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.

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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.

Lisa Sullivan

Lisa Sullivan

Holly Macasek

Holly Macasek

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!

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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.


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.


Visit our move-in ready page for more information!

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8 Ways to Make Your Home Baby Friendly

Bringing a baby into your new home can be both exciting and scary. You are excited to start this new chapter in your life and bring your baby from the hospital into your new Stanley Martin home, but you also want them to be as safe as possible. Here are some simple steps to take to protect your baby and keep them safe in your new home.


1. Keep cleaning products and anything harmful if swallowed in a locked cabinet or out of reach

2. Cover your electrically outlets


3. Install safety latches on toilets and cabinets

4. Cover sharp corners of furniture

5. Set up baby gates on certain rooms such as your kitchen and your stairs


6. Secure bookshelves and heavy furniture to the wall

7. Keep the blind cords out of reach to prevent kids getting tangled up in them

8. Put electrical cords out of reach so your baby cannot play with them or chew them


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Q and A with our Northern Virginia Design Studio Team

We took the time to interview our Design Studio Team in Northern Virginia to see what they had to say about current trends in the interior design industry and what they love about their job. Here is a sneak peak in a day of the life of a Design Studio Consultant!


• What is your favorite part about your job?

We love working with our homebuyers, and sharing in their excitement of building a new home. We get to help them create one of the most memorable and exciting things that they may do in their lifetime, with one of the most important purchases they will ever make, and that makes us feel content in the job we do each day. Working with a happy new homebuyer as they embark on the journey of crafting their brand new dream home makes us feel like we are the lucky ones – watching them leave with a smile on their faces makes it even better!


•What kind of pendant lights would you recommend in a kitchen with light cabinets?

If the kitchen has a warmer cream or antiqued cabinet we tend to lean towards a darker bronze pendant light selection, particularly if it is a more traditional style. If the kitchen has a more modern feel with a bright white cabinet and cleaner lines, than the silver tone pendant in a brushed nickel or chrome finish works best. The Northern Virginia design studio offers so many different styles of pendant lights with various glass and metal finishes, that there is definitely a style and color that will fit the overall theme of our customers’ homes.

•How do you pair back splash with cabinet color? Do you have a system you use to choose?

When composing a kitchen palette, the first thing we start with is the cabinetry, then we move on to choose the flooring and the counter tops. The backsplash and cabinet hardware are the finishing touches that tie everything together. When we work with our customers, we identify the characteristics of the granite that they have selected and use that to guide our recommendations on selecting a backsplash. It is important to ensure that a backsplash doesn’t compete with the other parts and pieces of your kitchen, especially your counter tops. We have many different backsplash options to choose from, from classic marbles and tumbled stones, to neutral and clean subway tiles that accent busier granite patterns, to backsplashes that are bold statement pieces made up of patterned mosaics, blends of marble, glass and metal or stone.


•Would you say you help customer choose their finishes based on their personalities?

Absolutely! The most important thing we do is to first determine what our customers want to see in the “finished product” once their home is complete. We have found that the best way to do that is to have our customers browse the Stanley Martin gallery of homes on our website, or Stanley Martin’s Pinterest or Houzz pages where they can compare the photography from our model homes to see what they are drawn to. Once we determine what they like and what they don’t like, we can select the parts and pieces that fit together to match their desired outcome as well as fit within their budget.


•Would you say helping customers design their homes is a passion of yours?

We have all worked in the housing industry for over 10 years (over 45 years combined!) and we can all undeniably say that we love what we do and that this is a passion of ours that we enjoy during our personal time at home. Unfortunately for our spouses we bring our work home with us on a regular basis in the form of wanting to redecorate, re-accessorize or repaint a room, and coming up with weekend warrior projects in our own homes! One of the best rewards is when we have the opportunity to walk a customer’s home before they go to settlement to see the finished product that we had a hand in creating, or get to visit our beautiful model homes and see what we’ve crafted first hand.

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•What are the most popular trends you are seeing in home finishes now?

Most customers are still drawn to the classic finishes that stand the test of time; light colored cabinets, bronze and brushed nickel metal finishes, marble accents in bathrooms and kitchen backsplashes, soft carpeting and rich hues in hardwood floors. We try to avoid adding really trendy finish options to our design portfolio – but if there is a new style that we think would be popular, we are on top of it. On the other hand, if we find that an option doesn’t really work, we don’t offer it. Our goal is to help our Stanley Martin homebuyers create a fun and memorable space to call home and to be thrilled with it when they move in, and continue to love coming back to that beautiful home every day.

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10 Reasons to Buy New!

You are buying a home in which you will live for many years. Everyone has their own style and with a new home you can select the floorplan and exterior which best reflect yours, but in a resale home you have to make compromises to make the existing work for you.

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Why renovate, when you can get exactly what you want now? Do you want to a sunroom? First-floor master bedroom? Big walk-in closets? Extra fireplace? Patio? Get it all done from the get-go. Build your home the way you desire and personalize it with architectural options to reflect your taste.

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Brand-new means under warranty, which assures your appliances, fixtures and utility equipment are protected – as well as safe, sophisticated and far more energy efficient than what you will find in re-sale homes.

A new home is more environmentally friendly and can save money every month on utilities – especially when built by one of the industry’s leading Green builders. Windows are higher quality, insulation practices are state-of-the-art, and heating and cooling units are high performance and more efficient than ever.


New homes feature environmentally-friendly coolants in the systems and fewer VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in paints, carpets and cabinets.

New Stanley Martin homes meet or exceed strict codes and energy standards of air filtration and ventilation, ensuring year-round indoor air quality for you and your family.

Homes today require far less care and maintenance. Stanley Martin’s systems and components are engineered for compatibility, so major maintenance and repairs won’t be on your to-do List for years to come.

Take pride in the details which give your new neighborhood its character! Enjoy entrances that provide a sense of arrival, gorgeous streetscapes comprised of well-designed homes and beautiful landscaping, and green spaces and pocket parks which add beauty for years to come.


9. IT’S NEW!
Isn’t new always more fun? Clean and pristine, with curb appeal built in! Exactly how you like it – never lived-in by anyone but you and your own family!


Why try to fit into someone else’s house when you can have your very own?


If you’re looking for a new home in Maryland, Northern Virginia, Charlottesville, Richmond, or Raleigh, we invite you to experience the Stanley Martin Difference.

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6 Ways to Brighten Up Your Home for Summer

The sun is out, the weather is hot and summer is here! You will want to start breaking out all of the fun, bright décor for your house and pack away the winter blues.

Your home should have more energy and liveliness about it. You will want the inside of your home to match the weather and vibes outside of your home.

Below are 6 ways to brighten up your home for summer:

1. Colors: Add bright, bold colors to your home. You can add bright greens, blues, and yellows by swapping out your couch pillows and adding fun colored ones.

Westover at Callaway

Westover at Callaway

2. De-clutter: Put away your heavy blankets and candles lying around your family room.

3. Beach Your house: Include beach-y decorations to different rooms in your home. You could add a shell picture frame in your bathroom or a beach centerpiece to your kitchen table.

4. Fresh: Use lemons and flowers to decorate your home to make it feel fresh and clean.

Westover at Callaway

Westover at Callaway

5. Mirrors: Mirrors can often give the illusion of a window and will reflect the light coming into the room which will literally brighten up your home.

6. White: Swap out your colorful towels for white ones and paint a white accent wall! White walls make a room feel more spacious and choose the wall with the biggest windows – it will project the light coming in through the windows on the other walls making it brighter.

For more amazing tips check out the articles below!

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Being an Eye Witness to the Transformation at Bradley Square

It wasn’t that long ago when we were discussing how to tackle the demolition of an operating racetrack at our brand new town home neighborhood, Bradley Square. We considered different means and methods for dismantling the grand stands, the demolition and disposal of the existing pavement and the racetrack infrastructure.


A few weeks after breaking ground in early 2014 the transformation was already visible.


While our land development team was making progress with the demolition and the installation of the necessary infrastructure, we were busy planning our vision of what we wanted this neighborhood to be like: a community with lots of green space, with amenities that include a splash park, tot lots, a 1 ½ acre central green and numerous pocket parks with walking trails.


Last fall the first roads were paved and we started building the first homes.


I visited the site a few weeks ago and wanted to share how the vision is turning into a reality!


Bradley Square is coming alive and quickly transforming into the vibrant neighborhood we envisioned. Soon our first homeowners will move in and start calling Bradley Square home!

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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.


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.


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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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.


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.


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.


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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