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Inside Model Homes: The Torrington at Potomac Shores

Posted: April 19, 2018 at 2:14 pm by: NewHomesGuide

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With nearly 3,000 square feet, up to five bedrooms and a premier community to call home, your family will absolutely love the Torrington model at Potomac Shores.

Found in Prince William County, VA, the Torrington offers stylish and comfortable living thanks to features such as a two-story kitchen and a main-level owner’s suite located off the family room.

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Upstairs, you’ll find three bedrooms and a convenient loft area that provides a flexible living space for whatever you want to use it for. On the lower level, you can add even more space by including a finished rec room, a den, a media room or even an exercise room. And after all that, you’ll still have plenty of space for storage, too.

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The Torrington also includes Brookfield’s groundbreaking Smart Home technology, making it as innovative as it is stylish. With this technology, you’ll be able to use voice-enabled home automation features that are all powered by Amazon’s best-selling Alexa platform.

Want to learn more about the Torrington and Brookfield Residential at Potomac Shores? Be sure to visit its official community page on NewHomesGuide.com.

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What Are FHA and VA Loans? (And Other Important Mortgage Questions Answered)

Posted: April 18, 2018 at 8:18 am by: NewHomesGuide

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Securing a mortgage for your new home is a key element in the overall homebuying process. But it’s important to know that not all mortgages or home loans are created equal. Sure, they’re all designed to help you get into the home of your dreams, but different types of loans are constructed in distinct ways, and each has its own benefits.

If you’re confused by what certain mortgages are for or what a specific home loan is meant for, you’re not alone. But we’re here to help — we’ve answered a few of the most frequently asked questions we hear from homebuyers:

What is a VA Loan?

A VA loan is a type of home loan that is specifically offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (that’s where “VA” comes from). These loans are provided by private lenders, including banks and mortgage companies, but they’re backed by the VA to ensure that veterans and active service members or their spouses get favorable mortgage terms.

Generally, homebuyers who make use of a VA loan will pay lower closing costs and won’t have to pay a monthly mortgage insurance premium like most homeowners do.

If you want to find out if you’re eligible for this type of home loan, visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs’ website to learn more.

What is an FHA Loan?

When the US Federal Housing Administration insures your mortgage, it’s called an FHA loan. These types of loans are often utilized by families to purchase homes that they would otherwise be unable to purchase because of their income or because they cannot afford the down payment on a home.

Because the FHA is insuring the loan in your name, you’ll be more likely to get reasonable loan terms but will often be required to pay a mortgage insurance premium throughout the term of your mortgage.

FHA loans aren’t just restricted to resale homes, either. An FHA construction-to-permanent mortgage allows new homebuyers to cover the costs of construction and then transition into a long-term residential mortgage after their home is built.

More information about FHA loans is available on the FHA’s official website.

What is a Jumbo Loan?

When a mortgage exceeds the conventional loan limits set by the government, it’s called a “jumbo loan.”

While these loans often carry higher interest rates than conventionally sized mortgages, this is not due to the creditworthiness of the homebuyer. Rather, it’s simply because a larger loan carries a higher risk for lenders simply as a result of the large balance.

How Much Will My Credit Score Impact My Ability to Get a Mortgage?

Your credit score provides lenders insight into your overall creditworthiness based on a variety of factors. As a result, your ability to secure a favorably termed home loan is integrally connected to your credit score.

Much of your credit score is tied to your ability to pay bills on time, how much debt you’re currently carrying and how long your credit history is. There are a few other factors involved in calculating your score, and we recommend you check out our guide to credit scores before you start exploring home loan options.

What Documents Will My Lender Need to See During the Application Process?

Although the mortgage application process has been streamlined in recent years, thanks to services such as Rocket Mortgage, you will still need to provide a variety of documents to your lender.

Make sure you have all of the key documents, including ID, tax returns, pay stubs and purchase agreements, ready to share with your lender. Fortunately, if you’re building a new home, many homebuilders offer preferred lenders that make this process easier for you.

Be sure to check out our Borrower’s Checklist and bring as many items from it as possible to expedite the loan process.

Stone Mill is a Rare Opportunity for a Stunning New Home in Pasadena, MD

Posted: April 17, 2018 at 10:32 am by: NewHomesGuide

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Looking for a new construction home in one of Anne Arundel County’s most sought-after areas? You’re going to fall in love with Stone Mill.

You’ll turn off a quiet tree-lined street into this unique enclave of just 57 luxurious single-family homes, starting from the mid $400s. It provides a warm welcome to a place that makes you feel right at home.

Now you can find your favorite from some of the community’s finest wooded homesites, just released and made available for the first time.

Stone Mill offers a traditional neighborhood feel in the heart of Pasadena. It’s a place where neighbors invite each other for dinner and children play together in the yard. It’s precisely what K. Hovnanian® Homes imagined when it designed this community, nestled between Annapolis, Fort Meade, Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay.

Less than two miles away, you’ll find water access at White’s Cove. With the Patapsco River and the Chesapeake so close, you’ll never be far from the water.

“We can’t say enough about the location of Stone Mill,” K. Hovnanian® Homes Vice President of Marketing Maura Arndt said. “It’s a quiet, peaceful area, yet it’s so easy to get to nearby recreation or major employment centers. It’s also a wonderful place to raise a family. A lot of people come here because they want to send their children to these great schools.”

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A Smart Move for Your Family

At Stone Mill, children have access to Anne Arundel County public schools, including Fort Smallwood Elementary, Chesapeake Bay Middle and Chesapeake High School.

The reputations of these well-regarded schools draw interested home shoppers from throughout the area to Stone Mill. It helps that Stone Mill is the only place to find a new construction home zoned for all three of these schools.

You’ll get the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re giving your children access to a great education. And you’ll get a new home that offers its own peace of mind, thanks to the quality and lasting value built into every K. Hovnanian® home.

Stone Mill is also a great place to raise a family because you’ll be living in a neighborhood with families just like your own. Your kids could grow up with neighbors who become lifelong friends.

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Space, Style and Craftsmanship

With more than 50 years of success in the industry, K. Hovnanian® Homes has built a reputation as a homebuilder that strives to create a family feel among its homebuyers. With more than three dozen communities in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware, it’s built quite a large family of homeowners in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Part of creating that family experience, K. Hovnanian® team members say, is the assurance of a well-built home. K. Hovnanian® Homes considers itself as “The First Name in Lasting Value®.”

“You’ll see that immediately when you visit our website and you’ll see it when you visit our communities,” Arndt said. “We don’t just sell pretty homes. We sell homes that you can count on. Homes with lasting value. And we build them in communities like Stone Mill, places where you look forward to raising a family.”

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or you’re moving up to a larger space, you’ll find exactly the home you’re looking for.

The options begin with the Anderson, boasting 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 2,322 square feet. The design features a large open kitchen that flows into the dining area. The luxurious owner’s suite features a spa bath and a spacious walk-in closet. The Anderson starts at $459,990.*

The most spacious option is the Callahan II. Listed at 3,322 square feet, the Callahan features a private first-floor owner’s suite and can be personalized to include a second suite upstairs and grand total of 7 bedrooms. Claim the first-floor suite for yourself and enjoy the ease of main-level living. Or use it as an in-law suite or guest suite. The Callahan II starts at $525,990.*

In between, you’ll find a variety of homes with floor plans designed with easy daily living in mind. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to personalize your space to create a home that is uniquely suited for the way your family lives each day.

Want to add a morning room? Extend the family room? We’ll work with you to make that happen. Need extra room for a boat, a motorcycle or other toys? You’ll also find options for a three-car garage at Stone Mill.

Stone Mill is full of possibilities — for your home, for your family and for years of happiness together.

About K. Hovnanian Enterprises® Inc.

K. Hovnanian Enterprises®, Inc., founded in 1959 by Kevork S. Hovnanian, is headquartered in Red Bank, New Jersey. The Company is one of the nation’s largest homebuilders with operations in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. The Company’s homes are marketed and sold under the trade names K. Hovnanian® Homes, Brighton Homes® and Parkwood Builders. As the developer of K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons communities, the Company is also one of the nation’s largest builders of active lifestyle communities.

Additional information on Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc., including a summary investment profile and the Company’s 2016 annual report, can be accessed through the “Investor Relations” section of the Hovnanian Enterprises’ website at http://www.khov.com. To be added to Hovnanian’s investor e-mail list, please send an e-mail to IR@khov.com or sign up at http://www.khov.com.

*All prices are base prices, subject to availability, and subject to change without notice. K. Hovnanian® Homes is a registered trademark of Hovnanian Enterprises®, Inc.

Chapman Row at Twinbrook Metro Redefines Life and Luxury in Rockville

Posted: March 29, 2018 at 9:04 am by: NewHomesGuide

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If you value access and urban connectivity, it’s time to discover Rockville’s newest townhome community, Chapman Row at Twinbrook Metro.

After an action-packed day amid the hustle and bustle of D.C., if you want a stylish escape to refresh and recharge, Chapman Row at Twinbrook Metro is the place for you.

If you demand to be close to the action — to access all the great shows and festive events across the capital region — then this is definitely the place for you. If you value access and urban connectivity, it’s time to discover Rockville’s newest townhome community.

From award-winning Winchester Homes, this widely anticipated community is set to open this summer along Chapman Avenue, adjacent to Rockville Pike and just two blocks from Twinbrook Metro.

The Ultimate Urban Transformation

After years of planning, Rockville Pike has been reimagined into a vibrant multi-use boulevard and urban destination. And the transformation is happening right before our eyes.

Strip malls are being stripped away and replaced with an attractive urban neighborhood offering equal opportunities for shopping, living and working. Rockville Pike itself is widening, with added bike lanes and pedestrian crossings.

The area is emerging with new opportunities for acclaimed dining, upscale shopping and world-class entertainment. And Twinbrook Metro Station remains a central thoroughfare for fast, convenient transportation into Washington, D.C., and throughout the capital region.

Take a stroll down Rockville Pike and the excitement is impossible to ignore. The promise of new opportunity, new connections and a balanced urban lifestyle fills the air. Nowhere is this promise more enticing than at Chapman Row at Twinbrook Metro.

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Access Everything at Chapman Row

In an area quickly being saturated with expensive rental apartments and condominiums, Chapman Row promises a place to stand out and show off your own unique style. It’s where home shoppers can get the convenience, comfort and privacy of a low-maintenance luxury townhome in a vibrant urban setting and personalize it to fit their life.

These striking modern home styles go far beyond traditional townhome design and feel. They feature flexible, open floor plans, spacious owner’s suites and a range of premium options and finishes. Available rooftop terraces create a perfect place to entertain guests or to relax at the end of the day.

Winchester’s HomeSmart technology will be built into each home, providing a variety of home automation features that make connected living more convenient and more energy efficient.

Along the Red Line in Rockville, Chapman Row at Twinbrook Metro is a unique opportunity to escape gridlock. Home shoppers accustomed to long commutes on the congested highways surrounding D.C.’s suburbs can leave their cars in the garage and spend those extra hours of the day doing the things they want to do.

Come home to Chapman Row and access everything. The best of the Washington, D.C. area, will be just outside the door.

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Become a VIP Today!

Though construction is ongoing, home shoppers are clamoring to join the VIP list and get the chance for a first look at these highly anticipated residences. Many are attracted to the urban transformation in the heart of Rockville, and many more have been inspired by Winchester Homes and its reputation for expert craftsmanship.

By joining the VIP list, you’ll be among the first to receive updates as Chapman Row reaches completion. You’ll get exclusive invitations to behind-the-scenes hard-hat tours, preview events and the official Grand Opening this summer. You’ll get the first opportunities to reserve your spot and be among the first to come home to this exciting new Rockville community.

To join the Chapman Row at Twinbrook Metro VIP list, contact New Home Specialist Amy Dooling at (301) 273-7525 or NewHomes@whihomes.com.

Nicholson Farm is Creating Instant Excitement in Loudoun County

Posted: March 21, 2018 at 10:56 am by: NewHomesGuide

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Since the Grand Opening in November 2017, home shoppers have flocked to the community, drawn by the sought-after Loudoun County location, the unique ambiance of the neighborhood and the variety of stylish home designs.

Nicholson Farm has already sold many of the homes allocated for the first section of development, and interest in the community continues to build. K. Hovnanian® Homes is planning to open two new model homes this spring, giving visitors a chance to experience first-hand the level of luxury they can expect when they live here.

Home shoppers have their choice of 10 home designs, ranging from ranch-style to two-story plans.

“The excitement surrounding Nicholson Farm has exceeded even our own very high expectations,” K. Hovnanian® Homes Marketing Manager Cynthia Herberg said. “It’s clear that home shoppers share our vision for this community, and they can’t wait to make this their home.

A Scenic Destination

At Nicholson Farm, home-owners enjoy the peaceful relaxation that comes when you live in a thoughtfully designed neighborhood in one of Loudoun County’s most scenic areas.

Thoughtful land planning has created a landscape that makes you feel relaxed and comfortable each time you pull into the community.

Residents at Nicholson Farm also enjoy access to nature trails, a pond, a tot lot and a bird sanctuary, all within the community.

“The beauty of nature is one of the main draws at Nicholson Farm,” Herberg said. “It really becomes an extension of the homes here. Everyone is looking forward to warmer weather and excited to get the grills out.”

Space, Style and Craftsmanship

With more than 50 years of success in the industry, K. Hovnanian® Homes has built a reputation as a homebuilder that strives to create a family feel among its homebuyers. With more than three dozen communities in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware, it’s built quite a large family of homeowners in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Part of creating that family experience, K. Hovnanian® team members say, is the assurance of a well-built home. K. Hovnanian® Homes considers itself as “The First Name in Lasting Value®.”

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“You’ll see that immediately when you visit our website and you’ll see it when you visit our communities,” Herberg said. “At Nicholson Farm, it’s very clear that these are quality homes. They’re built by expert craftsmen to provide lasting value for our homeowners. We take pride in providing that peace of mind. We want them to trust that they’ve bought a quality home for themselves and those they love.”

Choices at Nicholson Farm start with the ranch-style Berry Hill design, offering 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 2,322 square feet, starting from the lower $600s. It’s perfect for young families or empty-nesters.

The options only grow from there, with 10 plans to choose from.

The largest, most impressive home at Nicholson Farm is the Rhode Island with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and 4,095 square feet, starting from the lower $700s.

In between, you’ll find a variety of attractive homes with floor plans designed with easy daily living in mind. Each also offers a selection of exterior elevation options to create your ideal curb appeal.

Then you can work with K. Hovnanian® Homes to personalize your floor plan to suit your family’s lifestyle. With flexible spaces, you can be sure that you’ll have room for everyone and everything you love.

An Ideal Loudoun Location

Families are drawn here, in part, because of the opportunity to send their children to respected Loudoun County schools. It’s also a location that puts families within easy reach of plenty of recreation, shopping and dining opportunities.

The community is just five miles from all the attractions at Brambleton Town Center and 15 miles from even more opportunities in downtown Leesburg.

Nicholson Farm is truly a perfect blend of the homes, the community and the location. It’s easy to see why it’s the most exciting new community in Aldie.

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About K. Hovnanian Enterprises® Inc. – K. Hovnanian Enterprises®, Inc., founded in 1959 by Kevork S. Hovnanian, is headquartered in Red Bank, New Jersey. The Company is one of the nation’s largest homebuilders with operations in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. The Company’s homes are marketed and sold under the trade names K. Hovnanian® Homes, Brighton Homes® and Parkwood Builders. As the developer of K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons communities, the Company is also one of the nation’s largest builders of active lifestyle communities.

Additional information on Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc., including a summary investment profile and the Company’s 2016 annual report, can be accessed through the “Investor Relations” section of the Hovnanian Enterprises’ website at http://www.khov.com. To be added to Hovnanian’s investor e-mail list, please send an e-mail to IR@khov.com or sign up at http://www.khov.com.

*All prices are base prices, subject to availability, and subject to change without notice. K. Hovnanian® Homes is a registered trademark of Hovnanian Enterprises®, Inc.

4 Active Adult Communities You Need to Explore This Spring

Posted: March 20, 2018 at 12:47 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Top Active Adult Communities

With the incredible amenities, fun atmospheres and energetic lifestyles offered by many 55+ communities, it’s no secret why they’ve become such a popular place to call home in the Mid-Atlantic region.

These “active adult communities,” as they’re often called, are all about fun, relaxation and connecting with the people around you. If that sounds like a place you could see yourself calling home, these are four such communities we absolutely recommend you take some time to explore this spring.

Regency at Ashburn (Loudoun County, VA)

Toll Brothers, one of the nation’s leading homebuilders, is no novice when it comes to designing active adult communities. And as the developer of this private, gated community in the heart of Ashburn, VA, they’ve created one of the region’s premier 55+ communities right near the D.C. metro area.

Whether it’s because it includes private clubhouse, pool and fitness center or it’s because it’s all accessible from a supremely luxurious new condo, Regency at Ashburn just makes every day feel like vacation.

Regency at Creekside (Prince William County, VA)

If you’re looking to downsize without having to compromise, you’ll absolutely love what you find at Regency at Creekside in Gainesville, VA.

Toll Brothers offers two luxury single-family home collections that include six distinct home designs at this master-planned community, so you’ll have no problem finding a home that gives you everything you need and more of what you want. Plus, with a 9,000-square-foot clubhouse, pool, tavern, sport courts and miles of walking trails, you’ll never have trouble finding something fun to do when you want to get out and about.

Trilogy at Lake Frederick (Frederick County, VA)

The Trilogy line of communities from Shea Homes is all about authenticity — a place where you can connect with others and share new experiences that will transform your ordinary days into an extraordinary life. Trilogy at Lake Frederick is no exception.

Located just 90 minutes from D.C., this active adult community features new homes from the low $300’s and an enormous expanse of naturally beautiful woodlands. It’s all nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains together with the beautiful Shenandoah Lakeside Lodge and countless opportunities for recreation.

It’s a hidden gem in the Shenandoah Valley, but it’s no secret why it was named one of the best master-planned communities by Where To Retire magazine in 2017.

Heritage Shores (Sussex County, DE)

Developed by Brookfield Residential, Heritage Shores is a 55+ community located in one of the area’s most tax-friendly states.

In addition to its world-class 18-hole golf course, this active community is also home to three on-site restaurants, a fully equipped wellness center, an 18,000-square-foot clubhouse, plenty of sport courts and so much more. And because it features stylish, accessible home designs from both Brookfield Residential and Ryan Homes, you know you’ll have a fantastic place to come home to after every full day of fun.

Want to learn more about these and other great communities in our area? Don’t forget to order your free copy of New Homes Guide today!

The “New American Home” Mixes Tuscan and Floridian Style

Posted: March 15, 2018 at 3:50 pm by: NewHomesGuide

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Each year for the past 35 years, the National Association of Home Builders has partnered with an array of architects, builders, suppliers and consultants to develop “The New American Home” in conjunction with the annual International Builders Show. This year, approximately 85,000 building industry professionals from around the globe attended the show and most of them visited the modern Tuscan-style show house designed by architect Greg Hyatt of Hyatt Design in Orlando.

Built by Legacy Custom Built Homes, which is based in Winter Park, Florida., the more than 6,700-square-foot floor plan provides a glimpse of the style and products that buyers can expect in the coming years. Suppliers donate their products, which are used to demonstrate innovative building techniques, energy-efficient systems and cutting-edge fixtures and finishes that can also be viewed at the annual convention.

Built in Bella Collina, a private gated golf and lakefront community west of Orlando, the exterior needed to feature Tuscan elements to fit in with the architectural style of the other custom homes in the development. Hyatt and interior designer, Kate Clarke of Legacy Design, added tall contemporary windows and a dramatic floating staircase for a modern look. Nearly every room in the house has a private or shared outdoor space, including patios, courtyards and balconies, all accessible through retractable glass walls.

Flexibility key to changing American families

While the Florida climate lends itself to year-round indoor-outdoor living, the flexible floor plan, warm earth tones and extensive use of wood in the house easily translates to a more Northern location. The house is built on a large lot that slopes down to the edge of the lake with cascading patios that surround the contemporary fire pit, swimming pool and spa. Glass walls throughout the house add a modern vibe and allows natural light and air to filter throughout every room.

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The H-shaped house, which has two two-car garages, has a central great room that can be expanded or contracted by opening or closing glass walls. The great room has a fireplace at one end with a seating area, a large dining area and a breakfast bar leading into the open kitchen. Entertaining on a grand scale can be accomplished in the great room, particularly when the glass door opens onto the covered porch that shares the same flooring as the great room for a visual connection. Another wall of glass links the lanai with the pool patio.

The kitchen provides the latest in upscale appliances and design elements, with white shaker cabinets, white counters and gleams of metallic detailing in the backsplash and range hood. Thermador appliances include a built-in coffeemaker, a steam oven and a convection oven. The center island includes ample storage as well as a seating area for casual dining and chatting with friends and family while cooking. A second island provides additional storage and a buffet when entertaining. A walk-in pantry between the kitchen and game room handles food and drinks for a crowd.

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The ability to open and close various sections of the house makes it easy to turn the large house into a more intimate space. The main level includes a sumptuous master suite and an extremely private guest suite with its own bathroom and its own courtyard, which works equally well for a nanny, in-laws or long-term visitors.

The upstairs is configured with a mini-kitchen, wet bar and built-in coffeemaker, along with a small laundry room, a powder room and a central family room. Three bedrooms are on this level, each with a private full bathroom and access to a balcony. The layout works equally well for a family with young children or with teenagers or adult children or visiting grandchildren, since the homeowners have their private space on the main level. An elevator near the kitchen links the lower and upper level for accessibility.

Party space and peaceful retreats

In addition to the great room, kitchen, lanai and swimming pool area, the main level includes another covered porch next to the game room, which has a wet bar. One more covered porch extends beyond the game room toward the lake and includes an outdoor kitchen and bar. Each porch includes automated shades to maintain shade and keep out insects, as well as glass walls to close during a storm or a hot day.

On the opposite side of the swimming pool is a covered porch attached to the master suite by a wall of retractable glass. The master suite includes a gas fireplace surrounded by stone and a rustic wall behind the bed, which has LED lights underneath so the bed appears to float. The master bathroom has his-and-hers everything, including two walk-in closets, separate vanities and separate water closets. A freestanding tub sits in the middle of the bathroom on top of a floral mosaic floor; behind it is a glass-enclosed shower with numerous showerheads that have automated, programmable controls for each user.

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The main level also includes a home office between the foyer and the master suite which is also close to the home’s “command center” for its automated lighting, temperature control, automated shades, entertainment systems and security system. The home can be configured to work as simply as possible for a technophobe or as complex as possible for a buyer who enjoys experimenting with the latest technology.

This level also has a mudroom with extensive storage and a laundry room with more storage. One of the master bathroom’s walk-in closets has a stacked washer-and-dryer for a total of three sets of laundry equipment in the house.

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Green building showcase

In spite of the abundance of square footage, the indoor-outdoor floor plan and high-tech features, this house also demonstrates the latest in energy efficiency and green features. Super-insulation, energy-efficient windows and doors, tankless gas water heaters, an innovative energy-efficient heating and air conditioning system and automated lighting and temperature controls all work together in the house, which is estimated to be 36 percent more energy-efficient than the average newly built home.

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Whether you’re more intrigued by the smart house features, retractable walls or innovative design elements in the house, you can see more of it on the virtual tour here.

Originally appearing in the March/April 2018 edition of New Homes Guide, this story was written by Michele Lerner, a freelance journalist who covers real estate and personal finance. Photos courtesy of Jeffrey A. Davis.

 

 

International Builders’ Show 2018: Hot Products from the Showroom Floor

Posted: March 9, 2018 at 2:37 pm by: NewHomesGuide

The International Builders’ Show® (IBS) is the largest annual light construction show in the world, every year attracting 60,000 visitors from 100 countries. IBS brings together more than 1,500 top manufacturers and suppliers from around the globe showcasing the latest and most in-demand products and services.

Here are the products that had everyone talking on the showroom floor this year.

Kitchen & Bath Finishes

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The hottest finish for kitchen and baths this year is brushed gold and matte black. These finishes are being applied to contemporary, transitional and traditional faucet styles.

The Pivotal Kitchen Collection by Delta

A contemporary styling with exposed hose for a striking new approach.

A contemporary styling with exposed hose for a striking new approach.

Farmhouse Sinks

No surprise that farmhouse sinks were seen all over the showroom floor, however, they’re now seen in more finishes such as fire clay and distressed granite. Kohler’s version allows for an apron overhang that fits over the cabinet lip with no cutting into cabinetry.

No surprise that farmhouse sinks were seen all over the showroom floor, however, they’re now seen in more finishes such as fire clay and distressed granite. Kohler’s version allows for an apron overhang that fits over the cabinet lip with no cutting into cabinetry.

U by Moen

A digital shower that can be operated through voice, phone, and controller. Moen has partnered with Amazon to turn on your shower and set temperature using Alexa. We are getting closer to a fully connected smart home.

A digital shower that can be operated through voice, phone, and controller. Moen has partnered with Amazon to turn on your shower and set temperature using Alexa. We are getting closer to a fully connected smart home.

Modern Front Doors

Larger scaled front doors for greater style impact. This modern design by Simpson Door Company was displayed at The New American Home and demonstrates a more interesting way to let light in.

Larger scaled front doors for greater style impact. This modern design by Simpson Door Company was displayed at The New American Home and demonstrates a more interesting way to let light in.

Innovative Lighting

Not your typical chandeliers. Maxim Lighting introduced the LED “fandelier” and the LED "bracelet”. Ceiling fan function and art incorporated beautifully into these light fixtures.

Not your typical chandeliers. Maxim Lighting introduced the LED “fandelier” and the LED “bracelet”. Ceiling fan function and art incorporated beautifully into these light fixtures.

Electric Steam Fireplaces

Introduction of many new styles of electric fireplaces including Modern Flames “Fusion Fire” with steam technology to simulate a more realistic flame.

Introduction of many new styles of electric fireplaces including Modern Flames “Fusion Fire” with steam technology to simulate a more realistic flame.

Multiple-Use Vanity Mirror

Vanity mirrors have now become a 3-in-1 product; a large mirror, LED light, and medicine cabinet.

Vanity mirrors have now become a 3-in-1 product; a large mirror, LED light, and medicine cabinet.

Ombré Faucet by Kohler

We have seen Ombré everywhere in the design world. Now mixed-finish faucets are taking the stage.

We have seen Ombré everywhere in the design world. Now mixed-finish faucets are taking the stage.

Content by: Interior Concepts, Inc., an award-winning full service design firm based in Annapolis, MD.

Brookfield Residential Wants You to Choose with Confidence and Live with Style

Posted: March 7, 2018 at 11:26 am by: NewHomesGuide

Built for This Moment

Choose with confidence. Live with style. That’s the simple promise you get from one of the region’s top homebuilders, Brookfield Residential.

Brookfield Residential understands that the quality, value and style of your new home are only part of the equation. Moreover, they know that those things are meaningless unless homebuyers can be confident about the decision to purchase. That’s why they build homes specifically for the moment that new home shoppers have found the perfect place to call home — a place you just know you want to be yours.

How do they do it? For them, it’s easy. Brookfield has been doing it for more than 60 years to this point, after all. They only build in places where people truly want to live — near shopping, dining, entertainment, schools, work and more — in the Mid-Atlantic region. And then they craft beautiful, practical homes that help buyers get the most out of the areas in which they’re built.

As the “Mid-Atlantic’s Most Innovative Homebuilder,” Brookfield knows that it goes beyond just style and comfort, too. That’s why they fill their homes with the latest innovations that are designed to help make your life easier and more connected.

Want to see that dedication to innovation in action? Be sure to check out their revolutionary Smart Home program.

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Whether you’re looking to buy one of their fully upgraded Move-In-Now Homes or design your ideal to-be-built home, this is the perfect moment to take a closer look at Brookfield Residential. So be sure to check them out on our website and within the pages of our latest issue to learn more — we think you’ll be even more confident (and excited) about what you see when you do.

What It’s Like to Live in Anne Arundel County

Posted: February 20, 2018 at 2:05 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Annapolis, MD, Photo
With 533 miles of shoreline, there’s space for all of Anne Arundel County’s more than half-a-million residents to find a spot to admire the view of the Chesapeake Bay or one of its tributaries.

With a median household income of $89,860, Anne Arundel County is the 18th richest county in the U.S. and enjoys a location in close proximity to both Washington, DC and Baltimore.

Anne Arundel County holds an important place on the national scene. Not only is the U.S. Naval Academy located in Annapolis, but Fort Meade, one of the most important U.S. Defense Department installations, is located in the county. Major employers in the county include Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen Hamilton and other defense contractors. The county is also home to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and to the Maryland Live! Casino.

Annapolis, the capitol of Maryland, brings history buffs to its colonial buildings as well as friends and families of former and current Naval Academy students to visit the Naval Academy Museum, the Annapolis Maritime Museum, the Maryland State House and other historical sites. The city has more existing 18th century brick buildings than any other city in the country. Annapolis’ streets are lined with art galleries, restaurants, cafes and shops. The City Dock marina links Annapolis with Eastport, which has more restaurants and shops as well as access to the Annapolis Harbor, a yacht club and several marinas.

Residents living in and around Annapolis are close to shopping malls, parks and the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, which offers musical, dance and theater performances as well as art exhibits and classes for adults and children. Each spring, the city hosts the Annapolis Film Festival, the Spring Sailboat Show and Maryland Day, a celebration with activities at historical and cultural venues that commemorates the formal founding of the colony of Maryland, when settlers from England celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving on St. Clement’s Island in what is now St. Mary’s County.

The Maryland Renaissance Festival, a festival held each year between August and Ooctober, is the second largest Renaissance Festival in the country. Another popular venue for visitors and residents is the historic London Town and Gardens, a 23 acre park with archaeological and horticulture exhibits on the South River in Edgewater.

At the center of the county is Annapolis, Maryland’s State Capital. Named one of America’s 10 best places to live, the city’s historic district is a major tourist attraction.

Historic Annapolis Photo

Historic Annapolis, Maryland’s State Capital

Sailing, kayaking and powerboating are all popular activities for Anne Arundel residents. The county is known for boating, fishing, crabbing, water skiing and sailing. Sandy Point State Park has a boat launch, boat rentals, fishing, swimming and hiking. In addition, the county has two state parks, four regional parks and more than 100 neighborhood parks as well as nature preserves and greenways for walking, biking and horseback riding, including the 13-mile Baltimore and Annapolis Trail. Numerous sports leagues for children and adults are available for county residents. In addition to playing fields located at parks and public schools, the county has two facilities with baseball and softball fields, two aquatic centers and more than half a dozen public and private golf courses, including Atlantic Golf at South River, which was rated among the top 10 golf courses by Golf Digest magazine.

Anne Arundel County Photo

Anne Arundel County features more than 530 miles of coastlilne

While waterfront and golf course lots carry a high premium in Anne Arundel, the county offers an abundance of housing types in all price ranges including historic homes in downtown Annapolis and planned communities near Glen Burnie, Severna Park, Fort Meade, Edgewater and Parole.

Written by Michele Lerner, a freelance journalist, covers real estate and personal finance, this article originally appeared in the January/February issue of New Homes Guide. You can order your free copy of New Homes Guide here now.

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