Fall Fun with Miller & Smith

The Fall season is officially upon us! The leaves are changing, Halloween is right around the corner, and the pumpkin spice craze is in full effect. We know that there’s so much to do during this time of year, so to help you out, we created the ultimate Miller and Smith guide to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the Fall activities near our Maryland and Virginia new home communities.

Manassas, VA

Manassas has a ton of fun Fall activities to keep our residents going this season! Whether you’re living at the beautiful Cayden Ridge single family home community or plan to buy your brand new garage townhome at our future Signal Hill Crossing community, you won’t want to miss out on these exciting events:

  • Manassas Holiday Crafts, Desserts & Sweets: Head to the Manassas Museum Lawn on October 26, from 12-5 pm, to enjoy Manassas, Virginia’s first-ever crafts and dessert fair! This exciting event offers a handful of games and activities including pumpkin decorating, moon bounces, and so much more. Don’t forget to dress the kids in their Halloween costumes for the kid costume parade. Who knows, maybe they’ll walk away with the best costume prize!
  • Hastings Marketplace Fall Festival: On Saturday, October 12, from 12-2pm, join in on a day full of games, balloon art, face painting, live music, pumpkin decorating, and more at the Hastings Marketplace Fall Festival! Will your pumpkin be the grand prize winner of the pumpkin decorating contest? There’s only one way to find out!

Ashburn, VA

For residents living at our Brambleton and One Loudoun new home communities, be sure to take a break from decorating your new single family home or townhome to check out all the wonderful Fall activities going on in and around Ashburn, VA:

  • Virginia Wine Festival: Starting October 19, visit One Loudoun for a two-day wine tasting event! Taste over 200+ wines from some of the top Virginia wineries and enjoy delicious cuisine from Ashburn, VA’s popular food trucks. If you taste a wine you absolutely love, why not purchase a bottle (or case) to take home for later?
  • Pumpkin Village Fall Fest: Through November 3, celebrate all things Fall by visiting the Leesburg Animal Farm for the Pumpkin Village Fall Fest! With a hay maze, pony rides, hayrides, bouncy houses, face painting, pumpkin picking, live entertainment, and even a petting zoo, the Pumpkin Village Fall Fest has everything you need to have a fun Fall weekend.
  • Shocktober Haunted House: For those looking for a little more Halloween fun, head over to the Carlheim Manor any weekend from now until November 2 to be spooked in the 5th scariest haunted house in the U.S. Nothing will scare you more than this amazing haunted house, which has been magically transformed into Camp Carlheim, a haunted camp.

Stafford, VA

Our Embrey Mill residents are in store for some exciting events this Fall! Within the new home community, throughout Stafford, VA and in nearby cities like Fredericksburg, VA, it’s clear Embrey Mill knows how to enjoy autumn:

  • Fall Brew Fest: On Saturday, October 12, from 11am to 5pm, indulge in refreshing craft beer from some of Virginia’s award-winning brewers at the Fall Brew Fest! While you sip, enjoy delicious food, some live music, and more. Local wineries and distilleries will also be present offering samples of wine or whiskey.
  • Braehead Farm Festival: From hayrides and pumpkin picking, to a sunflower walk and scavenger hunt, the Braehead Farm Festival is the perfect place to celebrate the Fall season with the friends and family. Visit the farm any day of the week!
  • Stafford County Farmers’ Market: There’s nothing better than visiting the local farmers market during the Fall season! Enjoy seasonal food and drinks from local vendors and pick up a special trinket or two for a loved one.

child getting her face painted

New Market, MD \ Frederick, MD

Fall has arrived for our Aspen North and Tallyn Ridge residents! To keep up, New Market, MD, Frederick, MD and surrounding cities have plenty of events in store to start up the season:

  • Fall Festival: On October 20, from 1-6 pm, the Mount Airy Fair Grounds is hosting a Fall Festival with FREE entry. Play some games, spend time in the bouncy house, listen to the music, have the kids get their face painted, pick some pumpkins, and take in that cool autumn breeze.
  • Trail of Jack-O-Lanterns: Enjoy an evening full of family fun at the third annual Trail of Jack-O-Lanterns event! Walk the trail lit up by Jack-O-Lanterns, check out the animal barn, and sit by the fire pit to roast some s’mores. This event is happening every weekend from October 11 to October 26 at the Green Meadows Farm.
  • Fall Festiv-All at Adventure Park USA: Embrace Fall favorites such as a pumpkin patch, pillow jump, straw maze, barnyard, hayrides, zip-lining, pumpkin bowling, and much more at Adventure Park USA’s Fall themed park.
  • Summer’s Farm: Home to an Apollo 11 themed corn maze, Summers Farm is sure to provide the perfect mix of enjoyment and challenge! Find your way through the corn maze, snack on some food by the campfire, watch the fireworks, and enjoy different attractions and live entertainment each weekend at this farm.

While these are just a few ways to enjoy the season, it’s surely a good start to everything Fall. Sip on your pumpkin spice latte, breathe in the crisp air and enjoy the Fall season before Winter arrives.

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!

Year-Round Resort Living at Aspen North at Lake Linganore

Wouldn’t you love to enjoy year-round, resort-style amenities just steps from your brand new home? Make this dream a reality with a brand new single-family home from Miller & Smith at Aspen North at Lake Linganore! Let us take you through everything you need to know about the community, amenities, and features of the Aspen North community!



Lake Linganore and More

Spring, Summer, Winter, or Fall, the four lakes around Aspen North certainly have it all! Lake Linganore, Lake Merle, Lake Anita Louise, and Lake Marian make up the four historic lakes surrounding our new neighborhood here in New Market, MD. Lake Linganore is the largest of the four, boasting miles of shoreline and two sand beaches, while the smaller lakes are perfect for fishing. Lake Linganore also allows for boats and other watercraft during the warmer months, with storage locations scattered around the lake.


Lake Linganore through the seasons


Boat storage at Coldstream Beach

Boat storage at Coldstream Beach



Over 30 miles of scenic trails connect around Lake Linganore, overlooking the water and creating access points to all of the other resort-style amenities in the community. The marked trails at Lake Linganore are one of a kind, featuring natural twists and turns, paved and wooded trails, and even an esplanade!

Trail at Lake Linganore

Trail at Lake Linganore


Pools and Tennis Courts

Living at Aspen North at Lake Linganore gives you exclusive access to the three pools and six tennis courts located in the community and run by the Lake Linganore Association. The pools are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, while the tennis courts are open year-round (weather permitting) on a reservation basis.

The Tennis Courts at Lake Linganore

The Tennis Courts at Lake Linganore


Playgrounds, Parks, and Ball Fields

With over a dozen park areas throughout the Lake Linganore community, there is no shortage of open space to enjoy! These open spaces include picnic tables, grills, playgrounds and tot lots, open fields, basketball courts, and more!


Community Events

Like any great community, Lake Linganore offers monthly community events throughout the year hosted by the Lake Linganore Association and even offer some in Historic New Market and Downtown Frederick! Check out some of the events happening throughout the holiday season below!

12/3 – Winter Festival: Celebrate the winter season with neighbors and friends while enjoying hot chocolate and a special fire engine visit from Santa! 3pm

12/9 – Toys for Tots: The Lake Linganore Association is collecting new and unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots organization through 12/9.

12/9 to 12/10 – Christmas in New Market: Enjoy a holiday parade, tree lighting, carolers, a silent auction and more!

12/10 & 12/11 – New Market Christmas Craft Show: Get some holiday shopping done early with crafted items from local businesses.


New Homes

Along with all of the established features and amenities that are found at Lake Linganore, our new home designs lend beautifully to modern lake living. With indoor/outdoor living spaces, walls of windows, and dramatic open floor plans, the modern design and natural materials work together to create the home of your dreams!

New homes at Aspen North at Lake Linganore

For more information on resort living at Aspen North at Lake Linganore and new Miller & Smith homes available now, including immediate deliveries, visit millerandsmith.com!



Reasons to Purchase a Quick Move-In Home From Miller & Smith

Thinking about purchasing a new home, but don’t have time to wait for your new home to be built? At Miller & Smith, we have a handful of brand new, move-in ready homes in communities with ideal locations and unique amenities perfect for your family! Just some of the reasons to choose a quick move-in home are:

Less wait time

If you have enough time to work with Miller & Smith to build your dream home from the ground up, then we are in! However, if you want to move in ASAP, then a quick move-in home is a better option for you because it is just that: a completed home that you can move into quickly.

Top-grade finishes

If you haven’t toured one of our immediate delivery homes, you are in for a real treat! Our quick move-in homes are equipped with a variety of luxurious finishes like hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless appliances, a gas fireplace, a gourmet kitchen and more!

Relocate with ease

Our immediate delivery homes are perfect for any family looking to relocate to an ideal location in Virginia or Maryland! The process will take a lot less time and you will be able to get settled into your new home sooner without having to wait on previous owners to move out.

Preview the finished product

Since many of our immediate delivery homes are either finished or near completion, you will be able to see the finished product before you purchase. There is no better feeling than falling in love with a home while touring it in person and being able to purchase it right away.

Now that you know just some of the many benefits of purchasing an immediate delivery home, check out the list our completed homes for sale below and view photos and more information in the link here: https://www.millerandsmith.com


QMIs at Aspen North at Lake Linganore




QMIs at Signal Hill Station




The Ingredients for Your Perfect Neighborhood [Infographic]

Realtor.com recently published a list of the ingredients that make a neighborhood great according to a handful of experienced realtors. Below, check out which Miller & Smith communities have these neighborhood features nearby.


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 millerandsmith.com.

Sources: http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/interior-remodel/tray-ceilings-in-bedrooms

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!

The Perfect Place: Aspen North at Lake Linganore

Find your Perfect Place with a new Miller & Smith home at Aspen North at Lake Linganore in New Market, MD. Discover all of the reasons that Aspen North at Lake Linganore is the Perfect Place to live, to relax, to unwind, to explore, and to call home!

The Spring Cleaning Guide for Your Home

It’s that time of year and spring is finally here! Although it may be one of those dreaded tasks, spring-cleaning is more than just physically cleaning your home. When it’s over, you will be able to spend more time enjoying the nice weather and your new Miller & Smith home! Follow the ultimate spring-cleaning guide below for each room of your home to ensure you don’t miss a single spot!

Your Entire Home

Before focusing on one room, it is easiest to complete a few cleaning tasks throughout the whole house while you have that heavy vacuum out! The first thing you should do is vacuum and wipe down the walls and ceilings for loose dust that might fall later on (if need be, remove any scratches or scuffs). Vacuum, spot clean, and dust off your upholstered furniture next, starting from the top down. Vacuum and sweep all of your flooring, and when complete, shampoo carpets and use a special cleaner or Swiffer on your hardwoodfloors. Focus on the windows and baseboards next by removing all of the smudges and dust.

The Union Station Townhome at Signal Hill Station


No matter how many bedrooms your Miller & Smith home has, it is important to get through all of them to ensure your entire home is ready for springtime! Change and wash all of the bedding, including the pillows and comforters. Fold and store away any cold-weather bedding such as extra blankets or flannel sheets that you won’t need until next winter. If you’re feeling up to the challenge, start to clean out your closets and drawers, creating piles of clothes to donate, to throw away, and to store.

The Silverton at Aspen North at Lake Linganore


Even if your bathroom looks clean, you should take the time to wipe down the shower, tub, sink, toilet, and tile grout to say goodbye to any bacteria that could be hiding (All-purpose bathroom cleaners are great for this!). Throw away anything in your cabinets that is old or past the expiration date to keep your medicine, makeup, and toiletries nice and fresh. If you want to take cleaning the bathroom to the next level, start making a list of things you need to replace, like hand soap or expired products that you intend to keep using.

The Silverton at Aspen North at Lake Linganore


When it is time to clean the kitchen, we recommend starting at the pantry, refrigerator, and freezer. Throw out expired items and anything that has acquired so much frostbite that it is unrecognizable. Next, clean the inside of your appliances like the oven, the fridge, the microwave, and the toaster. Last but not least, sanitize the counters and other surfaces where you prepare or eat food.

The Verde Townhome at Victory Lakes


Bookshelves may be the dustiest part of your home because of all of the nooks and crannies, so take the time to clear the shelves and wipe off the dust. Organize papers from your desk one pile or drawer at a time, separating them into files that you need to keep, need to toss, and ones that you need to take action on.

The Calahan at Aspen North at Lake Linganore


Take the time to clear out all of the fall and winter debris that may have accumulated in your outdoor areas. Sweep the porch or patio, clean and rinse off outdoor furniture, and make sure your grill is hooked up and ready to go!

The Calahan at Aspen North at Lake Linganore


Because every brand new home from Miller & Smith comes equipped with a garage, you will have plenty of space to store your miscellaneous equipment and supplies. Cleaning out the garage is more about organizing and storing things in a convenient way, so put the sleds and snow shovels towards the back, and bring the fertilizer and garden tools out front and center!

When you are done with your spring-cleaning, you will be refreshed and ready for what the warm weather will bring. For more information about new Miller & Smith homes and how they can be yours this spring, visit our website at www.millerandsmith.com.

Source: howtocleanstuff.net