Blog

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.

 

Financing Your New Home, Part One

Categories: Building a New Home, Home Mortgage, Uncategorized | Posted: August 8, 2017

Pre-Approval for a Mortgage

In Part One of our two-part series on Financing Your New Home, we spoke with Jamie Lee Chafin, one of our preferred lenders, at Village Bank Mortgage to find out more about obtaining pre-approval for your mortgage and beginning the home loan process.

CMH:  What is the difference between “Pre-Qualifying” for a mortgage and obtaining “Pre-Approval?”

Jamie Lee:  There is a great difference between the two.  Pre-Qualifying is when you speak with a lender either over the phone or in person and give him/her verbal information about your income, sources of income and a credit review is done.  No formal documents are presented.  With a Pre-Approval, the borrower presents all financial documents to the lender – bank information, w-2, tax records, credit reports, etc.  The information is reviewed by the underwriter with the mortgage company and they can tell you the maximum amount the lender is likely to loan you.

CM:  This seems like a great benefit for a home buyer.  What other benefits does a Pre-Approval offer?

Jamie Lee:  It really takes the mystery away from the mortgage.   They will know accurate details for all costs associated with their loan.   No surprises!  Working with a preferred lender offers other benefits as well.  Interest rates can be locked-in – if the buyer would choose to do so – and a preferred lender can offer more options for rate lock-in and for overall cost to the borrower.

CM:  There are a lot of tools on-line that buyers could use to calculate their mortgage, just by typing in a few numbers.  Why not just use an on-line calculator to get an idea of what to expect?

Jamie Lee:  Online calculators cannot give you the entire picture of what to expect in your mortgage. There are costs such as insurance, closing costs, taxes and other monthly costs that only a resource like a preferred lender can make sure you are aware of.  A preferred lender is a professional who will be a resource for you while you are in the process of building your home.  Preferred lenders also work with appraisers who are experienced in appraising new home construction.  I am always happy to answer questions from my clients from day one until the day they close on their home.

Thanks to Jamie Lee for that great information on first steps in the process of securing a home mortgage. We will continue this series next week with steps in the loan process and helpful reminders before you close on 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.

 

Move In Ready in Rountrey

Categories: Chesterfield New Homes, Midlothian New Homes, Neighborhoods, Richmond Area New Home Builder | Posted: July 28, 2017

CraftMaster Homes and Rountrey

One of Midlothian’s fastest growing neighborhood’s, Rountrey, is positioned convenient to the Powhite Parkway Extension and less than 30 minutes from Short Pump.   The brand new clubhouse and pool offer upscale and family-friendly entertainment spots to meet with and socialize with great neighbors.

CraftMaster Homes has two beautiful homes available in the Graythorne section of Rountrey.  Our Maddison III and  Townsend IV are well designed plans for family living.  Beautiful, spacious kitchens, well appointed Owner’s suites, and lovely Craftsman details throughout the home make these substantial homes for growing families.

The Maddison III

Four bedrooms, three and half baths with side entry two-car garage.  This is one of the newest versions of our popular, Maddison plan.  Beautiful hardwoods throughout the first floor with oak stairs that carry to second floor loft.   The Kitchen is open to the Family Room – with gorgeous custom cabinetry and open lantern pendant lighting.  The granite countertops and subway tile backsplash give the space a custom finished look.  Owner’s Suite is located on the second floor and owner’s bath is spacious and elegant.

The Townsend IV

All the beauty and spacious design of our favorite Townsend with an additional bedroom and bath on the second floor make this home bigger and better than ever!  The gourmet grande kitchen is appointed with beautiful granite and open shelving.  Italian Zephyr hood range centers the back wall of the kitchen with double oven wall and gas range.  Five bedrooms, three and half baths – plenty of room for everyone!

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

Page 1 of 912345...Last »