Walkthrough of The Hartwood at Embrey Mill

The Hartwood by Miller & Smith at Embrey Mill is a home that has captured a modern floor plan with a family-style influence. This is a home where friends and family can gather in the great room after a long day at work or enjoy warm summer evenings in the backyard. Let us walk you through a more detailed view of the Hartwood model home for a better idea of what life in this Miller & Smith home would be like!

When you enter this home, you immediately notice the spacious open floor plan and there is a sense of awe when you walk through the grand front door. To the right of the front door there is a gathering room for entertainment and leisure that creates a welcoming ambiance.

Directly left of the front door, you are brought into the dining area where the blue and yellow walls tie together this elegant space. The Hartwood’s dining room is perfect for holidays, formal dinners, or family meals that everyone will enjoy.

In the back of the home you enter into the dramatic open kitchen and great room where everyone can gather around the beautiful Quartz island for a meal or just to enjoy each other’s company.

The great room is where you can prop up your feet and relax after a long day and catch up on some television shows you might have missed. Windows encompass the entire main floor for plenty of natural light that flows through the house, while still creating privacy. The open space is ideal for entertaining family and friends.  

Just off of the great room is a 2-car garage and a spacious patio area to enjoy all year round.

The upper level of the home is equipped with everything you could possibly want, including a large owner’s suite, 3 additional spacious bedrooms, and a separate laundry room. The owner’s suite offers luxurious details, with his and her sinks, spacious closets, and a walk-in shower.

Each secondary bedroom allows for comfortable movement throughout the room and feature large closets for plenty of storage space. 

On the lower level, the Hartwood offers you the option of a large recreation room. This is the perfect space for family and friends to gather for a late night game session or an all night movie marathon!

For more information about our gorgeous Hartwood home model at Embrey Mill in Stafford, VA, visit us online at MillerandSmith.com   

What’s In My House?: Baby Boomers VS. Millennials

With clashing workplace styles, differences in ideals, or a “battle royal” regarding taxpayer dollars – the media-fueled “generation war” between millennials and baby boomers has recently peaked with millennials (ages 18-34), who now number 75.4 million, having surpassed baby boomers in population with 74.9 million, according to Pew Research.

While many look to dissect the differences between the two hotly debated demographics— we’d argue these two often meet in the middle on what they want in their next living space. Here’s where millennials and boomers are similar in their housing preferences and what it means for homebuilders:



Boomers and millennials are both looking for easy access to entertainment and shopping; but while boomers stick to the suburbs, millennials seek out these options in a more urban locale. Conversely, studies show millennials will often rent in urban areas, but are inclined to branch out into nearby suburbs when ready to buy.

Diversity of environment is also important to both groups. According to an Urban Land Institute study, 62% of millennial respondents said they favored mixed-use developments with a diverse population. Meanwhile, only 35% of baby boomers prefer an age qualified community experience, which may indicate that age is no longer a dominant factor in their lifestyle.

Space | Indoor, Outdoor and Floorplans

A recent Trulia survey found that over 60% of millennials saw their ideal residence as larger than where they currently lived, and 80% of baby boomers preferred an ideal living place to be at least the same size or larger than their current residence.

Access to green space (though not necessarily owning it) is also a must have for both generations. Millennials, in particular, are willing to share community gardens and greenery. Following in the same vein, both groups desire amenities that add ease to owning a pet, such as parks for dog walking.

These two generations also tend to have similar tastes when it comes to the home interior. Floorplans offering variety and openness are a popular option, in part because of how the designs facilitate ease of entertaining and connectivity with loved ones.


Affordability has become a dealmaker and breaker for our two largest consumer groups. Many millennials face the harsh reality of student loan debt, which forces tight budgets and the inability to save for a down payment. Similarly, baby boomers are not immune to debt either—the average 65-year-old borrower today, is saddled with 47% more debt than 65-year-olds were in 2003.

As a result, both groups seek out payment plans that are flexible enough to work with their unique situations. Both tend to prefer housing situations and builders that offer convenience, flexibility and control, for example, a la carte options, instead of rigid bundle deals.

Discover The Perfect Place at Signal Hill Station

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Our Dream Kitchen Must-Haves

When you think of your dream kitchen, what do you envision? In every Miller & Smith home you will find beautiful kitchens with design features that will make all of your dreams come true! Take a look at many of the must-have kitchen features in brand new Miller & Smith homes! 

The Union Station at Signal Hill Station

The Union Station at Signal Hill Station

Granite Countertops

Today, granite countertops are on the top of everyone’s list! Not only is the look and feel of granite amazing, but also it comes in many different colors, and is heat-resistant! These are just a few reasons why granite countertops are available in Miller & Smith homes! 

The Grand Central at Signal Hill Station

The Grand Central at Signal Hill Station

Large Island

One of the home features that many Miller & Smith homeowners love is our Signature Infinity Island. The infinity island or other generously sized kitchen islands allow for plenty of counter space to cook, entertain or be a kid’s homework spot.

The Verde at Victory Lakes

The Verde at Victory Lakes

Open Plan

When you are carrying a hot pan or sharp utensil, the kitchen is the last place you want to be cramped for space. Open kitchen layouts allow for more room in the kitchen so while you are prepping the salad, someone else can be making dessert and you won’t get in each other’s way! 

The Beachcomber at Millville By The Sea

The Beachcomber at Millville By The Sea


We think that many others will agree when we say that the kitchen is a central part of a home! It is where families come together to spend quality time, whether it is for dinner, game night, or just to catch up after school and work. Therefore, we think that plenty of seating is important. All of our home designs allow ample seating around the island, where you can fit 4 or more stools.  

The Silverton at Aspen North

The Silverton at Aspen North

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lighting is a stylish way to bring softer light into your kitchen, without sacrificing brightness or style. Pendant lighting is usually placed above kitchen islands and comes in a variety of options! 

The Hartwood at Embrey Mill

The Hartwood at Embrey Mill

Stainless Appliances

The luxury of stainless steel appliances is on many people’s must haves list and for good reason! We offer many Stainless appliances options, including many that are EnergyStar rated ones. Create a luxurious feel, while saving on your energy costs with these high quality products.

The Calahan at Aspen North

The Calahan at Aspen North

Hardwood Flooring

Kitchen flooring has seen a large transition over the years. While tile used to be the most popular kitchen flooring option, hardwood is a more coveted style in today’s new homes. 

Visit https://www.millerandsmith.com for more information on the homes featured! 

Walkthrough of The Silverton at Aspen North

In addition to being located steps away from Lake Linganore in New Market, MD, our brand new homes in Aspen North are truly one of a kind. Focused around modern lake living, the Silverton home model is the perfect home for families who want versatility and plenty of space! Let us take you through a more detailed walkthrough of the Silverton home model for a better idea of what life will be like in this new Miller & Smith home!

When you enter this home, there is an instant feeling of “wow” that comes over you. The foyer stretches towards the back of the home, where you can instantly see the amazing natural light flooding into the home.

To the right of the Foyer, there is a Study that can also be used as a formal living room, and powder room. As you walk into the home, on the left, you will find a spacious family foyer with plenty of storage for coats, shoes, equipment, and more!

At the back of the home is a dramatic open floor plan, with a beautiful modern Kitchen and Dining space on the left, and a spacious Great Room with optional fireplace on the right.

Windows span around the entire back of the home to allow plenty of light in. There is also an optional Deck off of the dining area to take in the amazing views of the great outdoors.


The upper level of the home is equipped with everything you could dream of, including 4 Bedrooms, an expansive Loft, and a Laundry Room.

Each secondary Bedroom is spacious for comfortable living, while the Master Bedroom holds an oversized walk-in closet, optional tray ceiling, and master bath. 

In the lower level, the Silverton provides the option of a large Recreation Room, or the combination of Rec Room and additional basement Bedroom. The lower level opens into the private backyard of the home for more outdoor space to enjoy.

With so many amazing options and features in the Silverton home model at Aspen North, it’s hard to imagine living anywhere else! To make your decision even easier, Aspen North is located inside the Lake Linganore community, which also holds other amenities like beaches, pools, tennis courts, picnic areas, canoeing, and so much more!

Visit golakelinganore.com for more information on all of the Miller & Smith home models at Aspen North at Lake Linganore, and start living the lake life today!