Preparation and Snow Removal Tips for Winterstorm Jonas

As the forecast continues to call for a significant amount of snow across the region, we wanted to share some tips for staying ahead of the weather. These will help with preparation and during the storm.

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• 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. It is also advisable to shovel snow away from your garage door.

• Plan for incremental removal of snow every two to four hours. This will help make the significant amount of snow more manageable.

• Don’t forget your decks when clearing off snow. These should also be cleared every two to four hours depending on snowfall.

• Be sure to keep snow clear from all exterior doors.

• Keep exterior heat pump units clear from significant snow buildup to prevent freezing of the unit.

• Remember that the plowing companies will have a hard time keeping up with the snowfall they are predicting. Be patient, they will get to your streets.

• If any power outages occur, please make sure to contact your electric utility company for updates.

• As the snow starts to melt, make sure to keep areaway drains and window wells clear of debris

Stay safe and warm!

Stanley Martin Homes Warranty Department

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Olive Chapel Park: Raleigh’s Pride and Joy

With only 10 new single family homes remaining, Olive Chapel Park offers an intimate community with excellent amenities for families of all sizes. Summer is still a few months away, but when it is finally here, there is one of many reasons you will wish you lived at Olive Chapel Park: the amenities!

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Along with the clubhouse and adjacent meeting rooms, homeowners will enjoy other amenities such as a movie room with theater style seating, and exercise gym.

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Homeowners can also head outside to enjoy an outdoor pool and tennis courts. At Olive Chapel Park, you can spend your summer days relaxing without even leaving the neighborhood – how amazing is that?

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Olive Chapel Park is in an incredible location in the heart of Apex, NC. It is within just a few miles of the best shopping and dining of the city including the popular Beaver Creek Crossings.

Olive Chapel Park is just minutes from Apex Jaycee Park (insert link), where you can stroll through the park, hit some balls at the batting cages, or grill out with your friends and family. With this 23 acre park just down the road, you will not run short of fun, outdoor things to do with the family.

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Just a few miles away, homeowners will enjoy the ambiance of historic Apex. In addition to its year-round shopping and dining, Downtown Apex hosts many unique events and programs throughout the year. They host a farmer’s market in the spring and summer along with different festivals throughout the year that include dancing, music, art and food. You can find a list of their year round events here.

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Visit our website for more information on Olive Chapel Park.

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50 Years and Counting: New Stanley Martin Communities for 2016

Thinking about purchasing a new home in 2016? You’re in luck – Stanley Martin Homes has many great communities that are planned to open this year. Stanley Martin Homes has been building new homes and neighborhoods for 50 years and is excited to offer some of our best homes and locations in 2016. Here is an exclusive sneak peek at this year’s projects. Stay tuned to our website to learn more about these communities and to join our VIP lists.

Embrey Mill

Located in Stafford County, Embrey Mill will be comprised of 56 Single Family Homes. This community will be located across the street from one of our communities that is currently open for sale, Westgate, on Austin Ridge Drive. Embrey Mill will be opening this month and will include two brand new single family home floor plans: The Middleton and The Clayton. The Middleton will feature a large open floor plan on the main floor with four additional bedrooms on the upper level. With a pool, clubhouse, cafe, walking trails, fitness center, playgrounds and more, there are amenities for everyone to enjoy.

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From EmbreyMill.com

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William Square

William Square is also scheduled to open this month. William Square is a community of 30 condominiums and will sport 2 new floorplans: The Beekman and Gramercy. Each condo has 3 bedrooms and a 1 car garage. These new homes in Prince William County are in a great location! William Square is in close proximity to I-95 and many shopping centers including: Crossing West Shopping Center, Crossing East Shopping Center, Prince William Shopping Center and Potomac Mills.

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From simon.com


Chesterfield Landing

We will be opening Chesterfield Landing for sale in February. Located off of Crozet Avenue just outside of Charlottesville, this new home community is comprised of 25 single family homes. We will be offering 4 of our most popular home designs: The Carey, The Pennington, The Farmville, and The Travis. These homes include both craftsman style facades and first floor living. The both of best worlds are offered at Chesterfield Landing.

Free State Run

Free State Run is scheduled to open in March and will be located in Charlottesville, VA. This community will consist of 26 single family villa style homes. We will be featuring a brand new floor plan at this community, The Gardiner. This new home features a first floor master, 2 car garage and 2 additional bedrooms upstairs. Located near Rio Road, homeowners will experience the luxuries of new construction amidst the charm and conveniences of Downtown Charlottesville.

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Parkside

Approximately 1 mile from I-495 and Andrews Air Force Base, Parkside is scheduled to open in the summer of 2016, and will be a very attractive location for many! Located in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Parkside is made up of condos, townhomes and single family homes. This community of new homes in Prince George’s County allows homebuyers to enjoy a convenient lifestyle near shopping, dining and major commuting roads. Parkside also offers numerous amenities such as a community center, swimming pool, baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts and an outdoor amphitheater! Parkside will have everything you want and more.

Windsor Hill

Windsor Hill is going to include 27 single family homes in Prince William County and will be open for sales in July this year. This neighborhood is located in Triangle near the intersection of Fuller Heights Road and Windsor Road. Home designs offered in this neighborhood include The Harrison, The Carey, and The Westover. With I-95 less than 3 miles away, residents will enjoy a commute that allows for more time spent shopping and dining at popular destinations such as Dumfries Shopping Center and Dumfries Plaza Shopping Center.

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Icing on the Cake: Finishes That Make Your New Home Shine

We have some exciting news! We have just built our first ever Travis home design in Charlottesville. The Travis was built in Westlake at Foothill Crossing which resides in Crozet, Virginia – just outside of Charlottesville.

Not only is the outside of this home gorgeous, but the inside is just as phenomenal. We worked with Reico Kitchen and Bath to design our kitchen and bathrooms and their finishes came out amazing!

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In the Travis kitchen, there is a combination of two finishes – the darker finish is a stain called Dusk on Maple and the painted finish is Cotton on Maple. Kristol Faucheux, a Design Consultant at Reico told us that both finishes are very popular right now, but the Cotton has always been a classic.

She said, “With grey tones being so trendy right now in home décor and elsewhere, the Dusk finish is definitely becoming more and more desired.”

In the master bathroom, the finish is a stain called Kona on Maple. This finish, which is an Espresso/Wenge looking color, along with the Dusk is also very popular. According to Kristol, new homebuyers are loving the rich look these two darker tones provide.

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As Andre Morrison said from L&L Flooring, “What is demonstrated in the model is the new wave of what homebuyers envision in their homes.”

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L&L Flooring created this gorgeous accent wall in the bathroom seen above. The product is Daltile stacked stone Dynasty Mountain to the ceiling – gorgeous!

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The most amazing area to me in that house was the Wet Bar, with that Gorgeous Woodstone Leather granite for the countertop and full height backsplash. The different colors and patterns will really wow your guests!

Visit our website to find out more about our new homes for sale in Charlottesville and tour our new decorated model homes.

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Cute Halloween Recipes

Halloween is right around the corner and along with the holiday come the holiday treats. We have gorgeous kitchens to bake in especially because of our amazing amount of counter space and the option to have a double oven in your new kitchen.

Here are some cute Halloween recipes to make in your new Stanley Martin kitchen!

Playful Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies

- Ingredients
-1 package Pillsbury™ Ready to Bake!™ pumpkin shape sugar cookies
-1 container (1 lb) vanilla or chocolate creamy ready-to-spread frosting
-Assorted candy sprinkles

- Directions
1.Preheat the oven to 350°F and Bake cookies as directed on package
2.Take the cookies out when they are done and let them cool
3.Add 2 tablespoons of frosting to one cookie, and sandwich with another cookie
4.Roll edges in candies

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Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs

-Ingredients
-Circle or square-shaped pretzels
-Hershey ‘s Kisses Hugs (or any flavor Kiss)
-Candy corn

-Directions
1.Preheat oven to 250F degrees.
2.Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Align pretzels on the sheet. Unwrap Hugs and place one on each pretzel. Stick in the oven until the hug begins to melt down. Mine takes about 4 minutes.
3.While the Hugs are melting in the oven, get your candy corn ready because you will have to move quickly once the pretzels are out of the oven.
4.Remove pretzel hugs from oven and gently press a candy corn down on each one. The Hug should flatten out when you press the candy corn on it. If it is not flattening out, place the pretzel hugs back in the oven for 30 more seconds.
5.Let the pretzel hugs cool completely and let the chocolate set for about 10 minutes in the refrigerator. These are a great make ahead treat: make them 1-3 days before you need them and store covered in the refrigerator.

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Halloween Bundt Cake

-Ingredients
-1 box (15.25 oz.) white cake mix
-Ingredients listed on box to make cake
-Orange, purple, black and green food coloring
-1 container (12 oz.) white frosting
-Halloween sprinkles

-Directions
1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a 12-cup bundt pan and set aside.2. Make the cake batter as directed on box using water, oil and eggs. Pour one cup of cake batter into a small bowl; stir in orange food coloring until well mixed. Pour another cup of cake batter into a separate small bowl; stir in purple food coloring until well mixed. Repeat with one cup of cake batter and the black food coloring. Tint the remaining cake batter green.
3. Pour the orange cake batter into the bottom of the pan. Carefully pour the purple batter over the orange batter. Carefully pour the black batter over the purple. Carefully pour the green batter over the black batter. These layers do not necessarily need to “cover” each other. Just pour it in so the colors don’t mix, but rather, just rest on top of each other in the pan.
4. Bake as directed on box for a bundt pan or until a toothpick inserted near comes out clean. Cool cake in the pan for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, place a cooling rack over a cookie sheet. Turn the cake pan upside down onto the cooling rack. Cool the cake completely, about 30 minutes.
5. When the cake is cooled, divide the frosting evenly into 4 microwaveable bowls. Add one color of food coloring to each of the bowls; mix well. Microwave one bowl of frosting uncovered on HIGH a few seconds until smooth enough to drizzle over the cake. With a spoon, drizzle all of the first bowl of the microwaved frosting all over the cake, back and forth around the cake in a striping pattern. Repeat with remaining bowls of frosting. Make sure you can see the layers of frosting colors as you make the cake. Top the cake with sprinkles.

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The Luxuries of Yates Mill Estates

Raleigh, North Carolina is one of the most beautiful up and coming neighborhoods on the east coast – and for good reason! Downtown Raleigh offers amazing innovative restaurants, cute retail shops, and countless events featuring the arts and lots of live music!

What an amazing place to visit – and even a better one to live! The fun doesn’t end in the city though – Raleigh has some great little towns just outside of the city like Cary – featuring an even more artsy atmosphere and small local business that really make this area feel close knit and small-town.

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Downtown Raleigh

Just outside of Cary is where we have decided to build our most recent neighborhood with a gorgeous new model home – Yates Mill Estates. This new neighborhood features our most desirable single family homes – larger ones for families looking to grow, as well as smaller ranch style homes for those looking to downsize!

Yates Mill Estates is located off of Yates Mill Pond Road near the Cary Crossroads Shopping Center; just 10 minutes from downtown Raleigh, 5 miles from North Carolina State University, and 10 minutes from Research Triangle Park. The perfect location for living the city life during the day and the country life after work and on the weekends!

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Cary Crossroads

The best thing about this community is the vast amount of mature trees with homesites measuring over an acre! The options with your new home in this area are virtually endless with the ability to expand the square footage by adding incredibly desired features such as morning rooms, guest suites, screened porches, spacious decks, and 3-4 side car garages.

Enjoy your morning coffee on the deck or the screened in porch while your husband cooks up a fabulous breakfast in your brand new kitchen, then head out to Cary for some shopping and a dinner with friends! Life at Yates Mill allows you to enjoy all there is to do in and around this beautiful neighborhood!

Attractions nearby: Cary Crossroads Shopping Center, Lake Wheeler, Yates Mill County Park, Triangle Aquatic Center.

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Move Into Your New Stanley Martin Home Now!

If you want the advantages of a new home but you’re in a time crunch, our move-in ready homes are perfect for you! We build gorgeous homes ready for people who need to move now in all five regions: Maryland, Northern Virginia, Richmond, Raleigh and Charlottesville.

Here are some benefits of buying a move-in ready home:
1. You See Exactly What You Are Getting
2. Ease of Purchase
3. Quicker Delivery

Here are some of our move-in ready homes available for purchase now!

Northern Virginia: The Newgate at Callaway in Annandale, VA
- $849,990
- 3800 Sq. Feet
- 4 bedrooms & 4.5 baths

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Charlottesville: The Ashland at Belvedere in Charlottesville, VA
- $599,900
- 3059 Sq. Feet
- 5 bedrooms & 3.5 baths

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Richmond: The Carey at Collington in Midlothian, VA
- $472,232
- 3631 Sq. Feet
- 4 bedrooms & 4.5 baths

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Raleigh: The Carey at Ansley
- $488,037
- 3426 Sq. Feet
- 4 bedrooms & 3.5 baths

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Maryland: The Carson at Woodland Park
- $ 410,610
- 3758 Sq. Feet
- 4 bedrooms & 3.5 baths

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Visit our website for more homes in your region!

*Prices, features and incentives are subject to change without notice. Photos used are for illustrative purposes only. Certain restrictions may apply. See a Neighborhood Sales Manager for details.

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Preparing for Hurricane Joaquin

As the saying goes “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” With the increasing possibility of major weather this weekend in the form of Hurricane Joaquin, here are some tips that may help reduce damage at your home with the impending heavy rainfall and high winds that may be associated with the storm.

• Check your area way drain to make sure it is clear of all debris. This will help to keep the water draining as well as possible in this area, and it will be important to continue to check this during the storm as well.

• The continuous operation of your sump pump will be essential during this time to help move water away from your home, so make sure that no other appliance is plugged into the sump outlet which may overload the circuit.

• Secure anything that could blow away or into the home as a result of the high winds.

• Make sure to have your Homeowner Insurance and other emergency contact information readily available, even for items such as roof shingles or siding blowing off your home.

• Remember that during a severe rainstorm and/or hurricane, it is possible to have water seep into and through windows and doors that typically don’t leak otherwise. This is a weather related issue and will most likely only occur during severe weather.

• Please keep in mind that most subcontractors cannot do work in the heavy rain and strong winds. Of course, you should stay indoors and not attempt to make any such repairs yourself during a storm.

• Of course, as with all emergency planning, make sure that you are well prepared for the event with flashlights, water, canned food and other emergency supplies.

• Please note that if the municipal storm sewer system backs up due to the water volume of the storm, this will affect the ability of water to be able to drain from your lot and it may unavoidably back up.

•Please take extra precautions to make sure that you don’t have any obstructions in the swales that would interfere with the flow of water, resulting from heavy rains. For example, you should remove chicken wire or other tight wire mesh at these areas, as they create a dam impeding water runoff.

Please keep in mind that a hurricane, tropical storm or unusually heavy rainfall is considered an act of nature and is not covered by the warranty. Should you have a leak or an emergency, however, you certainly may contact us and we will do our best to get you in touch with the appropriate party to assist you. In any case, it may be best to first contact your homeowners insurance to report any storm-related damage.

Northern Virginia Warranty Department
703-715-5800

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Q and A with our New Internet Marketing Managers

We have two amazing Internet Marketing Managers: Lisa Sullivan and Holly Macasek. Both Holly and Lisa are here to provide our customers with immediate and helpful information to help narrow down your new home search to the neighborhoods and homes that best fit our customers’ wants and needs. They can also help you schedule an on-site visit with our neighborhood sales managers so you can learn more about the community and see our model homes.

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Lisa Sullivan

Holly Macasek

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1. What is your favorite part about your job as an Internet Marketing Manager?

Lisa: My favorite part is being able to provide consumers with immediate and helpful information making it easy and less stressful for them. I also like that I can assist in making their first visit with Stanley Martin Homes a productive and informative one by scheduling their appointment for them.
Holly: Having the ability to help prospective buyers from different geographic locations is my favorite aspect of being an Internet Marketing Manager. Whether it’s speaking with someone on the phone, or chatting with them online, I get to come in contact with people living all over the world offering up solutions for their house-hunting needs. The interactions are always different and very dynamic, which helps to never make the job boring!

2. What are the most popular added options on Stanley Martin homes?

Lisa: In my experience, the most popular options added to our homes would be upgraded finishes in the kitchens and bathrooms.
Holly: A lot of my prospective homeowners are interested in a basement. Both for finished, living space, as well as for storage. Another popular option is storage space in the form of a mud room. A space to organize and store bags, shoes, jackets etc., as soon as you walk into the house, has been a really popular feature.

3. How do you feel Stanley Martin Homes differs from the other local and regional builders in your area?

Lisa: Stanley Martin differentiates itself from other builders by designing homes for how people really live in their homes – while creating front facades that are attractive yet functional and building them in locations where people want to live. We also take pride in building high quality homes – specifically by using building practices that provide our homeowners with a healthy, energy efficient home we care about providing our customers with excellent service and doing a great job for them.
Holly: I feel SMH excels in two distinct aspects when compared to other builders in my area. #1 We offer communities in some of the BEST locations. Our neighborhoods are situated in areas people actually want to live in. SMH didn’t just take the first land opportunity that came along, we choose some of the most sought-after and convenient locations to offer communities in. #2 The floorplans are the most relevant and up-to-date on how people are living today. We didn’t just take an old version of the same home and improve one or two aspects,
and call it “new”. We are offering some of the most functional and practical homes available in the market today. What I feel are some of our best highlights are…an emphasis on storage
space, open and airy floorplans, large and efficient “common areas” such as kitchens and family rooms, and of course overall energy efficiency.

4. What advice do you have to homebuyers during their process?

Lisa: My advice to homebuyers when buying or building a new home would be to ask a lot questions and take notes during each step of the process. They should stay involved by attending all the necessary Meetings and Orientations. It should be a fun and exciting experience – and with Stanley Martin Homes, they can be assured it will be!
Holly: I really like to emphasize the “big” picture to my potential homebuyers. When considering what is likely to be the biggest, individual investment they are ever going to make in their lives, I try to stress the importance of recognizing all the factors that go into choosing the RIGHT home and community. Just because something might look like a good “deal” today, how is that going to serve you and your family in the long run? Are you going to have to make repairs and/or renovations a month or two after you move in? What will your monthly energy bills look like on a home that might be decades old?

5. What is YOUR favorite part of our homes?

Lisa: My favorite part of our homes is the ongoing modifications we make to our designs to accommodate the way be people live. Our homes are spacious, functional, energy efficient, attractive and stand out amongst other builder’s homes.
Holly: I love our kitchens! I don’t think I have seen one kitchen yet that hasn’t “wow-ed” me. SMH really recognizes that the kitchen is often the “heart” of the home and where everyone seems to gather. The attention that has been given to this space is really impressive. Beyond the efficiency and functionality, our kitchens are also cosmetically, very beautiful. My second favorite parts of our homes, are the exteriors. SMH knows that the majority of people will only ever see the outside of our homes, and for that reason has paid great attention to how that presents. From architecture to materials, our exteriors are truly beautiful.

Feel free to chat with these lovely ladies and ask them any questions you may have! www.stanleymartin.com

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Advantages of Buying a Move-In Ready Home

If you want the advantages of a new home but you’re in a time crunch, our move-in ready homes are perfect for you! We build gorgeous homes ready for people who need to move now in all five regions: Maryland, Northern Virginia, Richmond, Raleigh and Charlottesville.

Here are some benefits of buying a move-in ready home:

1. You See Exactly What You Are Getting
Rather than visualize the future home on the lot, you can see how your specific home will sit on the land. You can also walk through the home to get a feel for the flow of the rooms.

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2. Ease of Purchase
Some buyers would prefer to skip all the choices and have Stanley Martin’s design professionals select the most popular options and finishes. We take care of the details so that you don’t have to.

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3. Quicker Delivery
If your existing home was just sold, or if you are relocating for a new job, a Move-In Ready home gets you into your new home sooner.

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Visit our move-in ready page for more information!

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