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Cool ways to “summer-ize” your bedroom

Categories: Blog | Posted: July 13, 2017

The heat has arrived! And even though your new Cornerstone home is built to stay cool, you might still want to lighten things up for the summer. When you switch out your wardrobe, try switching up your bedroom décor a bit, too!

Here are some tips for creating the perfect summer sanctuary:


Ditch your duvet.

That goose down duvet may be just the thing when it’s nippy outside, but it’s hardly needed once the temperature goes up. If you like burrowing in a duvet or quilt, invest in a summer-weight model. They’re thinner and lighter, but still snuggly. Look for a cotton shell with down or poly fill.


Change your sheets.

Even if you love them, your flannel or micro-fleece sheets are not remotely attractive when it’s hot outside. Find yourself linen sheets, and you’ll be in heaven. Linen is known for its exceptional coolness. As a natural fiber, its loose weave makes it more breathable and capable of absorbing moisture, which allows air to flow through the sheet easily and prevent it from clinging to your skin while you sleep.


Cotton is king.

From PJs to sheets and blankets, 100% cotton is a classic summer-time fabric for a reason. It comes in a variety of weights and weaves, and is light and breezy no matter how sticky it is outside. Bonus: Cotton blankets are perfect if you’re chilled by the AC. Keep one at the foot of the bed.

Let the sunshine in!

Don’t forget to lighten up your windows. Give your heavy winter window treatments a summer vacation. Switch to gauzy sheers or light-colored valances. Or maybe go with some bamboo or wood blinds.


Go lighter & brighter.

Drop the dark colors and heavy textures. Make the move to brighter hues or soft pastels. Accent pillows in summery floral prints or cabana stripes. Or a throw blanket in pastel cotton will complete your bedroom’s summer-scape.


Bring the outdoors in.

Treat yourself to vases of fresh flowers on your bedside table or a vignette of beach treasures on the dresser. You can also up your artwork by displaying garden scenes or summer sunsets.


Try out these tips for a perfectly cool space in the warm weather months. To learn more about living at one of our Cornerstone communities, visit our website or contact us here.

At Ashlake, there’s always something new under the sun!

Categories: Blog | Posted: May 23, 2017

Not only do you get a maintenance-free home and an amazing, friendly community when you move to the Villas at Ashlake, but you also get nuggets of wisdom. Keep reading to learn!

Alexandre-Edmond Becquerel, an important French physicist, explained how we can generate electricity from sunlight in 1839.  He’s the father of modern solar energy, discovering the photovoltaic effect, the operating principle of the solar cell. And finally, 175 years and decades of experimentation later, we have technology that can efficiently harness the power of the sun!


Why does this matter?

Because everything we do uses tons of electricity – and it costs a lot of money. Solar energy is the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source available, and the U.S. has some of the richest solar resources in the world! Modern technology can harness solar energy for a variety of uses, including generating electricity, providing light, and heating water.


By using solar power, you can reduce your energy costs and your carbon footprint. And at the Villas of Ashlake, we’re helping you do just that – by installing a solar energy system!


What does solar power mean to you?

  • You’ll start saving the very first day of your system’s operation. How high is your current electric bill? You can expect to save around $90 a month from your solar energy system at Ashlake!


  • You can claim a one-time tax credit equal to 30% of your system’s cost. For example, on a $15,000 solar energy system, you’d be entitled to $4,500 in tax credits. Cha-ching!


  • When you purchase your home, it’s easy to finance your solar energy system through your mortgage.


  • Homes with a solar energy system provide more reliable power and have a better resale value in the Richmond market.


  • Your solar energy system will reduce your carbon footprint by lowering demand for electricity from coal or gas-fueled energy plants.



If want to learn more about how the solar energy system at Ashlake will work, please call Tom Gancsos at 804.347.4253.

Getting to know your team… Site Construction Superintendent, Mike Matchette

Categories: Blog | Posted: May 17, 2017

Cornerstone Homes is excited to introduce Mike Matchette, our Site Construction Superintendent at Barley Woods. Mike comes to us with over 30 years of experience in the home construction industry!


As our Site Construction Superintendent, Mike plays a vital role in the complete building process, including overseeing the daily construction activities for each home, maintaining building and safety standards, and working closely with our trade partners to maintain our high-quality building practices.


Mike will also be meeting and getting to know each and every Barley Woods homeowner at multiple scheduled construction meetings during the building process of your home.  He will make sure you are  familiar with and in love with every aspect of your new home!


“I’m excited to meet with our homeowners at the first pre-construction meeting,” Mike says. “I love to listen to their life experiences, and give them peace of mind, from start to finish, and beyond! This is an exciting phase of their lives and moving into a new home is exciting! ”


In his spare time, Mike enjoys trail riding on his ATV, metal detecting for artifacts, and visiting the many historical places in Fredericksburg and the rest of Virginia. 

5 Reasons History Buffs LOVE Living in Fredericksburg!

Categories: Blog | Posted: April 11, 2017

If there’s a history lover in your midst, they’ll be in heaven living in a Cornerstone home near Fredericksburg. This region of Virginia is overflowing with history, from the Native American tribes through the early American Colonists to the Civil War era.


  1. Colonial Times. Colonial-era history comes alive as you wander through Fredericksburg. From walking tours of historic Old Town, to the James Monroe Museum and Library, and Hugh Mercer’s Apothecary Shop, you’ll find an endless array of restored historical sites to transport you back in time, where you can party like it’s 1775.


  1. Civil War Sites. Button up your shell jacket and don’t forget your musket when you visit these sites! In Fredericksburg, you’re never too far from a Civil War battlefield or historical site. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County National Military Park encompasses four major battlefields of the Civil War – Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Courthouse. Other sites include the Trail to Freedom, Christ Episcopal Church, and the Confederate Cemetery.


  1. Historic Homes. If you find boxy, modern homes to be an eyesore, Fredericksburg has just the thing for you! To see one of the most beautiful historic homes in the country, you have to stop by Chatham. This home was built in the 18th century, served as a headquarters and hospital for the Union army during the Battle of Fredericksburg, and was a private residence until 1975! Most historic homes feature beautiful gardens, along with exhibits that tell the story of the time.  Visit George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm, where you can observe an active archeological lab! Or forget farmers and fossils, and visit the Historic Kenmore Plantation. George Washington’s sister and her husband built this beautiful, Georgian-style brick mansion.


  1. Native American History. Several Native American tribes occupied the area surrounding Fredericksburg. The Eagle Nest Trading Post in Spotsylvania offers a variety of services for those interested in Native American culture. Teaching and reaching across cultural boundaries is the main purpose of Eagles Nest Trading Post, including educational programs, community fairs and events, special presentations and handmade Native American arts, crafts, and clothing.


  1. The Grapes & Grain Trail. Enjoy Virginia’s “spirited” history! The trail wanders through many of the most beautiful and historic areas of Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Spotsylvania, and includes 5 wineries, 5 breweries, and a distillery. Experience farmhouse ales in a historic farm brewery, sip hand-crafted bourbon at a family-owned distillery, and slip away to a Tuscan winery only 45 minutes from DC.


Outdoor Living is Good for the Soul

Categories: Blog | Posted: April 11, 2017

There’s no doubt that spending time with mother nature is beyond beneficial. Most studies show that time spent outdoors improves physical, mental and social wellbeing. At any Cornerstone Homes community in Virginia, it’s not hard to find reasons to get outside! If you strive to live a longer, happier, and healthier life, now is the time to embrace your inner Davey Crockett and the great outdoors at one of our communities!


At Cornerstone Homes, we’ve long understood the importance of nature and access to it. All of our communities provide plenty of opportunity to access the outdoors – pools, walking trails, lakes, or gardens. Homeowners at Cornerstone Homes enjoy plenty of benefits from time spent outside!


  • Physical benefits. Activities such as gardening, walking, or swimming are good for joint flexibility and strengthening muscles and your cardiovascular system. Doing these activities outdoors can lower inflammation levels associated with hypertension, autoimmune diseases and depression. Forget city living! If you want to feel better and improve your health, move to a place with tons of green space (like one of our communities!)


  • Mental benefits. Physical activity that takes place in a natural setting improves the memory, increases cognitive function, and has a restorative effect overall. 30 minutes or more of gardening in one of our gardens, or even just sitting in the sun at the clubhouse and soaking up some Vitamin D can have a significant effect on moods, stress levels, and mental health. If being happy and smart is as easy as a few moments in the sun, just hand us a bottle of sunscreen and meet us outside.


  • Social benefits. Spending time with good friends is always a great mood booster, but doing so outside comes with a slew of additional benefits! It creates a sense of community, and is the perfect remedy for those days when you may be feeling a little lonely. A group stroll, a card game by the pool, and an afternoon spent in the garden are great for exercising the mind and body, and are easy to find at a Cornerstone Homes community! As they say, the good things in life are better together!


Residents of Cornerstone Homes’ communities enjoy all of these advantages, plus so many others. We are truly dedicated to creating a happier, healthier way of life for every member of our community.



5 Reasons You’ll LOVE Single Level Living!

Categories: Blog | Posted: March 13, 2017

At Cornerstone Homes, we’ve cornered the market on attractive, well-designed single level homes. All of our homes have the primary living space on one level, with some models having an option second floor bonus room. They offer 2 or 3 bedrooms, plenty of open space, and a level of comfort you won’t believe. Take a look at some of the benefits of single-level living:

  • Easier to navigate. The best thing about single level living: everything you need is on one floor! No more endless trips up and down the stairs, and no more forgetting that thing you needed from the master bedroom because it took so long to get there. Ah, sweet convenience!
  • Have you, a family member, or your sweet Maltese Max ever tripped up on the staircase? Single level living means no worries about you or your loved ones missing a step. And no need to haul laundry or luggage up and down the stairs!
  • Open space. Our one-story homes include lots of open living space. Rooms have high ceilings, lots of windows, and flow easily into one another – without an unsightly staircase to ruin the view.
  • Easy to clean. If you could pick your least favorite chore, what would it be? Would it include cleaning the awkward crevices of your staircase? Or lugging your heavy vacuum and clunky cleaning supplies from floor to floor? Not anymore!
  • Everyday life. Taking a shower and your spouse decides to run the dishwasher? Don’t yell at them from the upstairs bathroom. Yell from the same floor so they hear you better!

With all these benefits, you’ll wish you’d switched to single level living years ago!

Ashlake Preview Event: New Sales Office Reveal!

Categories: Blog | Posted: February 28, 2017

Cornerstone Homes will be hosting a Community Preview Event for our new boutique 55+ living community, The Villas at Ashlake! This event will take place this Saturday, March 4th from 1-5 pm at the new sales center, located at Winterpock Crossing Shopping Center, 6637 Lake Harbor Drive in Midlothian, Virginia. The sales office will be open daily! Please join us to preview amenities, floor plans and pre-construction pricing.

Visitors will also get a special preview of the first homesites being released, and the opportunity to make an appointment to secure a reservation. Refreshments will be served 🙂

The Villas at Ashlake will be comprised of 82 single-story, maintenance-free homes from the high $270’s. The boutique 55+ community will feature Cornerstone’s trademark resort-style amenities, including a clubhouse, fitness center, outdoor grill & bar, and walking trails, as well as community vegetable & flower gardens.

Located at the intersection of Ashbrook and Ashlake Parkways in Chesterfield, The Villas are priced from the $230’s. Pre-construction pricing will be available for a limited time only.








For more information about the event or the community, call (804) 234-8525 or visit

Get the Down-Low on Down-Sizing!

Categories: Blog | Posted: January 31, 2017

We loved this article we just found on Huffington Post!

Entitled Here’s the Down-Low on Down-Sizing”, Melissa Reed writes about her emotional experience with selling the family home and moving to a more manageable home with her husband.

She very astutely describes the process that so many of our Cornerstone home owners have experienced – moving on from your long-time home, and deciding what to keep and what to toss from years of living in one space. For Reed, like many of us, the process was difficult as she, “joyfully held [her] 38-year old’s kindergarten ceramic project” only to days later, “throw her first baby tooth down the trash chute”.

In a different perspective, Reed’s husband “took no prisoners. He loathes clutter”. One thing is for certain, we all know someone, even if it’s ourselves, that shares either Reed’s or her husband’s opinion on downsizing.

At Cornerstone, we want to make sure that no matter your personality on downsizing during your move, we take the moving process and make sure that it is fun and personal! Our Concierge Program is set up to help make your move simpler and stress-free. Our team of experts can help you prepare your home for sale, right-size your life, and organize your move.

Here are some down-sizing tips:

  • Keep the memories, get rid of the stuff. Downsizing experts recommend concentrating on the memories as you sort and toss. Tell stories about prized items, take photos, enjoy the trip down memory lane. It’ll make it easier to part with things, and remind you why you loved them in the first place.
  • Be practical. If you’re retired, you don’t need a closet full of business attire. If you’re right-sizing, you don’t need four bedrooms worth of furniture. There’s a freedom that comes along with letting go.
  • Be realistic. Your kids probably don’t have an emotional attachment to your dining room suite. It’s really just “stuff”. Your children will be just fine if you toss their art projects and prom dresses. Offer it to them and if they don’t want it, in the trash it goes!
  • Look toward the future, not back at the past. You’re starting a new stage of your life. You don’t need to bring all of your past with you. Enjoy the anticipation of a new home, a new town, and new friends!

Meet Ms. Ruby Barley – the woman who gave us Barley Woods!

Categories: Blog | Posted: December 21, 2016

Our newest community, Barley Woods, was built on the heartwarming story of Mrs. Ruby Barley, the original owner of the land. She and her husband raised their children here, built two homes here, and made many wonderful memories on this land.  Her children played in the woods, inventing games and picking berries, while she listened lovingly from her home.

After her husband died, Ms. Barley began to think about what she might want to do with her lot. Raising a home full of children was a breeze, but eighteen acres of land would be a lot for one woman to care for! Although many developers and agencies approached her about the land, Mrs. Barley only trusted one – Roger Glover and Cornerstone Homes. Roger knew of the cherished memories Mrs. Barley had here. He would only buscreen-shot-2016-12-21-at-2-17-36-pmy if she was absolutely certain that she was ready to sell.

A recent article in The Free Lance-Star featured Ms. Barley and her 10-year journey with Cornerstone. Mrs. Barley’s stories played an essential role in the community’s unique plan. Cornerstone will maintain much of the site’s rural character, emphasizing orchards and nature trails alongside resort-style features, like the clubhouse and pool.

Mrs. Barley is happy that the land she has called home for decades, will now be a place for so many active adults to make their own memories.

If you’d like to learn more about Ms. Ruby Barley and her relationship with Cornerstone, you can check out this video from the ribbon cutting.


The Key to Healthier Living? Owning a Pet!

Categories: Blog | Posted: November 14, 2016

A recent study in the medical journal, The Gerontologist, looked at whether there are health benefits for seniors if they have pets. (Anyone who has a dog or cat can tell you we don’t need a scientific study to know that the answer is yes!)

In fact, the study showed that we get definite health benefits from the bonds they form with their companions, especially the benefits they enjoy from dog walking. Aside from being a source of frequent and longer exercise, dog walking is also associated with a lower body mass index, fewer visits to the doctor, and more opportunities for socialization.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all adults should spend at least 150 minutes on moderate physical activity every weeolder-adults-walking-dogk. For adults aged 60 years and above, walking is usually the most common form of physical activity – and dog walking fits perfectly in that equation!

Social interaction, outdoor spaces, and camaraderie are a big part of the cornerstone lifestyle. All of our communities feature tree-lined streets, sidewalks and walking trails. Some include natural wooded areas, exercise trails, a lake with a boardwalk and canoe launch, and Bark Parks just for you and your furry friends!

We love our pets! Check out Boxwell Glade Park at Barley Woods, our own green oasis!