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Is Vinyl Plank Flooring Luxurious?

In the world of Real Estate, the word “luxury” doesn’t generally precede the words “vinyl flooring.” For most people, these words instead allude to an inexpensive, albeit durable, shiny flooring material found in the kitchens and baths of most starter homes.
sold spec home

The Three W's of Buying a Spec Home

What is a Spec Home? Let’s shed a little light on the subject of spec, inventory, and feature homes. The names may change, but they are all the same thing! They are new, move-in-ready homes built by new home builders across the country. These are homes that are built before a new home buyer makes a purchase.
McDowell Owner's Bath

Must Haves for Mom

As they say, home is where your Mom is! We truly believe all moms deserve a space they love and that’s perfect for their personalities. Let’s talk about Mom’s must-haves in a new home!
Kitchen Island Design at Eastwood Homes

Kitchen Island Design – Bar Height or Counter Height?

Most new home floor plan designs include an eat-in kitchen. Browse the plan library of any new home builder and you are likely to find that the vast majority of the kitchens include countertop seating. Eastwood Homes is no different. Our homeowners love the functionality of built-in kitchen seating. With both peninsula-style seating and separate kitchen island seating, the surface may be counter height or bar height depending on the style and layout of the home. Both kitchen island heights have their own advantages!
Division President Mike Conley pushes the Hospitality Cart

The Hospitality Cart at Levine Children's Hospital

Our philanthropic partnership with Levine Children's Hospital has three components, including an annual golf outing and a donation with the sale every home in the Charlotte area to the hospital. But today, our hearts are focused on the Hospitality Cart. Throughout the years, our team members have donated to the cart, bringing in bags of shampoos and children’s books, soaps and hand lotions, whatever is needed. We felt a genuine connection to the cart and to Levine. But it was a video shoot that brought our team even closer to a family that has made several trips to the hospital over the past three years.
Pool at Harpers Mill

At Home in Harpers Mill

Welcome home to Harpers Mill, a master planned community in Chesterfield County, VA, packed full of amenities like swim and sports complexes, walking trails, and open spaces and parks.
Eastwood Homes has move-in ready homes available

Feature Friday with the Davidson

There are two reasons why we’re excited: its finally Friday and Eastwood Homes was just named Builder of the Year! If you’re looking for a move-in ready home in the Indian Trail, NC, area why not check out Glendalough! It’s a beautiful and desirable new home community and we have a move-in ready home for everyone.
Eastwood Homes has move-in ready homes available

Feature Friday with the McDowell

Happy Friday! Time flies by when you’re having fun and house hunting! Are you looking for a move-in ready home in the Simpsonville, SC area? If so, the McDowell at Adams Mill may be just what you’re looking for!

Feature Friday with the Rutherford

Another week means another Feature Friday and we definitely have a treat for you! If you’re looking for a new home in Johns Island, SC you’ll want to see all that the Rutherford plan has to offer! The Rutherford floorplan is one that is specifically designed with a low-country lifestyle in mind. Perfect for life in Charleston, SC!
The Raleigh at Bluestone

Feature Friday with the Raleigh

Home shoppers searching for homes for sale in the Triad, NC, should look no further than our move-in ready Raleigh III at Bluestone in Clemmons, NC. This master-down home is completed, making it perfect for buyers who need to move within 30 to 45 days, and features a four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths.

At home in Wynwood at Fox Creek Townhomes

Have you been looking for the perfect townhome in Chesterfield, VA? Well then look no further! Eastwood Homes is proud to build new townhomes that are versatile, spacious and located in the desirable Chesterfield, VA area!

Feature Friday with the Raleigh

As Charlotte continues to grow and flourish, so does your options of places to live in and around the city! Whether you’re looking for new home builders in charlotte, or move-in-ready homes for sale in Charlotte, we’ve got it all!
The Cypress at Parkview Estates in Concord

Feature Friday with the Cypress

This week, we would like to introduce you to our Cypress move-in ready home in our Concord, NC, community of Parkview Estates. The Cypress floorplan is Eastwood Home's most popular plan in all of our seven divisions.

Feature Friday with the Charleston

What’s a better lead in to the weekend than highlighting one of our favorite move-in ready homes? We’ve recently completed a new home in Raleigh, NC in our stunning Kanata Mills community and it’s definitely worth mentioning! This eye catching 5 bed, 3 bath home is as move-in-ready as they come!
Eastwood Golf

Hit a Hole-In-One with Levine Children’s Hospital!

It’s that time of year…schools are back in session (almost), football is here, and the weather is still just as beautiful (and hot) as ever in the Southeast. For the team here at Eastwood, it’s an exciting time as it means the countdown to our 5th annual golf outing is officially on. The 5th annual outing benefiting Levine Children’s Hospital is scheduled for Monday, September 25th!

5 Laundry Room Hacks That Are Gorgeous & Efficient

Dull, boring, and cluttered laundry rooms are a thing of the past! Have you ever walked into a friend’s home and been completely jealous of their forward-thinking layout and beautifully designed laundry room? Well, we’re here to help! These 5 easy tips are sure to make your laundry room go from drag to fab.
Man boarding up windows

Tips to prepare for Hurricane Matthew

The path for Hurricane Matthew is still unpredictable but now is the time to make plans for this Category 4 hurricane. Please review these tips and suggestions to help keep you and your property safe and sound.
Charleston model in Richmond

Gray is the new brown

Gray has taken the entire home by storm, effectively replacing beige as the neutral of choice. With our gray cabinet choices that are now available in all divisions, homeowners can opt for a kitchen that not only offers plenty of upgrades and all the space they need, but one that is also on track with the latest trends in kitchen design!

Back to the Drawing Board

Our floor plans are ever changing! Whether we hear it directly from you, or from our division presidents, we are constantly looking for ways to give our homebuyers their dream home. In the third part of our blog series, we show you just how many people are involved in creating what we hope becomes a home sweet home!
Moving boxes

Making the Move

Saying yes to moving all your possessions from one home to another can be a tough choice all by itself, without even considering the hot sellers market that we find ourselves in today. Here at Eastwood Homes, we can make both aspects of moving easier with our many communities throughout the Carolinas and Virginia, and with these real-life moving tips that will make the physical process easier, too!
Eastwood celebrates 15000 closing.

Eastwood Homes Celebrates 15,000 Closings!

You've probably heard that we are celebrating a huge milestone at Eastwood Homes. After all, we've been shouting it from our Eastwood Homes rooftops! We have proudly reached 15,000 closings! And you probably know that we are celebrating this milestone by recognizing a new homeowner in each division to represent our 15,000th customer! We have one more family we'd like to introduce to you!

Eastwood Homes Celebrates 15,000 Closings!

If you tuned into our blog or social media accounts last week, you more than likely heard that Eastwood Homes has proudly reached 15,000 closings! We are celebrating this milestone by recognizing a new homeowner in each division to represent our 15,000th customer!
What does this spring market mean for you?

What does this hot spring market mean for buyers?

Low interest rates, an even lower supply of homes, an improving jobs outlook and rising house prices are swirling together to make for a tornado of activity between buyers and sellers as the spring market heats up.
Walnut Creek by Eastwood Homes

At Home in Walnut Creek

Get to know our Walnut Creek community, located in Indian Land just outside of Charlotte, NC. For homebuyers looking for a community with direct access to nature, countless options for outdoor fun, and a convenient location with an easy commute to Charlotte, Walnut Creek provides it all!
Couple picks out flooring for new home

Relationships and Homebuilding

Building a new home together can be stressful for any couple. In honor of this Valentines holiday, we speak to one newlywed couple who came through the endeaver with a stronger marriage and a beautiful home in which to start their lives.
Couple meeting new home specialist

To book an appointment, or not?

Searching for a new home can be complicated and time consuming. However, it doesn't have to be! Simply chatting with our internet team first can make your visit to the community even more productive and enjoyable. Here's how!
Home Gym

Turn Square Footage Into Sweat Footage!

There’s nothing like kicking off a New Year with New Year’s Resolutions that include fitness! Instead of going out to the gym, many people opt to bring the gym home. A home gym helps to save money over the long term, and provides much needed flexibility for busy homeowners. Knowing how to organize a home gym can seem daunting. We have tips on how to begin!
Eastwood Homes Keys

New Year, New Home!

If your New Year’s Resolutions include buying a new home, we have some tips to help you get moving! The homebuying process can be overwhelming, but taking the time to prepare for this milestone will make the process easier and more enjoyable.
Elf on the Shelf

Happy Holidays from Eastwood Homes and our Elf on the Shelf!

Stewart, our Eastwood Homes Elf on the Shelf, has been visiting our Eastwood Team to make sure they are being good this holiday season and to ensure our homes are Built With Care! Check out everyone here's been over the last couple of weeks!
USB Charging Outlet

Holiday Gift Ideas for the New Homeowner!

This time of year can be significant for new homeowners as they celebrate their first holiday season in their new home. Family and friends of the new homeowner can help make this time even more special with gifts especially geared toward new homeowners. These gift ideas will help you show the new homeowner in your life that you are celebrating this momentous occasion with them!
Flameless candle in pumpkin

Halloween Safety Tips for Homeowners

Halloween is normally full of treats, but homeowners could be at increased risk for homeowners' insurance claims during this frightfully fun holiday. We have some helpful tips to keep your home safe for trick-or-treaters and guests during Halloween!
Fall photo contest

WIN $250 in our Fallin' for Front Porches photo contest!

CONTEST CLOSED. We are celebrating fall with our Fallin' for Front Porches photo contest! The grand prize winner will receive $250, while the first 10 people submitting photos will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card! Enter now and show us your seasonal decor!
Cypress home in the fall

With the beginning of Autumn comes the Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

As we change seasons, now is the time to check off those items on your fall home maintenance list. It's a great time to inspect both the interior and exterior of your home and make those minor repairs that can help prevent major repairs later.
Design Center in Charlotte

Designing your new Eastwood home

Once our homebuyers contract on their new Eastwood home, we will schedule their design center visit. Often considered one of the most exciting parts of the homebuilding experience, our future homeowners work with our team to choose finishes for the inside and outside of their home, as well as finalize some behind-the-wall wiring options.
Kids closet

Home is where the homework happens

It's back to school time! We’ve scoured the internet for some practical, implementable back-to-school organization hacks that will make the mornings and evenings easier in your home. From school binders to homework stations, hopefully these household tips will help your family ace the new school year.
Home under construction

Finding a Home at Eastwood

We welcome guest contributor Rachel Meadows to our blog where she shares her story of relocating to Charlotte, finding a home for her family and finding a new family at Eastwood Homes.
Vintage suitcase

Keeping kid spaces clutter free!

Whether it be the random (and painful) Lego on the floor, the endless Barbie accessories found around the house, or markers, crayons and glue sticks found in between couch cushions and under the dining room table, parents know that toys are everywhere! We highlight a few of our toy-tested organization tips that will help keep parents and kits clutter-free!
A dog house under the stairs

Canine and Feline Design!

For many of us, our pets are our best friends. Some of us even consider them our kids. They are most certainly part of the family. And, as such, we think they should have their special place in our home, just like the rest of the family! Fortunately, with the help of Pinterest, we’ve got several ideas for how your pets can be living large!
Cypress Kitchen

Let It Go!

With Eastwood Homes, you can let go of all those features of your home that are outdated (think: popcorn ceilings) and embrace the new must-haves that you've been eyeing for years! All at a great value today without having to fill your weekends for the next two years chipping away at a long to-do list!
Sitting around fire pit

His home is his castle

Are there certain spaces in your home that remind you of your father? Perhaps his man-cave or outside on the patio by the grill? Like Mom, we know that dad needs his own personal space. At Eastwood Homes, we design spaces perfect for each type of dad whether it’s for the outdoors man, the sports fanatic, or the foodie.

Next Stop: Decorating

So you’ve purchased a new home…Yay! Next Stop: Decorating! Styles are different, tastes vary, and just like your fingerprint, your home is something that is uniquely your own.
Rivewood model

Choose paint colors for an open floor plan

We love open floorplans at Eastwood Homes, and we have completely embraced this concept. But even though these desirable floorplans are so highly sought after by new homeowners, they also pose a challenge: How does one decorate and paint an open concept living area?
House in Framing

The Steps Behind Building New

If you’re considering purchasing a new construction home, you may have questions about the steps in the building process. You may even be a little overwhelmed at the thought. However, that shouldn’t be the case! We are here with these tips to provide the information you need that will make you feel more knowledgeable about the process!
Outdoor Living Area

Memorial Day is a time of remembrance and celebrations

Memorial Day is a national holiday for remembering those who have died while serving our country. Originally known as Decoration Day, it’s a time when families, individuals and organizations take time to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice of our troops. In addition to parades in honor of the historical meaning of Memorial Day, people are also celebrating the seasonal significance of this holiday. This weekend has become synonymous with the kick-off to summer! Picnics, cook-outs, and get-togethers with friends and loved ones are currently being planned in homes across the country.
Eastwood volunteers during RED Day

Taking "Built With Care" home to our community

We recently unveiled our new Built with Care initiative, reflecting our company’s culture of being a family-owned company with ties to the communities where we build. We care about those communities, our homeowners, our vendor partners and our team members. This week provided several opportunities for our company to show that our Built with Care initiative is more than a slogan. It’s who we are, and what drives us every day! We are proud to cultivate a culture of caring and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to be involved in the community!
Davidson Floor Plan

Numbers Can Lie When Choosing a Floor Plan

After choosing a builder, homebuyers need to start thinking about a perfect floor plan for their needs. There are many options from which to choose, including single-story, two-story, and three-story homes. But sometimes, homebuyers get caught up in the numbers of square footages and bedrooms when they should be focusing on livability!
Young Couple in Living room

Building new: where to start?

You’ve decided you want to improve your living situation and build a new home. But now, the big question is, where to start? One of the first questions to answer are whether you want a custom builder, semi-custom builder or what is commonly called a production builder of inventory homes. Your decision about your builder will affect many subsequent steps in the homebuilding process.
Basset Hound Eastwood Homes | New Home Shopper

What Type of New Home Shopper Are You?

What type of home shopper are you? Eastwood Homes compares characteristics of new home shoppers to our canine companions!
Declutter and donate

Spring Cleaning Strategy!

Did you know that cleaning and organizing our homes can make us feel better, both while we are doing it and later on while we are enjoying the more organized space? However, spring cleaning can be a daunting task to plan for. So, instead of trying to do it all, why not make a strategic plan to do one area really well.
Sold sign

Tips to prepare your home for sale!

It’s spring, and that means it’s time to start thinking about pretty flowers and warmer weather! Some of us are even thinking of upgrading to a larger home with a newer kitchen, or even downsizing to a home that’s a little more convenient, but still has all the designer finishes. Even though it’s a seller’s market out there, you’ll still need to put your best foot forward to get the highest possible offer in a short amount of time.
The Charleston by Eastwood

Eastwood to open three new communities in Raleigh!

We're growing even more and expanding in the Raleigh market! Eastwood Homes will be celebrating the grand opening of three new communities in early 2015, two of which represent our first Durham-area neighborhood developments.
Berewick Manor House

New communities opening in Charlotte!

Eastwood Homes is continuing to grow throughout the Charlotte Metro area. The privately held Charlotte-based builder will be celebrating the grand opening of three new communities in the spring of 2015.
Plates etched with messages from Mom

Five Unique Housewarming Gifts

As friends and family members settle in to new homes, we are left pondering the perfect housewarming gift – something other than a potted plant, or dish towels, or a welcome mat. Finding a great, unique housewarming gift that highlights our creativity and sincerity and shows just how much we care can be a challenge. We’re here to help you navigate the possibilities as you search for something a bit more personal. Here are our 5 favorite, ingenious housewarming gift ideas we found on Pinterest.
Wrench coat hanger

Man Caves: From Baseballs to Brewskies

When we think of design inspired rooms, we most often think of living rooms and bedrooms with color coordinating throw pillows and eye-pleasing wall art. We don’t usually think about baseball bats on the wall, or used tires doubling as a coffee table. Wrenches certainly never play into a design scheme.
NAHB International Builders Show

IBS: Big Names, New designs, Innovative Products

The NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas is to the homebuilding industry what the Superbowl is to football fans. It’s a huge event full of excitement, anticipation, fanfare and all the biggest names in construction and design. All of this took place this week, and members of our Eastwood team had the opportunity to attend once again.
Key to new home

Homeownership becomes more affordable!

The FHA has lowered its annual mortgage insurance premiums by 50 basis points, from 1.35 percent to 0.85 percent. Lower mortgage insurance premiums are going to allow people to afford more home on the same budget!

New year, new you, new interior design, too!

As designers ring in the New Year with the trendy must-have design features for 2015, you may be surprised to learn what’s hot, and what’s not. Instead of exploring new design territory, the trends for 2015 are recycled trends from years past!

2015 is the Year to Buy a Home!

We can provide you with an endless list of reasons why you should buy a home. If you are renting, you should buy a home so that you can have more space, personalize your space, paint your walls, park in a garage, have a backyard, take advantage of tax savings, etc. The list is endless. If you already own a home but are considering a move, we can provide myriad reasons to make the change as well. A new home can provide you with an updated open floor plan, easier for entertaining. Maybe you need more bedrooms. Maybe you need less space to maintain. Perhaps you want to live closer to work, or closer to loved ones. A new home can provide exactly what you are looking for. Whether you are a renter or a home owner, here are 3 reasons why 2015 is the time to BUY a NEW HOME.
Celebrating the holidays

Happy Holidays from Eastwood Homes!

Happy Holidays from Eastwood Homes! We’re in the spirit here at Eastwood Homes! Check it out for yourself!

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree...

Designers, decorators, Suzy Homemakers, and Feng-Shui enthusiasts all agree that the placement of the Christmas tree can greatly enhance one’s holiday décor. Serving as the epitome of all things Christmas, the Christmas tree is a symbol of happiness, warmth, and holiday cheer

Create an Inviting Guest Room for the Holidays!

Are you going to be welcoming overnight guests to your home during the holiday season? Here are a few tips to make your guests feel especially welcome during any time of the year!

5th Annual Holiday Card Contest Finalists

Eastwood Homes is pleased to announce the finalists in our Holiday Card Contest! Children of employees were invited to participate in our 5th annual competition. We are very impressed with their creativity!

Caution: Cool Temperatures Ahead!

Winter Maintenance Tips and Tricks from Eastwood Homes to prepare your home for the upcoming season!

Why I Need a Mudroom in My Life

Author discusses the importance of the mudroom in her home. More and more people both young and old, with and without children, are looking for a flexible space to stash the unsightly necessities of everyday life. Eastwood Homes offers dozens of floor plans with a mud room space separating the garage entrance from the rest of the home.

The Cost Clock is Ticking

When it comes to purchasing a new home, timing is one of the most important factors. If you’re a newly married couple looking for your first home or a single retiree looking for a place to down-size, timing is inevitably going to play a role in your purchase decision. Is it the right time to make a change? Once you’ve decided that you are ready to make a change in your living arrangements, you’ve completed half the battle! The other, and often times, more difficult half of the battle still awaits. Is now the right time to buy?

Dream Home vs. School District. Does it have to be a competition?

August is upon us! Although the heat in the Southeast is here to stay (at least a few more months), summer is officially winding to a close. In just a few short weeks, school-age children will be loading up their back packs, grabbing their books, and heading out the door to the first day of school! From now until June, they will spend the majority of their day learning, growing, and developing in varying school environments. Because of the time and importance devoted to education, school options can play an important role in the home buying decision!

Are All Square Feet Created Equal?

Building or purchasing a new home is a whirlwind of excitement! In today’s market, homebuyers have a plethora of flexible floor plans and homes to choose from! With almost unlimited options, buyers are often confronted with difficult decisions begging questions such as, “How many square feet are in this home?”, “How large is this floor plan?”, and worse, “What is the price per square foot?” Rather than focusing on the functional use of the home, many home searchers turn the hunt into a numbers game letting the size and square feet dictate their home buying decision. Often, buyers even let the square footage measurements outweigh the value of the home design itself!

Eastwood Homes Welcomes First Buyers to Patriots Landing in the Richmond Division!

Eastwood Homes welcomed its first two buyers to their newest Richmond-area community, Patriots Landing, last weekend. Now that they have selected their homesites, they will customize their homes during a design meeting with an experienced Eastwood Homes professional. Actual construction will begin in early August, and their homes will be move-in-ready in time for the holidays!

Where's Your Fun in the Sun Getaway?

Summer is here! The weather is hot and the days are long! If you live in the Southeast like we do, this means it’s the time of year to hit the beach! If you live in a state where Eastwood Homes is building, then you know what I’m talking about!

Decorating with Vintage Distressed, or Shiny and New?

With the explosive popularity of Pinterest, the social media landscape has been introduced to the design styles of pinners across the nation and around the world. Trends tend to go viral in no time at all. At the same time, many of the trends, are not-so-trendy at all, but focus more on re-purposing existing pieces.

Eastwoodhomes.com Has a New Look!

Our new website went live on Wednesday, May 21st. The entire team at Eastwood Homes is excited about the new look!

The Davidson: A Plan Designed to Fit Your Lifestyle!

In the era of the modern family, homebuilders are increasingly designing new plans and homes to fit homebuyers’ needs. Some families may require extra space for children to play, while others are looking for an in-law or guest suite to accommodate elderly parents or middle-age children moving back into the home. At Eastwood Homes, we’re...

Is the Dining Room Becoming Obsolete?

How important is the formal dining room to the average homeowner? Is this room even necessary to today’s buyer? Dining rooms were a necessity at the beginning of the 20th century. Browse through home plans from this time period and you will discover microscopic kitchens with little counter space, let alone an area for sitting. Meals were prepared...

Sherwin Williams Releases 2014 “Color of the Year!”

Here at Eastwood Homes, we’re a huge fan of Sherwin Williams! Recently, we were pleased to see the announcement from the company regarding their 2014 Color of the Year! Last February, we featured the 2013 Color of the Year, Aloe (SW6464) on our blog. We’re excited to do the same this year. Drumroll, please...

Contest Winners Announced!

Announcing the Winners of our Holiday Card Contest! — Congratulations to our FIRST PLACE winner, Ruby Lawrence!...

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