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

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 www.millerandsmith.com 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! 

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! 

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

How To Throw an Amazing Fall Housewarming Party

Congratulations! You just bought a new Miller and Smith home in a great location with features that have exceeded your expectations. Now what? It is time to throw a housewarming party to show off your new digs and meet the neighbors! Miller and Smith wants to bring you all of the tools that you need in order to celebrate and get acquainted with your new home, so here is a step-by-step guide on how to throw a housewarming party this fall!

Step 1: Choose when the party will be

After just moving into your new home, planning a party won’t be the first thing on your mind. The truth is, your home does not have to be perfectly decorated and photo-ready before you host a housewarming party. The whole point of the party is for your guests to get a good look at the house and socialize with you and your family! If you can’t help but incorporate fall decor for a little something extra, check out our Pinterest for some great ideas!

Step 2: Choose whom to invite

When you are creating a guest list for these parties, there really is no rule of thumb. Housewarmings are usually very casual and a “come-and-go as you please” type of ordeal. Invite friends, family, new neighbors, your realtor, or anyone else who comes to mind! Since the holiday season is quickly approaching, your guests are going to appreciate a nice break from their own party planning!

Step 3: Pick out food and drinks

Again, housewarming parties are supposed to be casual, so pick easy to make and easy to eat foods. Focus on finger foods and small refreshments that people can easily pick up and carry around the house while they mingle with other guests. Food can be a great conversation starter, and it always brings people together! To incorporate some classic tastes and smells of fall, you can prepare a warm drink, create mini cups of soup, or light some candles for a relaxing atmosphere.

Step 4: Prepare for tours

It may get repetitive, but everyone is going to want a tour of the house when they arrive. Since most likely people will arrive at different times, be prepared to give a few separate tours. There is no need to rehearse anything for the tours, just be yourself and highlight your favorite aspects of your new home. A great way to bond with new neighbors is to tell them funny stories about a piece of furniture or how you let the kids pick their atrocious bedroom paint colors.

Step 5: Remember to socialize

It is easy to fall into the habit of talking to people that you already know at a party, so make sure you take the time to talk to everyone. The relationships you will start to build with your neighbors during the party could possibly last a lifetime, so put yourself out there! Of course, make sure to thank everyone for coming and for any housewarming gifts they brought!

Source: thenest.com