Swirling trees, gale force winds and driving rain can be a combination for destruction. New homes in Richmond within reach of a hurricane feel the wrath and fury of the storm. The saturating rain softens the ground causing trees to tip over destroying all within reach, including power lines. Being without power while camping for a weekend may be exciting, but it’s not as exciting when you’re living in your own home without power. Many times the absence of power can even stop the flow of water. Rustic camping is one thing, rustic camping in your own home is another.
For this reason, many of Boone Homes’ customers decide to add a generator switch to their home during the construction phase. These generators can be portable generators that are hooked up to the switch once power is lost or a whole house generator with a separate circuit breaker and powered by the natural gas.
Shake, Rattle and Roll took the Central Virginia area by surprise this past week. The ground quaked and shook with an earthquake and several after-shocks. The magnitude of the quake ended up around 5.9 with aftershocks in the 4s. Though this is no longer news, and certainly doesn’t match the quakes that happen on the West Coast, the damage left behind was not visible in neighborhoods where Boone Homes, a quality Richmond custom home builder, has built or is building. Why is this important?
Boone Homes builds quality homes. This statement is not just a motto, but a way of life. No one on the Boone Homes team is willing to let any detail slide. Structurally, our architects work hand-in-hand with our engineers to ensure the home is built, not to the bare minimum standards of code, but well above code. All of our new homes in Richmond are then built to ensure a lifetime of enjoyment.
Location, location, location. When looking for new homes in Richmond, it’s all about location. But what makes the location so valuable? Is it valuable just because some pundit or real estate professional said so? What happens in a down market? How do you define the virtue of a location? Here are few common sense considerations when mulling over someone’s suggestion to purchase prime Richmond real estate.
1. Proximity to supplies: How far are you from a grocery store? Most people don’t have the time necessary to farm all their own food. Picking up fresh apples at the store is much more convenient than competing with wild life to pick apples off the tree in your back yard. Plus, you can get apples around the clock at a grocery store versus off a tree.
“Stop searching forever, happiness is next to you.” ~ Fortune Cookie
Do the pithy sayings from a fortune cookie really guide the actions of your life? Do you suddenly feel inspired to pursue the happiness waiting in our new homes in Richmond? No one would make large decisions based on the simple and vague message in a fortune cookie. It just seems ludicrous. Or does it?
In today’s real estate market, many buyers are using similar methods in searching for homes. Some remain on the housing sidelines awaiting the deal of the century because they once heard that someone got a home for an unbelievable price. The search is prolonged because of a vague message. What if the home of your dreams was sitting right next to you all the time?
Just like any other investment, new homes in Richmond have a rate of return. What is your home’s rate of return? You know, kind of like an investment returning more than just expenses. Does your home have a rate of return? What does that return look like? Does the return look like a mortgage payment, utility payment or memories? What if I told you that we have increased the rate of return on a new home?
Let me explain. We’ve been working to improve the energy efficiency of our new homes. In a recent new home built with Energy Star features, we found that the cooling bill for the month of June was only $91 for 3,100 square feet. This proved to be a 40% plus difference from what a used home would be paying. The rate of return was significantly increased.
Back to school sales mark the beginning of the dog days of summer. Preparations for the last minute vacations are squeezed into schedules with the notion that school is coming. The lunch boxes are peeking out of storage reminding us of the inevitable routine awaiting us – if only the kitchen were functional enough to make the routine easy. Lunch box morning routine, juice box afternoon routine or even pre-dawn coffee routines can be interrupted by a dysfunctional kitchen.
In each new home built by Boone Homes, a Richmond custom home builder, the kitchen is designed with luxurious beauty and installed with superior craftsmanship. The beauty and craftsmanship, however, do not interfere with the function. Each major work station is designed to fit well within what the industry calls the “work triangle.” This fit enables the kitchen work spaces to flow with ease away from intersecting traffic and early morning commotion. Specialty roll outs, recyclers, garbage collectors and organizational devices maximize efficiency in daily preparation, assembly and distribution of lunch boxes, meals or simply morning coffee.
This traditional home built by Richmond custom home builder Boone Homes is similar to one now ready for occupancy. There are plenty of reasons why you will want to take a look at this new home located in the Richmond community of Charter Colony.
The first-floor boasts an expansive family room with a gas log fireplace that can be turned down low for that late night show. The cozy breakfast area and designer kitchen with granite countertops augment the interior appeal of the home and provide the gathering place for the party or holiday events that are right around the corner. With all the first floor adorned with hardwood floors, there is little reason to shy away from hosting the party in the formal dining room.
Great traditions can be interrupted by the mundane. The morning’s welcoming aroma of percolating coffee prepares the mind for that leisurely morning read. The beckoning of the newspaper or e-book replace cobwebs with sunrise – until the sound of the neighbor’s mower reminds you of the need to beat the summer heat. Setting aside the great tradition of coffee and a good read is no longer necessary in Boone Homes’ Richmond maintenance free homes.
No maintenance homes enhance lifestyle, designed to relieve you of the mundane so you can experience more of life’s great traditions or design and build new traditions. No maintenance homes relieve you of the mundane need to cut, fertilize and aerate your yard, paint your home, clean your gutters and much more. How much time would be available to create memories once the mundane is removed from the routine? I’d be willing to gamble you’d take more time to memorialize life’s little moments.
Consumer confidence can be measured a variety of ways. One of the most meaningful ways to measure consumer confidence is by how many times trust is placed in the product being purchased, or brand loyalty. When considering the purchase of mustard, close pins or laundry detergent the choice costs you little and repeating the purchase involves little risk. The larger the purchase the greater the risk each person willingly takes on. Consider purchasing a pizza. What joints will you never frequent ever again? Or consider your last purchase of a car. What makes and models will you never purchase again? Risk exponentially increases with the ticket price of the item. The same is true for those who purchase new homes in Richmond.
Boone Homes, a Richmond custom home builder, is proud of a consistent track record of repeat clients. Take a look at this video and see for yourself a list of satisfied customers willing to purchase another new home from us. It seems we have the process, the warranty, the quality and the product to ensure satisfied and repeat new home buyers.
There is no greater disappointment than purchasing an extended warranty and finding out in the hour of need the warranty will not be honored. The extra monies spent wasted. The dream destroyed. Warranty is a promise. Unfulfilled warranty is a promise broken.
As a leading Richmond custom home builder, we believe in honoring our promises. Each home built is accompanied by a 1/2/5 warranty that is not vague, but well defined in writing and a copy is given to each homeowner. Unlike the warranty from others where you have to raise the issue if something goes wrong, we will contact you first.
Every athlete has extremely high expectations for themselves. Training, working, resting and more training is due process for excellence. Olympic hopefuls create regimented and precise routines, diets and exercises with the intent of excelling and winning gold during the main event. Their ultimate goal is to perform exceptionally, without error or defect.
Boone Homes, a Richmond custom home builder, has similar expectations. The arduous task of controlling processes was defined and refined by the heart of Boone Homes, David Owen. The refined process has exponentially improved how Boone Homes builds, customizes and assists its future homeowner through building a new home.
When buyers decide to build new homes in Richmond there are many expectations, though one stands out from the crowd. The expectation is that the home will be built in a quality neighborhood with quality materials and exceptional workmanship. This expectation, though anticipated, isn’t always inspected, leaving many homeowners with their hands full in a difficult neighborhood after the builder warranty runs out of service. Sadly, the pursuit for quality is vague and the definition is left to the sales person profiting from the transaction instead of being defined by the industry and homeowners who live in the homes.
Boone Homes is building homes with a keen attention to quality. This quality plays out in several areas which I will now list:
When it comes to new homes in Richmond, there can be a sense of mystery surrounding the unknown. The mystery of the unknown is, “do I live with the devil of the house I’m in with all the shortcomings that are so apparent, or take a chance with the unknown quantity of what a new home would provide.” After all, many of us have heard reports of homes not performing to expectations. Though this may be the case with some builders, Boone Homes has raised the bar on performance as well as what can be expected.
Since it is summer in the Mid-Atlantic we can begin talking about the energy consumption one can expect from a home. To level the playing field a little, we will do this comparison on energy price per square foot. The homes surveyed are approximately 3,100 square feet in size with similar amounts of rooms, bathrooms and unfinished space.
Bob and Mora took their time in seeking out the right place to live. Their desire was to find a family estate neighborhood of new homes in Richmond that would be conveniently located with the best lifestyle features. Once they found the Haywood Village at Charter Colony, they realized that they had found their dream. After plenty of research, they realized that they could confidently commit to living in a Boone Homes’ luxury new home community. Their experience has been rewarded. Take a look at this video and judge for yourself.
Constructed by Richmond custom home builder, Boone Homes, the luxurious homes at Haywood Village in Charter Colony offer buyers spacious floor plans, large home sites and a comfortable community. The neighborhood’s traditional, two-story floor plans boast four to five bedrooms and range from 2,700 to 4,800 square feet. Every buyer is sure to find the home of his or her dreams with options such as three-car garages, first-floor studies, lofts and dramatic two-story foyers.
Summer and the beach are like old friends, seldom separated. Crashing waves, people buried in sand, castles and princesses being chased by ungallant knights with the rude intent of getting royalty wet. All the activity followed by a glass of lemonade and a spectacular sunset. Rest would be complete if someone was able to keep track of the yard left behind. The grass will be knee high by the time you get home – unless you lived in a neighborhood of Richmond custom homes where all that maintenance was taken care of routinely, even if you are at the beach.
No maintenance homes and neighborhoods have existed in the Richmond area for quite some time. These neighborhoods are best suited for the serious professional and for those with an active adult lifestyle.
What would be the value be in having each room in the house wired with a data jack that could be used for phone or computer? What values would there be in Richmond new homes that had surround sound wiring already built into their rooms? What would be the value of a first floor study with data, cable and phone jacks for all the possible technology a home office could need? What would the value be of a digital home? Would having the home prewired with digital technology prevent you from patching walls torn by technology needs?
Lazy summer days are best enjoyed on the low maintenance patio with an iPad, Kindle or other wireless reading devise. A gentle breeze can manipulate the senses as you read “The Count of Monte Cristo” and transform your yard into a high stakes duel with the ocean’s salt wind in your face. Sip a tangy fruit smoothie and catch up on the latest wireless version of “Food and Family” and find the best dessert recipe for the evening’s cook out. A patio is certainly the best place to spend lazy summer days – as long as you don’t have to consistently spend time maintaining it. You have more to do than spend time every year maintaining a wooden deck. Life is too short for unneeded maintenance.
For this reason, Boone Homes constructs luxury homes in Richmond with low maintenance aggregate patios. With each custom home built, the patio is designed in size and configuration by the purchaser to fit his or her lifestyle. Custom features such as outdoor kitchens, grilling stations, fire pits, built-in seating and more have been included into our custom patio designs. No time to wait? We build showcase homes ready for you to move into. Each showcase home is designed and finished inside and out with custom and luxury details. You simply cannot go wrong in purchasing a new home built by Boone.
Mike and Lou had the desire to find luxury homes in Richmond with a maintenance free lifestyle that would free them up to experience life and not be bound by the routine. Once they found the Courtyard Villas in Tarrington on the James, they realized that they had found their dream. Mike and Lou loved the ability to customize their home, personalize their interior finishes and even build their home from out of state. Their experience was rewarded with a quality new home and a carefree lifestyle. Take a look at this video and judge for yourself.
Man food throughout the centuries has always been cooked over a raging fire. Brontosaurus, water buffalo, chicken, burgers, kabobs, steak and ribs all taste better over an open flame. Father’s Day (the day man proves his grill’n expertise) is where flame-broiled is the order of the day. What better place to grill than the low maintenance patio in the private sodded back yards of our luxury homes in Richmond?
Every new home needs a “man pad” for grilling. The best possible place to grill is on a low maintenance patio. These patios are poured out of concrete at the time in which the home is being built and offer a great non-flammable surface should the raging fire get a little out of hand. Adequately sized for furniture, the patio can serve as a location for that post-grilling quiet evening family dinner, the entertainment hub during a block party or the stadium seating for the kids pick up soccer game. Whether the agenda for the day is grilling a slab of triceratops while enjoying a glass of lemonade or just relaxing with a good book, the low maintenance patio can accommodate.
Recently I was driving home and I passed a genuine Studebaker car. The experience was nostalgic. My childhood was revisited as I beheld the beauty passing by. Without thinking, I quickly pulled out my camera and shot the picture in the mirror. With the temperatures in the upper 90s and their windows down, all I could think is they must be really hot. The car passed into memory, but the thoughts on the car took me into research mode consulting Wikipedia for more information. As I flipped through Wikipedia the thought came to me that I was looking into yesterday’s technology. The nostalgia of yesterday is quaint, but difficult to maintain; and, from watching the passengers, hard to cool.