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:

Colonial Heritage - Lennar
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

Community Spotlight: Colonial Forge in Stafford, VA

Posted: August 14, 2014 at 9:30 am by: NewHomesGuide

Fly the Flag. Live the Dream.

The community’s tagline is a charming and accurate reflection of the traditional American community that is thriving in Stafford’s Colonial Forge. With American flags proudly flying over the front steps, young couples leisurely walking the dog, neighbors catching up in the cul-de-sac and Radio Flyers full of little ones on their way to a play date, Colonial Forge personifies the “American Dream.”

Just off Courthouse Road, five miles from I-95 and backing to 100 acres of woods, Colonial Forge feels miles away from the hustle and bustle of beltway life, while still having easy access to everyday conveniences. Just six miles away, Stafford Marketplace offers all the necessities, and a few more minutes to the south, residents can enjoy the charming cafes and unique boutiques of downtown Fredericksburg. Right next door to the community is the highly rated Colonial Forge High School, with Stafford Elementary and Middle Schools both less than four miles away.

Three builders — Augustine Homes, Beazer Homes and Drees Homes — have teamed up to build Colonial Forge and offer a portfolio of single family homes, townhomes and garage villas. The community includes seven fully furnished model homes for prospective buyers to experience. As you visit the community to tour the model homes, you’ll notice the Colonial Forge pool and clubhouse are currently under construction. These highly anticipated amenities are scheduled to open Summer 2015 — hopefully just in time for you to enjoy as a new homeowner!

Augustine Homes at Colonial Forge

Augustine Homes at Colonial Forge

Beazer Homes at Colonial Forge

Beazer Homes at Colonial Forge

Drees Homes at Colonial Forge

Drees Homes at Colonial Forge

Area Spotlight: Stafford, VA

Posted: August 12, 2014 at 9:30 am by: NewHomesGuide

If you’re looking for that perfect sense of balance, you’ll find it in great new home communities throughout Stafford, VA. The area offers the best blend of city and country, urban and suburban. Fredericksburg (10 miles), D.C. (40 miles) and Richmond (60 miles) are all easy to get to. And Virginia’s beautiful rural countryside is all around you.

The area offers highly rated schools and plenty of options for new homes in a variety of styles and price points. Here are a few of our favorites.

Colonial Forge

This luxury new home community offers garage villas, townhomes and single family homes with a traditional feel, just off Courthouse Road on property once owned by George Washington’s family. Next door to the excellent Colonial Forge High School, the master-planned community features spacious back yards, nature trails and a clubhouse with a pool and tennis courts.

It’s perfect for commuters—a short hop to I-95—and close to plenty of of shopping, dining, entertainment and the award-winning Augustine Golf and Country Club.

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Embrey Mill

The first thing you’ll notice is 285 acres of open space and rolling Virginia countryside. Then you’ll fall in love with the eclectic mix of homes and styles—townhomes and single-family homes, all with an innovative and modern feel from some of the area’s finest builders. Residents love the Embrey House community center, featuring a cafe, terrace, pool and play area.

An added perk? Take advantage of the on-site concierge service to help make your life a little easier.

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Hills at Aquia

Find a brand new home on a large lot along a winding, cul-de-sac street in the rolling hills of Stafford County. Hills at Aquia is a beautifully landscaped community with trails throughout and home designs for every budget and lifestyle.

Conveniently located just off of I-95 and minutes from Fredericksburg, you’ll find easy access to all the places you want to be.

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Seasons Landing

In this intimate, wooded, cul-de-sac community, you’ll find a variety of single-family homes to choose from, all at excellent prices. In addition to the scenic setting, residents enjoy a host of amenities, including five playgrounds, a sports court, sports field and a lighted tennis court.

This ideal mix makes life beautiful and peaceful at Seasons Landing.

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Best of 2014: The Finest Model Homes and Clubhouses

Posted: July 2, 2014 at 4:43 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Whether you are embellishing your existing home or a brand new one, interior decorating is extremely important. Most people strive for their living space to be relaxing and stress free as well as a representation of their tastes and personalities.

There are many ways to improve the look and feel of your home. However, whether you choose to decorate yourself or hire an interior decorator: your journey begins with inspiration.

New Homes Guide Interiors

We invite you to check out the 10th annual edition of Interiors now available in the July/August issue of New Homes Guide. Interiors is a collection of the best model homes, planned community and active adult clubhouses in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The concept behind Interiors is simple: decorated models and community clubhouses are great fun to look at. They are also the best representation of every builder’s craft as well as a great source of inspiration for your home.

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