Stanley Martin’s Standout Kitchens

Is your kitchen leaving something to be desired when it comes to cooking or entertaining? Stanley Martin Homes‘ kitchens are perfect for creating any recipe with smart floor plans and premium standard features.

The Colton at Waterford Estates

The Colton at Waterford Estates

Stanley Martin is proud to build Green Living homes that are leading the industry in energy efficiency. Many of our kitchens include Energy Star appliances that will help to reduce energy bills and environmental impact.

Our kitchens are stylish as well as sensible. One of Stanley Martin’s trademarks is the oversized islands that are offered in all of our models. All of our islands have at least a 12-inch overhang for ample seating and comfortable dining. Our large islands also offer plenty of space for preparing large meals when entertaining. Many of our islands have extra storage under the overhang to store seasonal items that you don’t use every day -most other builders leave this area as unusable dead space.

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The Carey at Summit Oaks

To enhance your kitchen in a unique way, we offer the option to choose contrasting cabinet colors for island and perimeter cabinets.

The Winslow at Huntleigh at Creighton Farms

The Winslow at Huntleigh at Creighton Farms

We offer smart storage options throughout our kitchens like built in trashcans and pullout pot and pan trays. Customers can learn more about these helpful options and ideas, as well as many more, at the Design Studio.

 

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Summer Recipes

Fish Tacos With Summer Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 pound halibut or other meaty white fish fillets
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 11 ounce can whole tomatillos, drained
  • 4 small zucchinipeeled, seeded and cut into small cubes
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves and stems
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt, plus more to taste
  • 8 6 inches corn tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Hass avocado, peeled and thinly sliced

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 225 degrees. Place the fish in a medium bowl and drizzle with half of the lime juice. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  • Using your hands, squeeze the juice and flesh from the tomatillos, 1 at a time, into a medium bowl; discard the skins. Mash the tomatillos with a fork. Add the zucchini, the remaining lime juice, the cilantro and 2 teaspoons of the salt and toss.
  • Spread the tortillas on 2 baking sheets and warm in the oven for about 10 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, cayenne pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Remove the fish from the lime juice, pat dry and cover with the spice rub. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and cook the fish, about 4 minutes on each side. Break the fish into bite-size pieces and season to taste with salt. Arrange the fish in the tortillas with some of the salsa and avocado slices.

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Grilled Shrimp with Bacon and Lemons

Ingredients

  • 16 large shrimp (about 1 1/2 pounds), shells split but not removed, deveined
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon (about 6 ounces)

Directions

  • Toss shrimp in a large nonreactive baking dish with zest and juice of 1 lemon, the Old Bay seasoning, and oil. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Heat grill to medium-high. Slice remaining lemon into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Grill lemon slices, shrimp, and bacon directly on grates until lemon slices are caramelized (2 to 3 minutes per side), shrimp are cooked through (about 3 minutes per side), and bacon is lightly charred and crisp (4 to 5 minutes per side). Transfer lemons and shrimp to a bowl, and the bacon to a plate. Let cool slightly.
  • Tear bacon into 2-inch pieces, and add to bowl with lemons and shrimp. Toss until well combined.

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Strawberry Chantilly

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  • Mix flour, sugar and butter until crumbly. Stir in chopped walnuts.
  • Press two-thirds of the mixture in the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish; the remaining crumble will be used for the topping. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Cool crust completely.
  • In large deep bowl, stir together egg whites, sugar (see Cook’s Note), strawberries, and lemon juice. Whip with electric mixer at high speed for 10 minutes.
  • In another mixing bowl, whip whipping cream until stiff and fold into strawberry mixture. Spread over cooled crust. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. Freeze for 6 hours or overnight before serving.

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Tom’s Mellow Melon Margarita

 Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 ounces Patron Silver tequila
  • 1 ounces fresh lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 ounces orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 5 watermelon cubes
  • 1 small watermelon wedge

Directions

  • Muddle the watermelon cubes in the bottom of a shaker glass.
  • Add ice, Patron, lime juice, orange juice and agave syrup.
  • Give it a good shake for approximately 10 seconds. Strain and pour into large rocks glass.
  • Garnish with a watermelon wedge.

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Villages of Piedmont at Leopold’s Preserve is Now Selling Offsite

The Villages of Piedmont at Leopold’s Preserve is now selling offsite from our Reservoir Ridge community in Loudoun County. This beautiful community is a rare find in Northern Virginia, with the combination of a convenient location and gorgeous scenic surroundings that will never be developed.

Surrounded by a permanent conservation area on three sides, residents will enjoy both privacy and beautiful views. With an impressive open space commitment of more than 380 acres, Villages of Piedmont at Leopold’s Preserve offers a unique and thoughtful solution to progressive land use management and finding the balance between human population growth and the preservation of natural habitats. Residents will find a variety of natural amenities- over five miles of natural surface walking and hiking trails, observation areas, wildflower meadows, and more.

Residents won’t have to compromise between this peaceful setting and convenience. Located just 30 miles west of Washington, DC in northwestern Prince William County, the Villages of Piedmont at Leopold’s Preserve is just south of Interstate 66 and less than one mile from the historic town of Haymarket, Virginia.

The community will be comprised of 132 homes and offer six house types for buyers to choose from. The these home designs are divided into two series – The Heritage Collection, with base square footage ranging from 2,638-3,356, and the Executive Collection (for future release) with base square footage ranging from 3,281-4,066.

 

 

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Callaway Opens for Sale Off-Site This Weekend!

Callaway is a new community of single-family homes in Fairfax County. With its convenient Annandale location and traditional community feel, this community is sure to be a hit when it opens for sale.  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a resident of this amazing community. Starting this weekend we will be selling off-site from our Summit Oaks community in Lorton. We are especially excited about this community because we will be debuting three brand new floor plans in Callaway: the Newgate, Thurston, and Westover.

The Newgate

Enter this amazing home into the main foyer to find the library on your left and the garage on the right. Keep walking towards the back of the home and you will pass the dining room on your left and the powder room on your right. In the back of the home is the kitchen, which includes an island counter top and the family room. You have the option of adding a deck off of the kitchen.

On the upper level is the master suite, which includes the master bedroom, sitting room, master bath and two walk-in closets.  You will find three additional bedrooms, the hall bathroom, and the laundry room. You have the option of adding another bathroom on this level. In addition, you have the option of adding a den, recreation room, media room, full bathroom, and a wet bar on the lower level.

The Thurston

Enter this luxurious home into the main foyer with the library to the left and the garage to your right. Continue walking towards the back of the house and you will pass the mudroom, hall closet, and powder room on your right as you enter in the dining room. The kitchen is in the rear left of the house and the family room is adjacent to it. Take advantage of our options and add a deck off of the kitchen and a fireplace in the family room.

The upper level has a master suite, which includes the master bedroom, sitting room, master bathroom and two walk-in closets.  Additionally there are three more bedrooms, a hall bathroom and the laundry room. You have the option of putting a third bathroom on this level.

On the lower level you can take advantage of the space and add a den, recreation room, media room, wet bar and full bathroom.

The Westover

Walk into this beautiful home into the main foyer to find the library to you left and garage to your right. As you walk further into the home you will pass the hall closet and powder room on your left and the dining room on your right. You will find your way into the family room with the kitchen to your right. You can add a deck off of the kitchen and a fireplace in the family room.

Upstairs is a master suite, which includes a master bedroom, bathroom, and an expansive walk-in closet.  There are three additional bedrooms on this level, each with their own walk-in closet. The laundry room and hall bathroom are also on the upper level.

You can upgrade the lower level to have a recreation room, den, media room, wet bar and full bathroom.

 

For more information on Callaway, contact Rhonda Shapiro at 571-266-9172.

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Create the Master Suite of Your Dreams

The master suite should be your own personal getaway – a place to relax and unwind. Most importantly, this space should reflect your own personal style. Here are five tips with pictures from our own Stanley Martin model homes to help you create the perfect bedroom or give yours a quick update. Happy decorating!

1. A chandelier is a great way to upgrade lighting and add romance to any space. Don’t forget to add task lighting, like a lamp on your bedside table, in addition to overhead lighting for convenience.

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2. Incorporating seating into your bedroom makes it all the more inviting. It is also a great way to create two separate spaces in your room.

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3. To add architectural interest to your master suite, consider a tray ceiling. You can follow the shape of your room or choose a different shape, like in this room.

Tray Ceiling

4. Instead of making your bedding the focal point, try opting for neutral bedding and colorful headboard instead. This is a fun and unexpected way to spice up your space.

Headboard

5. A well-placed mirror is a great way to make any space feel larger than it actually is.

Mirror

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Home Maintenance Tips for the Spring

It is officially spring! Even though some cold winter weather may still be making an appearance, homeowners are anxiously awaiting bright sunshine and warmer days. Although the change of seasons is sure to be welcomed, spring may shed some light on routine maintenance needs for your home. Stanley Martin Homes recognizes that buying a home is a big decision and a big investment, so our warranty team has created a list of seasonal maintenance tips to help keep your home looking as beautiful as the day you bought it. Here are some tips for spring:

• Seed and fertilize lawn
• Inspect air conditioning system and replace filter
• Check all health and security alarms, and replace batteries
• Clean windows, screens, and hardware
• Check screens first and repair or replace if needed
• Steam clean carpets
• Examine foundations for cracks or moisture
• Check exterior caulking
• Test sump pump for proper operation
• Inspect all gutters and clean out any debris
• Change furnace filter monthly
• Apply wood conditioner to cabinets
• Oil garage door rollers

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Old Trail Village

Old Trail is one of Stanley Martin’s most popular communities in the Charlottesville Region, and it is easy to understand why. This planned community is surrounded by beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Crozet, Virginia and is just a short 12 miles away from Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Ashland Model

The Ashland Model

Stanley Martin offers residents ample flexibility in home choice with 15 models available in the community, many with main level masters. This wide range allows home buyers to choose the home that is perfect for the life they will live in their new Stanley Martin home. Along with a variety of home designs, Old Trail is a pedestrian friendly community that boasts many amenities like a pool, golf course, 5k trail, and more.

Residents have close and convenient access to a fitness center, salon, shops, restaurants, and more in The Old Trail Town Center. Here is a highlight of a few of the businesses residents can enjoy, right at their fingertips.

Da Luca Café and Wine Bar uses fresh and local ingredients to create delicious Mediterranean style cuisine. This is the perfect place for a romantic dinner or to have your special event catered.  You may also dine at Anna’s Ristorante Italiano and Pizza.

Craving that perfect cup of coffee? Look no further than Trailside Coffee. If you are looking for more than just coffee, you can find that here too with Trailside’s breakfast and lunch menu. This coffee shop is unique because it is the only one in the area committed to using only Direct Trade coffee and that has an ABC license.

ACAC Fitness and Wellness Center offers various fitness programs catered to all ages and preferences in an 8,500 square foot gym. ACAC also conveniently offers childcare on premises.

Face Value Salon and Studio offers a full range of services for men and women. With top of the line technology and a staff of proven professionals, Face Value has earned a stellar reputation and has acquired an impressive lineup of recognitions and awards since its opening in 2009.

There are also several offices to keep you and your family healthy. Augusta Health Internal Medicine offers many services as primary care physicians for adults 18 and older. Crozet Pediatric Dentistry provides care for children and young adults and George Guess, MD specializes in homeopathic medicine for adults and children.

For more information on Old Trail please tour our model, which is open Monday through Sunday 11am – 5pm or contact David Garono at GaronoDA@stanleymartin.com or 434.566.1007.

 

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Stanley Martin Homes Has Big Plans for Expansion in 2014

RESTON, VA, Jan. 9, 2014: After successfully expanding into the Charlottesville, VA market in 2013, Stanley Martin Homes will be moving into the Richmond, VA and Raleigh, NC markets in 2014.

Last year, Stanley Martin acquired Piedmont Realty and Construction in Charlottesville and sold 79 homes in that market which will grow to 12 neighborhoods in 2014. Expanding to Raleigh was part of the Piedmont merger plan; the first three neighborhoods in the Raleigh market were contracted in 2013. These neighborhoods include an urban development in downtown Raleigh called Blount Street; Ansley, which will be characterized by wooded lots inside the beltway; and Winmore, a community of neotraditional homes in Chapel Hill. These communities are scheduled to open this year.

In addition to moving into Raleigh, Stanley Martin will also enter the Richmond market through efforts that will span from 2014 to 2016. Richmond will become the fifth homebuilding division for the company.

Stanley Martin realized a great deal of achievements in 2013. In addition to adding closings in Charlottesville, Stanley Martin also surpassed its DC Metro closing goals. The company had 661 gross home sales for the year and 588 home deliveries while remaining one of the top homebuilders in its markets. Stanley Martin is looking forward to exceeding this momentum while enjoying the same successes in 2014.

For more information about Stanley Martin Homes, visit www.stanleymartin.com or connect on Facebook and Twitter.

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Stanley Martin’s Best Model Home Spaces of 2013

Written by Lindsay Young, Design Studio Manager

I consider my contribution with the selection process, construction, and final merchandising of Stanley Martin’s model homes one of the most rewarding parts of my job, so as I close the door on a hugely successful 2013, I look back at all of the gorgeous model homes that we’ve built this year.  The following are some of the most successfully implemented spaces from all of the model homes that we opened in 2013.

Best Model Kitchen:

This has to be a tie, and if I could, I would “award” all of our model kitchens the “best”, because I truly don’t think that Stanley Martin kitchens are lacking.  One thing is for sure – Stanley Martin designs some pretty amazing kitchens!  I would have to give the best kitchen to the Carey model at Summit Oaks, and the Mckenney model at Glenmore.

The Carey has been one of Stanley Martin’s most popular floorplans since we initially began offering its first architectural version about six years ago.  Overall, the Carey is designed to be such a smart space.  One if my favorite areas of this home are the kitchen and one of the stars of any kitchen is the island.  With seating for four, the generous island has ample storage and is perfect for preparing and enjoying meals, serving, homework, happy hour, and everything in between.  The McKenney at Glenmore is one of the first models we completed in our Charlottesville region, and I have to say it sets the bar high.  I love everything about this beautiful kitchen; with a stunning butcher-block island, and such a bright color palette, this kitchen is one that you’ll remember.  Both kitchens showcase two of the most desirable and popular color schemes, and encompass the small touches Stanley Martin is known for that make these model kitchens feel like a real home.

The Carey

The Carey

The McKenney

The McKenney

The McKenney

The McKenney

Best Model Living Space:

The living space is by far the most lived-in area of a home.  This is where you watch your favorite movies or snuggle up on the couch with your favorite book on a rainy Sunday. It is another tie…actually, a three-way tie, and I have to call attention to the Chatham II model at Avinity, the Peterson model at Reservoir Ridge, and, again, the Carey model at Summit Oaks.

The Chatham II model is another one of our new Charlottesville model homes, and what I love about this living space is how comfy and cozy it is – and of course the balcony that sits right off of the room.  The fireplace with built-ins adds a nice touch to the room.  The Peterson and Carey model homes both offer living spaces that encompass Family Rooms, Breakfast Rooms and Rear Sunrooms. Both of these spaces are great for entertaining, and everyday living.  The addition of the Rear Sunrooms make the already generously sized Family and Breakfast Rooms feel even more open, and give endless decorating possibilities to the home.

The Chatham II

The Chatham II

The Peterson

The Peterson

The Carey

The Carey

Best Model Master Suite:

No surprise that we have another tie here and I have to call attention to two of my favorite spaces in this category, the Master Suites of the Sussex model at Oakton East, and the Chatham II at Avinity.  Again, when you walk into the Master bedroom of the Sussex model, it’s hard to believe that you are in a townhome, with a separate sitting room and large master bath…not to mention the more than generous walk in closets.  To top off the space, the architectural design of the tray ceilings in the bedroom and sitting room are stunning, making it quite a memorable master suite.  The Chatham II at Avinity’s Master Suite is so warm and inviting, just looking at the pictures of this space makes me instantly relax!  I love, let me repeat this….I LOVE the bathroom in this Master Suite!  The color scheme is clean and crisp, and the shower design with its floor to ceiling mosaic is striking!

The Sussex

The Sussex

The Chatham II

The Chatham II

The Chatham II

The Chatham II

Best Model RecRoom:

The RecRoom of the Sussex model at Oakton East is one of my favorites!  The handsomely sophisticated décor focuses on a super cozy pre-worn leather couch, with a game table and some memorable art accenting the space.  There is not only a full bathroom, but also a separate Den off the RecRoom, which is a hard to find feature in the lower level space of a townhome. This space yet again proves how much the Sussex really lives like a Single Family home!

The Sussex

The Sussex

Best Model Secondary Bedroom:

It’s hard to pick a favorite Secondary Bedroom from our model homes, because we do a great job merchandising them to tell the different stories of the different kinds of families that could be living there.  We have everything from a teenage lacrosse player, to roller-skating twin girls, a play room, and guest rooms.  My favorite would have to be the Nursery from our Rockland model home at Powell’s Landing.  Maybe it’s because I am a new mom to an 8 month old, but I just love everything about this room.  The neutral color palette speaks to parents of baby boys and girls, and I absolutely love the mommy and baby giraffe art, as well as the fun animal print glider and ottoman.  This is such a sweet room, and really helps potential homeowners envision their family living and growing here!

The Rockland

The Rockland

Best Outdoor Living Space:

Hands down, the Farmville at Spring Creek model has one of the most jaw-dropping exterior spaces I have seen in a long time.  If I had this back yard I don’t think I would ever make it inside!  I love the two exterior fireplaces, one on the deck and one on the patio that anchor the seating areas.  The patio is perfect, with enough space to relax next to the fireplace, and share a meal in the dining area.  The deck is spacious and perfect for entertaining the best backyard barbeque on the block.

I also have to acclaim the outdoor space showcased at the McKenney at Glenmore model, with its great screened in porch and outstanding view with a mountain on the horizon!  This outdoor space, complete with a patio and fireplace as well, could allow you to entertain and enjoy outdoor living all year long!

The Farmville

The Farmville

The McKenney

The McKenney

Best Model Overall:

Overall, after revisiting all of our 2013 model homes, I can’t pick an absolute favorite.  All of the Stanley Martin model homes from the past year are memorable, functional, and beautiful and are wonderful showcases of the great work we do here.  As potential homeowners visit our model homes, they can envision themselves living in the home and in the neighborhood, which is the end goal as we begin the model home process.  All of our model homes are winners in my book, visit any of them yourself and you will certainly see what I mean!

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Prepare Your Home for the Cold Winter Weather

Everybody has been doing their best to stay bundled up during this exceptionally cold winter, but it is important that you don’t forget about your house too. Since it hasn’t been this cold in twenty years, here are some helpful hints from Stanley Martin’s warranty department to help you keep your home safe in this extreme cold weather.

  • Make sure all garden hoses are removed from hose bibs. Be sure to shut off and drain all hose bibs.
  • Keep your garage overhead doors closed. Open them only as necessary to allow the automobiles in and out of the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around any plumbing in these cabinets. Please keep in mind that applying direct heat to the pipes could cause further damage. 
  • Allow a small stream of water to flow from cold water faucets on exterior walls, especially throughout the night.
  • Don’t lower your thermostat at night or while you are away from your home during this unusual cold snap.
  • Make sure you know where the main shutoff is located in your home, in case of an emergency.

Stay warm!

Stanley Martin Homes Warranty Department

703-715-5800

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