Opening all the windows in your home is one of the first sure signs spring has arrived! After a long winter, you might notice your home is in need of a little love. Tackling spring cleaning is much easier if you open all the windows, turn up some great music and get moving!
Over the last four years, the Hallsley community of Midlothian, Virginia has attracted more than 60,000 visitors while raising $1.5 million for various charities.
The architectural diversity and mass appeal of the homes led the National Association of Home Builders to name Hallsley the “Best Master Planned Community in America” in January 2017. But the building team wasn’t finished creating beautiful homes just yet.
In October 2017, Hallsley unveiled the Southern Living Inspired Community Street of Hope, featuring eight designer homes showcasing the latest in interior decorating ideas, trends and innovations in new home design.
“Hallsley is anything but your typical cookie-cutter neighborhood,” says Connie Pollard, senior vice president for East West Realty, which manages the Hallsley community. “The authentic streetscape, attention to detail, preservation of the natural tree coverage, and combination of unique amenities and lifestyle events make this place truly unique.”
We traveled to Virginia to see our Pella® Architect Series® windows and doors come to life in this inspired community that’s funding cancer research grants and scholarships for underprivileged youth. Four months later, we still can’t get over the beauty of these homes. Here’s an inside look at one of our favorites.
Pella Architect Series Windows
Builder: Bryan Smith and Shannon Horan of Creative Home Concepts
4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms and 4,893 square feet
What inspired the plans for this home and what design aspect is your favorite?
Smith: The inspiration in this home was tied to trying to keep the Southern charm of the home. My favorite part of this project is the openness of the house. It flows nicely from the family room to the kitchen.
Horan: The 7-and-a-half-inch oak floors are simply stunning and we’ve received a lot of positive feedback about them. What’s really wonderful is that, although the beams are solid pine, we were able to color the same as the floors. It really continues with the openness of the house, keeping everything light and airy.
What role did natural light play in the construction of the home?
Horan: When we were deciding on what windows to use, we realized the importance of natural light in a house and what it can do for the colors in the house as well as accent the furniture even better. Natural light is important – everyone loves to be outside – and choosing expansive windows was a way to bring the outside into the house.
Now that the house is built, what do you enjoy most about the experience?
We are a member of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program and we were honored to be a part of the Street of Hope and also contribute to the fundraising that ultimately will benefit the Massey Cancer Center.
All images courtesy of Southern Living Inspired Communities