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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.
10/23/19
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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.
08/09/19
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Moving boxes

Moving got you stressed?

We get it. The joy of moving into a new home comes with the pain of the actual move. If moving has you stressed out, we have some tips to help make this task as painless as possible!
05/29/19
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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!
05/08/19
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The Oxford at Sweetwater Plantation
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!
04/09/19
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The Columbia townhome exterior

Feature Friday with the Columbia

This week’s Feature Friday home is our move-in ready Columbia townhome in Simpsonville, SC! For those folks who prefer not to have the responsibility of exterior maintenance (like lawncare!) but who still want the perks of homeownership, a townhome community may be a great fit!
01/31/19
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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.
10/09/18
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Flooring in move-in-ready home

What is Enhanced Vinyl Plank Flooring

Eastwood Homes is pleased to offer a new line of flooring called Enhanced Vinyl Plank, often referred to as EVP! This new type of flooring offered by Shaw will provide homeowners protection against all life has to throw at it! It’s similar to Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring, otherwise known as LVP, which has been a favorite among our homeowners for years now, and which also offers better protections against spills over the more traditional hardwood flooring.
06/20/18
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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.
04/13/18
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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!
04/06/18
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Feature Friday with the Cypress III

Can you believe it’s Friday already? That means we have another gorgeous home to feature! This week we’re featuring the Cypress III at Bluestone in Clemmons, NC.
03/30/18
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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!
03/15/18
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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.
03/08/18
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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!
03/01/18
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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.
02/22/18
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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!
02/09/18
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At Home in Kinderton Village

Did you know that Bermuda Run, NC was listed as the #4 best place to buy a house in North Carolina? It’s no wonder it’s one of the top places to call home with its small-town feel, outstanding location, and local amenities such as parks, vineyards, fine dining, and more!
10/26/17
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Another Reason to Live in Kannapolis, NC

Have you heard? The online giant, Amazon, plans to bring a new distribution center to Kannapolis, NC. The new $85 million distribution center will bring over 600 jobs to the area and plans to open its doors in 2019.
10/06/17
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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.
08/04/17
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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.
10/05/16
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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!
08/01/16
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At Home at Robinson Oaks

Our new Robinson Oaks community will feature amenities like a clubhouse, pool, fitness center, and dog park, and specially designed floorplans to add to the aesthetic appeal of this neighborhood! And it all neighbors a state-of-the-art YMCA!
07/22/16
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Floorplans

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!
07/15/16
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A community in development

The Lay of the Land Development Team

In our continuing blog series, we talk about how we develop a piece of land to a community with streets lined with homes. There are likely more steps to this than you think!
07/01/16
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Sales agent and home buyer

Building a New Home: It Takes a Village!

There are quite a few folks involved in building a home. But have you ever wondered just how many there are? We did, and even we were surprised! This is the first in a multi-part blog series on the many steps it takes to turn a piece of land into a home.
06/24/16
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Cat in a Moving Box

Making a Move With Pets

Moving with pets can prove challenging. It takes planning, and definitely patience. We've put together some tips on how to make moving day less stressful for both you and your dog and cat.
06/17/16
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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!
04/08/16
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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!
04/01/16
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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!
03/25/16
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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.
02/12/16
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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!
01/15/16
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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.
01/08/16
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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!
12/04/15
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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.
09/18/15
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Master Bathroom

Beautify Your Bathroom With These DIY Projects!

Don't ignore your bathroom space. Give it some TLC with some easy and inexpensive DIY projects that will turn a boring space into a beautiful space!
09/11/15
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Relaxing Owner's Suite

Staycation With a Relaxing Owner Suite

No matter how crazy life gets, our Eastwood homeowners always have a sanctuary - a retreat from all that life throws at us – an owner’s suite. These master bedroom spaces have plenty of room for a king size bed that will make you feel like royalty and a walk-in closet fit for a queen. They come with en suite bathrooms that parents can mark as kid-free zones (hopefully) and keep the fancy bath salts and bubble baths away from the youngsters. Some even have calming sitting rooms for the end-all-be-all owner suite spaces.
09/04/15
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Artwork on a wall

If These Blank Walls Could Speak, They would Ask For Wall Art!

Once a new homeowner moves in to their new home, they often find themselves with blank, bare walls. For some, the idea of picking artwork is a challenge. We've compiled some tips and resources that will help make that decision process a bit easier and help our homeowners create a space they are proud of!
08/28/15
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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.
08/19/15
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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.
07/31/15
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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!
07/24/15
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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!
06/23/15
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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.
06/18/15
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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.
06/11/15
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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?
06/05/15
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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.
05/22/15
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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!
05/01/15
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Eastwood founders and owners

How to choose a builder

Building a new home can feel overwhelming, but if you are armed with the right questions to ask, you can find a builder you can trust. You should familiarize yourself with all the questions offered up by the two homebuilding sources. There are some hugely important questions that will play a large part in your decision, such as “do you build in the town I want to live in” and “do you have a floorplan that fits my needs?” But, that may not narrow down the field enough for you to make a decision.
04/24/15
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Pineapple welcome mat

Home Sweet Pineapple

The images of pineapples are symbolic of welcome. But just how did the sweet fruit become an icon for hospitality in our homes and our architecture?
04/10/15
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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!
04/03/15
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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.
03/27/15
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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.
03/13/15
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The grass can be greener with these spring maintenance tips

Now is the time to begin our spring yard maintenance if we want a lawn to be proud of when we begin enjoying the warmer weather in just a few weeks. By putting in the work to prepare your yard now, you will better be able to enjoy your yard for the next several months. Our blog shares a few maintenance tips for lawn care to help you get started!
03/06/15
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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.
02/20/15
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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.
01/30/15
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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!
01/16/15
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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!
12/23/14
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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
12/04/14
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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!
11/25/14
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Caution: Cool Temperatures Ahead!

Winter Maintenance Tips and Tricks from Eastwood Homes to prepare your home for the upcoming season!
11/13/14
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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.
10/23/14
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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?
08/28/14
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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!
08/08/14
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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!
08/01/14
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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!
07/18/14
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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!
07/09/14
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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!
05/21/14
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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...
04/07/14
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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...
03/05/14
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Energy, Optimism, and Innovation at NAHB International Builders’ Show

I was fortunate enough to attend the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show last week on behalf of Eastwood Homes. What an exhilarating experience! This was not my first trip to the three-day expo and training event, but it was my first high-energy, motivating, feel-good experience. I attended two years ago when the event was held...
02/11/14
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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...
12/19/13
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Trends in Exterior Colors – Let the EXPERTS Help You to Decide!

I start my day with a long walk or jog nearly every morning before I head to the office here at Eastwood Homes. Yesterday, my pleasant stroll was interrupted by the jarring discovery that my neighbor had painted her home. Her lovely brick exterior is now accented with bright red and bold yellow. I expected...
11/13/13
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It’s a GREAT Time to Buy a Home!

Rates are still LOW, and many builders like Eastwood Homes have beautiful move-in-ready inventory homes available. It really is a great time to buy a new home, but you don’t need to take our word for it. Check out the following article from U.S. News and World Report. The full article can be found here.
10/15/13
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