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Living Big with Big Benefits.

Posted on March 18, 2015 by Miller and Smith Blog Team

Living in the DC Metro area, we are no strangers to high density living situations. And we all know what that can mean. Less space equals tight living quarters. In fact, smaller homes are becoming more and more the norm, so much so that you’ll have no problem finding advice online on how to decorate your small space, how to make the most of your teeny tiny home and of course, the many articles convincing you that there really are benefits to living in a “cottage-style” home. Let’s get real, though. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to settle and actually move into your new home and have everything you couldn’t ever want? At our Marbury community in Chantilly, you’ll quickly see why bigger is better. Gone are the days of deciding between a playroom for the kids and a place for your dining room table to live. You’ll even be able to store your bicycles in the garage instead of treating them like an art installation in your foyer. At Marbury, there’s a place for everything and then some. 

The homes are so big that they make hosting family and friends possible and, shall we say, even somewhat enjoyable. With extra bedrooms and a finished lower level rec room, you may even get past the three-day expiration when guests start to feel like they’ve overstayed their welcome.

Forget about the notion of moving on up. Once you’ve settled on Marbury as your new home, you’ve reached the top. With the opportunity for up to 6 bedrooms, these homes will easily accommodate your growing family. Even when there’s an unexpected addition five years after you completed your perfect family.

A bigger home should mean there’s less clutter. It’s easy to keep everything in its place when there’s a place for everything in the first place. Just remember that each room serves a purpose, so use the space effectively. That means that kid clutter should be contained in the rec room.

At Marbury, these big homes have big benefits. Come take a tour of our decorated model and see for yourself why bigger is almost always better.

 Wide Open Spaces.

One thing’s for certain when you live in a Miller & Smith home, comfort has no boundaries. Known for its big, open, airy living spaces, these homes provide so many bright benefits. From great views and more natural light to the perfect entertaining space, there are so many reasons why these open floorplans are built to brighten up your life. With some careful orchestration and smart design decisions, follow these easy tips for making the most out of your free-flowing space.

Define the area.

The whole point of an open floorplan is to allow the space to breathe with increased views and even more natural light. To properly complement all of these bright benefits it is important to arrange your furniture or other architectural elements to identify and distinguish each room. Such things as a fireplace or open shelving can serve as a focal point and let you know it’s time to kick your feet up in the family room. This can also be accomplished with the use of area rugs. A rug positioned under a dining table or anchoring your family room can provide a distinct function in this type of open space.

Go With The Flow. The Color Flow, That Is.

Choosing a good color palette and incorporating it into each individual living space is key to the proper look of an open floorplan.  As a rule of thumb, choose two or three accent colors and add touches throughout your floorplan in the form of rugs, accessories, paint and fabrics. People tend to play it safe and use one color on the walls. Try mixing it up and adding interest by using wallpaper to define areas and add visual interest. Accent pillows, entry rugs, curtains and table runners, in the same color palette, also will help you achieve a unified look.

Light It Up. 

Another way to set a space apart from the other “rooms” in an open floorplan is to install a distinct and architectural light fixture. With so many interesting lighting options to choose from, have fun looking for just the right chandelliers or hanging pendant to make a statement. Try integrating additional lighting sources throughout to help define spaces. Table lamps, floor lamps and reading lamps will add just the cozy ambiance your space will benefit.

Let The Outdoors In. 

Many Miller & Smith open floorplans don’t just stop indoors. By extending the open floor plan even further by incorporating an outdoor room, you’ll get even more space for relaxing and entertaining. Add a table and chairs for dining, a hammock for relaxing, or even a set of appliances for cooking and grilling to your porch or patio for the ultimate in function and fun.