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Basement Homesites – Wynwood at Fox Creek

Categories: Building a New Home, Chesterfield New Homes, Midlothian New Homes, Neighborhoods | Posted: July 20, 2017

Now selling – homesites in the Wynwood section of Fox Creek!

We are excited to present some of our most loved floor plans with basements in this growing section of one of Chesterfield county’s popular neighborhoods.

In the Cosby High School district, Fox Creek is located just four miles west of the intersection of Rt. 288 and Hull St. Rds.  This community boasts amenities that include the Terrace Swim and Racquet Club with indoor and outdoor pools and all weather/lighted tennis courts.  Walking trails, sports fields and playgrounds provide plenty of outdoor recreation places for kids and families.

In CraftMaster’s section of Wynwood, our Radford, Maddison and Winchester plans bring beautiful Craftsman and Farmhouse elevations with country porches to the streetscape.

 

All plans in Wynwood at Fox Creek feature Open Concept First Floors, main floor Guest Suites or Home Office, generous Kitchens with large Island and walk-in Pantry. Owner’s Suite and additional bedrooms complete the second floors – with various options for two-three additional bedroom or loft space.

 

 

 

 

 

Homes with basements are much desired but not always available in many neighborhoods in the Richmond area.  We are excited to include basements with homes in this section of Fox Creek!

How would you design your Basement Living Area?  The possibilities are endless!

 

Fitness and workout room, Craft and hobby area, Movie or Media Room, Entertaining, Extra Bedroom and Bathroom suites!   So many great ideas from HGTV  for utilizing this bonus family space!

Visit our website or contact us (804) 310-5952 for more information on how you can design your new home with CraftMaster in Fox Creek at Wynwood.

 

Contact one of Richmond’s leading homebuilders, CraftMaster Homes, to get started on your design today. CraftMaster builds new homes in Chesterfield, Midlothian, Henrico, Hanover, and Dinwiddie.

Beat the Heat!

Categories: Building a New Home, Home Maintenace Tips | Posted: July 11, 2017

When summer temps approach triple digits, we can all get a little cranky. Your cooling system in your home will work hard to keep your home cool, but know that there are limits for extreme temperatures. There are some things you can do to maximize the energy output and help your HVAC system work well for you!

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning  (HVAC) systems are set up to operate for average summer/winter temperatures in the geographical area where they are installed.  When a system is designed for a Richmond area home, you can say that the system is working properly if the inside temperature is approximately 20 degrees less than the outside temperature (in summer using an average of 92 degrees Fahrenheit).    So when temperatures outside are consistently above 95-100 degrees, your system can only keep your home at around 75-80 degrees at best.  Add a few degrees warmer outside and that will affect your overall inside temperature.

During extreme temperature days it is normal for your system HVAC to run continuously and it may not be able to hold the temperatures you have set on the thermostat.  There are some things you can do to help your system operate more efficiently to cool your home.

#1 Check and change air filters as needed.  The simplest way to keep your HVAC happy is to change its air filter monthly.  Air filters trap dirt, dust and other air particles to keep them away from the mechanical parts of your system.  If they are dirty, this will constrict air flow and put unwanted strain on your system, which means it could keep your HVAC from cooling your home properly.   Ultimately, if your system experiences long term stress from restricted air flow, it may completely fail.

 

#2  Keep interior doors open.  Your path to a cooler house might be as easy as opening doors and registers (vents found either on the floor or ceiling) in every room.  If designed and built correctly, a central air system should be “balanced.” A balanced system is one where negative pressure, or air flow in one direction, should match positive air pressure pushing air in the opposite direction.

#3  Keep blinds and curtains drawn.  During summer, keep your blinds or curtains drawn in the hotter parts of the day to keep your home a bit more “shaded.”   Not using extra electricity on near triple digit days is also a good idea.  Save the laundry and dishwasher for another day or run them in the early morning or later evening when your HVAC unit may not be working as hard.

Check out other resources to help keep your home cool this summer.

 

 

Contact one of Richmond’s leading homebuilders, CraftMaster Homes, to design your next new home. CraftMaster builds new homes in Chesterfield, Midlothian, Henrico, Hanover, and Dinwiddie.

 

 

 

 

Magnolia Green’s Stafford Park

Categories: Chesterfield New Homes, Neighborhoods, Richmond Area New Home Builder | Posted: July 6, 2017

Magnolia Green

There’s lots to love about Magnolia Green!  This master-planned community, minutes from Route 288 in Chesterfield County, has just about everything and it keeps getting better.

The New Aquatics Center

Opening in just a few days is their new Aquatics Center.  This outdoor recreation area for all ages boasts an 8-lane Junior Olympic competition pool, a splash pool and activity center for the younger ones, lounge pool for adults and an awesome pirate-themed playground.

The Market at Magnolia

Every Saturday – spring through fall – vendors from the area share their harvests and crafts in this open air market.  All are welcome to come enjoy the bounty!

Stafford Park and CraftMaster Homes

Stafford Park may be one of Magnolia Green’s best kept secrets.  This beautiful section along Holes 11 and 12 of the Championship Golf Course showcases a variety of home styles and floor plans to match the needs of this growing community.  CraftMaster Homes has several lots available along the golf course in the new section of Stafford Park for your future home!

Available Homes

Under construction and available soon in Stafford Park are two of CraftMaster Homes most popular floor plans.

Our Cameron plan, on a golf course lot, boasts 4 Bedrooms and 3 Baths – one full bedroom and bath on the first floor to make a lovely guest suite.  Learn More

The Winchester, a beautiful farmhouse style elevation with brick front porch.  Open first floor with study or kids’ playroom also includes 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths.  Learn more

Contact one of Richmond’s leading homebuilders, CraftMaster Homes, to design your next new home. CraftMaster builds new homes in Chesterfield, Midlothian, Henrico, Hanover, and Dinwiddie.

Home Repairs to Make Before You Sell

Categories: Home Maintenace Tips | Posted: June 27, 2017

If you are planning to sell your home soon or within the next year and you have the extra time this weekend with the holiday around the corner, there are some definite home repairs that should be on your To-Do List.

Essential operating systems like HVAC, plumbing and electrical, etc. should all be evaluated by professionals and major repairs complete before selling your home.

The list below includes all around maintenance items that most people can take care of on their own to keep your home looking great.  Staying on top of these types of repairs and maintenance will be helpful anytime – not just when you may be eager to sell.

Power Wash – Pressure wash your driveway and home exterior.  Repair any cracks or stains on your pavement.

Landscaping – Replace patches of your lawn that aren’t green, trim back any overgrown trees, freshen up flower beds.

Roof and Gutters – Replace any missing shingles, repair or realign gutters – and make sure they are clean.

Front Door – Repair any chips or cracks and give it a fresh coat of paint – a nice vibrant color!

Mailbox – If it isn’t in good condition, replace it with a new one.

Walls and Baseboards – Repair any damages from decor or wall art; freshen up with a neutral coat of paint.   Freshening up those baseboards and other trim will really make your home feel like new!

Ceilings – It’s worth it to have the popcorn ceiling scraped off – if you have it – and repaint.

Doors – Check to make sure doors aren’t sticking or squeaking; hardware should be operating.  Repaint if needed.

 

Contact one of Richmond’s leading homebuilders, CraftMaster Homes, when you are ready to design your next new home. CraftMaster builds new homes in Chesterfield, Midlothian, Henrico, Hanover, and Dinwiddie.

 

Paint Perfection – Neutrals

Categories: Building a New Home, Chesterfield New Homes, Hanover New Homes, Paint Colors, Uncategorized | Posted: June 20, 2017

Our Favorite Paint Colors

When meeting with our clients for their new home selections, we find many are seeking the perfect neutral.  Of course greige is all the rage, but there are other neutrals that hint at green and blue.  Many of the popular grays, beiges and whites actually have other colors as their base.  Think – purply gray, bluish gray.  Once it goes up on the wall, you will notice the undertones and sometimes if you don’t do a little research – that perfect color might not be what you thought!   

After deciding which neutral feel we want in our models (warm or cool), one trick our designers use to find the right neutral is to pick a color on the swatch and then move all the way down to the darkest hue.  That dark hue will be the undertone your neutral emit.  If the darkest hue looks purple, your gray will have a hint of purple behind it.

Click on our favorite Porter Paints (PPG) neutrals below, to see them in our model homes.  

PPG1025-3                PPG1010-2

 PPG1029-3              PPG1002-2

  PPG14-07                PPG1010-1

When personalizing your new home with CraftMaster Homes, our Design Consultant can assist you with choosing elements that express who you are.  Paint color is the base of your home design.  If you are searching for that perfect neutral, pick a few that you like, then check the undertone – that darkest hue on the swatch and you’ll know right away if that’s the one for you! 

Contact one of Richmond’s leading homebuilders, CraftMaster Homes, to get started on your design today. CraftMaster builds new homes in Chesterfield, Midlothian, Henrico, Hanover, and Dinwiddie.

CraftMaster Homes in Collington

Categories: Chesterfield New Homes, Midlothian New Homes, Neighborhoods | Posted: June 13, 2017

Nature’s best with Chesterfield’s finest

The community of Collington in Chesterfield is surrounded by 1,000 acres of wooded preserve.  This master-planned community has all the resort-style amenities one could want nestled in a setting that gives residents easy access to nature trails and open spaces.  Great recreation and gathering spaces make getting to know and meet up with your neighbors part of the lifestyle at Collington.   Convenient to downtown Richmond and area shopping hubs, Collington is just 20-25 minutes away.

CraftMaster Homes and Collington are  a match made for you!    We have several floor plans available to meet the needs of your family – whether your family is growing or you are choosing to downsize a bit.   Our home plans feature Craftsman Designed Elevations, Open Concept First Floors, Lofts and Media Rooms, Custom Built-Ins and Trim.  Our Furnished Model is open daily 12 noon -6 p.m.  10000 Paddock Wood Terrace.

Contact a member of our Sales Team to set up an appointment with one of our New Home Advisors – learn more about available homes in Collington!

Contact one of Richmond’s leading homebuilders, CraftMaster Homes, to get started on your design today. CraftMaster builds new homes in Chesterfield, Midlothian, Henrico, Hanover, and Dinwiddie.

 

Backyard and Outdoor Living Ideas

Categories: Chesterfield New Homes, Richmond Area New Home Builder, Unique Features | Posted: June 6, 2017

The long days of summer are on the horizon…

Backyards are perking up for recreation and relaxation.   There are lots of simple ways to dress up your porch and patio this summer!  Think – pallets, pavers, reclaimed wood and paint!

Greenyard.us has some great ideas for the green space outside your home.  Whether it is your lawn, garden, porch or patio areas, we found some great ideas to add interest and beauty to your home – all without busting your budget.  Some of our favorites are:

If you are looking to add a little more to add a little more zazz to your outdoor space, at Outdoor Kitchen Creations in Rockville, VA you can find a great variety of products for your outdoor spaces.  James River Nurseries‘ new Hardscape Division provides design and installation of beautiful paver patios.

At CraftMaster Homes, we offer a variety of plans and features that incorporate outdoor living areas into your home.  Brick and country wooden porches, screened porches, paver and concrete patios bring value to your home and added space for family living.

 

Contact one of Richmond’s leading homebuilders, CraftMaster Homes, to get started on your design today. CraftMaster builds new homes in Chesterfield, Midlothian, Henrico, Hanover, and Dinwiddie.

 

Quick Move In ~ Harpers Mill

Categories: Chesterfield New Homes, Midlothian New Homes, Richmond Area New Home Builder | Posted: May 30, 2017

Winchester Available in Timberstone – Harpers Mill

CraftMaster Homes‘ award winning Winchester plan in Harpers Mill at 8601 Corsica Drive is available for move in early this summer!

This beautiful Farmhouse elevation is on a corner lot with side load garage. The Craftsman style trim, wainscoting, crown molding, doors, speed base, custom drop zone, stair rails and pickets ALL create a beautifully detailed, quality Craftsman design.

The Kitchen is open and airy – with Whirlpool stainless appliances, white shaker style cabinets, granite counters with HUGE island, recessed lighting, gas cooking, ceramic back splash, and double sided walk in pantry.

A study on the first floor could be your home office or kids’ play room. Hardwoods carry throughout the first floor showing off a fireplace with Craftsman style mantle in the Family Room.

Four bedrooms and a loft fill out the second floor, as well as the Laundry room.  The Master Bedroom is complete with dual walk in closets, and Luxurious Master Spa bath. Triple vanity, soaker tub, frosted garden window, ceramic shower with built in seat and glass surround.

Our Sales Team would love to meet with you for a tour of this move-in ready home.   You can also visit our Model Home in Harpers Mill at 8507 Beyer Road or call 804-310-5952.

Contact one of Richmond’s leading homebuilders, CraftMaster Homes, to get started on your design today. CraftMaster builds new homes in Chesterfield, Midlothian, Henrico, Hanover, and Dinwiddie.

Harpers Mill in Chesterfield

Categories: Chesterfield New Homes, Midlothian New Homes, Richmond Area New Home Builder | Posted: May 23, 2017

The community of Harpers Mill in Chesterfield is one of the area’s most vibrant new home communities and was awarded 2016 Community of the Year (for over 1000 homesites) from HBAR.  With acres of open spaces for for recreation, resort style pool and clubhouse as well as great schools there is something for everyone in this master-planned community.

The vast open recreation spaces – over 240 acres of preserved area – parks, playgrounds, trails, pool and clubhouse make this community more than a neighborhood.  It’s a place to live and live well!  There are four main parks with several pocket parks throughout.  A beautiful new resort style pool and clubhouse create a central gathering place for numerous community sponsored events.  Lots of great events planned to kick off their summer fun – Food Trucks on Memorial Day and a End of School Party on June 16th!   Over 25 miles of sidewalks connect all of these amenities to the surrounding sections of the neighborhood.

CraftMaster Homes is a preferred builder in Harpers Mill.  We offer a variety of floor plans to meet the needs of growing families or those looking to downsize.  Our Design Coordinator will work with you to help customize your new home to make it your own.   Our 2500+ sq. ft. homes in Timberstone and Hartridge sections begin in the low $300,000s.

Contact a member of our Sales Team today or visit our fully decorated model at 8507 Beyer Road.

 

Contact one of Richmond’s leading homebuilders, CraftMaster Homes, to get started on your design today. CraftMaster builds new homes in Chesterfield, Midlothian, Henrico, Hanover, and Dinwiddie.

 

The Burgess

Categories: Chesterfield New Homes, Midlothian New Homes, Richmond Area New Home Builder | Posted: May 16, 2017

Modern Craftsman

Our 2017 Richmond Homearama house, The Burgess, has seen a lot of visitors these first weekends of the show.  New Market Estates has been a great host to this year’s showcase of gorgeous designer homes.  We have enjoyed greeting guests and welcoming them into this almost 4000 square foot home that has amazing outdoor spaces!

Come Inside and Stay A While

Open, bright and airy – the Great Room with kitchen, eating and areas for entertaining and gathering – are what make this home a great place for families.  Everyone has a space in this open first floor.  The Keeping Room off the kitchen is a great space tucked away but close to where the action is – the Kitchen and Family Rooms.

First Floor Master Living

The Owner’s Suite, located on the first floor, is dreamy.   Beautiful craftsman trim, ceramic tile and cozy slipper tub – create a gorgeous palette for this oasis.  A private veranda off the bedroom is a great place for morning coffee or evening wind down.  The master closet is custom built and boasts its own laundry for convenience!

Step Outside

What makes this home so appealing are the Outdoor Living Spaces.  We worked with James River Nurseries to create an outdoor patio that is functional to family living and serves as a great space to welcome friends and neighbors for entertaining.   We designed a garden space just a step off the stairs for herbs and small vegetables.  This “potager” or kitchen garden is much like a raised bed but is incorporated into the design of the patio.

Visit the Richmond Homearama this weekend – the final weekend for the show!  Gates re-open Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

If you would prefer a private tour of the home, please contact Carolyn Rogers for an appointment.

 

Contact one of Richmond’s leading homebuilders, CraftMaster Homes, to get started on your design today. CraftMaster builds new homes in Chesterfield, Midlothian, Henrico, Hanover, and Dinwiddie.

 

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