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CraftMaster Homes at RounTrey

Categories: Building a New Home, Chesterfield New Homes, Midlothian New Homes, Neighborhoods, Richmond Area New Home Builder | Posted: November 30, 2017

 An award winning community with resort style living

RounTrey is a master-planned community in Midlothian, Virginia.  Graythorne at RounTrey is located along the pristine banks of Swift Creek Reservoir – with its many recreation opportunities for fishing and walking/running along the waterfront trails.  New Market Estates offers new homes in Midlothian nestled among quiet wooded surroundings and scenic walking trails.  Excellent schools – in the Midlothian High School district with easy access to Route 288 and Powhite Parkway.  The beautiful community clubhouse is a great gathering place for numerous community events.  This center for amenities houses a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, Swimming – zero entry, competition pool and waterslide, and Welcome Center with information for residents on community wide events.

CraftMaster Homes is your personal builder in RounTrey.  Using only nationally recognized products and that deliver richly detailed interior and exterior features we can personalize your dream home. From two story designs to modern single story luxury homes, our variety of floor plans are tailored to enhance your home ownership experience. We take pride in each and every home we build. We work with each of our homeowners throughout the design and construction processes. Make us your builder of choice in RounTrey Graythorne.

Please visit us at our  current model is located at 3907 Graythorne Drive. WE are MOVING – just down the street 🙂  !  Our new model will be open by the first of the New Year!

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.

 

We say THANKS!

Categories: Building a New Home, Chesterfield New Homes, Hanover New Homes, King William New Homes, Midlothian New Homes, Neighborhoods | Posted: November 22, 2017

At CraftMaster Homes, we are very fortunate to build in many of Richmond’s most desired communities.  From the communities in Chesterfield:  Timberstone and Hartridge at Harpers Mill, Stafford Park and Sycamore Woods at Magnolia Green, Collington – Lavenham, Fox Creek Wynwood, Graythorne and New Market in Rountrey to Villages of Cool Spring The Grove and The Preserve in Mechanicsville and through to Kennington in King William.  We are proud to be a preferred builder in these neighborhoods with such wonderful amenities and an abundance of community to make you feel right at home.

We are grateful for our customers.  We consider it a privilege to work with each and everyone  who chooses us as their builder.  Building a new home is a major investment of time and resources.  We want to work together to provide our homeowners with the best product and experience.  Building this trust early on in the process begins with a Plans, Specs and Design meeting with the Owner and Design Coordinator.   Then follows with  a Pre-Construction meeting with your Project Manager.  This allows the lines of communication to be open and stay open throughout the building process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We say, “Thanks!” to our contractors.  We are fortunate to have long established relationships with contractors and vendors so we can provide you with quality services and products that complete your home.

We are also very grateful to have been able to give back to the community in which we work.  We are proud to support organizations like the Cameron K Gallagher Foundation, whose work brings awareness and programs that work to cultivate understanding of teenage mental illness and ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation, who works to provide assistance, support and kindness when kids and their families need it most.  We also partner with several school music and sports booster clubs in the area to support these programs for students.

We are grateful to work with a wonderful team of experienced professionals at CraftMaster Homes who enjoy their jobs and like to have a little fun from time to time as well!  😉

From all of us at CraftMaster Homes, we wish you a very…

 

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.

 

 

Advantages to First Floor Master Plans

Categories: Building a New Home, Chesterfield New Homes, Hanover New Homes, Midlothian New Homes, Richmond Area New Home Builder | Posted: November 15, 2017

There are several advantages to choosing a floor plan with the Master Bedroom or Owner’s Suite on the main floor.  First floor Master plans are in greater demand from our buyers and these are the top reasons why:

 

Energy efficiency

Dual heating and cooling zones allow homeowners to program their zones for use.  If the second floor isn’t being used as often, empty nester or “near” empty nesters, can still have the space for family, but can keep energy costs down with only having to heat/cool a smaller area of their home.

 

Age in Place

Many would love to stay in their home well into the age where being on one floor is more ideal.  Having a First Floor Master early in the ownership of your home allows you to keep living in your home when stairs could become a challenge later in life.

 

Multi-Generational Families

Many families take shape over time to include extended family members.  There are times when grandparents join their children and grandchildren to become one home.  Often older children return for time to live with their parents while they are in transition from one season to the next.  Building a home with a First Floor Master allows for more flexibility when the dynamics of your family change.

 

Our Space, Your Space

Modern technology is such that young children can be monitored with audio AND visual baby monitors. Parents with younger children can choose a first floor master for privacy and still keep a close eye on their young ones!   Many of our plans offer an additional Loft space on the second floor which can become like a second family room.

 

In the Richmond area, CraftMaster Homes offers a variety of First Floor Master Plans in many of our new home communities.  Click the photos below to find our more about our first floor master and main living plans.

 

The Blakely

The Beaumont

The Durham

The Charleston

The Townsend

The Bancroft

The Burgess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Winchester Plan – Harper’s Mill – Available Now!

Categories: Chesterfield New Homes, Midlothian New Homes, Neighborhoods, Richmond Area New Home Builder | Posted: November 8, 2017

The community of Harper’s Mill is full of amenities for families – pool, clubhouse, over 240 acres dedicated to parks and open spaces – a newly added Hobbit-themed playground, over 25 miles of walking trails,  all in the Cosby High School District.

Our award winning Winchester plan in Harpers Mill at 8601 Corsica Drive, a quick move-in with lots to offer!

This beautiful Farmhouse elevation is on a corner lot with side entry 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.

As an added bonus, this home as a 3rd Floor – a great space for home office, additional bedroom, storage or recreation/kids’ play room!

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.

In the Market

Categories: Building a New Home, Richmond Area New Home Builder | Posted: October 17, 2017

In the market for a new home, but have one to sell first ?  Get your current home ready to move to free you up for a new one!  We’ve got some tips for staging your current home to help it sell quickly and for the right price so you can be ready to build or get that great quick move-in home before someone else does!

Effectively staging your home is the key to selling your house at the right time and the right price. Before you open your home to potential buyers, you want to make sure that your staging captures and highlights all that your home has to offer. We know the staging process can be overwhelming, so here are some tips from us on how to make your home look its very best.  

Right light

Having the right lighting can make a world of a difference when it comes to staging your home. Follow this general rule: 100 total watts of light for every 50 square feet.

Beige, Ivory, and Taupe, OH MY!

If your walls aren’t already painted in a neutral tone, try it out. Neutral colored rooms appear to be warmer, more relaxing, and more inviting. In fact, homes with neutral colors tend to receive higher offers than homes with bold colors. Look how cozy these beige walls make our Burgess model look!

Three is a Magic Number

When it comes to grouping decor, an odd number of items tends to be more appealing than and even number.  The number that is proven to be most attractive to the human eye is groups of three. Though it might be tempting to put your entire candle stick collection on display (we’ve been there), try to limit it to three pieces.

Use Your Space

Utilize every space of your home that you possibly can. Make sure that every room has a clear purpose and play into it. Get creative with your “extra areas” like turning that random cupboard under your staircase into a reading nook. If you have yard, creating an outdoor oasis adds huge value to your home. Figure out the strengths of your home and highlight them.  Remember that the features you fell in love with can make potential buyers fall in love, too!

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 and Harpers Mill

Categories: Building a New Home, Chesterfield New Homes, Neighborhoods, Richmond Area New Home Builder | Posted: October 11, 2017

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.  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.  The NEW Hobbit World playground makes its debut this weekend at their Fall Festival – open and free for all!   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 and Selections Coordinator will work with you to help customize your new home to make it your own.  Come see what sets us apart!    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 this weekend during the Parade of Homes tour.

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.

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Categories: Building a New Home, Home Maintenace Tips, Richmond Area New Home Builder | Posted: October 3, 2017

That crisp fall air has descended on our area and we are all getting more in the mood for Fall!

Maintaining your home requires a few items to add to your “To do list” for the Fall to get your home ready for the colder months.  Take the time now so you can enjoy an energy efficient and a safe home for upcoming seasons!

#1  Check your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide monitors and any other systems to keep your home safe in emergencies.  Make sure units are operating properly, changing batteries or replacing units as necessary.

#2  Deep clean your kitchen.  This is a good time to deep clean your oven.  Degrease your range hood and its filter.  Vacuum refrigerator coils to keep this important appliance working well. 

#3  Clean your clothes dryer exhaust vent.  Cool dry air in the fall can create more static electricity.  A build up of dryer lint along with this static electricity can be a dangerous combination.  Hire a professional or find a reputable source for a do it yourself. 

#4  Schedule a maintenance check of your home’s heating system.  If you have a wood burning fireplace, have a chimney inspection or cleaning if necessary. 

#5  On the topic of heating systems, check your air filters and replace them – if you are not already doing that on a monthly basis.   Keeping filters changed regularly, helps heat and cool your home more efficiently and allows your overall system to operate much better. 

#6  Change the direction of your ceiling fans. During the winter, your fan should run at a low speed in a clockwise direction.  (as you look up at it).  This will gently draw the room air upward and push warm air down and out toward the walls. 

#7  Check the weather stripping around windows and doors.  Replace as is necessary.  This will help keep warm air inside your home for YOU and not escaping through small gaps in your doors and windows. 

#8  Outside your home, trim dead limbs on large trees to keep them from causing damage on your home in case of a storm.  Contact an arborist or tree service to help with this.  Once most all leaves have fallen, clean the gutters on your home.  Gutters help to direct water away from your home and if they are not cleaned, water could collect in places that could cause damage to your landscaping or foundation areas around your home.

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.

Collington Community Quick Move In!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: August 30, 2017

The home is located in the Lavenham section of Collington in beautiful Chesterfield County.  This home positioned on a corner wooded lot with a side entry garage.

Our Townsend II plan is ready for you this fall!  This 4 Bedroom, 2 and half Bath boasts 2825 square feet.  Hardwoods carry throughout the first floor along with beautifully detailed Craftsman trim.

The Owner’s Suite is located on the First Floor.  Dual closets provide generous storage in the first floor master.   The Owner’s Luxury Master bath includes ceramic tile with soak tub and shower.

The Kitchen – with White Kitchen Cabinets and Ceramic tile backsplash – opens to the Family Room and Dining Room.  Family Room includes gas fireplace and Dining Room is detailed with tray ceiling.

Off the back of the home is a covered porch – great for relaxing most all year long.  This homesite also includes sod and irrigation for the entire yard.

For a private viewing of this home, contact us to set up an appointment!  Or visit our model in Collington located at 10000 Paddock Wood Terrace.

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.

 

 

 

 

Collington – Lavenham

Categories: Building a New Home, Chesterfield New Homes, Midlothian New Homes, Neighborhoods, Richmond Area New Home Builder | Posted: August 23, 2017

Something for Everyone!

In the Lavenham section of Collington, we offer FIVE First Floor Master Bedroom plans.  Not to any surprise, these are some of our best selling plans!

The Beaumont

 

 

The Beaumont is perfect for an empty nester or near empty nester – first floor living with options for additional bedrooms on the second floor.

The Blakely

 

 

First floor living with optional bedroom above the garage is our Blakely plan.

The Charleston

 

 

 

Our Charleston plan offers the first floor master bedroom with options for up to four additional bedrooms!

 

The Durham

 

 

The Durham is one of our newest first floor master plans.  In addition to the first floor main living, this home features options for up to three additional bedrooms on the second floor with a loft.  If you don’t need that additional 4th bedroom it could be designed as a bonus Rec Room!

The Townsend

 

Last, but certainly not least, are our Townsend plans.  These are roomy and spacious first floor living plans with an additional Master bedroom on the second floor!

 

 

 

In the Lavenham section of Collington, we have gorgeous wooded homesites available on corner lots as well as much desired cul-de-sac lots!    In addition to the above first floor master plans, we also offer additional plans in this community that are designed with second floor master bedrooms.

 

 

 

 

Choose CraftMaster Homes to build your new home in Collington.  We are proud to work individually with each and every customer – from customizing your home plan, to help in selecting your options, and continually throughout the construction process.  We are with you every step of the way!

Visit our model on 10000 Paddock Wood Terrace in Collington.   Contact us to schedule a tour of our Quick Move In Townsend plan in this Community – it will be ready early this Fall!    By email, phone (804) 310-5952 or through our online chat available on our website –  just click the little blue chat icon near the bottom of any page  🙂 convenient 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.

Financing Your New Home, Part Two

Categories: Building a New Home, Home Mortgage, Uncategorized | Posted: August 15, 2017

For the second in our two part series on financing your new home, we spoke with one of our preferred lenders, Sherry Brockenbrough, with Loan Depot about the mortgage process for new home construction.  She shared some helpful reminders for buyers that can help keep the mortgage process moving smoothly. 

CMH:  How long does the process typically take to secure financing and process a mortgage for a newly constructed home? 

Sherry:  The mortgage process sort of parallels the timeline on the construction of the home.  New homes can take 6-8 months to complete.  We like to work with our clients along the way to be able to answer questions and be a resource for them.  We work backwards from the projected closing date given by the builder so that all documents and information are ready when your home is ready. 

About 90 days from Closing – Using the checklist received at Pre-Approval, the buyer will submit these financial records (bank statements, paycheck stubs, tax records, etc.) to the lender.

About 70 days from Closing – The lender will work with the buyer to obtain any updates from the initial submission.

About 60 days from Closing – The buyer will submit the formal application to the underwriter that will accompany all the updated personal financial records.

About 45 days from Closing or at 80% completion of the home – The lender initiates the first appraisal of the home.   

About 2 weeks from Closing – The final appraisal is completed.

CMH:  That seems like plenty of time to gather what is needed to process the loan.  What have you found to be most helpful to new buyers when they begin this process? 

Sherry:  We always tell our clients that any major change in their financial portfolio could impact the mortgage, by either delay, increased costs, or even loss of financing – that’s just the hard truth of the matter.  If your credit score is lower (750-800) even minor changes can impact your loan process. 

While your loan is in process – that’s from the time you sign your contract until the day you close on your home – the financial institution is periodically analyzing your financial activity.  They want to make sure they are entering into a relationship where their lending will be secure. 

Opening new credit accounts – even just to get a good discount – can impact your credit score as well as change your debt/income ratio.  These are used to determine what loan rates a buyer can be eligible for.   If you are trying to save a few hundred dollars buying something new for your home, it may end up costing more in the long run – increased rates, more expensive mortgage insurance, etc. 

Moving money between accounts or making large deposits might seem harmless, but documentation from monthly bank statements will be needed to show any changes in your overall portfolio – and you might not have time to get that before closing.  This could cause significant delay in the process and make it difficult to make the closing date as planned. 

CMH:  Thanks, Sherry, for these helpful reminders! 

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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