Infographic: How to Keep Your New Home in Tip-Top Shape


Your brand new Miller & Smith home is squeaky clean now, but if you don’t keep up with a cleaning routine, it could get messy a lot quicker than you would think! Check out our brand new infographic below for some tips on how to keep your new home in tip-top shape room by room!

Look Up: Amazing Ceiling Ideas

When it comes time to customize your brand new Miller & Smith home, one of the last places you will think to focus on is the ceiling! Adding different design elements to the ceilings in your home can create a whole new perspective in a room. Check out some of our favorite ceiling ideas as seen in our model homes!

The Tray Ceiling

Tray ceilings are a beautiful design element that is offered in many of our brand new homes, specifically in owner’s suites. This type of ceiling creates depth and dimension in a room, and can also make a statement. 

Hartwood Model at Embrey Mills for Miller & Smith

This owner’s suite in the Hartwood model home at Embrey Mill shows how a tray ceiling can provide a dramatic element in a room. Painting the center of the tray will create the illusion of higher ceilings and create a nice contrast with the wall colors.

Two Model Homes at Aspen North for Miller & Smith

In the Calahan at Aspen North at Lake Linganore, the tray ceiling in the owner’s suite takes on a more simple and crisper look by staying true to the color of a standard white ceiling. 

High Ceiling Builds

Just like a tray ceiling, there are other built-in ceiling options to accentuate height and dimension in a room. Below are two examples of how ceiling design can work wonderfully in a single-level home. This type of ceiling is offered exclusively at our Millville by the Sea community.

In the Waverunner at Millville by the Sea, the ceiling displays another type of tray style, called a “coffered” ceiling. This element creates a beautiful focal point in this single-level home with recessed lighting for an elegant feel. 

The Beachcomber at Millville by the Sea is another example of how to show off high ceilings in a single-level home. This beamed arch ceiling differentiates the Beachcomber from many new homes on the market today and opens the room up for an airy ambience. 

Painted Designs

Painting the ceiling of your home anything other than white may not be at the top of your list, but it is a great idea to experiment with colors and patterns that can make your ceiling an interesting focal point.

One reason to create a painted ceiling design would be if your home features an open floor plan. In the photo above of our Verde model townhome at Victory Lakes (now for sale!), placing a rectangular design directly above the kitchen helps define the space without closing off any of the open floor plan. 

Two Model Homes at Aspen North for Miller & Smith

In this loft of the Silverton model home at Aspen North at Lake Linganore, the ceiling design creates a fun element for a room that is designed to be a kid-friendly hangout.

Whether or not you decide to incorporate any of these ceiling ideas into your new home, it is always nice to have the option, which you do in many new Miller & Smith homes! For more information and photos of all of our model homes, visit


Q&A With Eric Hansen – Sales Manager for Miller & Smith at Victory Lakes

We recently visited our Victory Lakes community to talk to our sales manager who has sold over 100 homes in this beautiful community. Eric talked to us about the homes, the residents, the amenities, the location, and everything in between. Below, check out our Q&A about the beautiful new townhomes by Miller & Smith at Victory Lakes.

Q: Please introduce yourself, what community you work at, and where it is located.

A: My name is Eric Hansen and we are selling at Victory Lakes in Bristow, VA and these are townhomes in a community with approximately 1200 homes. The community features 75 acres of open space, 3 lakes, swimming pools, tennis courts, a dog park, and walking trails.

Q: Describe the surrounding area of Victory Lakes and some of the conveniences nearby.

A: We are very convenient to Route 66, we are 4 miles to the VRE station, which is very popular. We’re within 4 miles to the Gateway Center where the movie theater is, the restaurants — we are sort of centrally located to a lot of things. You can get in and out of the community two different directions, you can go to the Prince William Parkway which is just 3 traffic lights away, or we can go about 5 minutes up Linton Hall Rd. to Gainesville.

Q: Describe the included features in a Miller & Smith home at Victory Lakes.

A: Well everybody seems to love the open concept floor plan, our kitchen islands are 11 feet long and they come standard with granite. There are 9 ft. ceilings on the main level, and the oversized shower in the master bath is great. All of our homes are 3 levels finished and they all are walkout lower levels. 

Q: Tell us about the community amenities that are available.

A: We have a full time activities coordinator, there is a fitness center here, people love the trails and they bring their kids down to the fishing. The pool is wonderful, they do a crab feast down at the pool, they do movie nights down at the pool, and there are two pools. And right behind it is a neat dog park, which is not just a corralled area in the middle of a field, it’s got some trees and benches inside and people just love the amenities here. It’s almost like being on a little vacation but still being at home. 

Q: What are some of the things that sway people to choose Victory Lakes over communities in the area?

A: The fact that we’ve got so much open space, and they can see what’s already built here and the styles of the homes. Its just a nice feel of community and it just feels good to people. There’s not really a whole lot of commercial space around here, so you are not living in the middle of an industrial park. They walk in and go “wow this feels good, this feels right.”

Q: If someone is looking to purchase a home in this area, what would you choose to tell them about Victory Lakes?

A: Describing how wonderful the people are here — Ask people who live here why they enjoy living here and they all will tell you why. People love the fact that it’s a Bristow mailing address, we get a lot of people from Fairfax and Centerville who are willing to drive an extra 20 minutes to have a new home and when they get here they are just excited about the community.

Q: Anything else you would like to add?

A: I wish we had more homes here! I have had the opportunity to sell probably over 100 homes in the community. And its fun to watch all of the people who bought a home from years past come in and tell you about all of the neighbors and who is around. That is the excitement is to see them come and see them get excited. 

If you are interested in a brand new townhome at Victory Lakes in Bristow, VA, visit or contact Eric at (571)379-4349. Hurry in – there are only 4 townhomes left in this wonderful community and we are now selling the Award-Winning Verde model home!