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

Seating

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. 

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Spotlight On: The Grand Central at Signal Hill

The Grand Central is one of two brand new home designs offered at Signal Hill Station in Manassas, Virginia. This stunning townhome boasts a spacious three-level floor plan with 3-4 bedrooms, 2.5-3.5 baths, a 2-car garage and up to 2,288 square feet of space. The Grand Central is a truly “grand” townhome with a stunning, spacious feel you’re sure to love. Don’t believe us? Let’s take a look inside:

Great Room: The Grand Central’s spacious great room features an open floor plan, with expansive windows that let in plenty of light. The design of the Grand Central’s great room also includes an optional fireplace, and leads to an optional deck, fully screened porch or combination of the two for the ideal indoor-outdoor living space!

Kitchen: The Grand Central’s kitchen includes two walls of distinct cabinetry, state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances and an oversized granite island for even more counter space.

Dining Room / Flex Room: The dining room, which also doubles as a convenient “flex-space”, is able to effortlessly fulfill a number of uses, whether you’re looking to use this space as a dining room, additional living room or study. As you can see, the expansive windows let in plenty of light and truly illuminate this flexible space!

Master Suite: Moving onward to the upper level, the Grand Central’s Master Suite includes an optional tray ceiling. Complete with an expansive walk-in closet and a deluxe master bath with his and her vanities, this is one master suite you’ll never want to leave!

Additional Bedrooms: Last but certainly not least, the upper level of the Grand Central is also home to 2 additional bedrooms, each with plenty of space and a sizable closet. There is also an option to add a 4th bedroom to the lower level of this home to give you even more living space.

For more on this truly stunning townhome, be sure to check out the Grand Central on FacebookHouzz and Pinterest!

Housing Market Trends to Expect in 2016

Now that 2015 has come to a close, what should prospective homebuyers expect in 2016? Read on to discover a few emerging trends we expect to appear over the course of the next year:

Consumer Confidence On The Rise: According to a recent article by RealtorMag.com, homeowners are more upbeat about home values, with an increased HPPI (Home Price Perception Index) in November 2015 over that of the previous year. This increased confidence in home values nearing the close of 2015 will likely translate into a continued increase in consumer confidence in 2016. According to RealtorMag.com, although homeowners are ” traditionally more bullish on prices, the gap between home owner and appraisal estimates is narrowing.” 

New Home Sales Expected To Drive Home Sales: According to Realtor.com, the new home sector is expected to see the largest amount of growth out of any sector of the real estate market in 2016, with an expected 16% year over year increase in new home sales. In fact, according to the NAR, total sales for both new and existing homes in 2016 are expected to reach 6 million for the first time since 2006!

Cost of Renting Will Soar: According to Zillow’s 2016 Forecast, median rent prices will rise to unprecedented levels over the course of the next year after Americans Paid $535 Billion in Rent in 2015. The high amount of rent being paid in 2015 was due to a surge in the number of renter households in the US, along with rising rent prices in general.

Suburban Living Expected To Expand: According to housing experts at Zillow, a continuous lack of affordable homes within many large cities will push young and first-time homebuyers alike into the suburbs. Zillow’s Chief Economist Svenja Gudell commented in a recent blog post: “When they get there, they’ll be looking for amenity-rich suburbs — mini-cities, with walkable cores and an urban feel.”

Millennials Will Make Their Mark: Millennials are expected to enter the real estate market in a big way in 2016. They will make up 30% of the prospective homebuyer market, according to RealtorMag.com. According to Realtor.com‘s 2016 Housing Forecast, Millennials will be “driven by increasing income, millennials will seek out homes that meet the needs of their growing families – putting the most weight on the safety of the neighborhood and the quality of the home. Commute time and a preference for older homes have these buyers looking in city-centers and closer-in suburbs.”

We think you’ll agree that 2016 is going to be a great year to invest in a brand new home. Be sure to check out our stunning selection of new homes available in MarylandVirginia and Delaware, along with our current list of immediate delivery homes for an even speedier move-in date!

Sourceszillow.comrealtormag.comprnewswire.com

2015’s Top Home Features

2015 is officially over and the verdict is in! Each year there are a number of home features that are considered the ‘most important’ to homebuyers. At Miller and Smith, you can bet that you will get the best home features in any new single-family home or townhome in one of our amazing communities. Take a look at the top home features from the past year according to realtor.com:

 

  1. Fireplace– The top home feature sought after by homebuyers is a fireplace. Not only do fireplaces provide warmth in cold winter months, but they also look nice in the home. A fireplace represents a central point where family and friends can gather together and spend quality time together.
  2. Wood Floor– According to realtor.com, hard wood flooring has been a rising trend, and has gained significant ground over the past year. More and more we are seeing wood flooring as a standard in many new homes.
  3. Carpet– It is rare to find a home with no carpeting at all because it is a home staple for comfort and easy maintenance. Many homes today feature both hardwood and carpet flooring.
  4. Granite Countertops– Although granite was once an expensive add-on and a luxury in home kitchens, it is now considered a standard feature in any new home.
  5. Stainless Steel Appliances– The modern look of stainless steel is really what has boosted the popularity of these appliances since the 1990s.
  6. Open Floor Plan– In all new Miller and Smith homes, you will find some variation of an open floor plan. Open floor plans allow for smooth transitions from room to room, the appearance of a larger home, and the perfect space for entertaining.
  7. Walk-in Closet– A large selling point for many homes, walk-in closets come standard in any new Miller and Smith home.

Although any homebuyer can choose features such as flooring, countertops, and appliances, Miller and Smith offers even more personal choices for each home model. Additionally, our immediate delivery homes are equipped with only the best home features for optimal living. Visit any of our model homes today to see how you can experience life inside a brand new Miller and Smith home, because after all — one visit can change everything!

Sources: realtor.com

Ashburn Ranked the Best Small City in Virginia

With many communities throughout the Washington DC metropolitan area, Miller and Smith chooses only the most ideal locations to build our one of a kind homes. In Ashburn, Virginia, you will find two beautiful communities that have so much to offer! Recently, Ashburn was named the 13th Best small city (out of 1,268 small cities in the U.S.) on WalletHub’s list of the 2015’s Best & Worst Small Cities in America.

The analysts at WalletHub used a detailed methodology including 22 different metrics in order to rank the small cities in the U.S. between 25,000 and 100,000 residents. The four main categories of metrics were affordability, economic health, education/health, and quality of life. After these individual scores were determined, each city was given an overall score, where Ashburn, VA ranked number 13 on the list. Additionally impressive findings about Ashburn from the data concluded that the city is #2 in the Economic Health category and the #1 small city in Virginia. According to WalletHub, living in a small city is attractive to due to factors such as “cheaper cost of living” and “tighter communities”. Take a look at both of our Miller and Smith communities that exemplify all of the benefits of small city living:

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Brambleton

This is a one-of-a-kind mixed-use community with everything residents need just minutes from their home! The beautiful new townhomes come in two different collections with options for any family. But, you’ll need to hurry because limited homesites remain!

The amazing features include open floor plans and Top Chef kitchens that are great for entertaining, in addition to 3 bedrooms and a 2-car garage for growing families.

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One Loudoun

Talk about a community that has it all! One Loudoun is a master planned community that thrives off of the idea of “new urbanism”. In addition to the beautiful single-family Miller & Smith homes for sale, the community offers walkability to dining, shopping, recreation, entertainment, and more! Time is of the essence, however, because only 1 home remains!

Miller and Smith offers many options for a new home in Virginia’s best small city of Ashburn! Make an appointment at either of our communities in Ashburn to discover the amazing location, amenities, residents, and more!

Sources: Wallethub.com