Thursday, October 3, 2013

Our tour of the incredible Whitman II model continues!

With stairs leading from the foyer and from the kitchen, the second level is easily accessible from both the formal and family spaces. The owner’s suite features a sitting area that is large enough for an exercise space, a private retreat or a home library. The centerpiece of the owner’s bathroom is a lovely garden tub with a walk-in shower on one side and a water closet on the other. There are two vanity areas, both with linen storage, a hamper and plenty of storage.
The second level has plenty of room for the rest of the family, too.  Bedroom 2 has direct access to the hall bath, while Bedroom 3 is just across the hall. Each has a walk in closet. Bedroom 4 has a private bath, and is just right for a guest room or for someone who doesn’t want to share a bath!
The lower level features a fully finished rec room, complete with wet bar and a full bath. There is plenty of room for storage and even space for a future media room, hobby room or seasonal storage.
The Whitman II is one of our most popular Executive Series homes for a reason.  This is THE perfect family home. The spot for family dinners, holidays, parties… you name it!  The Whitman II model at Poplar Estates is now being offered for sale at $699,900, furnishings not included.

Come and check it out at

Melanie Franklin Edwards
VP of Marketing and Design

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tour the incredible Whitman II model!

One of our most popular Executive Series homes, The Whitman II, is truly a home for entertaining. When designing this home, I imagined the family that could live here. Perhaps they had moved many times through military postings or job changes.  And now, they are finally home. A home to entertain new friends, host old friends, and welcome family members to visit.
As you enter the foyer, the open oak staircase with wrought iron railings ascends to the second level where the family bedrooms are located. To the right of the foyer is a formal living room space that leads to the sunroom, which can be used as a quiet sitting room, a home office or even an art studio. To the left of the foyer is the formal dining room, with detailed crown moldings, chair rail and shadow boxes. This room is the ideal setting for a dinner party. As you leave the foyer, you are drawn to the beautiful views from the windows in the great room.  On one wall, the windows flank the fireplace with a beautiful Bianco white marble surround.
The gourmet kitchen is truly an entertainer’s delight. We had a luncheon in the model shortly after it opened, and the chef was delighted with the layout of the kitchen as well as the GE Café appliances. The convection oven made cooking the entrée a breeze, and the refrigerator kept the whipped cream for dessert at just the right temperature. Serving from the island, buffet style, was perfect whether guests were eating in the dining room, breakfast nook or morning room.  Clean up was a snap with the Moen Brantford faucet, Blanco 60/40 sink and GE Profile stainless steel tub dishwasher.
From the GE Café Series appliances, to the maple cabinets with a glazed soft white finish, to the expansive island with beautiful cherry stained and glazed cabinets, you will find that whether preparing your family meals or hosting a large gathering, you are well equipped to give your guests a delightful time. The butler’s pantry, which connects the kitchen to the dining room is the perfect place to set up a buffet service or drinks station. The sunny morning room is the perfect place to enjoy your morning paper and cup of coffee or a favorite novel in the afternoon. Adjacent to the kitchen is a private study, perfect for a home office, craft room or even a playroom.
And the great room, with two walls of windows, is the perfect place to relax after a meal.

Don’t miss part 2 of our tour in our next blog!
For more information about this home or others, please click here!

Melanie Franklin Edwards
VP of Marketing and Design

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Now where did I put the…

In every home, there tends to be a basket on the kitchen counter containing mail, coupons, keys, chargers, loose change and pens.  Maybe you relegate these items to the junk drawer in the kitchen or toss them on the kitchen counter. 

When discussing kitchens with our home owners, sometimes the topic of organization comes up, specifically kitchen organization.  I have had people ask me where they should put different items in the drawers and cabinets, in an effort to streamline cooking and storage items. I am happy to advise them, recommending they take note of how they move around the kitchen in their current home to get an idea of how they use the space.  Everyday items need to be on lower shelves, holiday dishes can be stored on upper shelves or even in a storage area in another part of the house.

One of the areas that always seems to come up is that bit of counter space near the phone or near the back door where you come into the house most often.  This is where the basket ends up, gathering loose papers and odds and ends that need a home.  In our new home plan designs, we are incorporating a Drop Zone in the homes, typically near the entrance from the garage and near the kitchen.  This area serves as a place to recharge the phones, stash your handbag or briefcase, house the family calendar and put items for easy retrieval the next morning.

With a counter area at a convenient height, wall cabinet above and base cabinet below, this can serve as a mini command center for your home.  Instead of just tossing items into the cabinet above, consider organizing your cabinet like the photo above.  I found this photo here and thought they did a great job with their organization.

The family notebook that she refers to has become quite popular in recent years as it holds information for each member of the family, including medical information, insurance cards, pertinent phone numbers and emergency information.  This book would be quite handy in an emergency as you can grab it and go.
The magnetic panel on the back of the door is a great place to display a lunch menu or class schedule. I  keep a list of my neighbors phone numbers as well in there.  Magnetic hooks hold spare keys or those customer courtesy cards for your favorite stores.

The charging station is great if you come home and want to plug your phone in to charge while cooking dinner and find it easily accessible when you are out the door for sports practice or dance lessons.

At Atlantic Builders, we want to help keep you organized and able to find items at a moment’s notice.

~Melanie Edwards, Atlantic Builders' Design Director

Thursday, November 29, 2012

What is your favorite color?

How many times have you been asked that question? Perhaps when shopping for clothes, getting your nails done, or even buying a car. And when most people are asked that question, they have a ready answer. Pink! Blue! Green! Yellow! Red!

We are drawn to our favorite colors when selecting the simplest of things – a notebook, a pen, a box of paper clips.  I know that when given a choice of a pen in blue or green, I will always choose green. We often define our style by the colors we wear or in the way we decorate our homes. When helping people make their selections for their home, I’ve noticed that sometimes they will identify themselves as a “blue” person or a “green” person. They are drawn to colors that they love and take comfort in surrounding themselves with these colors.
 Color schemes can be monochromatic, meaning several shades of one color; or complementary, meaning shades that are opposite each other on the color wheel.  One favorite is the analogous color scheme, which is using colors adjacent to each other on the color wheel, such as blue and green.

You can easily add touches of your favorite colors to brighten up a room by using accent pieces that compliment your décor. If your favorite color is hot pink, are you really going to decorate your home all in hot pink? Probably not!  But pink throw pillows might hit the spot.  While aqua might be your favorite color and you have 16 aqua shirts of various styles hanging in your closet, a whole foyer painted in that color might be too intense. Instead, consider adding an aqua vase in an otherwise neutral space to inject a burst of color. Or if bright chartreuse makes you happy, how about using it on an accent piece of furniture, like this candlestick table.
At Atlantic Builders, we help you make your selections based on how you will be living in your space, and are always ready to help you find a bright spot of color in your day.

Visit our Chelsey Model at the Estates of Idlewild in Fredericksburg and see how we used touches of color to brighten up this brand new home.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Meet Sid Means, Atlantic Builders' Purchasing Manager

When Sid Means played second base growing up in West Virginia, he felt “consistency” was his hallmark as a player. His favorite ball player then was Roger Maris, the quiet, steady home run hitter who edged out the more flamboyant Mickey Mantle in 1961 to break the single season home run record held by Babe Ruth. Sid brings his vast experience in construction and “day in, day out” consistent hard working ethos to Atlantic Builders as our Purchasing Manager.

Sid’s first job at 10 was a laborer for his father who was a trim carpenter and also Sid’s baseball coach. Sid grew up to love coaching baseball and coached his own son Wes from ages 6-19, including from 2003-2005 at Massaponax High School in Spotsylvania, VA. Last month, Sid enthusiastically arranged a fun outing to the Richmond Squirrels for almost 50 Atlantic Builders team members and their families.

When he is not working hard, Sid also manages to ride his Harley, which he loves to ride on weekends or often to the Myrtle Beach Bike Week. What happens while in Myrtle Beach stays in Myrtle Beach as Sid jokingly says, “Some stories can’t be shared”.

Sid takes construction and home building very seriously, though. His tremendous knowledge of construction and thoroughness have been key to Atlantic Builders’ updating of our home designs to comply with the recent March 2012 adoption of the most recent building code standards in Virginia. Sid feels that the newer, higher standards make today’s homes superior to others he has built in the past. This is from a man who has been involved in building over 3,703 homes in his career and counting. Sid feels home buyers will appreciate, for example, that new wind bracing requirements require homes to withstand up to 90 mph winds in the Fredericksburg area. He also feels that municipal building departments and inspectors are more thorough and professional today than ever before.

Sid is key to the Atlantic Builder’s team effort in designing new homes like the new townhomes in Ladysmith Village in Caroline County and our expanded and revamped line of Executive Homes designs. Sid combines great value engineering skills with a wise understanding of customer preferences for style and included features. He is proud of his longevity with the few companies he has worked for over his long career, but says he loves being at Atlantic Builders since our culture encourages collaboration and continuous improvement. We hope he remains here for the rest of his long and continuing career.

Monday, April 30, 2012

What Makes a Home Energy Star Certified?

To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20–30% more efficient than standard homes.

And with homebuyers increasingly interested in green building, energy efficiency is the place to start. That's because the energy used in homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants, which contributes to smog, acid rain, and risks of global warming. So, the less energy used, the less air pollution generated. And the easy way to make sure a new home is energy efficient is to look for the blue ENERGY STAR mark, the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency.

ENERGY STAR qualified homes can include a variety of 'tried-and-true' energy-efficient features that contribute to improved home quality and homeowner comfort, and to lower energy demand and reduced air pollution:

1. Effective Insulation
Properly installed and inspected insulation in floors, walls, and attics ensures even temperatures throughout the house, reduced energy use, and increased comfort.

2. High-Performance Windows
Energy-efficient windows employ advanced technologies, such as protective coatings and improved frames, to help keep heat in during winter and out during summer. These windows also block damaging ultraviolet sunlight that can discolor carpets and furnishings.

3. Tight Construction and Ducts
Sealing holes and cracks in the home's "envelope" and in heating and cooling duct systems helps reduce drafts, moisture, dust, pollen, and noise. A tightly sealed home improves comfort and indoor air quality while reducing utility and maintenance.

4. Efficient Heating and Cooling Equipment
In addition to using less energy to operate, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems can be quieter, reduce indoor humidity, and improve the overall comfort of the home. When properly installed into a tightly sealed home, this equipment won't have to work so hard to heat and cool the home.

5. Efficient Products
ENERGY STAR qualified homes may also be equipped with ENERGY STAR qualified products — lighting fixtures, compact fluorescent bulbs, ventilation fans, and appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines.

6. Third-Party Verification
With the help of independent Home Energy Raters, ENERGY STAR builder partners choose the most appropriate energy-saving features for their homes. Additionally, raters conduct onsite testing and inspections to verify the energy efficiency measures, as well as insulation, air tightness, and duct sealing details. 

Interested in an Atlantic Builders Energy Star certified home??  Visit our website here to learn more!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Green Building Practices Save Homeowners Serious Money

The current economy has definitely heightened people’s “green” awareness. Green – as in ecology AND economy!

The hard truth: It costs a lot to build – and maintain – a home. From material costs to heating & cooling, owning a home can be an expensive proposition. Luckily, Atlantic Builders has embraced the elements of green building, and has been able to incorporate them into our homes. From careful site designs to right-sized floor plans, green materials to energy-efficient systems, air quality to water conservation, there are dozens of ways for homeowners to build a “green” home.

Come see us and we’ll get you started the green home of your dreams!