Which Courthouse Manor Home Model is Right for You?

Are you looking for a beautiful new home in Stafford located just minutes from shops and restaurants, but still feels like your own private oasis? Welcome to Courthouse Manor, Miller & Smith’s new home community that is now selling in Stafford, Virginia! With only 75 homesites just steps to Stafford Elementary School’s ballfields and playgrounds, these farmhouse inspired homes are sure to go fast. Each home offers tons of living space for you and your family, along with all of the modern conveniences you expect from a Miller & Smith home. If you’re not sure which home would be right for you, check out our 4 different plans and what they each have to offer!


The Hedgebrook

With up to 3,200 square feet, the Hedgebrook packs a lot of punch! The main level is enhanced by an open floor plan, with a seamless flow of space between the kitchen, dining room, and great room. Imagine fixing dinner and being able to check up on the kids doing their homework, while catching some of the hockey game at the same time. This home also comes with the option for a full deck, and screened porch, perfect for relaxing with a cup of coffee in the morning.

The Hedgebrook Main Level


The Merrimac

As one of Miller & Smith’s newest designs, the Merrimac was created with a busy family on the go in mind! The main level features a mudroom with multiple closets, perfect for storing backpacks and sports equipment, especially with the new school year in full swing. With 4 oversized bedrooms, including a spacious owner’s suite with dual walk-in closets, each family member will have plenty of personal space to enjoy. If you’re looking for a relaxing place to start and end your day, add an optional deluxe bath to the owner’s suite.


Owner’s Suite in the Merrimac


The Criswood

You’ll never feel cramped for space in this airy, yet comfortable home from Miller & Smith. This is the perfect home for hosting the annual soccer party, or whipping up meals in your gourmet kitchen with state of the art appliances. Four bedrooms and the opportunity for 2 more full baths or an optional upstairs loft will make this home a family favorite. If you love the floorplan but are looking for a bit of extra room, we offer a first floor extension that gives you more space in the great room, morning room, kitchen, and study.

Main Level of the Criswood



The Windchase

With great design features such as an open floor plan and attention to detail, the Windchase is sure to check all of your boxes. For the outdoor lovers, you can add on a covered front porch, as well as a screened porch out back AND a deck! With plenty of room for the kids to run around downstairs in the rec rooms, relax upstairs in an extended owner’s suite and bath, complete with the walk-in closet you’ve been dreaming about.


Rec Room in the Windchase


Now that you’ve read about everything each home at Courthouse Manor has to offer, come see it for yourself! Visit our newly opened Criswood model today and see why one visit can change everything!

Create a Distraction-Free Study Space for Back to School!

As much as we don’t want to believe it, back to school time is almost here! You’re prepping for back to school shopping, end of summer parties, and trying to get rid of first day jitters, but is your home ready for back to school? As the little ones learn and grow at school, it is also important for them to have a space in your Miller & Smith home where they can effectively continue their education. Below are a few things you need to create a successful, distraction-free study space right at home:


A comfortable chair: You don’t want the kids to be fussing and fidgeting to get comfortable while trying to focus on schoolwork. Make sure to get comfortable chairs or stools for the area where they will be doing schoolwork so they can concentrate easily, but don’t make them so comfortable that they’ll fall asleep!

Good light sources: Dark rooms are not conducive to brain stimulation as they can cause anyone to feel tired. Pick a room with plenty of natural light for during the day and add some bright lamps for those late night cram sessions!

Plenty of surface space: Opposed to the small desks that children are used to in school, it is crucial to have lots of surface space to study. Lots of space allows materials like books, papers, notecards, writing utensils, and snacks to be spread out. This will allow the kids to study without feeling cramped or unorganized.

The Rec Room in the Calahan at Aspen North

Backup supplies: Stock a cabinet or drawer with backup study supplies nearby the study space so there is no excuse for not getting homework done! Keep some classic organizational tools handy, like paperclips, notecards, highlighters, sticky notes, and anything else your kids need to be successful while studying.


No unnecessary electronics: While the kids may need to use a calculator or computer for their schoolwork, try to keep other things like TVs and cell phones out of reach. This will help them focus on the task at hand and they will have something to look forward to when they are done.

Lower level in the Paramount at Tallyn Ridge

Simple design: While it is nice to have a study space that looks fun and playful, make sure to keep it simple enough that it won’t be distracting. We love using bright colors in study spaces with minimal decor. The combination of the two creates an enjoyable atmosphere while maintaining an aesthetic that is easy on the eyes.


A space with purpose: This may be one of the most important tips for creating an effective space where your children can get their schoolwork done. A study space should be separate from spaces where other activities, such as playing games, occur on a regular basis. If you have desks set up in a multipurpose or recreation room, make sure to distance them from a game table or entertainment center to minimize distractions.

Now that you’re one step closer to the kids going back to school, check out our list of tips to get your home ready for the occasion too!

Leaving for an End-of-summer Vacation? Do These Things First!


You’ve been waiting for this moment all summer long and now you are finally getting ready to go away on a vacation! While you may be focused on what to pack or your arrangements for the trip, preparing your Miller & Smith home before you leave is also very important. This is often the most overlooked part of going on vacation, and you don’t want to be thinking about how your home is doing while sitting on a beach somewhere else! Before you leave, make sure to take care of these upkeep and safety tasks:


Clean out trash cans and fridge: Just like you don’t want to come home to sour smells in your trash can, you also don’t want to open the fridge to dinner from last week that you forgot to get rid of. Clean out all of the trash cans in the house and make sure to dispose of perishable items in the fridge.


Unplug electronics: While you’re away, save money and energy by unplugging smaller electronics like your toaster, lamps, chargers, etc. If you want to leave one or two lights on for peace of mind while you’re gone, put them on a timer to save energy during the daytime.


Get pets and plants taken care of: If you are getting ready to leave your ferns or furry friends behind while you’re away, make sure you have a plan for them. Arrange for neighbors or family members to babysit pets while you’re away and leave a detailed plan, including instructions on feeding times, when they need to be walked, etc. If you have houseplants that are low maintenance, be sure to water them well before you leave, and maybe ask a neighbor to water them once or twice while you’re gone.


Stop mail & newspapers: If you’re taking an extended vacation and will be gone for a couple weeks and don’t want a pile of newspapers as a giveaway that your home is vacant, but also could cause important things to get lost in the shuffle, or your mailbox to get too full. We suggest that you either put a temporary hold on your mail and newspapers or have a neighbor grab them for you each day.

Prepare for return: Nothing is better than coming home to a clean and chore-free home after a vacation away. Taking care of daily tasks before you leave will make transitioning back to your regularly scheduled routine a little bit easier! Doing a few loads of laundry a day or two before departure will be quick and easy with the convenience of our upper level laundry rooms. It is also a good idea to make the beds with fresh sheets, vacuum carpets and sweep hard floors, and wipe down kitchen and bath surfaces for a fresh start after vacation!

The night before departure: Before you leave, have a checklist ready so you can make sure you don’t forget any of the above steps, but also so you can have everything packed and ready to go! Have each family member put his or her bags in one spot, or right by each bedroom door so you can wake up and go.


We hope these tips are helpful for your vacation preparation and that you have an amazing time while you’re away!