouse Road in charming North Stafford, Embrey Mill offers residents the luxury of quick and easy access to the area’s major roadways, as well as the everyday conveniences of nearby Stafford Marketplace. Even more convenient is the neighborhood concierge service offered through the Embrey House. As the anchor of the community amenities, the Embrey House offers residents an eatery with casual cuisine, coffee and wine, a plaza with generous outdoor seating and live weekend entertainment, a playground for the kiddos and of course the stunning community pool. Embrey Mill’s “littlest residents” may also enjoy the kiddie racetrack and multi-use sport court with jumbo building blocks!

Comprised of an eclectic mix of townhomes and single family home designs, Embrey Mill buyers may choose from six of Northern Virginia’s most well-known homebuilders. Each builder is represented with a fully furnished on-site model home, allowing buyers the diversity needed to match different styles and budgets. We’re confident you’ll find one that’s right for you!

 

Embrey Mill Swimming Pool

Embrey Mill Swimming Pool

Brookfield Homes at Embrey Mill

Brookfield Homes at Embrey Mill

IntegrityatEmbreyMill

Integrity Builders at Embrey Mill

KHovatEmbreyMill

K. Hovnanian at Embrey Mill

Miller&SmithatEmbreyMill

Miller & Smith Builders at Embrey Mill

Richmond American Homes at Embrey Mil

Richmond American Homes at Embrey Mill

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