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


Integrity Builders at Embrey Mill


K. Hovnanian at Embrey Mill


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.


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.

Renters for Life? Not So, Say 93% of Millennials

Posted: February 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Percentage of Renters Who Plan To Buy a Home Some Day

Image courtesy of Trulia and BuilderOnline.com

The long-standing myth that Millennials (aged 18-34) would rather rent than own a home has been all but squashed according to this recent article from Builder Online. To get a better understanding of how Americans feel about homeownership, they surveyed over 2,000 adults at the close of 2012 and uncovered some interesting facts.

Among the revelations about Millennial renters:

  • 93% plan to buy a home someday
  • 72% say homeownership is part of their personal American Dream

To put that into perspective, less than half of renters aged 55+ say they plan to buy. Why the gap? Builder Online reports that Millennials escaped any permanent scarring by the recession and have maintained a healthy dose of optimism.

For all the homebuyers out there, this Millennial optimism could mean an easier time selling your existing home—and the opportunity to move into your dream home.

Ready to find your dream home? We’ve got you covered. Find all the area’s best new home builders at NewHomesGuide.com.


3 Hot Design Trends for Spring 2013

Posted: February 15, 2013 at 5:26 pm by: NewHomesGuide


Photo courtesy of www.pantone.com.

With so many choices in home décor and design, you can easily end up overwhelmed instead of inspired when it comes to picking the look for your new home. To help, we’ve scoured the internet to find our top 3 home design trends for 2013. Check ‘em out!

1) Handmade Style
When hunting for home accents, handmade is a winner, hands down. Details to look for include rough stitching in fabrics and pillows, uneven or organic edges in shelving and furniture, and repurposed materials.

2) Animal Prints

They’re back! Only this time, patterns should depict whole scenes including trees, fields, flowers, birds, and of course, various spotted and striped exotic animals.

3) Emerald
Pantone weighed in, and emerald is tops for color of the year in 2013. It doesn’t matter if it’s a pattern, a solid, fabric, photo, or lamp—if it’s sporting this gorgeous green, it’s good to go.

Instead of picking just one look for your new home, get creative, and mix and match the trends for added depth. For more great decorating ideas take a look at House Beautiful online. And as always, happy house hunting!

Fantastically Fresh Architectural Trends for 2013

Posted: February 7, 2013 at 3:39 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Cookie-cutter is out, and unique is back in a very big way! Keep a lookout for these fresh new architectural styles in and around DC in 2013:

  1. The Hybrid:
    Old and new are coming together like never before—in 2013, you’ll see modern architectural elements like skylights and strong lines fused seamlessly with classical designs.
  2. The Environmentalist:
    Expect to see several new innovations in green building materials this year.  Concrete, new composites, even cardboard will be seen in construction ranging from personal homes to large commercial buildings.
  3. The Artist:
    We’re seeing a renewed interest in the Arts and Crafts movement. Homes coupling bungalow charm with fresh, new artisanal touches will be popping up throughout the DC metro region.

What’s your architectural personality? Take this fun quiz from the folks at HGTV.

And of course, check out NewHomesGuide.com for all the latest from the area’s best new home builders.

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