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.
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
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 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!
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!
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!
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!