Mars Hill Virginia Property Management and Real Estate in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:28:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Designing Your Home Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:18:43 +0000 Elevation

Welcome to Step 8 of building a home from scratch.  This has been the most enjoyable step for us and it was in no small part to the designer we had working for us, Greg Godsey from Heritage Restorations.

Step 8:  Home Design

Home design can sometimes be handled in-house by the builder’s team. However, you always have the option of hiring an outside architect or designer.  In my case, I had the option for either and, although it cost me more to use an outside designer, I went with Greg for the following reasons:

1.  I liked his personality, values and previous design work.

2.  His references told me how he did a good job keeping their project on budget.

3.  He was familiar with designing the style of home that first attracted us to custom building:  Timber-Frame Homes.

Start with the land:  It’s important that your designer knows about your lot and works with you and your builder to find out some important information.  You’re not just designing a home in a vacuum, but you are integrating it into the surrounding environment.  Where are the trees?  What direction do you want your house to sit?  How will the water table or soil affect your floorplan?  Take video or lots of photos for your designer.  Or better yet, bring them out to the property to see it in person.

What you need and don’t need:  We knew we needed a floorplan that could accomodate two separate home offices, a large kitchen and pantry, and a place for guests to stay overnight.  We also wanted a relatively small home so we tried to keep it around 2400 SF.  So what are your non-negotiables?  It may be the amount of bedrooms, or it may be the direction the home faces.  Sharing your work-life, home-life and how you live in your home will go a long way for your designer to help you.

It’s just as important to let your designer know what you do NOT want as much as what you DO want.  We intentionally did not put a closet in our guest room to avoid “permanent” guests in the future.  We also went for a smaller master bedroom and very small, but practical, home offices to prioritize space for the rest of the home.

Understand that size equals money:  If you are building a home and you have an unlimited budget, this will not apply to you.  For the rest of us, it’s important to work with your builder to understand the size of home you can build that will work best for your budget and communicate that to the designer.  After being very careful, my home still ended up being 25% larger than my original goal!  Can you imagine what it would be if I didn’t have a goal?  I felt my floorplan was super-efficient, but it still ended up being larger than I had set out to achieve so I could squeeze in that sweet gameroom for my kids:)

Get ideas:  This was the fun part.  If you don’t have an Ideabook on, you are probably still clipping out pictures from magazines.  Stop that silly practice right now and save yourself from wrist injury!  From this one website you can create separate albums for the exterior of your home, bathrooms, bedrooms, etc. to give your designer and builder a sense of the style and finish-out you want to achieve.  A picture speaks a thousand words.  I designed my entire home without ever meeting my designer in person!  It was done all through phone calls and emails.  It also helped that he created a 3D model for me that allowed me to virtually walk through the completed home.  This was an important step that helped me to visualize dimensions and catch things that we normally would not have.

Collaborate:  Do not leave your builder out of the equation.  Once this design is completed you will need to collaborate with your builder to determine final pricing.  Your builder may have keen insight for you so that you can save you lots of money.  For example, those $30,000 doors that allow our entire rear wall to open up to our deck….yeah, not in the budget.  So the builder gave me some alternatives.  Your designer will design a kick-butt home, but you will need your builder’s help to keep you on your budget since he will be the one most familiar with the local materials and labor costs.  Lastly, you will get these designs stamped off by an engineer who is licensed in the state you are building in, and submit them to the county for the dreaded Step 10: Permitting

While your plans are being approved by the county, you will need to work on Step 9:  Grading Plan.  This may not be needed in all counties, but ofcourse Fairfax County will need it.  So, lucky for me, I get more writing material for this blog:)

First Thing for our Farm: Irrigation Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:15:54 +0000 It’s been 6 months since we first put a contract on a 4 acre plot of land in Centreville, Virginia that would be the homesite for our future family farm.  6 months of interviewing builders, selecting a builder, designing a floorplan, negotiating contracts, finding a lender and and now we can finally say:  “This land is ours!”

Now the homebuilding can begin….after permits ofcourse.

The good news is, we have the money lined up for the home and we can do anything we want on this land without asking permission:)  Our future plans call for a zip line, fire pit, and just stomping through the stream and swinging on a tire swing.  Before we get into all that though, the first thing I wanted to do was irrigate it.

Check out the video below:




Interviewing Builders in Northern Virginia Wed, 30 Apr 2014 03:42:20 +0000 In the Army we had a saying, “Hurry up and wait.”

Many times you have to do things quickly, only to find yourself waiting around until you get orders to do another thing quickly.  That’s how building a home can be.

If you want to move in to your home by a certain date, you’ll probably have a timeline and want to do everything you can to submit the proper paperwork or make the proper decision so nobody is waiting on you and the process is moving forward.  However, you’ll also find that there will be many moments where you’ve already done everything you can and you’re just waiting around for somebody to get back with you.

In our case, we spent many weeks and months waiting for Fairfax County to give us the approval for our septic system.

So this is the best time to pursue the next step:

STEP 7:  Interviewing Builders

I ended up calling over 20 different builders in and around the Fairfax County area and created a spreadsheet to help me track all of the different questions I had.  I also tracked who I called and who actually called me back!  I think it’s a big “red flag” if a builder doesn’t return their phone call and you haven’t even hired them yet.  I want a builder who will be responsive and organized enough to return a voicemail and/or email in a timely manner.  Some of the questions I had were:

How long have you been in business?

How many homes do you build/year?

Do you have experience building in Fairfax County?

What is the average $/sf of a home that you build?

The last question was pretty interesting.  If you ask a builder what their average cost per square foot of a home that they build, they’ll usually try to avoid the question.  They’ll say something like, “Well, it’s like asking me how much it costs to build a car.  There are too many variables to answer that question.”  That’s a cop out answer.  All I’m trying to do is get an idea for the price they typically charge for a home so I’m not wasting their time or mine.  It’s simple math.  Take the price of the home and divide it by the size!  A better way to ask them would be:

What was the price range of homes you built last year?  What was the size range?    

And then you can just do the math yourself to help you determine which builders will be in your price range.

You can also ask questions specific to your project.  For example, it was important for me to find a builder who had experience building with a timber frame and with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs).  So I also asked builders if they have ever built a timber frame home with SIPs.  This is the question that really helped narrow the field for me.  Finding out about a builder’s experience and knowledge for sustainability was also important to me.  So I would also ask open-ended questions about their experience with sustainable methods of construction such as passive solar design, geothermal and other energy saving ideas.

Once you call several builders, you’ll get a good sense of the ones you want to meet with and can rule out many of them that didn’t meet your criteria (or didn’t call you back!).  When Autumn and I met with the builders, we would also ask for a list of references and try to visit a home that they were currently working on to get a better sense of their work.  A good builder would always leave us with some bit of information that helped us to refine our vision for this project.  You should learn a ton during this process so be prepared to have an open mind.

This can be a very educational step, but also frustrating at times.  Sometimes you’ll feel like you’re given conflicting information from different builders.  For example, we wanted to use SIP panels instead of typical stick-frame/insulation construction.  Both forms of construction have their advantages and disadvantages and the builders you talk to will surely have an opinion on it.  Hearing different opinions from the builders challenged our assumptions, but it also helped us to make a decision that we felt was logically thought through.

Sometimes there is no “right” answer and builders, no matter how much experience they have, won’t know the right answer for your family.  Builders and designers should not be the ones driving this project.  You should.  It’s your money.  You’ll get many different opinions and ultimately you will need to make sure your team:  real estate professional, builder, designer, etc. respects your vision and encourages you to make the decisions that you feel are best for your family.

Journey to our Promiseland Sat, 01 Mar 2014 12:10:26 +0000 20140223_115105

How to find land, by trusting in God.

Is it any coincidence that I just happen to be reading through the account of how the Lord brought the Israelites into the land He promised to give to their ancestors in my quiet times right now?  Hmmm…since I don’t believe in coincidences, the emphatic answer is NO!  Throughout my entire Christian life, I have experienced first hand the Lord’s favor in my life and in the lives of my loved ones.  He has shown me time and time again that He is faithful and able to do exceedingly more abundantly than I can ever think or imagine.  This is just another one of those accounts…

About a month a ago, Edward and I went out to look at a piece of land, as we’ve been doing on and off since we got here to Northern Virginia (NOVA) 6 months ago.  This property was about 7.5 acres…way more than we really wanted and it was also out of our price range, but we thought if we could buy it and then split it in half and sell the other half, it wouldn’t be so bad.  As we did more research we realized that this was easier said than done and with the myriad of rules and regulations that Fairfax County has, there was really no way we could accomplish this.  However, during our visit, the owner just happened to mention that he was also selling the land next to it.  It was about 4 acres and would probably be a better fit for us.  It was not yet on the market and the owner was in the process of making sure the land was buildable, meaning that a septic system could be installed.  When we found out that the asking price was within our budget, and our dream of having a Timber framed barn-style house  on our very own farmette was within reach, we were awestruck!  We had pretty much kissed the dream of building a Timber framed house “good-bye” after visiting several plots of land and finding out what the going price for land is around this area.  We really wanted to stay close to the kids’ school and we had gone down from our original goal of 5 acres to 2 acres (the minimum for chickens) in order to hold on to our dream of having our very own farmette yet knowing that we were holding on with a very thin piece of thread.

Have you ever prayed for something knowing that it was nearly impossible, yet at the same time trusting that nothing is impossible with God?  That’s how I prayed.  So when we found this land, I was shocked, but not entirely.  I would say my emotion was more along the lines of complete and utter gratefulness that God would bestow such favor on my family.  I knew I didn’t deserve it…I mean who really does deserve God’s favor?  It was most definitely unmerited favor…it was grace.  And the really really neat thing is that He does this all the time. I mean ALL the time.

Because of that, we’ve decided to start a Jar of Blessings.  This gives us an opportunity to record all the blessings of God…His unmerited favor…inside a jar.  It’s a tangle way of remembering His goodness.

Our farmette and home are still many months away and still not quite a reality yet, but we are hoping and praying that one day soon, we’ll be able to post pictures of it for you to see.  Right now we are waiting…waiting for a piece of paper that gives us the green light to move forward with the land contract and the building project.  This is always the hardest part, but it’s easier when you know who’s really in control of the traffic light.  And we do.  Here are several more pictures:


Edward and Joshua and their makeshift handrail for the bridge.


Chloe and Sabrina enjoying a natural swing ride.


One of 2 creeks that runs through the property.


In the distance is a barn structure that’s not on the property yet, but I’m praying it onto the property ;)


Feasibility Period for Land Contracts Sat, 22 Feb 2014 02:33:16 +0000 Footprint Certification

Step 6:  Feasibility Study

Check out this beauty!  It’s a Footprint Certification Plat that the soil experts at JT Frazier and the septic design company, Nokesville Design, put together to submit to Fairfax County.  They also worked with a survey company, Schools and Townsend, for the boundary and topographic information.  As you can tell, it’s a lot of coordination between many different companies.  There may be some companies that have the septic designer and soil engineer under one roof, but not in this case.

According to Alexandria Survey, you would first submit a soil sample to Fairfax County and wait about 30 days before you get a response.  In the response, Fairfax county will give the soil engineers direction on where to drill, how many holes to drill and other guidance to determine a percolation rate.  You would then use these results to submit for a specific type of septic system and capacity.  This could take another 30 days!

Fortunately for me, the sellers already started this process and so I didn’t have to wait the grueling 60 days.  Unfortunately, the county denied the requested 5 bedroom capacity on a traditional septic drain field.  Therefore, the “big guns” were brought in, Nokesville Design, in order to engineer an acceptable septic system based on the soils and necessary parameters.  Due to shallow soils, we will be submitting a 3 bedroom capacity, drip system septic for county approval.  This approval could take another 2-3 weeks.

As you can tell, getting a lot validated by the county health department is a pain-staking process that can easily take 2-3 months.  From what I hear, it’s especially painful in Fairfax County.  Make sure you build enough time into your feasibility period for this.  All of the waiting around time you have can be used for the other tests you want to conduct as mentioned in the previous post.

Tired of doing tests during the feasibility period?  Well, don’t worry.  There are plenty of “fun” things you can do also.  In my next post, I’ll discuss the next two steps that can occur in the midst of your feasibility period when you have all that down time:  Builder Interviews and Home Design Research.

~Your Favorite HOMEboy,

Building on Raw land in Fairfax County Wed, 19 Feb 2014 03:06:03 +0000 When we first moved to Fairfax County we knew that homes in this area easily average in the $500,000 – $750,000 range…for starter homes! My family and I spent a few Saturdays looking at homes and we narrowed it down to three options:

1. Buy a nice, newer home in Willowsford, located in Ashburn. The homes were awesome, and located in a farm-based community.  However, we would have to commute 20 minutes, twice a day, to our kid’s school in Centreville…and we wouldn’t have a farm we could call our own.

2.  Buy an older home, close to Centreville.  We saw some beautiful pieces of land that were maybe 5-10 minutes from Centreville, but the homes were old and we didn’t like the floorplans much…and after spending all that dough on the property, we’d have no money left to renovate.

3.  Find acreage in Centreville and build a new home.  This would be the best of both worlds, but land is scarce and expensive!

Well, as of last week, I’m happy to report that we are under contract for 3.9 acres just 1 mile from our kid’s school!  Option #3, here we come!

I will be blogging about this process so that anybody else contemplating a custom build can get a better sense of what is involved.  So, ready to start the home of your dreams?

STEP 1:  Hire your favorite HOMEboy.  That’s me, in case you’re wondering.  You can call, text, email, or take me out to lunch…whatever it takes to get a face to face meeting with me so we can discuss your goals and how I can help.

STEP 2:  Get pre-approved.  This is the textbook answer.  It just makes sense to know what financial products are out there and the type of financial commitment this could take.  Don’t know what lenders to start calling?  Remember step 1?  I have plenty of referrals.

STEP 3:  Set up an auto-search.  You will do your fair share of driving around to discover whether you like a community/area or not.  It’s important that we leverage technology to make those driving around efforts more efficient.  I had at least 3-4 different searches that would alert me the moment any land over two acres came on the market, or if a home with acreage in my price range hit the market, etc.

STEP 4:  Negotiation and Contract.  Going from step 3 to step 4 can take some time.  If you’re looking for raw land, or a home to tear-down and then re-build, it takes patience.  These aren’t normally in abundance and can be more complicated to locate.

STEP 5:  Feasibility Period.  We’ll end this blog on this step because this is the step I’m at in real life!  As of today, I’m in a 60 day feasibility period.  The concept is simple:  Now that you have the land under contract, you want to make sure it’s suitable to what you are trying to accomplish.

If it’s raw land and you are not connecting to city utilities, the main concern is the septic system and well (sewer system and water source). Now is the time to conduct a soil survey and get a septic designer to help you obtain a Drainfield Certification Plat.  This will help you determine the capacity of your on-site sewer system, location, and estimated cost.  You’ll also find some companies that can help with both septic and well.

There are other tests you may want to conduct depending on the location of the land and what you want to accomplish with it.  Here is a brief list:

  • Land classification
  • School district
  • Topography
  • Boundaries
  • Bodies of water/Flood plains
  • Neighbors
  • Zoning
  • Tree survey
  • Can the property be sub dividable
  • Electrical utilities
  • Environmental studies
  • Set backs and building restrictions
  • Easements and right-of-ways
  • HOAs
  • Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions

Stay tuned for more!

~Your Favorite HOMEboy,



Merry CHRISTmas from the Lui Family Tue, 24 Dec 2013 15:31:57 +0000 2013 will be a year we will savor as the last year we lived in Texas.  When I first moved to Georgetown, Texas in 2003, I looked at Texas like another “pit stop” for 3-4 years until I found a place I really enjoyed living in.  These 3-4 year pit stops defined my entire life as an Army brat and Army Officer.  Well, after I got out of the Army, Autumn and I fell in love with Texas.  Three little Texans were soon born here, and we enjoyed every bit of the 10 years here (minus the allergies).  We love going on day trips to visit the multitude of farms, parks and barbecue joints that scatter the Hill Country landscape like Texas Bluebonnets in the Spring.  We’ll miss our family and all of the friendships from Hill Country Bible Church and our small group.  We’ll always be Texans at heart.  I’m proud that my company, Mars Hill Realty Group is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas and I’ll always have a tax-incentivized reason to visit!

Texas Bluebonnets goat feeding  Longhorn Cavern State Park

We celebrated our transition in typical Lui fashion….with a road trip!  We took our time to drive to Virginia, and made sure to spend a night in San Antonio on the way out to “remember the Alamo.”  It was only a short distance from Georgetown, but we wanted to make sure we gave ourselves some leeway in case the unexpected occurred on moving day…like replacing the air conditioner that went out in our minivan after just 1 hour on the road!  We had a blast exploring New Orleans in the summer heat, and then rewarding ourselves by stuffing our faces with beignets from Cafe du Mond.  We also made a pit stop to splash in the cool waves of the Gulf of Mexico at Pensacola Beach.  We met up with my parents and my sister and brother’s family at Orlando to enjoy a family reunion at Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Disney World.  Finally, after stops in Charleston, South Carolina and  Savannah, Georgia, we made it to Virginia!

Remembering the Alamo Cafe du mond Animal Kingdom

We’re just as excited about living in Virginia as we have been in Texas.  That’s no small feat to say that, and it must be the evidence that God has truly called us to move.  We’re so grateful that God has given Autumn and I opportunities to work from our home and the flexibility to spend more time as a family.  We’re excited for the new vision that God has for our family and look forward to an awesome 2014 in Northern Virginia.  If God shakes up your world and changes your surroundings, just remember His faithfulness.  He’ll always give you His grace to turn those changes into a blessing that will bring you the most good, and Him the most glory.  Merry Christmas from the Lui Family!

First day of school Winter in Virginia

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9


New Mailing Address:  14134 Gabrielle Way, Centreville, VA 20121

Phone Numbers:  Edward – 571.267.8639       Autumn – 512.508.8888

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A Church Plant in Northern Virginia Mon, 09 Dec 2013 04:04:59 +0000 This past summer, our family moved to Northern Virginia, something we knew would happen for a very long time.  You can read about this “Decade-long goal” on my Mars Hill Realty Group blog:

Prior to making the final decision to move, Autumn and I prayed and believed that God wanted us to move back East regardless of whether a church plant would materialize like we had hoped it to.  We knew that nothing was set in stone for the church plant to happen and half of the original four families haven’t even moved down to Ashburn yet.  However, in faith, we believed God wanted us back East for a reason that could be even greater than we had initially planned.

Well, as months went by and we began the process of assimilating into Northern Virginia, I got a call from Pastor Tom, one of the four families we wanted to church plant with.  He basically indicated to me that the original geographic region (Ashburn, VA) is being reconsidered and that things were on hold for the church plant.  At that moment, I had a panic attack as I realized I just relocated my family from halfway across the United States, cut off 90% of my active income and tore my family from a church and school community that we loved for the past 10 years!  Just kidding, let’s not be too dramatic.  The real feeling, unusually, was a huge sense of unexplainable peace in my heart!  I actually felt freedom, for some reason.  It’s not that I wasn’t excited about helping with planting a new church with great friends, but I think for just the second time in my post-graduate life, I could really start over with a blank slate and have no expectations placed on me.  (The first time was when I got out of the Army in 2003.)

So, with this newfound freedom, I began to seek God for the reason why He would transplant my family at this time.  I asked God to give me a vision for me and for my family in Northern Virginia.  As I did that, one thought kept coming back to me:  My children are on loan to me, I only have a limited time to disciple them as a Father, before they live as independent adults away from the home.  Make the most of it.  Enjoy them to the fullest.  Place everything, the church plant, your business, your ministry at church, everything on the back-burner.  Focus on your children and your family.

The ironic thing is I really believe God moved me from Texas to the face-paced culture of Northern Virginia to slow my life down.  And rather then focus on serving in church and expanding my business, I shifted my focus to serving in another ministry:  Discipling my kids.

If you read the original blog post, Reaching a Decade Long Goal,  you’ll remember that God’s provision for us financially was still unmet when we made the decision to move. Well, since then, he has provided my wife with, not one, but TWO work-at-home positions that has enabled her to continue in the field of Pharmacy.  How’s that for a miracle?  This has taken the pressure off of me to launch my new business quickly, and I can focus on my kids and the ministry of their school, Ad Fontes Academy.  Since both Autumn and I work from home, and live just one mile from our kid’s school, we’ve gained a lot of extra time and are able to help our kids get involved with piano, basketball (for Joshua) and dance (for Chloe and Sabrina).  We have also been more consistent with having family meetings and devotional times with them at night.

It’s a struggle for me, as a man, to trust God with the pace of building my business more slowly and not market and network like a mad man to start replacing my original income.  There is a part of me that wants to be back in that place of life where my wife can lose her job and we’ll still be ok.  But, God has always proven that He will provide for my family and do it in a way that brings Him the most glory.  The next 10 years or so will exciting for me as I see the fruits of being obedient to this vision and I discover the unique gifts and strengths that God has given each of my children.  Looks like church-planting is happening after all, starting right here in the Lui household.

~ Your Favorite Homeboy, Edward

Arcadia Homes at Willowsford Farm – Willowsford Community Part 5 Mon, 28 Oct 2013 02:12:24 +0000 This past weekend, my family and parents had a chance to visit the grand opening of a home builder in Loudoun County, Arcadia Communities, in Willowsford. Arcadia is building in the $800,000+ price range in The Grant and The Grange sections and has one type of floorplan that is unique in this area:  A One-Story!  Well, technically, it’s still two levels since the basement is finished, but all of the bedrooms are located at the ground level, perfect for either:

1.  Lazy people like myself or people who just appreciate less climbing or

2.  Aging folks who will not want stairs in their future.

Arcadia also builds a two story home and can include an elevator option in their floorplans so actually all of the models are fair game if you fit either of the two categories above.  If you’ve always wanted a wine cellar, home theatre, or full-service wet bar with more built-in appliances than some kitchens that I’ve seen, this builder has those options as well. Arcadia builds a great kitchen and does a good job utilizing outdoor living space.  In fact, on some of the model homes, they demonstrate how you can have a wrap-around deck that almost doubles your living space!  With the addition of a fireplace, those outdoor spaces were as warm, or warmer, than the inside of the home.

Another interesting feature is the Jack and Jill “homework room” that was integrated between two bedrooms.  Normally, you would see a Jack and Jill bathroom that is shared between two bedrooms, so this was a novel idea that could work…as long as you had a door for privacy between the two rooms.  I also liked the outdoor living space that was integrated on the second floor on some of their floorplans.

Arcadia builds eight different floorplans and six of them are on display as model homes.  They are all 4+ bedrooms and 3000 – 5000+ sf if you include the lower level.  You can check out my gallery of over 50 photos on the top of this post to get an idea of their quality and workmanship and how my kids “photo-bomb” my work.  (Click the photos to enlarge).

For more information about Willowsford, read Part 1 featuring the Willowsford Farm Stand by clicking here.  For a community overview and more builder articles about Willowsford in Ashburn, Virginia, click here.

Your Favorite HOMEboy, Edward

You may be interested in homes located in Willowsford or homes for sale in Ashburn, Virginia.  If you want to buy in this community, you probably will end up building a new home since this is a new community and there aren’t any resales available.  Did you know that buying a new home through a builder, without a real estate agent, is the fastest way to lose money?  Ask me about my Builder Program that is guaranteed to save you 1% off the price of your next home.  Contact me for the details…and the savings too!



Interested in other homes in Ashburn, Virginia that are similar to an Arcadia Communities home in Willowsford?  Here is a customized list of newly built homes priced between $750,000 – $1,250,000 with at least a 1/4 acre lot in Ashburn:

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Pulte Homes at Willowsford Farm – Willowsford Community Part 4 Tue, 03 Sep 2013 22:46:26 +0000 Pulte homes is a builder that I’m very familiar with as they built quite a bit of homes in the Central Texas area.  When I think of Pulte, I think of the huge retirement community of Sun City in Georgetown, Texas that they purchased and built out.  Although these homes in Willowsford are quite different, the quality is very much the same.

Unlike Integrity Homes, Pulte homes is a national builder, active on both coasts of the US.  They are currently building website in The Grove at Willowsford starting in the $600,000 price range.  The floorplan we visited was called the Sherwood (see photos), and it was a beautiful floorplan, with very practical living space which is what Pulte is good at doing.  The kitchen and living room had a traditional set-up and very open to one another and the living room had a floor-to-ceiling fireplace that is reminiscent of a cozy and luxurious ski lodge.  You have the ability to add a full guest suite on the main level which is convenient if you want to have aging parents living with you that don’t like stairs.  It’s also great if you want to give your guests or your teenager a bit more privacy.  The lower level had lots of space and this model home was decked out with a movie room, home gym, and other flex space for another home office, storage or game room.

Pulte is building two other floorplans, the Woodward and Kingswood, both with 3000+ sf and at least 4 bedrooms.  All three floorplans are starting in the low $600’s.  If you’re like me and find a floorplan with well utilized space appealing, then make sure you check this builder out when looking at the Willowsford Community.

For more information about Willowsford, read Part 1 featuring the Willowsford Farm Stand by clicking here.  For a community overview and more builder articles about Willowsford in Ashburn, Virginiaclick here.

Your Favorite HOMEboy, Edward

You may be interested in homes located in Willowsford or homes for sale in Ashburn, Virginia.  If you want to buy in this community, you probably will end up building a new home since this is a new community and there aren’t any resales available.  Did you know that buying a new home through a builder, without a real estate agent, is the fastest way to lose money?  Ask me about my Builder Program that is guaranteed to save you 1% off the price of your next home.  Contact me for the details…and the savings too!




Interested in other homes in Ashburn, Virginia that are similar to what you would find in Willowsford?  Here is a customized list of newly built homes priced between $500,000 – $1,000,000 with at least a 1/4 acre lot in Ashburn:


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