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Cornerstone Homes Team Member Moment: Kevin McElroy

Categories: Blog | Posted: April 6, 2018

Cornerstone HomesAt Cornerstone Homes, we are dedicated to meeting a higher standard. A higher sense of community between neighbors. A higher quality of homes built. Overall, a higher standard of living for our homeowners. We could not accomplish this caliber without the hard work, dedication, and passion of every single one of our team members. We are happy to share that we are starting a monthly ‘Team Member Moment’ to give you a moment, or two, to personally get to know the people that will be building your new home!


Our first Team Member Moment highlights our vibrant and high-spirited Construction Superintendent – Kevin McElroy! If you couldn’t already tell by Kevin’s smile, he lights up every room he walks into. Kevin has been working in construction for over 27 years, 25 of those as a superintendent. Along with that accomplishment, he was recently awarded the 2017 President’s Club Award for the most homes constructed. From apartments and condos to single-family homes, Kevin has worked on it all. His passion for building the space where people will create memories is showcased in every single home that he completes.



As a company, we know that our homeowners value their freedom and their ability to enjoy a carefree lifestyle, so we asked Kevin what he enjoys to do in his free time…


Kevin, aside from being an avid hockey fan and fisher, is a huge family man and loves to enjoy his hobbies with his family by his side. He supports his local community and spends time with his friends at restaurants in the area.



Along with lifting everyone else’s spirits on the job site, Kevin is also a spirited man when it comes to religion. His values even further connect him to the sense of community and feeling of HOME that he aims to create with every home he works on.


Currently, Kevin is completing our nationally recognized, Villas at Ashlake, community. Aside from building, there is nothing that makes Kevin feel more fulfilled than the words of happy homeowners. If you’d like to stop by to see the progress on these communities and discuss your opportunity to become one of Kevin’s happy homeowners, please reach out by contacting us!


Thank you, Kevin, for all that you add to Cornerstone Homes!


Team Member Spotlight… Meet Stephen Bello, Purchasing Manager

Categories: Blog | Posted: February 9, 2018


Featured Team Member - Stephen


While Cornerstone Homes can speak volumes on their own, we also have a dynamic team that makes our company really stand out.

One of those team members is Purchasing Manager, Stephen Bello. He uses his years of experience in new home construction to negotiate the best deals with our trade partners and suppliers – which saves our homebuyers money.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love building and developing relationships with our trade partners and suppliers.

What did you do prior to coming to Cornerstone Homes?

Prior to coming here, I handled purchasing for Centex Homes.

I have been in new construction my entire career… In addition to sales, I ran my own framing business, and managed and ran an insulation company.

What do you do in your free time?

I love to play golf or fish when I have the time. And I enjoy spending time with my three girls.

Stephen was part of our last hard hat tour in Fredericksburg – and everyone just loved talking to him! Come meet Stephen – and many of our other remarkable team members at Cornerstone Homes!

The Corner Patch Gardens are all set for the winter!

Categories: Blog, Home & Garden | Posted: January 4, 2018

One of the best amenities at Cornerstone Homes is our new Corner Patch Gardens. And thanks to our professional community gardener, Sean Sheppard, our gardens are all prepped for the winter.

Sean has planted a variety of cold-weather crops, including kale, arugula, lettuce, swish chard, purple cabbage, mustard greens, carrots, beets and radishes. And the flowerbeds have been planted with cover crops. He has also sealed the beds up with a cloth-like material that transmits light and water but protects from frost and wind. With all his hard work, our gardens are set for the winter. And we can’t wait until Spring!

In our region, gardens and farms are an ingrained part of the community. Our local family farms take great pride in providing us with fresh produce, eggs, milk and other healthy fare. It is our hope that our Corner Patch Gardens will be able to offer some of the same benefits to our residents, encouraging them to eat and live better.

Good friends make the best neighbors!

Categories: Blog, Buying & Selling Your Home | Posted: December 27, 2017

There are a lot of perks to being a Cornerstone Homes homeowner. Now, there’s one more. Introducing our Homeowner Referral Program!

Our referral program helps create close-knit communities. So spread the word about our Cornerstone Communities to your friends and family. Bring them to a neighborhood function so they can experience what a fun and exciting place it is to live for themselves!

What could be better than getting to choose your own neighbors? By referring friends and family who would be interested in living in one of our communities, everyone wins! They get to enjoy the Cornerstone Homes lifestyle – and you get FREE HOA dues for six months if they buy a Cornerstone home!

The Homeowner Referral Program is soooo easy!

  • Refer a friend/family member who has not previously visited and met with the Sales Team. You must complete the referral form and submit it to your Sales Team prior to your friend’s first visit.
  • When your friend/family member closes on their new home, you will be notified of your free HOA dues reward. (Your HOA dues will be paid directly to the property management company.)
  • Sit back and enjoy your maintenance-free lifestyle with six month of FREE HOA dues! (That’s a lot of shoes to buy!)

At Cornerstone Homes, we are committed to building neighborhoods with a strong sense of community. This happens as people come together to make their neighborhoods their own. Share the joy of living here with your nearest and dearest.

We look forward to meeting your friends and family, and helping you pick your neighbors.

We Kicked Off The Season With a Rockin’ Neighborhood Holiday Event at Ashlake!

Categories: Blog | Posted: December 18, 2017

Cornerstone Homes helped kick off the holiday season with our Neighborhood Jingle & Mingle event at The Villas at Ashlake sales office, on November 29th.

25-plus attendees mixed and mingled with their future neighbors, enjoying holiday treats and festive music as they took the first step toward making lasting friendships at Ashlake!


One of the reasons we hold “mingle events” is so that our new homeowners can start the process of forming new friendships. Friendships are vitally important for health and emotional wellbeing, especially as we get older. That’s why Cornerstone Communities are dedicated to creating an environment that fosters close-knit relationships. 

“This event was a great opportunity for our homeowners to get to know each other. They got to see where they will live, and started talking and planning for the future,” said salesperson Carrie Jamieson Morak. “This is the best group of homeowners. We can’t wait to see who else is coming to live at Ashlake!”


In the spirit of the season, our guests also brought donations of canned food items for the Chesterfield Food Bank, a nonprofit organization committed to being a hand up to individuals that need help but have fallen through the cracks of our governmental social services programs and our community. 

It was a good time all around, as we launched the holiday season – and a lifetime of fun!

Top Holiday Must-Do’s in the Richmond Area

Categories: Blog, Richmond, VA | Posted: November 29, 2017

The holidays are always fun and festive in the Richmond area. Thanks to the maintenance-free Cornerstone lifestyle, you have more time to spend with your grandkids during the holidays! Luckily, there’s plenty of revelry for your family to enjoy. Here are a few of our favorites!

34th Annual Richmond Christmas Parade

December 2, 2017

Downtown Richmond, VA

The Annual Christmas Parade will depart from the Science Museum on W. Broad Street and continue east to 7th Street. The parade will feature a very special Grand Marshal, holiday floats, marching bands, huge helium balloons, and, of course, Santa himself.


Historical Christmas

December 9, 2017

Henricus Historical Park – Chester, VA

Experience the changing traditions of English Christmas during the reigns of King James I (1621), King George III (1776) and Queen Victoria (1864).


Miracle of Christmas – Live Nativity Pageant

December 21, 22 & 23, 2017

Metro Richmond Zoo – Outdoors (dress for the weather)

Live re-enactment of the Christmas story featuring animals from the zoo. The 20-minute pageant is free; they will be collecting non-perishable foods to help families in need.


Tacky Light Tours

Black Friday –  January 1, 2017

Metro Richmond area

Featuring private homes throughout Richmond and the surrounding areas, Tacky Lights tours are available in both guided and self-guided versions. Check out the ever-growing list of homes with The Richmond Times Dispatch Tacky Lights guide.


Visit the “Legendary Santa”

November 24 – December 24, 2017

Children’s Museum of Richmond – Richmond location

Since 1936, visiting the Legendary Santa has been a holiday tradition. Today, Santa makes his holiday home at the Children’s Museum of Richmond, where he and his faithful elves and the Snow Queen are available for visits. Check out The Genworth Foundation Holiday Village while you’re here, too!


Outdoor Ice Skating

November 10 – January 15, 2017

The Rink at West Broad Village – Glen Allen, VA

If you’re looking for a place to make winter memories and enjoy some quality family time, then the Rink at West Broad Village fits the bill. This scenic outdoor rink offers skate rentals, lessons, public skating, private event options, and more! Check out their extended holiday hours.

Corner Patch Garden Party…Neighborhoods in Bloom!

Categories: Blog | Posted: October 10, 2017

In case you missed the grand unveiling of Cornerstone’s first Corner Patch Garden, please read on!

Our Corner Patch Garden Grand Opening event on September 23rd was buzzing with activity. Not only did our visitors enjoy tours of the model homes, and ice cream on the Lake Pavilion, but the highlight was the cooking demonstrations from harvests right from the Corner Patch Gardens. Under the garden pergola, Sean Sheppard, the Corner Patch’s farmer/garden coach demonstrated cooking techniques with produce grown in the community gardens. Everyone enjoyed learning new recipes and tasting healthy cooking such as eggplant sautéed with tomatoes, cucumber and cauliflower salad, and watermelon and feta salad.

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These “harvest events” will occur on a regular basis with the homeowners at each  Cornerstone community. Fun, educational and a chance to mingle with the neighbors is what it is all about.  It’s also a great way to learn a healthier way of cooking and eating! The Gardens will be a great amenity for all our communities.

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“Our clubhouses will always be the social hubs of our communities,” said Roger Glover, owner of Cornerstone Homes. “But we’re also thinking beyond the clubhouse and creating unique health, wellness, and education amenities. Our homeowners want more than just leisure and low-maintenance living. They’re hungry to learn and grow and continually improve themselves. And, of course, have a lot of fun in the process. That’s the whole idea behind The Corner Patch Gardens which will be in all our comunities moving forward.”

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Ice Cream was served by Brusters on the Lake Pavilion. This beautiful amenity at the Villas at Magnolia Lakes is the perfectplace for fishing, canoeing, and any other water related activity you can think of! The Lake Pavilion and boardwalk promotes walking, relaxing, all those things you deserve at this time in your life.

Our boardwalk and trails also lead to our newest community – The Cove! Make sure to sign up for VIP updates with more information coming very soon! Sign-Up Here.

Sean will be sure to return on a regular basis at The Corner Patch Gardens, bringing along some delicious Fall treats and demonstrations! He will teach our homeowners how to turn their own private courtyard into an ever-blooming source of enjoyment. Have a feeling you can’t wait until the next event? Then make one of Farmer Sean’s recipes for yourself!


Watermelon Salad RecipeCorner Patch Garden Watermelon Salad

  • 1 lb cubed chunks of watermelon (about half a small watermelon)
  • 1/2 lb shredded jicama root (approx. half of a jicama root, peeled, cut into chunks and passed through the ricer attachment on a food processor)
  • 1 to 2 cups crushed walnuts (per preference)
  • 3 oz feta cheese (chunks or crumbles)
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette (balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic pepper)
  • Serve immediately!

Introducing The Corner Patch Gardens!

Categories: Blog | Posted: September 18, 2017

Join Cornerstone Homes as we introduce the Corner Patch Gardens, our one-of-a-kind health and wellness amenity, on Saturday, September 23rd, from noon to 4 pm at the Villas of Magnolia Lakes. Enjoy “Fresh from the Garden” cooking & tasting demonstrations at 1, 2 and 3 pm, and ice cream on the boardwalk and in the lake pavilion. This gathering promises to be sow much fun!

At Cornerstone Homes, we believe in growing happier, healthier 55+ communities.

So our lifestyle team planted the seeds for the Corner Patch Gardens, combining our two favorite mantras: Never stop learning. And never stop having fun.

We’re proud to say this special gathering place definitely fits the bill. Great fun and friendship are always in season at the Corner Patch Gardens, which will be offered at all of our communities and are exclusive to Cornerstone Homes!


During hands-on demonstrations, residents will learn about different varieties of vegetables, fruits, flowers, and vines that can flourish in their community. They’ll enjoy seasonal food tastings, wine & cheese mixers, and garden inspired gatherings all year long. They can satisfy their curiosity about the benefits of their favorite herbs, or they can start a Gardening Club. There’s so much to do and discover at the Corner Patch Gardens.

An expert farmer and garden coach will professionally manage The Corner Patch Gardens, planting, maintaining, growing and harvesting the gardens each season. Of course, part of the fun is getting your hands dirty, so residents will always be invited to workshops, planting seminars, and harvest events.

At Cornerstone Homes, we’re always thinking of ways to help our homeowners enjoy their new homes to the fullest. Through the Corner Patch Gardens, our professional garden coach will also teach community residents how to turn their private courtyards into an ever-blooming source of enjoyment. With pots, grow bags and wooden containers, they’ll be able to enjoy beautiful flowers, plants and homegrown herbs and veggies all year long.

The Corner Patch Garden party will take place on Saturday, September 23rd, from noon to 4 pm at the Villas of Magnolia Lakes, 5800 Magnolia Shore Lane, Chester, VA 23831. For more information, please contact Dotti Houlihan at 804-726-4310 or at

What should you do at Magnolia Lake? We suggest heading for the water!

Categories: Blog | Posted: September 15, 2017

Our vibrant community, Villas at Magnolia Lake, is surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty, including mature trees and a stunning lake. Stocked with fish and featuring a canoe launch, the lake also has a covered pavilion and a boardwalk! This is just the spot for a relaxing day of fishing, canoeing or even a picnic and a stroll along the walking paths that line the shore. Nothing says relaxation like a lazy afternoon by the lake.



Whether you’re dipping your toes, casting your line, paddling in your canoe, or walking along the boardwalk, there are plenty of ways to relax by our lovely lake!


But if the water isn’t your thing, you can always walk over to the Corner Patch Garden. There’s always something fun, educational and edible going on at the garden! This one-of-a-kind health and wellness lifestyle amenity includes a professional gardening coach who plants, maintains and harvests the garden.

You can enjoy gardening workshops, seminars and classes to keep your mind healthy – along with your body!


Plus, our Clubhouse has resort-style amenities like the fitness center, community pool, outdoor lanai, great room with stone fireplace, and a chef’s entertaining kitchen.

No matter what you want to do with your free time, Villas at Magnolia Lakes has plenty of options!





Benefits to Eating, Cooking, and Entertaining Outdoors

Categories: Blog | Posted: August 22, 2017

An outdoor living space is the ultimate bonus room. Not only do you have a ton of flexibility to make it as unique as you want without the confines of a floor plan, but it’s also unlike any other room in the house. Enjoying a cozy, yet functional outdoor space goes without saying, but did you know there are a lot of benefits to cooking and entertaining outside too? With the prime grilling and cookout season upon us, it’s time you found out!


Host without Cleaning Up

The worst part about hosting friends and family: cleaning the house just to have it get dirty again. But outside, a fresh table cloth and some disposable plates and utensils are all you need! Your backyard and our outdoor spaces at a Cornerstone community create the perfect backdrop any work from you, while no pots and pans make post-clean up a breeze!


Host a Larger Crowd
Even with a spacious open concept, entertaining indoors can be limiting as to how many people can fit comfortably or the space you need for food. People are less likely to be sitting when they’re outside anyway, as they gather around the grill snacking on finger foods. So, you won’t need as many seats!


Grilling is Quick and Healthy
Customizing meals for picky eaters is so much easier on the grill. You can even ask people to bring their own favorite meat or grilled veggie to throw on! If you’re limited for time during the week, burgers, veggies and other meats are quickly prepared on the grill top.

Did we mention the health benefits of grilled meals? You consume less fat because the excess drips off the grates, while grilled vegetables and meats retain more vitamins and minerals. Win, win! At our community clubhouses, outdoor grilling areas are THE summertime hub!


Regular Meals Feel More Special
Eating outside is more stimulating than the usual indoor routine. Preparing dinner outside becomes a social activity! Instead of being holed up in the kitchen, you can chat with friends and loved ones while they help with side dishes and place settings.

Keep Your House Cool

Turning on the oven during the hottest days of summer is probably the last thing you want to do, and the enduring heat that fills your kitchen afterward is equally as uncomfortable. You’ll spend less on utility bills 1. By not turning on energy zapping kitchen appliances and 2. By not running the AC to combat the kitchen heat. One more added bonus: no lingering odors!


There are Health Benefits!

Studies suggest that eating outside actually makes food taste better! The fresh air lowers your stress hormones and blood pressure, so you’re more relaxed, and even focused. When you’re stressed, you’re not paying attention to your meal and don’t enjoy it as much.

Being outside is a natural mood booster. You can also get your necessary dose of Vitamin D with just 10-15 min in the sun a couple of days a week. It’s the perfect excuse to grill out!


When you live in a Cornerstone Homes community, there are plenty of opportunities to eat, cook, and entertain outside. Take advantage of our outdoor amenities and these amazing benefits when you move into your new home at one of our communities!