Room to Roam Communities

Categories: Home Tips, Our Communities | Posted: May 17, 2017

Who doesn’t like wide-open spaces? Acreage is at the top of the list for many homeowners, and those seeking exquisite homes amid peaceful privacy should check out one of the many great Main Street Homes communities with room to roam. No matter if you’re looking east, west, north, or south of Richmond, we’ve got options for every homeowner!

Our first stop in the hunt for large homesites takes us to Powhatan, and specifically the Aston community. Surrounded by the natural rolling hills, creeks, and endless trees, Aston is one of the fastest growing communities in Powhatan. Perched at the edge of Chesterfield County, near to the hustle and bustle of “town,” yet nestled in tranquil serenity, Aston homesites start at 2 acres in size with trees and creeks to give homeowners the tranquility and privacy they desire.

Also in Powhatan County is Tilman’s Farm. With homesites ranging from 2 – 4 acres, there’s plenty of room to roam in Tilman’s Farm. Homesites in Tilman’s Farm are popular not only for their size and privacy, but also because of their quick access to route 288, granting accessibility to both Chesterfield and Henrico County.

   

Leaving Powhatan and looking into Chesterfield County, we find one of Main Street’s most private communities: Glebe Point Estates. Glebe Point offers homeowners country living while retaining convenient access to local shopping. With its rolling countryside and natural settings, Glebe Point is perfect for those seeking a peaceful retreat from today’s hustle and bustle with its 1.5+ acres homesites.

Swinging out to the western edge of Richmond in Goochland County is a neighborhood called Lanes End where you can build your dream home on a 2-acre lot. It’s picture perfect country living, with 10-minute access to Interstate 64 and nearby conveniences of Short Pump.

If Henrico County is where you want to be, check out the Longbridge another Main Street Homes community. Based in Eastern Henrico, Longbridge offers 1-plus acres homesites within a quiet country setting, yet just moments from I-895, I-295, and US Rt. 60. Picturesque with woodsy charm, Longbridge offers the best of both worlds.

Hopping on over to the northern edge of RVA in Hanover County, is the neighborhood Christian Ridge. Oozing with charm, Christian Ridge is conveniently located in Mechanicsville amid beautiful wooded lots. Each homesite is at least 1 acre in size.

 

Stretching all the way out to New Kent, situated east of Richmond and west of Williamsburg, you’ll find one roomy neighborhood: Diascund Creek. With 5+ acre homesites, wide-open spaces are calling your name. Diascund Creek’s natural surroundings provide the bucolic backyard of your dreams.

No matter the area of RVA that best suits your style, Main Street Homes has an option for those who desire gracious sized lots in Richmond.

 

 

Modern Meets Rural: The Berkeley B Arts & Crafts

Categories: Community Events, Main Street Homes News, Our Communities | Posted: April 27, 2017

What has five well-appointed bedrooms & bathrooms, a two-car garage, an open floor plan, and is perched amid the rolling hills of rural Powhatan? Answer: The Berkeley B Arts & Crafts model home in the family friendly Aston community. Come explore all 4,603 square feet of Main Street’s rambling model home during its Grand Opening, April 29th from 11am – 3pm and April 30th from 12pm – 3pm. Not sure if you can make it? What if we “sweeten the deal” with a food truck and bounce house on Saturday and a King of Pops popsicle stand on Sunday? Trust us…you won’t want to miss it.

 

There’s so much to see in this model home, including its eye-catching angles and designs, breathtaking outdoor spaces, and porches that will make you yearn for simpler times. Surprises await inside and out, starting with the farm-like land that highlights the country feel of the Aston community. From the front porch with pond views, to the 16’ x 14’ screened porch with a double-sided fireplace, there are gracious gathering areas to visit and unwind all throughout the home. Visitors will never want to leave; but have no fear; there is a first floor guest room to accommodate friends and family who might desire a longer stay.

 

Not your average model home, The Berkeley B Arts & Crafts was designed with family in mind, showcasing all the spaces homeowners could use amid their busy daily lives. The screened porch, for example, becomes a livable space for all the seasons with its double-sided fireplace. It also connects homeowners to the green, natural landscape that surrounds the home. Designer, Elizabeth Melhorn of Ten Lime Design, wanted to spark imagination and creativity throughout the home while bringing the outdoors inside, which was accomplished in a surprising space: the little boy’s bedroom. With its tree house theme, the bedroom highlights the natural setting that surrounds the home while also providing a fun and inviting space. Bedrooms were designed with extra space, as seen in the little girl’s bedroom, which is large enough to play and store toys.

During your tour, enjoy the sprawling open floor plan, unique angled staircase, gorgeous tile in the kitchen and baths, and carpenter details found in the trim. Don’t forget to grab a snack from the food truck as you relax on the front porch. We can’t wait to see you for our Grand Opening, Saturday April 29th from 11am -3pm and Sunday, April 30th from 12pm – 3pm in Aston (3510 Aston Trail, Powhatan, VA 23139).

Time for Spring Planting

Categories: Outdoor Tips, Spring Tips | Posted: April 19, 2017

Spring has sprung in all its glory, bringing sunshine and empty garden beds waiting for your attention. Now that the threat of frost is gone, start preparing your garden beds so you can enjoy the upcoming bounty of summer.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, April and May are great months to plant veggies like beans, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumber, leeks, melons, okra and onions. Perennial favorites like peas, peppers, potatoes, squash, tomatoes, and watermelons should also be planted during this time.

A good garden begins with careful planning. Prep the garden and flowerbeds by weeding and removing sticks, acorns, and debris left by Old Man Winter. Add lime and soil additives to perfect the pH before planting. Be sure to plan space in your garden for veggies that grow large and spread out, like squash and melons. Be sure to add trellis and tomato cages for ones that need height and standing support.

Every garden needs some eye candy, so add colorful flowers that often work double duty to keep deer away (think marigolds), or scented geranium that work to attract Japanese beetles and paralyze them for 24 hours, just long enough for you to pick them off and keep them away from your growing veggies.

Once your plantings are in place, keep them watered, and let sunshine and photosynthesis do its work. As seeds become sprouts and eventually fresh food, enjoy the bounty that nature – and your careful tending – has provided!

The trendy kitchen: Sleekness, storage, style

Categories: Design Tips, Home Tips, Kitchen Tips, Main Street Homes News | Posted: April 5, 2017

Here is an article that was published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch by Alys Matthews on March 24, 2017. Our Main Street Homes design studio manager, Janet Hart, was interviewed for the article.

 

Once considered off-limits to guests, the modern kitchen has come a long way from its historical identity as an alcove reserved for cooking. Now this multifunctional room is frequently open to the living and dining area, a place where family and friends alike can gather – and arguably the single most important room of the home, design-wise.

Janet Hart, design studio manager of Main Street Homes, a Midlothian-based homebuilder, agrees. “The kitchen sets the style of the interior of the rest of the home,” she said. “I think it’s the first interior feature homebuyers look at.” Whether you’re building, buying, selling or remodeling, pay attention: Her trends to watch can add value in every nook and cranny.

Gray stain. While white continues to be strong in kitchens, gray is a formidable runner-up. In particular, gray stain for cabinets exudes the combination of sophistication and warmth so desirable in kitchens. It is a match made in heaven with many homeowners’ stainless steel appliances. “It starts with the island and goes from there,” Hart said. “The adventurous are doing the whole kitchen in a gray stain.”

Clean features. Think sparkling quartz countertops, solid color backsplashes and sleek cabinet hardware with long, thin bar pulls. Busy patterns and grainy surfaces are out as homeowners go for more streamlined designs to accommodate their fast-paced lives.

Smart storage. “The baby boomers’ kids want less stuff on the countertop,” Hart said. “They don’t want to see a wastebasket. They don’t want the toaster out, nor the flour, sugar or coffee canisters of old. They want organization to maximize efficiency in the kitchen, which has become a place for everything.” Pull-out pantries and appliance garages are trendy ways to hide those extra space-suckers, from your tried-and-true French press to that clunky waffle iron you never use.

Island magnificence. Gone are the days when the kitchen island was an optional extra countertop. Today’s islands are massive and multifunctional, the hub of the activity in the kitchen and, by proxy, the household. Islands with extra seating and storage are in high demand. The island’s stand-alone structure gives homeowners a chance to jazz things up with different colors, countertops or cabinetry than the rest of the room and appoint it the “accent piece of the kitchen,” Hart said.

Focus on chill-ability. Above all, homeowners want their kitchens to be places where they can kick back and be themselves. That means more space to breathe – and more features to cultivate the good life. “Many customers are sectioning part of their cabinetry off, whether in the butler’s pantry or an end run of cabinets, for wine storage. We’re seeing X-cubes for bottle storage, open shelving for glasses, even mini wine fridges,” Hart said. Not a huge surprise for a market that loves to eat, drink and be cozy. “The kitchen should make you say, ‘I want to hang out here. I feel at home.’”

Link to article

Spring in RVA!

Categories: Lifestyle Tips, Things to Do | Posted: March 27, 2017

Why tiptoe through the tulips when you can pop right by some exciting local spring events? The warm temperatures make it the perfect time to get outside and enjoy life in RVA. Our fair city has its share of lively springtime activities, whether you’re looking for an afternoon outing or a complete spring break staycation.

BIZARRE BAZAAR SPRING MARKET 

Over 300 exhibitors in one location with unique offerings include seasonal gifts and decorative accessories for the home and garden, gourmet food and cookbooks, fine linens, designer women’s and children’s clothing, toys, fine crafts and artwork, furniture and jewelry. Come see what all of the excitement is about! Open March 31 – April 2.

https://www.thebizarrebazaar.com/spring-market

Richmond Raceway Complex
600 E Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23222

SPRINGTIME AT MAYMONT

From family scavenger hunts to behind the scenes with nature, there is MUCH to do over spring break at Maymont. There are many playful options including the “Eggtivity Zone” gathering colorful eggs, a bonnet parade, arts and crafts, as well as a visit with the Easter bunny! The official Maymont Easter egg hunt takes place on April 15 from 10:00 am until 3 pm.

https://maymont.org/experiences/calendar/

1700 Hampton Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220

MONUMENT AVENUE EASTER ON PARADE

Richmond is famous for the Monument Avenue’s Easter on Parade. Join thousands of your fellow residents to enjoy live music, delicious street food, and a springtime petting zoo with all sorts of fun activities for kids. Even “paws” are on parade for this fun event that is pet friendly! Don’t miss the highlight of the parade: the perennial favorite Pet Bonnet and People Bonnet Showcase, held from 3-4 pm on the Zayde R. Dotts Main Stage at Allen Ave. Easter Sunday, April 16 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

http://www.venturerichmond.com/events/venture/easter.html

Monument Ave. between Davis and Allen Avenues

 

HISTORIC GARDEN WEEK

It’s almost time for “America’s Open House” where visitors are welcomed to beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks throughout the Commonwealth. This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses blooming with over 2,000 fabulous flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members. Historic Ashland, Westover Hills and Windsor Farms are all on this year’s tour; check the Virginia Garden Club website to check dates for these RVA neighborhoods! April 22, 2017-April 29, 2017.

http://www.vagardenweek.org/main/tours

DOMINION RIVERROCK

Three days of frolic and fun by the riverside is just what the doctor ordered! Come out and enjoy the nation’s largest outdoor sports and music festival – Dominion Riverrock- a three-day riverside experience in an urban setting with great food, craft beer and wine. Enjoy all that the riverfront has to offer, including kayaking, biking, bouldering, slacklining, stand up paddleboarding, and dog jumping. May 19-21, 2017.

http://www.dominionriverrock.com

Tredegar & 5th Streets
Richmond, VA 23219

Six Spring Cleaning Hacks

Categories: Home Tips, Spring Tips | Posted: March 9, 2017

Spring has sprung, and what better way to celebrate the season than with some good old-fashioned spring-cleaning! Main Street Homes has uncovered some clever spring-cleaning hacks to keep your new home sparkling and clean.

  1. Bubbles are your friends.

Fizzy colas and soda waters produce bubbling actions that make for great cleaners. For example, Coke is fantastic for clearing up rings found in your toilet. The inherent acids have abrasive powers that will surprise you with their ability to remove stains by simply letting the drink sit overnight. A quick morning scrub and that’s it! The same goes for your refrigerator. A simple combination of salt and soda water produces a bubbling action that lifts sticky stains away.

  1. Lime away.

Ever notice that lime gunk around your faucet? How in the world can you get rid of it? A simple trick is to lay paper towels over the fixture and let it soak for an hour. The soaking action softens the lime making it easier to remove.

  1. Clean screens.

Seeking a better view out your window? Think about cleaning your screens with one of these clever hacks: scraps of carpet or coffee filters. Carpet remnants work like a brush to grab all those pesky items stuck in the screens, and the thin paper of a coffee filter is perfect for wiping, leaving no residue behind.

  1. Messy microwave no more.

This hack is an oldie but a goodie for anyone whose microwave needs a refresh. Simply pour vinegar and hot water in a bowl and microwave it for 10 minutes. Think of it as steam cleaning for your microwave! The vinegar blend will soften the dried, hardened pieces that have stuck onto the walls of your microwave. When the time is up, remove the blend. Wipe away the residue with a damp cloth. Easy peasy!

  1. Drabby Drapes.

Sometimes we forget about things that hang in our home for long periods of time. Drapes and curtains, for example, need a good shake and some fresh air. So do blankets, comforters, and rugs. Give them a thorough shake to loosen the dust, and hang them outside for a bit. For curtains, run them through the air-fluff cycle in the dryer along with a wet towel for about 15 minutes. Hang them back up immediately after they’re done in the dryer.

  1. Meet the Magic Eraser?

Don’t you hate it when you’re little Picasso goes crazy with the crayons? Or when there’s a mysterious permanent marker on wood surfaces? If you have some accidental “graffiti” materialize in your home, there are several options. First, if you’ve never tried a Magic Eraser, it truly lives up to its name. You can purchase one in the cleaning aisle of any grocery or drug store. If you’re in a pinch and can’t get to the store, try hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol to scrub away the impromptu artistic masterpieces in your home.

We hope these spring-cleaning tips get your home in tip-top shape for spring.

Main Street Homes Shines at SMC Awards

Categories: Main Street Homes News, Special Occasions | Posted: March 6, 2017

We are excited to say that last night Main Street Homes was awarded 2016 Builder of the Year (150+ homes) by the Home Building Association of Richmond!

We also brought home awards for Best Marketed Community – Winterfield Park and Best Model Home – The Randolph at Winterfield Park.

In addition to the company awards, our sales team cleaned up at the award ceremony with nine of our New Home Consultants getting Sales Volume Excellence awards:

Platinum –
Lee Wake
Lisa Spinelli
Gold –
Caitlin Gilbride
Jason Burrows
Stephanie Muire
Ryan Phelps
Silver –
Lisa Michaels
Michelle Happney
Bronze –
Sean Tierney

MSH – 2017 Guildmaster Award Winner

Categories: Main Street Homes News | Posted: February 20, 2017

Main Street Homes is excited to be honored with the 2017 Guildmaster Award for unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. The GuildQuality team recently compiled their votes for residential builders and once again Main Street Homes achieved a recommendation rate of 90% or above from our customers surveyed by GuildQuality.

Since 2005, GuildQuality, an Atlanta-based customer satisfaction software surveying company, has powered the Guildmaster Award to recognize and celebrate home building, remodeling, and contracting professionals demonstrating the highest level of customer service within the U.S. and Canada.

Out of 600+ eligible applicants, Main Street Homes is one of 300+ businesses within the residential construction industry recognized by GuildQuality for consistently delivering superior customer care.

In determining which businesses received the 2017 Guildmaster Award, GuildQuality reviewed thousands of survey responses submitted by Guildmaster customers, and considered two primary metrics for each candidate: the percentage of customers stating they would recommend the business to friend, and the percentage of patrons who responded. We can’t think of a higher compliment than a recommendation from one of our customers.

 

 

 

2017 Interior Trends

Categories: Design Tips, Home Tips, Kitchen Tips | Posted: February 9, 2017

It’s out with the old and in with the new for 2017. Main Street Homes has done the homework for you by scouring the trends for 2017. Let us introduce you to what’s hot (and what’s not) for 2017.

Some of the red-hot fads of last year are saying goodbye, which means not as many white kitchens. Bring on the shades of gray, because they are taking over the kitchen with regard to wall color, tile selection, especially cabinetry. Grays are trending away from a light gray and more into the full family of smoky French grays. But we aren’t just talking paint, no, grey/sepia stained cabinets are what’s hot. These cool shades mixed with the warmth of wood bring balance to any kitchen. Keeping with the wood trend is the presence of gorgeous sliding barn doors, many crafted from reclaimed antique wood. This brings us to another sizzling craze this year: reclaimed wood, shiplap, and barn wood making its way into accent elements throughout the home. This mixing of wood selections is a trend all by itself, with designers integrating antique wood into new construction.

Mixed Metals is our next hot trend. Brushed nickel is out making way for its other brushed cousins, rose, gold, and brass. That’s right! Brass is back, but modernized by it new sophisticated brushed finish. Mix any of these new finishes with classic bronze and sleek chrome for a high fashion mixture that sparkles!

Table or “workhorse” islands continue to dominate the kitchen in 2017. These multi-functional staples add prep space and create an inviting area to enjoy good food and good conversation with family and friends. Make your island a focal point with quartz countertops, a contrasting color cabinet even change up the hardware making your island a standalone show stopping piece.

Luxurious spa bathrooms are stealing the budget from the kitchen with people desiring a place to relax and rejuvenate. They provide sanctuary from today’s busy lifestyles and are always a smart place to spend your design energy, as they provide a good return on investment upon resale. We are seeing many customers removing the tub for a large shared shower; opting for raincan shower heads, body jets, and modern glass enclosures. Tile is a great way to add style to your bathroom. Stay on trend with 12 x 24” elongated tiles in the bathroom to create a feeling of elegance and simplicity.

Finally, one of the hottest trends for 2017 doesn’t involve the inside of the home at all. Front doors have become an area to be daring and give passersby’s a glimpse into the personality who resides within. Go bold with Mustard yellow and teal or add just a whisper of color hinting at the style within. Either way don’t miss this opportunity to express your personal style.

As with any popular trend, you can take what you love and incorporate it into your home while leaving the rest for the splashy magazine spreads. And there you have it: what’s hot and “what’s not” for 2017.

 

MSH Earns the 2016 ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Market Leader Award

Categories: Main Street Homes News | Posted: January 17, 2017

Main Street Homes is proud to have been recognized by Energy Star with a Market Leader Award in 2016. This recognition is presented to partners who make important contributions to energy- efficient construction. Main Street’s commitment to building ENERGY STAR certified homes demonstrates how far we go to construct a home that meets the high bar set by Energy Star.

MSH earned the 100% ENERGY STAR certified home designation by putting our homes through more processes, inspections, testing, and verifications from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) than other builders. In fact, we are one of the few builders in Richmond to earn the 100% designation that demonstrates our commitment to ENERGY STAR performance guidelines.

We are especially proud of this award because it reveals our commitment to our customers as well as the planet. By constructing our homes using energy efficient systems and appliances, we are reducing CO2 emissions by 1,331 metric tons and avoiding the consumption of 3, 095 barrels of oil. Knowing a certified energy star home will benefit homeowners as well as Mother Earth is a win-win for Main Street Homes.

 

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