Langhorne Custom Homes

Langhorne Custom Homes Langhorne Custom Homes is a custom builder in the DC metropolitan area.

Langhorne Custom Homes renovates and creates legacy homes in the DC metropolitan area.

What's hiding in plain sight? Female workers should be entering many of these well-paying trades. The solution should st...
09/17/2018
Labor Solutions Hide in Plain Sight

What's hiding in plain sight? Female workers should be entering many of these well-paying trades. The solution should start in our high schools and vocational programs.

If and when builders bring building tech into the 21st Century, it will expand the worker pool.

Our part of Virginia boasts some truly spectacular environs. A home like this would take advantage of the best the Piedm...
05/29/2018
The Bear Stand

Our part of Virginia boasts some truly spectacular environs. A home like this would take advantage of the best the Piedmont has to offer!

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Bohlin Grauman Miller

I just came across this new flooring. My guess is that one wouldn't want it throughout a home but it would be amazing in...
05/02/2018
Biscuit Listone Giordano by Patricia Urquiola

I just came across this new flooring. My guess is that one wouldn't want it throughout a home but it would be amazing in the right space.

Biscuit Listone Giordano disegned by Patricia Urquiola

Last week, we attended a fantastic networking event and had the opportunity to introduce ourselves to many hardworking r...
05/01/2018
GiveChoose

Last week, we attended a fantastic networking event and had the opportunity to introduce ourselves to many hardworking realtors in the area. To thank them for their efforts, we wanted to make donations to the non-profits of their choice (a non-profit raffle). So, today we took advantage of our local day of giving. Randomly selected from the cards we collected, we donated $100 to LAWS as designated by Cathy Howell of CKRealtyVA.com and another $100 to All Ages Read Together in honor of Laura Audi of Berkshire Hathaway. If you want to make a donation, today is an easy day to do it!

GiveChoose

A client and I were on the hunt for the perfect countertops for her home. My watch tells me we covered over two miles pe...
04/28/2018
Carrara marble - Wikipedia

A client and I were on the hunt for the perfect countertops for her home. My watch tells me we covered over two miles perusing beautiful options in granite, marble, soapstone, quartzite (natural Stone), and quartz (composite product). And, assuming the source was correctly informed, I learned something new. The world's existing quarries are running out of their whitest marble . As a former history major, I'm intrigued by this result of a robust global economy and its impact on a material that has been cherished for millennia. As a builder, I'll acknowledge that modern quartz is an amazing product better suited (stain resistant) for today's kitchens and baths.

Carrara marble is a type of white or blue-grey marble of high quality, popular for use in sculpture and building decor. It is quarried in the city of Carrara located in the province of Massa and Carrara in the Lunigiana, the northernmost tip of modern-day Tuscany, Italy.

I recently read a designer's suggestion that islands should be a thing of the past. I love islands and would prefer thes...
04/20/2018
The latest trend for bathrooms and kitchens is where high-tech meets low maintenance

I recently read a designer's suggestion that islands should be a thing of the past. I love islands and would prefer these innovations instead. Regardless, each family's lifestyle should dictate unique design choices. That's the beauty of a custom home.

Customization, innovation and ease of maintenance are priorities for homeowners.

02/23/2018

We are starting a new project for a client and are inviting you to watch it rise from the ground. But first, it’s time to seek approvals.

We would suggest that catering kitchens aren’t the newest thing in the custom home realm but they are wonderful for pe...
02/01/2018
Why 'Messy Kitchens' Are the Newest Custom Home Trend

We would suggest that catering kitchens aren’t the newest thing in the custom home realm but they are wonderful for people who often entertain. That and a second powder room.

Schumacher Homes president Paul Schumacher talks about a new kitchen design solution.

Everyone has their own priorities for implementing smart technology in their homes. This is one of the joys of being abl...
01/29/2018
Delta Unveils Alexa-Enabled And 3D Printed Faucets

Everyone has their own priorities for implementing smart technology in their homes. This is one of the joys of being able to build your own custom home. Here is an example of an innovation I would love; for some reason, I am always racing to complete tasks around a sink.

Delta introduced two new faucets at the 2018 International Builders' Show. Though neither is available on the market (yet), they offer unique home technology and design possibilities. Delta's Product Lead, Mike Sale, explains how homeowners can use Amazon's Alexa technology with a voice-enabled fauc...

As homebuilders with infrequently needed equipment landing in our garage, this level of organization is personally a lif...
01/14/2018
A Beginner's Guide to Garage Design

As homebuilders with infrequently needed equipment landing in our garage, this level of organization is personally a life goal. But we are also big believers in actual mudrooms. We would also add access to warm water so furry family members (or muddy kids) and cherished vehicles benefit from the simple solution of well-planned plumbing.

Giving the car’s home a makeover will help homeowners use a space that traditionally goes unnoticed

Your home should be your sanctuary. For some, that means especially attentive selection of construction materials. For o...
01/11/2018
Healthy Home 2018 Promotes Healthy Green Building Practices

Your home should be your sanctuary. For some, that means especially attentive selection of construction materials. For others, aesthetics are most important. Know you are working with a builder committed to ensuring your home will be your sanctuary regardless of what that might be.

In its first-of-a-kind show home, Dior Builders partnered with the American Lung Association to meet high standards for healthy living.

Despite many years of believing natural stone was the ultimate counter surface, new composite materials are wowing us. I...
01/10/2018
Dekton Ultracompact Surfaces Cosentino

Despite many years of believing natural stone was the ultimate counter surface, new composite materials are wowing us. If you love the idea of designing around interesting textures, take a look at some of these options.

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Whether or not you have a clear vision for your kitchen, there are some terrific ideas here to help customize it even mo...
12/26/2017
50 Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Whether or not you have a clear vision for your kitchen, there are some terrific ideas here to help customize it even more.

"Salt and pepper" paint, rose gold hardware: Which 2018 trend is up your alley?

Building a custom home sometimes presents unexpected challenges. Homes are complicated, three-dimensional puzzles. We lo...
11/14/2017
Purp 💜 on Twitter

Building a custom home sometimes presents unexpected challenges. Homes are complicated, three-dimensional puzzles. We love finding the most efficient and effective solutions; solving puzzles is one of the perks of the job.

“Let’s see who’s brain works 😭 who gets coffee first ? 👀🤔”

With a move that demonstrates the enthusiasm many have for these products, perhaps Lowe's will also create some downward...
11/08/2017
Lowe's Cos. Inc. expands smart-home concept to 70 U.S. stores - Washington Business Journal

With a move that demonstrates the enthusiasm many have for these products, perhaps Lowe's will also create some downward pricing pressure. That said, for more complicated systems and environments, we recommend accessing the experience of specialized installers.

Lowe's Cos. Inc.'s successful pilot of a smart-home product offering for customers has led the North Carolina-based home-improvement retailer to expand the concept into 70 U.S. stores.

As our area discusses its land-use future, this perspective, counter to recent speculation, might be an important one to...
09/11/2017
Millennial Americans Are Moving to the 'Burbs, Buying Big SUVs

As our area discusses its land-use future, this perspective, counter to recent speculation, might be an important one to which we should listen. The good news for current home owners is that there will be buyers waiting in the wings.

Millennials are finally starting their own baby boom and heading for the suburbs in big sport utility vehicles, much like their parents did.

Smart Home 101. We'd be happy to contribute to the conversation!
08/13/2017
How to Make Your House a Smart Home

Smart Home 101. We'd be happy to contribute to the conversation!

Setting up a so-called smart home can be mind-boggling. Here's a guide to help you sort through the jumble and become acclimated to your first voice-controlled smart home.

07/31/2017
Facing the Future

Why did a family wedding make me think about grab handles? Today, I write about some details we don't broadly discuss in polite company.

Will and I just attended the beautiful wedding of a lovely young couple. From the setting on a lake in Maine to the joy on the faces of many friends and family, there was little to not celebrate. S…

While we might not have the beach or the "scene," our area offers some of the most beautiful seasons, vistas, and shared...
07/16/2017
Hamptons Homes Blur the Line Between Inside and Out

While we might not have the beach or the "scene," our area offers some of the most beautiful seasons, vistas, and shared moments in the outdoors.

From $50 million mansions to more modest homes, the focus is on outdoor spaces that blend seamlessly with the living room.

It is a beautiful course if you haven't had the opportunity to play...
07/06/2017

It is a beautiful course if you haven't had the opportunity to play...

On July 24th, we're offering area residents and business people the chance to play our private Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course! See the details here: http://bit.ly/2tIPR1O.

Love seeing that this fantastic company is not only great at what they do but good to the community too.
06/10/2017
RA Dobson Launches Charity Donation Program

Love seeing that this fantastic company is not only great at what they do but good to the community too.

RA Dobson has partnered with Loudoun Hunger, Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter and the Loudoun County Animal Services for its charity donation program. Starting June 1, each customer purchasing a new installed air conditioning unit, furnace, heat pump, or air handler from the company may select one

We are researching improvements and additions for our outdoor spaces and we love the new flooring options. But having ju...
04/10/2017
2017 Product Guide: Decking and Outdoor Products

We are researching improvements and additions for our outdoor spaces and we love the new flooring options. But having just heard a long explanation of the upcoming bug season (prepare yourselves!), I am going to start with the mosquito prevention system.

From decking to lights, the right products help builders meet buyer demand for backyards that facilitate relaxation.

If you haven't had a chance to play, take advantage of this offer or drop us a line. We would love to share its beauty!
03/17/2017

If you haven't had a chance to play, take advantage of this offer or drop us a line. We would love to share its beauty!

Interested in playing our private Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course? Now’s your chance! On April 3rd, we’re inviting area residents and businesses to join us for a day of golf. But, hurry—spots are limited! More information here: http://bit.ly/2nw9S8P.

This is a good description of the pricing dilemma buyers and builders face before plans are on the table. The only path ...
03/15/2017
The Square Foot Pricing Mystery

This is a good description of the pricing dilemma buyers and builders face before plans are on the table. The only path to a good outcome for both parties comes through detailed and candid communication. The SF conversation is a good starting point.

How I learned to stop worrying and love the infamous square foot pricing question.

We are proud to have executed their beautiful vision!
03/10/2017
New Homes Guide Blog

We are proud to have executed their beautiful vision!

While it is not a term widely used by homeowners, or outside of architecture and construction circles, the elevation is a unique consideration and tool employed in the design of any home. As a drawing, an elevation is a two-dimensional projection perpendicular to the vertical plane – meaning, it is…

02/26/2017
With allergy season around the corner, educate yourself now

Having known people who have been dramatically impacted by environmental allergies, we understand the importance of building around these and other health needs. Please feel free to ask us what this article misses.

Tips to ease the misery through diet and household habits.

If your dream home includes plans for a lovely space to house your collection, this is a great article to help inform yo...
02/16/2017
Six Tips for Designing Your Modern Wine Cellar

If your dream home includes plans for a lovely space to house your collection, this is a great article to help inform your choices.

A wine cellar is an elegant space that starts conversations, acts as a fulcrum around which social gatherings orbit, and adds a sense of luxury to...

My thoughts on Forbes' picks are in the comments below. We would love to hear your thoughts!
02/01/2017
Top 10 Home Design Trends To Expect In 2017

My thoughts on Forbes' picks are in the comments below. We would love to hear your thoughts!

Set to go big: Satin brass, voice assistants, vanity conversions, spring green and more.

Tips from the Trade Show
01/23/2017
Tips from the Trade Show

Tips from the Trade Show

60,000 of us descended on the Orange County Convention center earlier this month to see what is new in home construction, design, planning, and financing. It was dizzying in its breadth. As I flew …

Walked 2.6 miles to find these beauties and a beast. We love knowing about them and would enjoy making any of them a par...
01/10/2017

Walked 2.6 miles to find these beauties and a beast. We love knowing about them and would enjoy making any of them a part of your home.

When the natural source is scarce, good artificial lighting is a life-saver. Today, I borrow a friend and expert's post ...
01/03/2017
LED ABC’s

When the natural source is scarce, good artificial lighting is a life-saver. Today, I borrow a friend and expert's post to share some good info about LED lighting in your home. Thanks, Esther Searles and LED Source DC!

As I am writing this, it is already 7:30 in the morning on this rainy winter day and the sun isn’t yet doing its job. January mornings are tough on this early morning riser. Luckily, I was bo…

Timeline Photos
12/31/2016

Timeline Photos

12/20/2016

This is probably my favorite work "field trip."

12/14/2016
Great Choices

Quality insulation is an unsung hero in the effort to build a comfortable and efficient home.

Today, I write about how a well-designed custom home can defy the outside climate without breaking the bank. Happy Decem...
12/01/2016
Baby, Is it Cold Outside?

Today, I write about how a well-designed custom home can defy the outside climate without breaking the bank. Happy December, everyone!

Energy efficiency can be a goal in any home you wish to build. How much it should determine your architectural design and budget is a consideration to discuss at the beginning of the custom home pr…

Heading to buy some Beaujolais or Gewurztraminer to go with that turkey? We are fortunate to be guests for Thanksgiving ...
11/22/2016
Wines Under a Hundee.

Heading to buy some Beaujolais or Gewurztraminer to go with that turkey? We are fortunate to be guests for Thanksgiving dinner so this is my preparation and today's blog inspiration.

Though I love a great glass and have watched my share of documentaries about sommeliers, I am no wine expert. I know enough to enjoy Sideways and to find a great wine shop. I learned this last less…

Mosaic Tile
11/21/2016

Mosaic Tile

Just in time for Thanksgiving we're excited to see this breathtaking kitchen come together! Custom cabinetry and backsplash was provided by Mosaic Home Interiors for Langhorne Custom Homes in the Creighton Farms community!

I recently wrote about choosing trends to include in your custom home. I personally love selections, like in this home i...
11/08/2016
Victorian Home Renovation by Hecker Guthrie - InteriorZine

I recently wrote about choosing trends to include in your custom home. I personally love selections, like in this home in Australia, that convey current design options but allude to trends of the past. We would love to hear what your design goals are.

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Leesburg, VA
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