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.

Chandelier

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.

Seating

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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Five Delicious Holiday Recipes Everyone Should Try!

It’s time to plan your holiday menus! If you are looking to add something new to your table, here are a few recipes that we think sound delicious. Enjoy!

Layered Amish Breakfast Bake

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Ingredients

12  slices white bread

1 pound thinly sliced deli ham, divided

2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

6  eggs

3 cups milk

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

2 cups cornflakes

Instructions

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

2.Line baking dish with 6 slices bread. Layer half the ham over bread and sprinkle with 1 cup cheese; repeat layers one more time.

3.In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, dry mustard, onion powder, salt, and pepper; mix well. Slowly pour over entire casserole. Mix butter with cornflakes and sprinkle on top.

4.Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until golden and set.

Persimmon Bruschetta

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Ingredients

4 Ripe but not too ripe Fuyu persimmons

1/2cup fresh tangy goat cheese (at room temperature)

1/2cup fresh ricotta

1/4cup light colored honey (not buckwheat)

8 Slices crusty country bread

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/4cup toasted hazelnuts (or pistachios), coarsely chopped

Coarse ground black pepper

Flaky sea salt

1tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary (or mint if using pistachios)

1tablespoon lemon zest (Meyer, if you have it)

1tablespoon lemon juice (Meyer if you have it)

Instructions

1. Brush bread with olive oil on both sides. Sprinkle with salt & pepper, and bake at 375°F until crisp and lightly browned.

2. Cut the persimmons into 8 lovely juicy orange petals. Remove seeds and peel, and sprinkle with a bit of lemon juice.

3. Whisk together ricotta, goat cheese, lemon juice, lemon zest and rosemary.

4. Dollop cheese mixture on warm toasts. Lay 4-6 slices of persimmon on each toast, and sprinkle with coarse pepper and sea salt flakes.

5. Heat honey gently.

6. Drizzle with warm honey and sprinkle with toasted Hazelnuts. Garnish with rosemary sprigs.

Honey Bourbon Glazed Ham

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Ingredients

1   (9 1/4-lb.) fully cooked, bone-in ham

40   whole cloves

1/2 cup  firmly packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup  honey

1/2 cup  bourbon

1/3 cup  Creole mustard

1/3 cup  molasses

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Remove skin from ham, and trim fat to 1/4-inch thickness. Make shallow cuts in fat 1 inch apart in a diamond pattern; insert cloves in centers of diamonds. Place ham in an aluminum foil-lined 13- x 9-inch pan.

2. Stir together brown sugar and next 4 ingredients; spoon over ham.

3. Bake at 350° on lowest oven rack 2 hours and 30 minutes, basting with pan juices every 30 minutes. Shield ham with foil after 1 hour to prevent excessive browning. Remove ham from oven, and let stand 30 minutes.

Peppermint Bark Christmas Trees

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Ingredients

1 cup  lightly crushed starlight peppermints or candy canes

1 14-oz. bag white chocolate candy melts, melted

1 ½ cups  dark cocoa candy melts, melted

Instructions

1. Sprinkle about 1 Tbsp. crushed peppermint candies in bottom of 18 mini tree-shaped silicone ice cube molds.

2. Spoon white candy melts into a ziplock bag; seal bag. Snip a small corner off bag. Pipe enough candy to cover mints by about ½ inch. Tap pan on countertop to smooth melted white candy. Refrigerate until candy is just set, about 5 minutes.

3. Spoon dark cocoa candy melts into another ziplock bag; seal bag. Snip a small corner off bag. Pipe a thin layer of dark cocoa candy melts on top of white candy melts. Tap tray on countertop to smooth. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.

4. Remove candies from tray. Wrap in cellophane and tie with a bow, or package in a gift box.

Spiked Apple Cider Cocktail

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups apple cider
1 cup apple brandy
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
6 apple slices, for garnish

Instructions

1. Chill cocktail glasses in freezer.

2. Fill a tall cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add cider, brandy, lemon juice and maple syrup. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds.

3. Pour mixed and chilled ingredients through strainer of cocktail shaker and into chilled cocktail glasses.

4. Cut a thin slit into each apple slice and perch onto the rim of each glass for garnish

 

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New Stanley Martin Communities Coming in 2014!

Thinking about purchasing a new home in 2014? You’re in luck – Stanley Martin Homes has many great communities that are planned to open next year! Here is a sneak peak at next year’s projects. Stay tuned to our website to learn more about these communities and to join our VIP lists.

 

Villages at Piedmont II

Villages at Piedmont II is going to be a gorgeous community of single family homes in Haymarket with scenic views and tree lined streets. The community is surrounded by lush green parkland on three sides that will never be developed. The Villages of Piedmont II offers six models ranging from 2,638 – 7,059 base square feet. Residents will enjoy amenities like a brand new clubhouse and pool, tot lots, a conservancy and nature center, and hiking and biking trails. This community will offer a wonderful environment for families with children; all three of the feeder schools have incredible rankings and reputations.

The Sutton

The Sutton

 

Woodland Farms

Woodland Farms offers the best of both worlds. The community of single family homes features large one acre lots and is set among rolling hills on a charming rural road. Residents don’t have to give up convenience for this picturesque setting; Woodland Farms is only moments from many retail and dining attractions in Manassas.

 

Marlboro Pointe and Marlboro Riding

Marlboro Pointe and Marlboro Riding will feature luxury single family homes with traditional architecture and modern, open floorplans that create the perfect space for hosting and entertaining friends and family in your new home. With seven models that range from 2,776 – 7,507 base square feet, buyers are able to choose the perfect home that fits their style and needs. Large 1/3 acre lots, residents will have the opportunity to significantly expand their outdoor living space. Marlboro ridge is conveniently located close to many major commuting routes, employment centers, restaurants, and retailers.

The Portsmouth

The Portsmouth

 

Callaway

Callaway is the perfect community for buyers who value location as well as a traditional sense of community. Located in a premier location in Fairfax County, within 10 miles residents can access a plethora of retail and dinning attractions, including Old Town Alexandria, Tyson’s Corner, and the Mosaic District. Callaway is also close to many major employment centers and commuter routes. Unlike many new communities in Fairfax that only have a handful of lots, Callaway stands out with 29 single family home lots. This larger community creates a strong sense of community, which is quite rare in other new construction projects in the area. Callaway residents can choose from three models that range from 3,037 – 4,363 base square feet.

The Newgate

The Newgate

 

Bradley Square

Bradley Square in Manassas will be selling townhomes at an amazing value, potentially available for a lower monthly payment than rent may be for a similar home.  This community will change the landscape of Manassas with over 500 brand new, luxury townhomes and 31 single family homes. This, in addition to the other planned retail and commercial construction projects, promises an exciting future for the area. The community is conveniently located close to many major employers and commuting routes, and within easy reach of the Manassas Virginia Railway Express station.

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Home in Old Trail Receives a 49 on the HERS Index

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is the industry standard for measuring a home’s energy efficiency – the intent of the measurement is best explained as similar to the MPG rating for cars.  In the case of HERS ratings, the lower the score the more energy-efficient the home will be. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an average resale home scores 130 and an average new home scores 100.

Stanley Martin is proud to announce that one of the homes in our Old Trail community in Albemarle County has greatly surpassed this national standard. The home scored a 49 on the HERS Index – our lowest rating yet! This impressive score indicates that the home is 50% more energy efficient than standard new homes on the market. An energy efficient, environmentally friendly home means lower utility bills and a higher resale value.

All new Stanley Martin GREEN LIVING homes receive a certified HERS Index rating provided by an objective third-party rater. Stanley Martin is not satisfied with settling for the industry standard, all of our homes are are designed to receive a 65 HERs Index Rating. Our energy efficient homes save you money on energy costs, without having to change the way you live.

The Ashland Model at Old Trail

The Ashland Model at Old Trail

Old Trail is a planned community luxury homes in Crozet, Virginia. Residents can enjoy the beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as the many amenities the community has to offer like the shops at Old Trail Village, a pool, and even a golf course. Stanley Martin is offering 15 different models in Old Trail, ranging from 1,800-5,500 in base square footage. There is truly something for everyone in this community. For more information on Old Trail or any other new housing communities in the Charlottesville region, please contact David Garono at 434-566-1007.

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Grand Opening at Stonewater This Weekend

Come join us December 7 and 8 from 12 – 4 pm for the grand opening of Stonewater in Charlottesville, Virginia. Light refreshments will be provided to enjoy as you tour the newly decorated Westchester model home.

Now is a great time to consider purchasing a home in Stonewater; Stanley Martin is currently offering half off a finished rec room or finished loft if you purchase before December 20!*

Stonewater residents can choose from nine different floorplans ranging from 1,862 – 5,181 square feet. This wide variety of options allows you to pick the perfect house for you and the way you live. Whether you are looking for a townhome, single family home, or a main level master, you can find it all in Stonewater!

Stonewater offers wooded home sites and beautiful mountain views, yet is still conveniently located only 2 miles from Downtown Charlottesville. Stonewater is the perfect choice for residents who enjoy the excitement that comes with being close to all of the attractions and activities that Downtown Charlottesville has to offer, as well as those who wish to be located close to various outdoor parks and activites. The Downtown Mall boasts 120 shops and 30 restaurants and is one of the country’s most successful pedestrian malls. Stonewater residents can walk to Pen Park, Charlottesville’s largest park. Pen Park features a Little Legue baseball field, volleyball court, three picnic areas, eight tennis courts, and more. The Meadowcreek Golf Course and clubhouse as well as the Rivanna River are also close by.

*For more information on current incentives, Stonewater, or any of our other communities in the Charlottesville region, please contact Mackenzie Smith at smithmp@stanleymartin.com or 434-466-4100.

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