Five Homebuyer Must-Haves

With more than 50 years of experience in homebuilding, Miller & Smith has created over 500 distinctive floorplans for homes in its communities in the Maryland, Virginia and Delaware area. Averaging 2-3 different home designs per community, the award-winning homebuilder offers flexible and customizable features that are uniquely designed to meet the varying demands of today’s homebuyers. Such designs and custom features are the direct result of extensive research and product development.

While development can span several months or even years, Miller & Smith averages approximately 6,000 hours of total research, planning and designing per product prior to construction. Besides conducting surveys, focus groups and competitor visits, Miller & Smith also organizes field visits as part of the research process. Most recently, five design teams were sent to Toronto, Charleston, Austin, Denver and Richmond to focus on inspirational design and innovative features from other markets. In the past, team members also visited Charlotte, N.C., Chicago, Seattle and Atlanta. Here’s just a few things they came back with:

1. Open Concept Floorplans – Homebuyers are hungry for open, airy layouts and spacious floorplans. Great rooms adjacent to large kitchens are the design of choice nowadays. A connection to a patio, deck, or screened porch earns homebuyer bonus points, as everyone wants seamless indoor/outdoor living.

2. Chef-Style Kitchens – Granite and quartz are considered standard in many of today’s kitchens and attention to detail is particularly important in offerings, for example a unique kitchen island with several functions and styles. Stainless steel appliances are another must-have at every price range.

3. Hardwood – Hardwood flooring throughout the home is a huge selling point for today’s buyer, especially on the main level of the home.

4. Outdoor Room – Regardless of the location, homebuyers want to utilize outdoor living space for entertaining and enjoyment. You don’t have to live in California to have a beautiful outdoor patio, deck or kitchen!

5. Connectivity – “Internet of Things” is the latest buzzword in new home technology as home automation is on the rise. It makes a “smart home” within reach of most consumers.

From detail-specific island essentials to wireless home automation, every nook in a Miller & Smith home is backed by focused design and research.

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We’d Like You to Meet Delancy.

First impressions are everything. Well, it’s a good thing that even at first glance, Delancy is so creative and thoughtful. Not a detail was left ignored. From its truly open floorplan with unobstructed views all the way from the front dining room to the rear rooftop terrace. To the flexibility of a space that can be transformed from library to additional fourth bedroom, depending on your family’s immediate needs. Let’s not forget about the unique, loft-inspired spin on traditional townhome design. These are among so many other reasons why the Delancy was recognized as a GALA Award Winner for the best in design and architecture. Right now, it’s even easier to get better acquainted with Delancy with 100% Wow, 100% financing available.*

Take a tour and you’ll see why this is an introduction worth watching.

Appliance Envy.

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Yes, eyes. Take it all in.  Believe it or not, this is not a mirage. This is not a celebrity home either. Don’t worry, you’re not to blame. It’s easy to be impressed when you walk through a Miller & Smith home. It happens instantaneously when you walk through an open floorplan that is bright, airy and well designed for today’s modern families. The kitchens are true showstoppers with impeccable design details that would have even Martha Stewart’s stamp of approval. The large infinity islands alone create the perfect room anchor, while offering the utmost in functionality with additional counter workspace and storage.  But even beyond the obvious, there’s plenty more to make even your closest of friends envious. Take for instance this luxury appliance package available at Marbury. If your current cooking repertoire stops at pigs in a blanket and boxed macaroni cheese, you’ll be inspired to master the art of French cooking in no time.

GE Monogram Built-In Oven with Advantium Speedcook Technology

GE Monogram Built-In Oven with Advantium Speedcook Technology

Expect friends and family to be judgemental over, what else, but your microwave. Let’s get real. This is not your ordinary microwave used only for nuking your Lean Cuisines. Oh no, this freak of technology packs the power to cook your meals in two to eight times faster than an ordinary microwave. Take for instance a 12.5 minute savings when baking chocolate chip cookies or 72 minutes making four baked potatoes. You can cook everything from whole chickens to raw Brussels sprouts in this mean machine.

GE Cafe Series Energy Star 28.6 Cu. Ft. French Door Ice & Water Refrigerator

GE Cafe Series Energy Star 28.6 Cu. Ft. French Door Ice & Water Refrigerator

Not only does this refrigerator look like serious luxury, but it has features that will make your life easier. Full width electronic temperature-controlled drawer with colored LED lights and five accurate settings will deliver the optimal temperature for your favorite foods. Then the Precise Fill water dispenser will dispense the amount of water needed by ounces or cups, with a simple, two-button programming function. And let’s not forget the hot water dispenser that accurately dispenses at one of four pre-programmed temperatures or a custom setting. For someone who prefers her morning cup of tea to be served precisely a drinkable 139 degrees, that little luxury is as simple as a push of a button.

GE Monogram 48” All Gas Professional Range with 4 Burners, Grill and Griddle

GE Monogram 48” All Gas Professional Range with 4 Burners, Grill and Griddle

This range truly looks the part of a true culinary professional’s instrument with its polished appearance and it’s got all the features to play with the experts, too. From a caterer’s oven that is uniquely sized to accommodate three full-size sheet trays coupled with an everyday oven that is just the right size to fit a 9”x13” casserole. How about reversible burner grates that are flat on one side and uniquely contoured on the other to accommodate round-bottom woks? And a ceramic-infrared grill and stainless steel and aluminum clad griddle are just a couple more reasons that this range is all the rage. 

For more information on this envy inspiring home and its impressive selections, visit our Marbury community in Chantilly, VA.

A Dinner Party You’ll Fall For.

When you live in a Miller & Smith home, you’ll find any excuse to throw a good party. With features like Top Chef kitchens that are seamlessly connected to Great Rooms, large infinity islands for the perfect party spread and rooftop terraces that keep the party moving from inside to out, these homes practically beg you to be used properly. Well, with Halloween now behind us, the holiday season has officially kicked off. So here’s your chance. Celebrate the fun of the season in the most sweet and savory ways. With a menu that’s this enchanting, this dinner party will last you through the fall harvest.

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Cranberry-Spiced Martini

Recipe Provided by The Noble Pig:

3 cups cranberry juice cocktail

3 cups water

1-½ cups vodka, divided

1 cup granulated sugar

12 whole cloves

4 cinnamon sticks

1 star anise pod

Fresh cranberries

Red sanding sugar

Orange juice

Preparation:

In a large saucepan combine the water, cranberry juice cocktail, sugar, cinnamon sticks, star anise and whole cloves; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove the spices and cool completely. This may be made up to 24 hours in advance and refrigerated, which is perfect since it can get nice and cold.

Dip the rim of your glasses in some extra cranberry juice and then in red sanding sugar for a decorative touch.  Put cranberries on festive toothpicks and freeze for garnish.

To a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice, add ½ cup of spiced-cranberry simple syrup, ¼ cup vodka and a splash of orange juice. Shake and strain into martini glasses and garnish with frozen cranberry skewers.

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Pumpkin Cheese Ball:

Recipe Provided By Southern Living:

2 (10-oz.) blocks extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese, shredded* 

1 8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened

2 (4-oz.) goat cheese logs, softened

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Braided pretzel, muscadine vine and leaf

Crackers and assorted vegetables 

Preparation:

Stir together first 4 ingredients. Shape mixture into a ball to resemble a pumpkin. Smooth pumpkin’s entire surface with metal spatula or table knife. Make vertical grooves in ball, if desired, using fingertips. Press pretzel into top of cheese ball to resemble a pumpkin stem; place muscadine vine and leaf beside pretzel. Serve with crackers and assorted vegetables.

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Wine Braised Short Ribs with Mushrooms & Thyme:

Recipe Provided By Williams Sonoma:

4 lb. beef short ribs, cut into 3-inch lengths

Fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

1 Tbs. olive oil

1/3 lb. small white button mushrooms, brushed clean, trimmed and quartered

1/2 large yellow onion, minced

1 large carrot, peeled and finely diced

1 large celery stalk, finely diced

1 Tbs. minced fresh thyme

1 cup dry white wine

1 cup water

2 Tbs. minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

Preparation:

Preheat an oven to 300°F.

Season the short ribs with salt and pepper. Place a large, heavy fry pan over high heat until hot. Pour in the olive oil and swirl to coat the pan bottom. When the oil is hot, add the short ribs, reduce the heat to medium and brown well on all sides, about 25 minutes total. As the ribs are done, transfer them in a single layer to a large baking dish or pan.

Pour off all but 2 Tbs. fat in the fry pan and return to medium heat. Add the mushrooms, onion, carrot, celery and thyme, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, about 10 minutes. Transfer to the baking dish and return the fry pan to high heat. Pour in the wine and simmer until reduced by half, scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Add the wine and the water to the baking dish. Cover tightly, transfer to the oven and cook until the ribs are fork-tender, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Remove from the oven.

Transfer the ribs to an ovenproof platter, cover with aluminum foil and keep warm in the turned-off oven. Pour the contents of the baking dish into a large measuring pitcher and let stand for 5 minutes, then using a large spoon, skim off as much surface fat as possible. Pour the remaining juices into a fry pan and reheat to serve as a sauce. If the juices seem too thin, simmer over high heat to thicken and concentrate them. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.

Pour the sauce over the ribs, garnish with the parsley and serve immediately.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake:

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/3 cup melted butter

1/4 cup granulated sugar

3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese (at room temperature so it is soft)

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 (15 ounce) can Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin

2/3 cup Nestle Carnation Evaporated Milk

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 (16 ounce) container sour cream (at room temperature)

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine graham cracker crumbs, butter and granulated sugar in medium bowl.  Press onto bottom and 1 inch up side of ungreased 9-inch spring form pan.  Bake for 6 to 8 minutes (do not allow to brown).  Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes.

Beat cream cheese, granulated sugar and brown sugar in large mixer bowl until fluffy.  Beat in eggs, pumpkin and evaporated milk.  Add cornstarch, cinnamon, and nutmeg; beat well.  Pour into crust.

Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until edge is set but center still moves slightly.

Combine sour cream, granulated sugar and vanilla extract in a small bowl; mix well.  Spread over surface of warm cheesecake.  Bake for 5 minutes.  Cool on wire rack.  Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.  Remove side of spring form pan. 

 

For more information on our party perfect homes in VA, MD & DE, check out our complete portfolio of communities. 

 

There’s No Better Time.

Newton, you’re the man. What comes up, surely at some point must come down. And when we’re talking mortgage rates, we’ll gladly accept this scientific law. The funny thing is, if you asked the experts to predict what would happen this year, the resounding opinions were rates had nowhere to go but up. Well, thankfully for those looking to buy a home this year, those experts were wrong. A couple weeks ago, rates dropped below the psychologically significant four percent level. And that’s lower than we’ve seen in the last 16 months. Call it scientific theory or just plain homebuyers luck. However, when it comes to finding the perfect home that fits your family, your lifestyle and your pocketbook, there’s no better time than now. Plus, right now at Miller & Smith, there are so many reasons why homeownership is a no-brainer.

Current Available Offers & Incentives:

Brambleton

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When you’re looking for new townhomes in Ashburn, VA, be sure to check out the award-winning designs of the South Lawn and Skyview Collections at Brambleton. You’re sure to be 100% wowed with 100% available financing* on these luxurious and super chic townhome designs. From loft-style homes with rooftop terraces and contemporary designs with walls of glass and nearly 3,400 square feet, the choices are overwhelmingly good.

One Loudoun

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If you’re in the market for a new single-family home in Ashburn, VA, check out our neighboring community at One Loudoun. These Chicago-inspired designs offer stunning kitchens and great rooms with amazing extras like available sleeping porches, lofts and studio space. Set in a community surrounded by culture, convenience and connectivity, the idea of living at One Loudoun is appealing to the masses. What makes this an easy choice for homebuyers is  you also get a free finished rec room and full bath when you purchase.**

Embrey Mill

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For residents looking for a new home in Stafford, VA, your search should start and end at Embrey Mill. New townhomes are situated in a well planned community, complete with open space, parks and trails, resident lifestyle services and planned recreation and civic centers. Home details like Top Chef Kitchens and a private courtyard make these townhomes an easy choice. Throw in a free dream kitchen** and you’re as good as sold.

Gallery Park

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For the best new townhome values in all of Clarksburg, MD, check out Gallery Park. Stunning kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, decks and nearly 2,000 square feet are enough to guarantee 100% wow. Add an additional incentive of 100% financing* on the National Gallery Collection’s Wyeth model and a free dream kitchen** and you’ll see why you’ll want to own at Gallery Park.

Poplar Run

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Come see the award-winning, all new single-family home designs in Silver Spring’s amenity filled community, Poplar Run. Contemporary designs, Top Chef kitchens and up to 4,408 square feet are among this communities’ fantastic features. Plus, when you buy now, you’ll receive a free finished rec room and full bath** and available 100% financing*. Now that’s a winning formula.

 * 100% financing available thru NFCU. Subject to terms and qualifying as per lender guidelines. Prices, terms, conditions, and offer subject to change at any time. See Sales Manager for details.

**With new home purchase. Limited time only. See sales manager for details.

 

 

Fall In Love: A Quick Day Trip from Clarksburg.

With the first day of fall just behind us, there’s no doubt that Mother Nature is beginning to prime her canvas. Luckily for those who live at one of our new home communities in Clarksburg, MD, there’s the added benefit of living just a short drive from some of the greatest displays of autumnal beauty that Sugarloaf Mountain offers. This fall season, take a daytrip and experience nature first hand. Hear the crisp crackle of the fallen leaves at your feet. Become inspired by the palette of burnt orange, crimson and saffron yellow that surrounds you. Sip and savor the fruits of the harvest at a local winery and, on your way home, stock up on some fall favorites at a local farm. Take a day trip for yourself and fall in love with the area you are lucky enough to call home. 

Start Your Day & Experience the Sugarloaf Mountain Colors.

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This small mountain, located within a 15 minute drive from Gallery Park, is a Natural Historic Landmark with an elevation of 1,282 feet and a vertical height of 800 feet above the surrounding farmland. Visitors can enjoy hiking the trails that are available in a 2.5 mile, a 5 mile or a 7 mile loop. Hikers will surely witness striking views of the changing colors of foliage in the distance and will see a variety of plants and wildlife along the trails.

Enjoy & Imbibe at Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard.

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Located at the base of the mountain, swing by Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard and taste test a variety of wines made from grapes grown right on the property. The vineyard cultivates five Bordeaux grapes, including Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot and three white grapes, from Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Viognier. When you stop by on the weekends of October 4th and 5th and October 11th and 12th, you can participate in the annual grape stomp festival complete with live music and of course, plenty of wine to be enjoyed.

Make One Final Stop at the Heisler Farm Stand.

Heisler Farm Stand

Located across the street from The Comus Inn, visit the Heisler Farm seasonal stand. You can stock  up on some seasonal favorites, like locally grown pumpkins, squash, apples and honey. The farm stand is located at 23830 Old Hundred Road (Route 109).

You May Want To Sit Down For This. A Poplar Run Tour. 

At Miller & Smith, we know what we’re up against. When you’re in the market for a new home, the process can be overwhelming, time consuming and just plain stressful. It’s a big decision.  And between all the choices, the model tours, the community visits and all the heated petitions from your spouse over why the fourth bedroom will be practically morphed into a sweet man cave, there’s a lot to consider. Miller & Smith has a solution for your home tour vetting process. However, with this kind of home tour, you’ll save time, gas in your car and possibly your sanity. You can narrow your search down right from the comfort of your own home.

Here’s one Miller & Smith model tour you may want to sit down for. Check out the Brindley model at Poplar Run. This home is big and there’s even opportunities for growth. With over 3,100 square feet on two upper levels, these new homes in Silver Spring MD can be expanded to over 4,400 square feet. This home lives smart and modern. The main level welcomes you with comfortable and casual spaces that are more appropriate for today’s busy and modern families than yesterday’s more formal and traditional living.

 

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We’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about the kitchen. You’ll see. It’s one that all kitchens aspire, complete with Miller & Smith’s signature and oversized island with increased room for seating, gathering and food preparation. There’s a huge walk-in pantry, too. Hello?

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You’re sure to be the master of your domain in your very own suite. There’s plenty of storage to be had with two large walk-in closets.

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You can add unique and relaxing touches to your retreat with a 2-story covered porch, complete with a screened sleeping area or a luxurious dual master bath with large spa shower. Yes, please!

poplar run sleeping porch

What makes this home tour even more exciting is the awesome extras. In honor of our 50th anniversary, we are offering a FREE finished rec room and full bath when you purchase.* To top off your tour, here’s one last thing to consider. All you need is $5,000 total cash to move-in and you even have the option of 100% financing.**

We know we’ve given you a lot to consider. Now, sit back, put your feet up and let Miller & Smith and YouTube guide your way through the Brindley model. The two-minute tour surely is your solution to your initial home search woes. And with this much space and this many opportunities for unique and relaxing touches, it makes even the idea of a man cave tolerable.

* With new home purchase. Offer expires 10/30/2014 See sales manager for details.

** 100% financing available thru NFCU. Subject to terms and qualifying as per lender guidelines. Prices, terms, conditions, and offer subject to change at any time. See Sales Manager for details.

 

Three Times The Wow.

There’s no doubt, you’ll be wowed by the design in these Miller & Smith homes. It’s a no brainer that you’ll be wowed by the unique touches, like Top Chef kitchens or light filled spaces with walls of glass. But now, you have three times and 100% the wow with our 100% financing at three of our Miller & Smith communities. You read that right. With this many reasons, the question you need to ask yourself is why rent when you can own and in such an impressive way? Check out these opportunities at three of our communities.

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At Poplar Run in Silver Spring, MD, $5,000 cash is all you need to move-in to posh single family home living with available 100% financing.* Our Coventry Collection offers contemporary, open layouts, Top Chef kitchens and up to 4,409 square feet . These homes also feature four-bedrooms, 2.5 baths and 2-car garages with quick deliveries available for fall move-ins! Best part is, when you purchase now, you’ll receive a Free lower level rec room and bath.**

new townhomes in ashburn va at brambleton

Your next reason to be impressed is at Brambleton in Ashburn, VA. You have two luxurious and super chic townhome designs to choose from with the Skyview and South Lawn Collections. From loft-style townhomes with rooftop terraces to contemporary designs boasting bright and airy walls of glass and nearly 3,400 square feet. Only $4,000 total cash moves you in!

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If you’re looking for the best new townhome value in all of Clarksburg, MD, your search should start and end at Gallery Park. You’ll find stunning 3-level garage townhomes with stunning kitchens that include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, decks and nearly 2,000 square feet. When $2,500 total cash moves you in with available 100% financing, owning your home seems like the only logical option.

The Wow Factor is in full force thanks to Miller & Smith. Stop by one of our three communities and see for yourself why being a new Miller & Smith homeowner has never been easier.

*100% financing available through NFCU. Subject to terms and qualifying as per lender guidelines. Prices, terms, conditions and offer subject to change at any time. See Sales Manager for details.

**With new home purchase. Offer expires 10/30/2014. See Sales Manager for details. 

50 Years In The Making.

Our 50th has turned out to be quite a year. We’ve certainly ushered it in in a big, big way. The touring of a cherry red 1964 Ford Mustang to each of our communities, Throwback Bonuses with historic values, the Big Reveal of our community Millville by The Sea near Bethany Beach in Delaware to our latest opening at Marbury in Chantilly, the introduction of 100% financing at three of our communities and for our grand finale, the giveaway of a brand new 2014 50th Anniversary edition Ford Mustang. This milestone in Miller & Smith’s long-standing history surely is one to be celebrated, but it also is one that caused us to reflect on the guiding principles that got us here in the first place and the people who had this unique vision for housing design and development in the greater Washington DC Metro region.

As we prepare to close out our 50th year, we couldn’t have asked for a sweeter send-off. Our proud history, legacy and “Enduring Appeal” was not only featured in this month’s edition of Professional Builder Magazine, but we were thrilled to see we even made the cover.

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You’ll even hear in the words of some of our most influential visionaries, thinkers and doers, why Miller & Smith’s legacy is one that has been cared for and cultured with the right formula to stand the test of time.

These first 50 wonderful years are just the beginning for Miller & Smith. By embracing our distinctive foundation, we can stand proud knowing that the future is golden.

One-Stop Social.

Miller & Smith Social Media

We love to be social and we love to keep ourselves busy tweeting, snapping, capturing, chronicling, touring and recording. Since we always have something going on or something to say, we’ve made it even easier for all of our friends and followers to keep up with the latest Miller & Smith news and goings-on with our one-stop social page.

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You’ll find everything from our library of 2-minute tour videos, to our Facebook and Twitter feeds and Instagram photo collection.

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Check us out. Talk to us. It’s super easy to do, all in one place with just a click of your mouse.

 

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