Why Buy New

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Main Street Homes has been a trusted home builder in Richmond, VA, since 1996 offering one to two-story homes with over 30 different floor plans. They have been awarded “Builder of the Year” three times.

Today’s new homes offer more benefits than ever before. We’d like to share a few reasons why our homeowners tell us they choose to buy new with Main Street Homes.

Your Home Your Way

At the Main Street Homes Design Studio, new homebuyers can select their favorite options from lighting, cabinets and flooring. There’s no limit to customization including bathroom fixtures and layouts to adjust rooms to fit with your own individual lifestyle.

With our Design Consultants, new homebuyers can select and modify a floor plan to truly meet their needs. From our Main Street plan portfolio, select a home with a master bedroom on the first floor, a large walk-in closet or even add a screened porch to your plan. Your home can be set up for long-term guests or entertaining. You can have a special entrance to the patio or deck. Let your dreams drive your design to choose just the right home for you!

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When you build a new dream home, everything in your new home is under warranty so there’s no need to budget for replacing major appliances or even bigger expenses like a new roof. Your new Main Street Home also features the latest designs and building materials that will more likely yield years of luxury before needing replacement.

Save Money

The new homes of today are far more energy efficient than homes built just a few years ago, so homes built ten years ago can’t come close.

Main Street Homes offers ENERGY STAR certified homes. The ENERGY STAR certification means that your new home has been designed and built to standards well above other homes. ENERGY STAR certified new homes can be more than 30% more efficient than a standard home.

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Standards and codes for new homes are very different from older homes. New homes assure buyers have the latest in safety features from fire-protection to proper electrical wiring protocols.

New homes offer new designs, style, luxury and value and best of all a home that meets your exact needs. With locations throughout Richmond, Main Street Homes can build your dream home exactly the way you want it.

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2015’s Top Trends for Bathrooms

0Z7A4518The bathroom of a home is an oasis away from the craziness of everyday life. It is so important to make these spaces luxurious, comfortable and elegant. Main Street Homes remains on the cutting edge of trends when designing their homes as well as all your private spaces. Here are some exciting trends to look for in bathrooms in 2015.

 

Sound Integration
People love music and are beginning to expect to have capabilities to listen to their favorites in their bathrooms too. Modern speakers have become so merged with fixtures throughout the bathroom, you can listen to whatever you like while you are getting ready for your day.

 

Storage, Storage, Storage
This has always been popular– but it is huge in 2015. Creative storage solutions are all the rage. This could be hidden compartments in vanities or unique shelving in showers.  We are finding extra storage in all of your bathroom’s spaces.

 

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Exciting Lighting
To keep the bathroom at its brightest, why not add a skylight to flood the room with natural light? In addition, LED lighting provides a uniquely modern vibe, while natural sunlight simulators can provide a gentle glow.

 

Unexpected Surfaces
Textured tiles on the floor and in the shower can really spice up a bathroom– giving it a dynamic and varied feel. Mixing and matching with marble or onyx also elevates the space, giving it a completely revamped, modern look.

 

Keeping Warm
Through new technology, staying toasty in the bathroom is easy. Heated floor tiles are extremely popular, and give your feet a subtle, cozy warm boost as you walk around. Also, you could add a small sauna or steam room to really pamper yourself.

 

0Z7A4655Bathrooms are becoming one of the most exciting spaces in the home.  Tour our award-winning Design Studio to create the bath of your dreams!
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Floor Plan Profile: The Treyburn III

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Main Street Homes is offering homes for sale in Midlothian, VA. The Treyburn III floor plan is an expanded version of Main Street Homes award winning Treyburn I. This new floor plan offers 3 bedrooms, 2 baths as well as a two-car garage with a total square footage of 3,384. The Treyburn III also features a luxurious master bedroom suite with a large walk-in closet. You and your family will spend endless hours in the beautiful kitchen and breakfast room overlooking your spacious great room with soaring 10-foot ceilings. Entertain your family and friends during the holidays or just because in the beautiful formal dining room featuring a decorative column and perfectly positioned to the kitchen. The Teyburn III has two additions first floor bedrooms that share a bathroom and includes a furnished loft, rear dormer, unfinished bedroom and attic storage. Optional features are a finished bedroom and bathroom upstairs as well as a basement.

Come check out the beautiful homes for sale in Midlothian, VA and check out the Treyburn III floor plan for you and your family today.

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Apps to Help Plan Your Spring Landscaping

Spring is right around the corner and if you are like may others who have a new home in Chesterfield, VA you may be thinking you need a great landscape design for your new yard. Whether you have an iPhone or an Android there are some great app’s that can help you come up with a beautiful design for your new yard or patio.

Landscaper’s Companion – Plant & Garden Referencing Guide – $4.99
Available in the iTunes App Store

landscapeapp2This app contains a database of more than 26,000 plants and 21,000 photos. This app will assist you with your plant landscaping.

iScape Free App – Free

Available in the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store

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iScape that requires you take a photo of your yard with your phone’s camera and then you can create your landscape via the app. iScape is user friendly, includes a virtual pen, allows you to insert objects and much more.

Patio Tip – $1.99

Available in the iTunes App Store

landscapeapp3This app will give you a lot of ideas on how to maintain your patio from how to purchase patio furniture to photos of furniture. It will also help you landscape design as well as patio design.

Patio Designs – Free
Available in the Google Play Store

landscapeapp4A landscape designing app for designing or redesigning your patio by providing you photos of all of the latest and most beautiful patio designs.

Utilizing some of these apps may help you design a beautiful landscape or patio for your beautiful new home in Chesterfield, VA.

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Community Profile: Aston

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Aston is a family-friendly community situated along the scenic James River with beautiful new homes in Powhatan, VA. This community is a perfect combination of town and country that features 2 plus acre wooded lots with private back yards, rolling hills, and a fish pond giving you the feeling you are miles away from the everyday hustle and bustle. Aston is close-knit community that is convenient to Route 522 and US 60 and just minutes away from shopping, entertainment and dining.

Choose from a variety of floor plans from 5 bedroom homes, first floor masters, and finish 3rd floors. These beautifully spacious new homes in Powhatan, VA range from 3,200 to over 4,000 square feet. Prices start at the mid-$300’s.

Come check out this beautiful community today!

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Main Street Homes Highly Recommended by Home Owners

Main Street Homes has been a trusted home builder in Richmond, VA, since 1996 offering one to two-story homes with over 30 different floor plans from and have been awarded “Builder of the Year” three times. It is no wonder why they are getting such great reviews by their homeowners.

Main Street strives to continue to exceed their customers’ needs, which is why they use a customer feedback service call Guild Quality to survey homebuyers. Guild Quality gathers honest feedback from customers to get an unbiased look at a company’s performance. Capturing this candid feedback allows Main Street Homes to adjust or correct their performance based on their customer’s needs

Below are some of the recent reviews from actual Main Street Home owners.

reviewsCome check out some of the beautiful homes built by Main Street Homes, a trusted home builder in Richmond, VA today!

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Sherwin WIlliams 2015 Color Forecast

If you are looking for color inspiration for your new home in Powhatan, VA then look no further. Sherwin-Williams has unveiled their 2015 color forecast. These color palettes range from the subdued to the vibrant.

Chrysalis

The earth and the sky tones with gently hued patterns inspired this color palette. This color palette will give your home a relaxed yet sophisticated look.

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These colors are a magical blend of hues that will give your new home in Powhatan, VA a subtle romantic feel.

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Buoyant

These botanical inspired colors will make your home pop with color.

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Unrestrained

These ethnic inspired colors give a feel of Rio de Janeiro or South Africa. Make your home alive with color by adding these bold and lively hues.
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New Years Resolutions for Your Home

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Each New Year we promise to eat better, work out, save money and spend more quality time with the people who mean the most to us but what about your home? Here are some ways to make your home in Chesterfield, VA more beautiful, organized, clean and green in this New Year!

Clear the clutter!

This is the time to streamline! Every year we acquire more and more stuff. Purge those cabinets and drawers that seem to get packed with unused items. Resolve to clear each room in your house of things that you no longer use.

Safe and sound

Your home is beautiful, but is it safe? Every homeowner should do a few things to avoid any potential health hazards or risk of fire.

First, check your home for radon, a colorless, odorless gas that can cause lung cancer from the radioactive particles it traps in your lungs as you breathe, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. You can purchase a kit at your local hardware store for around $20.

Second, invest in a $40 Carbon monoxide detector. Install the detectors on every floor along with your fire detectors. When a chimney flue or furnace vent gets blocked or leaks, carbon monoxide could back up in your house.

Third, check your dryer for lint. You may clean the little trap inside the door, but most people neglect to clean the vents and ducts behind the dryer. Lint seems innocent, but it’s highly combustible, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, accounting for more than 15,000 building fires a year.

Go Green and shrink your bills

You don’t have to add solar panels to your home in Chesterfield, VA to go green or drive a hybrid. You can start with the little things like:

  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room
  • Turn off your air conditioner when you leave the house as well as turn your heater down to 55 degrees at night.
  • Use compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Install low-flow showerheads
  • Turn off your power strips
  • Keep your house clean

Create a weekly cleaning schedule for your home to keep it clean and tidy without it feeling overwhelming. Here are a few tips for controlling the mess and clutter.

Daily:

  • Put your dishes in the dishwasher every evening
  • Put dirty clothes in the hamper and not the floor
  • Hang jackets and clean clothing

Weekly

  • Wipe down fingerprints on cabinets, counters, mirrors and appliances
  • Sweep and mop
  • Vacuum, dust, and change bed linens
  • Clean the bathrooms
  • Empty all trash can

Keep all of your cleaners and cleaning items in a portable carryall that you can move from room to room.

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Tips On How to Prepare Your Home to Sell in the Winter Months

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Clear the Walk Way

  • Shovel your sidewalk and/or a path through the snow.
  • Sprinkle a layer of sand over the sidewalk and steps.
  • Put a rubber mat by the front door and a container to hold wet umbrellas and shoes for rain.

Brighten Your Home

  • Push back the drapes and keep the blinds partially closed if the outdoor scenery is not pleasing otherwise open them up.
  • Turn on all of your lights including your appliances and closets.
  • Turn off TV’s and computers.
  • Make Your House Shine:
    • Wash windows
    • Clean out cobwebs.
    • Bleach dingy grout or if necessary, re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.
    • Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
    • Clean out the refrigerator.
    • If you have carpet, vacuum daily.
    • Wash and wax floors.
    • Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
    • Empty trash and recycling bins.

Warm and Cozy!

  • Turn up the thermostat. Heat your home one to two degrees warmer than usual, then set the temp back to normal. This will keep the heat from coming on when the buyer is in your home.
  • Have throws on the couch or in a basket by the couch.

Create the Environment

  • Many people are sensitive or even allergic to smells so go easy on the plug-in’s and sprays.
  • Turn on soft music. (Classical or jazz)
  • Display photographs showcasing your summer flower gardens and lush green lawns.

Give the Details

  • Print out cards to place in each room to provide further information to the buyer.
  • If you have a unique item or fixture in your home attach a card to it disclosing the special information.

Following these tips will help your home for sale in Chesterfield stand out from all the rest!

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Energy Star Homes Save You Money in the Winter

12421915_SThe colder weather is here which means higher utility bills! So how can you save money this winter? Energy Star certified homes save you money by using less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating.

Energy Star is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a voluntary program, that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. Main Street Homes is an Energy Star homebuilder in Richmond, VA. A new home that has earned the ENERGY STAR label has gone through a process of inspections, testing, and verification to meet specific requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, delivering better quality, better comfort, and better durability.

Energy Star certified homes are 30% more energy efficient than other new homes and over 60% more efficient than a 20 year old home. A certified Energy Star home will save you and your family $100 monthly on your utility bills for the next 30 years.

Check out Energy Star homebuilder in Richmond, VA Mainstreet Homes to start saving money on your utility bills today!

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