We all need transportation. Traveling from point A to point B is a necessary function of life. Soccer games, groceries, places of worship and work consume the fuel in our vehicles tanks as we commute from one location to the next. The 15 minute commute to the game, followed by the quick trip to the store and the visit to grandma’s house are a part of our every day.
Our convenience, and trip to grandma’s, has a side effect that carries more weight than an extra helping of grandma’s apple pie. Every cause has an effect, and in this case the cause of commuting is smog. Cities and prime Richmond real estate are covered with blankets of smog, reducing visibility and increasing health related conditions.
Crisp, juicy apple. Fuji apples are my favorite, though Gala is a close second. Every year I look forward to taking my family on a day trip into the Blue Ridge Mountains to enjoy a day at the orchard, picking apples. Air is fresh, landscape is breath taking, acres of apple trees ready to pick – everything is picture perfect, even the picnic. If life is measured in moments, then these moments are at the top of life’s experiences.
Preserving this experience needs to be for all generations, for this reason Boone Homes, is now building Richmond new homes with ENERGY STAR features. Boone builds new homes on prime Richmond real estate with ENERGY STAR features and, last year alone, saved more than 24 acres of trees because of the new home technology built into every home during the construction phase. How did we save over 24 acres of trees? Easy. We changed a few small details in how we build a home to make it very energy efficient: Efficient enough to be able to say we save 38 and 45 percent of your annual energy bill. This saved energy allows us to avoid having to harvest 24 acres of trees. Not bad!
The most valuable asset you will ever purchase is Richmond real estate. Not just because of the financial implications, but because of the emotional implications as well. The power of memories adorn the walls of your home, making the thought of separation as difficult as leaving a sick friend. Each passing moment your ill friend, your home, is getting worse. Energy costs are rising, your friend is hard to cool and heat. Maintenance is increasing: your friend needs paint and maybe even a new roof. Your friend is also behind the times. Connecting your friend to television was easy….
Richmond home builder, Boone Homes, specializes in new friends: new homes that are not ailing because of a lack of technology. Each one of our homes is built to ENERGY STAR® specifications, ensuring the technology used in your home will efficiently run your home for years to come.
The most concerned people to look at our Richmond new homes are the environmentalists. Global impact starts and ends at home. The size, impact and footprint of each new home are scrutinized with a critical eye. Where does the material come from? How does the material impact the ecosystem? All of these great questions are addressed by how we build each new home.
Boone Homes began partnering with ENERGY STAR® a few years back; and last year, we built 30 ENERGY STAR® homes. These homes are significantly more eco-friendly than other new homes on the market, and vastly more efficient than homes 5 years or older. How efficient? Great question.
The most dependable people around, for the most part, are those in the armed services. Whether by air, by land or by sea you can see responsibility in every step they take. The personnel from the armed services know who they can depend on and who has their backs. Being able to rely on the person who is standing on either side is imperative. Not being able to rely on a person can be costly in both equipment and lives. The person at your side had better be there and be competent enough to handle anything coming their way. This attitude and level of expectation carries over into civilian life, and Richmond new home builder Boone Homes knows this.
We have built many homes for personnel in the armed forces. Each home built is scrutinized to the same depth as a comrade in arms. Will the home hold up under pressure? Boone Homes is proud to announce that we settle 99.6 percent of all homes defect free.
When an engineer looks at one of our Richmond new homes, he or she sees deeper than most new home buyers. The depth of the engineers’ perception lies within their strength and understanding of how a home should work. Their eye meticulously scans the patterns of material placement, the lines of symmetry and structural components. Each joint, measurement, location and bearing is instantly analyzed in the mechanical mind, effusing a message of integrity and safety throughout the senses.
Yes, Boone Homes has sold many new homes to engineers who have scrutinized every inch of a new home and the process we use to build the new home. We are not afraid to be subjected to such scrutiny. Our process is not bullet proof, but no one in the Richmond area can build a custom home with the speed and accuracy of our proven process.
A Boone Homes’ community of Richmond new homes is filled with experience: Vast experience. In fact, many of our residents work in the medical profession. Family practice doctors and specialists in a variety of medical fields reside in our new homes. Why does Boone Homes have such a high level of buyers who are in the medical field? This is a great question. In conversations with doctors and medical professionals after they moved into their new home I found a couple reoccurring themes.
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Every community of Richmond new homes has a unique profile. The blend of architecture speaks to the nature of the community. Each home, new or used, represents a voice, a style and a lifestyle. Some homes express a carefree attitude, eclectic artistry, or can even say “I’m the best there has ever been.” A new Boone home has just as many things to say, and we are going to explore the statements we make with each new home over the next few posts.
There is another dynamic at play in each community. The architecture is as diverse as the blend of personalities living in those homes. Accountants, doctors, lawyers, athletes, executives and more all blend in a community that matches the attitude of the new homes’ architecture, quality, location, amenities and convenience. Communities with walking trails, pools, clubhouses, playgrounds, tennis courts and sidewalks when added to the architecture all speak to the emotion of each buyer, establishing an instant connection. http://www.boonehomesblog.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif
Those interested in the luxury, no maintenance Richmond new homes at the Villas of Grey Oaks now have a new floor plan to choose from. We’re excited to announce that the Winbrook, our latest addition to the luxury offerings at Grey Oaks, is now under construction.
The Winbrook is a spacious home priced from $488,000 and features three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and approximately 3,000 square feet. With a designer kitchen and formal dining room, the home is perfect for entertaining, and the first floor study offers a quiet space for a home office or reading a book on a rainy day.
The capstone reason for purchasing Richmond no maintenance homes is the freedom to experience life. This freedom to experience life does not happen by accident. It is deliberate, intentional, by design. Your freedom from the routine of yard maintenance like mowing, fertilizing, aerating and irrigating is measured by how you use the new time to build and create new experiences. In a no maintenance home, you get to skip cleaning the gutter and instead enjoy an extra appetizer washed down with a few sips of wine. Or, trade the rake for a nine iron and an extra nine holes. Gone are the days of shoveling snow: in a no maintenance home you can enjoy a sunny cruise to exotic lands instead.
Each action comes with a reaction. In the case of a no maintenance home, the reaction is more time to experience life. Who doesn’t want more time to experience life?
Each of our communities of Richmond new homes has a unique style, atmosphere and culture. Understanding this culture will help you once you move into the community and start getting settled in. It is best to enter the community with an understanding of who will be living along side of you. There is no age restriction in our maintenance-free communities. So, who is most likely to purchase a new home in a no maintenance community? Great question. Those most attracted to the no maintenance lifestyle are from a varied professional background, but fall in one of two groups.
The first group tends to be made up of active professionals who do not wish to be hindered by routines. Active professionals consume most of their time conquering the business world at the office or the home office, and cannot spare a waking moment to clean gutters. No one can replace a yard and the enjoyment of walking through a completely cared for yard with a glass of lemonade. The mere thought rejuvenates the soul. Cleaning the gutters distracts from the relaxation – maintenance should be left to others.
One of the greatest gifts given by Richmond new homes with no maintenance lifestyles, beyond the gift of time, is the gift of one-level living. Each of our no maintenance communities is designed specifically to keep all the main characteristics of the home on the first floor, starting with the home site. Before any home is built on its site, the terrain is graded to ensure each home can minimize steps into the home.
Just one look and you’ll see that each home has between three and five steps. This number of steps can be achieved by no other means than by spending vast amounts of money to grade the terrain of the neighborhood. No other new home builder in the Richmond area will go to the same lengths to ensure ease of entrance and exit from a no maintenance home.
New homes in Richmond with a no maintenance lifestyles provide their owners with a variety of perks. The greatest bonus of the lifestyle is the gift of time; time to relax, time to travel, time to be with family and friends and time to experience life. The gift of time comes in a variety of sizes and shapes. To maximize the opportunity of time gifted by a no maintenance lifestyle, one should consider carefully which lifestyle fits better with individual needs for size and space.
What one readily acquaints with a no maintenance lifestyle would be an apartment or condominium in which there is no yard to upkeep. In an apartment or condo, the common areas are available to all for personal use and privacy usually depends upon the particular moment in time in which you chose to visit. This no maintenance lifestyle is not to be compared with our luxury no maintenance homes in Richmond.
Life is a one-time event. Time is needed to make memories, though memories are measured in moments and experiences, not in time. Why should those experiences and moments be spent cleaning gutters, raking leaves, cutting grass and painting? At what point in time does it make sense to exchange the yard and maintenance experience for moments and experiences that will last a lifetime? Should age be a component of this decision? What would you do if you could escape the seasonal routine of maintenance? What moments and memories could you create? Is the reason you are not able to design magical moments because you are tied to a routine? What value would there be in replacing your routines with Richmond no maintenance homes?
This spring, don’t waste time bothering with time consuming yard work: Buy one of our Richmond no maintenance homes instead. We’re introducing new floor plans and pricing for spring at our Grey Oaks Villas. This luxury, no maintenance community takes care of all your exterior maintenance so that you can spend your time enjoying the beautiful spring weather. Imagine days of leisurely strolls, tennis matches, wine tastings or even extended vacations while someone else worries about spreading the fertilizer, lime treating your yard and cutting the grass this spring, and even raking leaves in the fall and shoveling snow this winter.
Spring is officially here, and if you’re not looking forward to all of the lawn care that comes with the season, then you need to check out the Richmond new homes at the Villas at Grey Oaks. This no maintenance community takes care of all the spring yard work for you. Plus, you get the added convenience of living in the highly sought-after Glen Allen area of Henrico County.
No maintenance services include lawn maintenance, seasonal treatment and aerating, irrigation, exterior painting, gutter cleaning, roof maintenance, snow removal and trash service. So, what will you do with all of your extra time? Well, you can enjoy the community’s excellent amenities including a sparkling swimming pool and tennis courts, or take an extended vacation this summer. Without the inconvenience of lawn work, you’ll now have the time to do all of those things you’ve been putting off!
The final stage of getting ready for your new homes in Richmond would be to make sure your home sparkles inside and out. A few areas easy to miss, but would ensure your that home sparkles include cleaning items that are not regularly maintained such as baseboard trim, chandelier lights and light domes. If the prospect of a deep clean has the palm of your hands in a cold, clammy sweat then you might consider hiring a cleaning service for a one time deep cleaning. A few hundred dollars of deep cleaning will be well spent.
Ensuring your home is sparkling on the outside is just as important. Take some time to observe your own home with a critical eye or ask a neighbor for suggestions. Other simple improvements what will pay off in rewards will be in pressure washing the home, planting some colored annuals, or maybe even painting the mail box. These simple steps will bring the curb appeal of your home to life, which is what you truly want right before the first showing.
So far we’ve disassociated ourselves from our used home so we can create fresh memories in the new homes in Richmond that we are buying. We’ve depersonalized the home to make sure it appeals to as many buyers as possible and we’ve de-cluttered the home and organized every space. We are officially more than half way to our goal of getting our used home ready for sale. Now we will focus our time on minor improvements with big payoffs.
The next phase in getting ready for your Richmond new homes is to de-clutter. There are three main actions to de-cluttering. These actions are organize, store or dispose. We will start with dispose as it is the easiest to discuss. Though we don’t anticipate you will ever be featured on the show Hoarders, the concept to begin with is: if you have not used the item in question in the last year, then get rid of it. Items in this category range from the sweater Aunt Sally gave as a gift last year to the collection of teaspoons left in the box from the last move. Sifting through each item with care and thoughtful analysis will reveal if the item should stay or go.
The second step in getting ready for your new homes in Richmond is to take steps to depersonalize your used home. As harsh as that sounds, what we really mean is it is time to neutralize the home. There are several areas that you may consider neutralizing. The first area that will make a dramatic statement will be your wall coverings. Keep in mind that you are not losing your soul by changing wall colors. The paint that spelled home to you may only scream “work” to the potential buyer looking at your home. Statistics have shown that if a home is neutralized it appeals to a wider range of possible buyers, and this home is now meant for someone else, as we talked about in part one.