The Home We All Share

We all know the Spring brings with it lots of showers to usher in the best and most colorful highlights of the year. It’s the time of year that is synonymous with springtime and, for homeowners, that annual deep housecleaning. Most notably though, we celebrate and respect the greater home we all share on Earth Day. This spring, you can honor Mother Earth by going greener at home. Try swapping out your cleaning products for natural methods using these recipes and ingredients you may find in your kitchen pantry or medicine cabinet. Not only are they the cheaper alternative, but they will keep your home fresh and safe for people, pets and the planet Earth we call home.

Ingredients:

  • Baking soda
  • Borax
  • Castile soap or vegetable oil-based liquid soap
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Essential oils
  • Kosher salt
  • Water

Recipes:

• TUB AND TILE CLEANER
Combine 1 2/3 cup baking soda with 1/2 cup vegetable oil-based liquid soap in a jar or spray bottle and add 1/2 cup water and 2 tablespoons vinegar. Shake before using. Apply with a cloth or sponge and rinse well.

• SCOURING POWDER
Combine 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup borax, and 1 cup kosher salt in a jar. Sprinkle on area to be cleaned, wipe with a sponge, and rinse.

• TOILET BOWL CLEANER
Mix 1/4 cup borax or baking soda and 1 cup vinegar in the toilet. Let it sit for 15 minutes (or longer, if necessary), scrub, and flush.

• GLASS CLEANER
In a spray bottle, combine 1/4 cup vinegar and 4 cups warm water. Use to clean glass or mirrors with a dry cloth or piece of newspaper.

• DRAIN CLEANER
Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into drain followed by 1 cup vinegar. Let it sit and fizz for 15 minutes, then rinse with hot or boiling water. May need to repeat or leave baking soda and vinegar in overnight.

• FLOOR SANITIZER
In a bucket, mix 1/2 cup borax with 2 gallons hot water. Apply with a mop or sponge. Rinsing is not necessary.

• SOAP SCUM REMOVER
Sprinkle on baking soda, scrub with a cloth or sponge, and rinse. Vinegar or kosher salt also work.

• CALCIUM OR LIME REMOVER
For calcium or lime deposits on a chrome faucet, soak a towel in vinegar and wrap it around the faucet. Let it sit for a couple of hours or overnight.

• MOLD OR MILDEW REMOVER
Mix 1/2 cup borax and 1/2 cup vinegar to make a paste. Scrub with a brush or sponge and rinse with water. For tough mold, let it sit for an hour before rinsing with water.

At Miller & Smith, we feel an environmental responsibility to build homes that honor Earth every day. By promoting cleaner water and conservation through the use of Flowguard Gold CPVC pipes and fittings, and low flow showerheads, faucets and toilets. We eliminate unnecessary energy use through the use of Energy Star refrigerators and dishwashers and use environmentally friendly products whenever possible. That responsibility doesn’t stop after a home is built, construction waste is taken to a local plant where it’s recycled for the most efficient use of resources. We’re in the home business. And the home we all share is no exception.

 

 

Fun In The Spirit of Summer.

To celebrate the return of our favorite season, it’s probably a good idea to start fine-tuning your warm weather to-do list. Fire up the barbecue. Arrange for the perfect summer vacation with the kids. Do a little sun worshipping at the community pool. And pencil in one of the many free summer concerts and activities offered at one of our Miller & Smith new home communities. Don’t forget to pack a picnic, bring your best lawn blanket and visit one of these communities for the perfect summertime serenade.

Embrey Mill Music Box Concert Series

Embrey Mill in Stafford VA Music Box Concert Series

Hosted on the deck of the Community Center at Embrey Mill in Stafford, VA, the Embrey House makes the perfect backdrop for an evening of sweet sounds under the stars.  The concerts are free to the public and the community’s Before ‘n’ After Cafe will be serving its full menu of snacks and drinks, including a new summertime favorite, the Apricot Martini. The Music Box concert series will take place every other Saturday, through June 21st, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. There’s a sound to satisfy every musical taste, so come discover the perfect way to unwind.

Featuring Live Music By:

May 10 – Darcy Dawn – Indie Pop

May 24 – SolRoots – Soul/Funk

June 7 – Rasta Miles – Reggae

June 21 – The Dangerous Kitchen – Jazz 

Before the music begins, swing by our Cavalier model as part of the Dominion Collection at Embrey Mill. You’ll find townhomes that live large with over 2,300 square feet. The gourmet kitchen is a real head-turner with its signature, oversized island anchoring the spacious open floorplan. With a private courtyard separating the kitchen and the garage, it means no carrying groceries up the stairs.

One Loudoun Downtown Fest

One Loudoun in Ashburn VA Downtown Fest

This innagural event epitomizes the season’s lighthearted spirit. Live music, street performers, food and drinks and live participatory art are what you can expect from Downtown Fest at One Loudoun in Ashburn, VA. Join in the fun on Saturday, May 10th from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on the Downtown Plaza.

Featuring Live Music By:

2:00 p.m. – Levi Stephens – Adult Contemporary

3:10 p.m. – Paul Pfau – Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist

4:15 p.m. – FrameWerk – Rythym & Blues

5:20 p.m. – The Kelly Bell Band – Blues

Don’t forget to visit the two decorated models available as part of our Downtown Collection at One Loudoun. These Miller & Smith new homes offer an urban vibe in the heart of Ashburn with their contemporary designs that are fresh and functional. 

Brambleton Sizzlin’ Summer Concert 

Brambleton in Ashburn VA Sizzlin' Summer Concert

Nothing defines the carefree wonder of summer like an evening concert at Brambleton in Ashburn, VA. Especially when you’re listening to the sounds of the Doyle Brothers, a contemporary duo that channels classic soul and rock & roll with the rhythm and swagger of modern pop. On Thursday, June 26, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., come prepared for entertainment and don’t forget to bring your friends. You’re going to need someone to sing back-up to your air band.

Since you’re in the neighborhood, check out the models available for touring at Brambleton. With both single-family homes and townhomes to choose from, there’s a home for every style.

Turn up the volume on your summertime to-do list and let Miller & Smith help make this the best season yet.

 

Meet Brambleton’s New Neighbors.

Calling on new neighbors is one of those instances when dropping by unannounced actually is good manners.  The goal is simple: to welcome them to the neighborhood and introduce yourself. Ok, let’s be honest. That’s the Emily Post version. The honest truth is it gives you a window into their world and a chance to check out the home’s design, the awesome kitchen, the stylish décor. And starting this weekend, Brambleton in Ashburn, VA will give any nosey neighbor double the chance at the Big Big Reveal of Miller & Smith’s two new collections. Starting May 10th, you’ll get twice the wow when you tour four new stunning models.

new home in brambleton

Located on Brambleton’s south side, the South Lawn collection boasts its urban style with hip, loft living. A Miller & Smith signature feature, the South Lawn is no exception with its super stylish kitchen, perfect for entertaining. With up to 2,800 square feet on 3 finished levels, these homes include an unexpected bonus in a rooftop terrace.

new home in ashburn va

With views this good, it’s no wonder this home was aptly named the Skyview collection. To showcase this perfect backdrop, these homes include a wall of windows and sliding glass doors to let the light and the views inside. This truly is contemporary living on a grand scale. Walls of glass, open floorplans and up to 3,398 square feet on three finished levels. The good news is, you’ll be doubly wowed when you tour these two decorated models.

Good manners would indicate showing up with a plate of cookies or a hearty plant when welcoming any new neighbor, but Miller & Smith is flipping convention on its head. You’ll receive a free terrace fireplace* from new neighbor the South Lawn Collection and a free ultimate kitchen package* with designer cabinet layout and upgraded stainless steel appliances at the Skyview Collection. So go ahead and be a good neighbor. Won’t you please?

*With new home purchase at Brambleton in Ashburn VA. For a limited time. Offer subject to change without notice. See Sales Manager for details.