Stanley Martin Homes’ “Right Sized” HVAC Systems: Saving You Money Everyday

Today’s Green Living spotlight: Why Stanley Martin Homes’ “Right Sized” Heating and Air Conditioning Systems (HVAC) are one of the best in the industry.

Right Sizing is an exact science that takes into consideration factors other than size, specifically, the home’s energy efficiency features to provide balanced temperature control, mechanical ventilation, clean air and thermal comfort.

The HVAC System is designed as a separate part of the home that functions in conditioned living space that has minimal air leakage to the outside environment. Conversely, many builders still apply reverse engineering which accounts for poor construction practices such as systems located in unconditioned crawl or attic spaces.

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Each Stanley Martin home is engineered specifically for what the home will feature such as structural options like a rear extension, side sunroom or an attic loft. Right Sizing takes into consideration efficient building practices and accurate calculations of heating and cooling loads.

It also results in a system that operates efficiently, with the right amount of capacity, air flow and level of humidity to keep homeowners consistently comfortable. This system will experience fewer drafts, while their rooms maintain temperature better. The more oversized the HVAC system, the more it costs to operate day-to-day, which means you could be wasting your money without the most efficient HVAC system.

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One of the primary reasons HVAC designers cite for overestimating the size of the HVAC system is concern about customer comfort. An “Over-Sized” HVAC System will perform on that one super-hot day of the year when the homeowner has 20 of his closest friends over, but what about its performance the other 364 days of the year?

In summary, Stanley Martin Home’s Green Living HVAC “Right Sizing” means:
-Less wasted energy
-Less maintenance.
-Less component failure as the temperatures reach extreme numbers in the attic throughout the year.
-Better indoor air quality.
-Less utility bills.
-Less cost to replace.
-Less short cycling Less noise while sleeping.

Stop by one of our neighborhoods in your area, and learn more about how Stanley Martin Homes is a leader in building environmentally friendly and energy efficient homes.

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An Amazing Home Design You Won’t Want to Miss Out On: The Travis

The long awaited Travis home design is now available in all five of Stanley Martin Homes’ neighborhoods in the Richmond area. The Travis is a 2-story home with a 1st floor master bedroom offering homeowners 2,715 – 3,547 finished square feet.

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Elevation G

Perhaps the greatest feature of this home is the full-sized master suite on the main level with a large bedroom area and master bath plus a sizable walk-in-closet. If you would like this space to be extra luxurious – you are able to enlarge the master suite and have an extended bedroom, master bathroom, and much larger walk-in-closet.

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The main level of this home features a spacious and airy open concept with the Great Room open to the kitchen, a large pantry off of the kitchen, a mudroom for extra convenience, and first floor laundry. The options do not end there! The rear of this home offers homeowners a chance to extend their living space inside or out with the options to include a morning room, a screened porch, or a covered porch.

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Upstairs you will find 3 bedrooms and a large unfinished space that can be finished into a large flex space – perfect for a kids play area, a man or woman cave, or you can convert it into a 5th bedroom and bath. The most exciting option for this space, of course, is the ability to add another master suite on the upper level of this home.

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There is so much to explore in The Travis and we invite you to tour our new Travis model home when it opens later this summer at Fox Creek located in Midlothian. Call 804.901.3177 for more information about The Travis and our new homes throughout Richmond!

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8 Tips for Gardening in the Summer Time

We all have hobbies. Some people love collecting things, others like sports or reading, and some people love gardening. Gardening can be a great way to get outside, get some exercise, and enjoy your hard work for the whole season!

The weather changes immensely from spring to summer and temperatures can get pretty hot therefore potentially hurting your plants growth. Here are some great gardening tips you can use in your new backyard summer to keep your plants safe from the heat of the summer.

1. Fertilize well: you can either fertilize the ground before planting or use a liquid fertilizer a few weeks after but be careful not to go overboard on either.

2. Choose perennials, heat resistant crops or plants with an extensive root system: Annual plants tend to have shallow roots and dry out easily. Perennials can withstand hot weather and you don’t have to water them as often.

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3. Mulch: Mulch can help keep moisture in your soil and protect from UV light as well as the heat of the sun which will be safer for your plants.

4. Create a Mote: A mote will channel water towards the roots when the plant is watered or when it rains.

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5. Water Early in the Morning

6. Weed Once a week: so that the weeds do not use the nutrients meant for your other plants and vegetables.

7. Remove spent or dead blooms from annuals and perennials once a week: This encourages re-blooming and keeps the garden looking fresh and tidy.

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8. Harvest fruits and vegetables regularly

For more gardening tips read the full articles below:

1.http://gentleworld.org/gardening-tips-for-summer/
2.http://www.harlowgardens.com/summer-gardening-tips/
3.http://www.southernstates.com/articles/summer-garden-tips.aspx

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5 Reasons to Move to Ambrose Hills

There are five reasons to move to Ambrose Hills: 5 brand new home designs! Our new neighborhood of townhomes, Ambrose Hills, is located in Falls Church and opened for sale just a few weeks ago. This neighborhood is a rare inside-the-Beltway opportunity to buy a brand-new townhome close in to the Nation’s Capital.

All five home designs feature rooftop terraces with lofts on the fourth level which will be perfect for summertime entertaining! Homeowners will be able to invite their guests onto the terrace, as well as read, relax, or enjoy a romantic meal. Some of the floor plans even have the option to add a wet bar in the loft, which is great for parties!

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In addition to the rooftop terrace, all floor plans have the option of adding a deck off of your kitchen (size varies). All of this outdoor space will be perfect for having a few friends over, drinking your morning coffee, or simply using it as an extension of your living space on your main level.

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The new townhomes at Ambrose Hills all come with garages and are in a prime Falls Church location which is very convenient for those commuting to the city for work.

The Ladysmith floorplan is currently available but there are more floor plans to come, so stay tuned!

Contact Rhonda Shapiro for more information at 571-266-9172.

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Wildewood: Trails, Pools, Beauty and More

Summer is right around the corner here in Wildewood! The weather is warming up, the trees budding, flowers are blooming, and our miles of running trails welcome more busy feet on the asphalt. As the seasons change from spring to summer our community is preparing the opening of our pool and recreation areas. Our beautiful water park with two Olympic sized pools will be ready for residents on May 31st, 2015.

Pool at Wildewood

Pool at Wildewood

Pool at Wildewood

Pool at Wildewood

Our tennis courts are perfect for the tennis enthusiast or expert and our miles of running trails throughout Wildewood are perfect for your biking, walking, or jogging needs.

Playground and Trails at Wildewood

Playground and Trails at Wildewood

Wildewood’s proximity to the best shopping, restaurants, and entertainment is what makes it the perfect location for all types and sizes of families. We are just minutes from Solomons Island, where you can stroll the Riverwalk, charter a boat for a day of Chesapeake fishing, or a sailboat for a luxury cruise or sailing lesson. You could hop on a jet ski, go kayaking, or rent a boat and try your luck catching dinner! At the Calvert Marine Museum you can explore fossils from millions of years ago and tour the Drum Point Lighthouse.

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Solomons Island

Down the road we have the historic Sotterly Plantation where, in addition to its year-round house tours, exhibits, beautiful grounds, Colonial Revival gardens, and other things to do, Sotterley hosts many unique events and programs throughout the year. If you enjoy wine, there are a couple of southern Maryland’s best wineries right at your fingertips! Slack Winery boasts beautiful scenic views and wines that have won over two dozen medals in state, national and international competitions.

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Slack Winery – from visitstmarysmd.com

Wildewood is just 58 miles south of our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.. With so many museums, tours, parks, night life, cuisine, and events it’s sure to be a great day or weekend trip with something for the whole family. You can find many more activities surrounding St. Mary’s County at these links below:

- Visit St. Mary’s
- Breton Bay Golf
- Wildewood Shopping Center

So come relax, unwind and live your life in Wildewood, a community that has uncommon charm and unspoiled beauty.

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Sudley Farm: A Great Escape in the Perfect Location

So many of those living in Fairfax County love the lifestyle but hate the noise and congestion that comes with this thriving area. Thankfully, now there is an option in Fairfax that offers homeowners the same lifestyle but without all of the hustle and bustle of the city. Stanley Martin Homes at Sudley Farm offers peace and serenity in an estate community with gorgeous, wooded 5+ acre homesites – perfect to find that balance of great location and tranquility while at home.

The Winslow at Sudley Farm

The Winslow at Sudley Farm

Sudley Farm is located off of Bull Run Post Office Road and features:
• A picturesque exclusive Fairfax County neighborhood
• Sought after schools
• Close proximity to commuter routes such as Route 50, Route 28, Route 236 and I-66

With Centreville, Chantilly, Fairfax, and Stone Ridge close by, you won’t have to look far to find fun and exciting things to do with your family, great restaurants, and popular grocery stores such as Trader Joe’s and Wegmans.

The Winslow at Sudley Farm

The Winslow at Sudley Farm

The Shops at Arcola Town Center is a retail center serving the Dulles South area which is less than 5 miles from the neighborhood. Within walking distance to the Arcola Town Center is a Main Street town center with a custom-designed fountain and outdoor restaurant seating. This will feature approximately 145,000 square feet of boutique- style shops and restaurants.

Arcola Town Center: Photo from KLNB Retail

Arcola Town Center: Photo from KLNB Retail

For the golf enthusiasts – we’ve got something for you too! The Chantilly National Country Golf and Country Club is just 7 miles from Sudley Farm offering exceptional amenities including a beautifully maintained Ed-Ault-designed golf course, tennis facilities with three recently resurfaced hard courts and three clay courts, an Olympic-size pool, children’s pool, and so much more.

Chantilly National Golf and Country Club: Photo from their website

Chantilly National Golf and Country Club: Photo from their website

Sudley Farm has everything you are looking for in a community that your family can enjoy and homes that are built to fit your lifestyle. Choose from 5 of Stanley Martin’s most desired, unique and spacious floor plans with new options – some created by our architects specifically for owners at Sudley Farm; a 5 car garage option, 4th level lofts, gourmet kitchens with plenty of storage.

The Winslow at Sudley Farm

The Winslow at Sudley Farm

Our Green Living Program was built to be sure that each home meets high energy efficient performance standards, and makes sure that your home is saving you money for the life of your home. To ensure each homeowner knows just how energy efficient their home is – every home is inspected and tested by a certified 3rd party Home Energy Rater and given a HERS rating. The lower your HERS score, the more money you save!

The Winslow at Sudley Farm

The Winslow at Sudley Farm

Visit Sudley Farm and take a look for yourself – you will absolutely love the gorgeous green and spacious neighborhood and maybe even find the home that you have been searching for to fit your family’s needs.

The Winslow at Sudley Farm

The Winslow at Sudley Farm

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Blount Street Commons – Part of Downtown Raleigh’s Historic District

Live, work, play is the slogan used for Downtown Raleigh and the new home community of Blount Street Commons is no exception. At Blount Street, homeowners will not only live within walking distance to amazing dining, shopping and entertainment venues but will enjoy the convenience of having 1-3 car garages in an area where parking is a premium!

The Hampstead Model Home Family Room

The Hampstead Model Home Family Room

Homeowners at Blount Street will enjoy a community park setting in the center of all that Historic Downtown Raleigh has to offer. The Pearson Street area was listed by USA Today as one of the top 10 up and coming neighborhoods and in The Walter Magazine’s article “Person-Street-Comes-Alive”.

The Hampstead Model Home Kitchen

The Hampstead Model Home Kitchen

A USA Today article quoted: “Raleigh: The North Person Street Business District, about 5-10 minute walk from downtown Raleigh, was once home to boarded-up store fronts and struggling businesses. Within the past year it has begun a transformation into a vibrant area that appeals to both residents and visitors. Highlights include the Raleigh City Farm, an urban farm with the goal of transforming unexpected downtown spaces into nourishing farmland; Pie Bird, serving homemade savory and sweet pies; Oak City Cycling Project, a local, independent cycling project; and Slingshot Coffee, which sells hand-bottled, cold-brewed iced-coffee.”

To read the full article Click here!

The Hampstead Model Home Breakfast Area

The Hampstead Model Home Breakfast Area

With Raleigh being one of the most up and coming cities, there is never a shortage of activities and events happening in the area. The link below will take you to the events in Downtown Raleigh! There is so much to do right around the corner from the Historic District!

For a calendar of events at the Historic District Click here!

Walter Magazine says “It’s just amazing to be a part of the synergy that’s happening around Person,” says Mordecai resident Philip Bernard, who formed the Person Street Partnership, a group of business owners and civic leaders fostering the positive development of the area. As phase one of a three-phase facelift funded by bond referendum, Person Street will be re-striped to include bike lanes on either side, and restored to two-way traffic between Delway and Peace. “Two-way streets slow cars down and promote pedestrian and bike traffic,” Bernard says.

To read the full article Click here!

The Hampstead Model Home Master Bedroom

The Hampstead Model Home Master Bedroom

One of the most hotly anticipated new businesses to join the group is Standard Foods. When Umstead chef Scott Crawford announced plans to partner with John Holmes of Hobby Properties to open the restaurant/grocery store in Person Street Plaza, the neighborhood got more than a five-star stamp of approval; it caught the attention of food lovers all over the region.”

The Hampstead Model Home Recreation Room

The Hampstead Model Home Recreation Room

Stanley Martin Homes is excited to offer homes to those who want the downtown lifestyle. Join us for our Model Home Grand Opening 2-28-15 from 11-3:00! Enjoy Model Home Tour, Food From Pie Birds, Live Music and Prizes! Model address is 500 John Haywood Way Unit #101, Raleigh, NC 27604.

Blount Street Commons Website: Click here!

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At Stanley Martin Homes It’s Easy Being Green

Stanley Martin Homes’ Green Living Program means lower utility costs, healthy indoor air and ventilation systems and a whole house integrated systems approach to achieve high home performance. Every home we build embraces green building practices in every phase of the homebuilding process. Advanced Building Systems and resource efficient designs and materials are selected to maximize function and use of natural resources. For example, the application of engineered wood products enables us to use products that consume considerably less material than dimensional lumber or plywood, which is better for the environment. Advanced Framing Techniques improve building efficiencies, eliminate materials waste and provide thermal barriers to minimize air leakage within the building envelope, which means more savings for you!

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We continue to work on improving energy performance that evaluates and drives the best practices. This approach measures the building envelope and mechanical system performance, evaluates wall assembly insulation values, selects high efficiency windows and doors based on climate zone criteria, and integrates energy efficient products such as energy saving appliances, lighting and heating and air conditioning systems. This ensures you have the best products for each season to seal in your savings.

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We select finish materials that are environmentally friendly, such as carpet and organic paint, natural stone countertops (granite) and recycled products. Other material specifications include low maintenance exterior products that don’t require paint or stain on finished surfaces. These products are more durable than their wood counterparts, requiring fewer resources for replacement and repairs which lower your maintenance costs and help the environment at the same time.

At Stanley Martin Homes, we pay close attention to where a product is manufactured and the materials used for packaging. This sustainability practice not only lowers transportation and fuel consumption, it fosters the practice of re-using or recycling packaging and waste materials.

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To ensure we meet high energy efficient performance standards, every home is inspected and tested multiple times throughout the construction process by a certified 3rd party Home Energy Rater.

Since the fall of 2012, Stanley Martin Homes has received Home Energy Rating testing/scores for over 1,400 Homes under its Green Living Program. This is notable since many new homebuilders measure energy efficiency through sampling vs. measuring every homes for energy efficiency. The average Stanley Martin Homes Home Energy Rating score (HERS) for Single Family Homes is 56 and for Townhomes/Condominiums is 67, exceeding industry performance standards, position Stanley Martin Homes as a leader in building environmentally friendly and energy efficient Homes.

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Stop by our Neighborhoods and learn more about Stanley Martin Homes and our Energy Monitoring Incentive promotion. Take your energy savings to the next level!

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Fall In Love with Stanley Martin Homes

The week leading up to Valentine’s Day is filled with love, joy, and appreciation. This week we want you to fall in love with Stanley Martin Homes. We want you to fall in love with the homes we build and the communities in which we build those homes. Stanley Martin Homes focuses on our customers’ lives and desires when we make decisions for our homes and neighborhoods.

Fall in Love with our Floorplans
We aim to create floorplans designed for how people really live. At Stanley Martin Homes, we focus on livability. We create spaces that match what buyers want. Our closets and garages are maximized to accommodate storage needs. There is less “wasted” space and the rooms are more flexible and open.

The Plymouth at Reserve at Pouncey

The Plymouth at Reserve at Pouncey

The Westchester at Stonewater

The Westchester at Stonewater

Fall in Love with our Exteriors
Stanley Martin Homes creates front façades you can be proud of. We invest extra time and attention to the details on the front of the house, because we want our customers to be proud of the homes they buy.

The Carey at Summit Oaks

The Carey at Summit Oaks

The Ashland at Winmore

The Ashland at Winmore

Fall in Love with our Locations
At Stanley Martin Homes our objective is to properly design neighborhoods, close to where you want to be. We take pride in getting the details right – that the houses sit properly on the lots, that the tree save areas and pocket parks create aesthetics, and the entrances provide a sense of welcome.

Downtown Raleigh

Downtown Raleigh

Starbucks at Hollymead Town Center

Starbucks at Hollymead Town Center

Fall in Love with our Green Living Program
We take pride in being the leader in construction practices. As part of our Green Living Program we study leading manufacturing techniques to create outstanding flooring and structural systems, better indoor air quality, proper moisture management, and outstanding energy efficiency. A Stanley Martin our homes are designed better and built better. Ask about our energy conservation rating (HERS® Score), and then check the competitors. Said simply, Stanley Martin builds a higher quality home.

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Looking Beyond the House – A Sneak Peak into Stanley Martin Homes’ Land Engineering

Stanley Martin Homes does not only buy land and build homes. We also engineer the land we purchase, create plans for the new neighborhood, as well as focus on the restoration and maintenance of the surrounding areas of our neighborhoods. Our Land Project Manager, Soledad Portilla gives us insight into her job and a current project she has been working on:

As a Land Project Manager, for Stanley Martin Homes, I coordinate the engineering and design of our subdivisions and then get to see them being built and come to life. The best part of my job is having the opportunity to watch the transformation of raw pieces of land into vibrant neighborhoods. It is both exciting and rewarding to see a thought on paper become realty.

One of my favorite projects currently under construction is Callaway in Annandale, VA. In this community we are selling single family homes offering a great location to homeowners – just minutes from Alexandria. What makes this project special is that as part of the development we are also restoring a portion of the stream that used to run across the property. The stream at Callaway is located in the middle of a high developed area and it is a tributary of Cameron Run, a stream running through the Cameron Run Regional Park in Alexandria, VA. When we bought the property the stream looked like this:

Image courtesy of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

Image courtesy of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

Image courtesy of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

Image courtesy of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

The stream restoration project began with a study of the stream system, hydraulics, patterns and other specific conditions. The stream bed was heavily eroded due to heavy storm water runoff. The stream restoration plans include alterations to the channel shape to return the stream to its original condition. It also includes the installation of cross vanes which are “U” shaped structures made of boulders that will help to reduce the water velocity near the stream banks.

Conceptual Design

Conceptual Design

Construction 11-20-2014 / Image courtesy of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

Construction 11-20-2014 / Image courtesy of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

Construction 11-20-2014 / Image courtesy of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

Construction 11-20-2014 / Image courtesy of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

The last stage of the restoration project is the installation of the landscaping. We are hoping that this winter will be a short one so that we can complete the project soon. Make sure to check the blog again in a couple of months as we will be posting updated photos of the newly restored stream.

You can also check a video of the ongoing construction:

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