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Solar Power at Chickahominy Falls

Categories: Blog, Home & Garden, New is Nice, Richmond, VA, Uncategorized | Posted: March 1, 2019

solar powered homes chickahominy fallsAt Chickahominy Falls, there is always something new under the sun!  Last week future homeowners gathered to listen to Bernie Stanley from Shockoe Solar to discuss and ask questions about solar options for their homes at Chickahominy Falls.  Here are some highlights from that meeting:

Reduce Your Electric Bill  

With a photovoltaic system, you’ll generate free power for your system’s lifecycle.  Solar will reduce your utility bills and save you money!


Avoid Rising Energy Costs  

Residential electricity prices have gone up by an average of 3% annually.  By investing in a solar energy system now, you can fix your electricity rate and protect against unpredictable increases in electricity costs.

Protect the Environment 

Solar is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.  A typical residential solar panel system will eliminate three to four tons of carbon emissions each year – the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually!!

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Uncle Sam Pays for 30% of the Cost

Receive a 30% income tax credit in the first year of purchase when you go Solar at Chickahominy Falls.

Boost U.S. Energy Independence  

By increasing our capacity to generate electricity from the sun, we can also insulate our country from price fluctuations in global energy markets.

Create Jobs and Help Your Local Economy

The solar industry added jobs at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the overall US economy in 2015.  And, by the way, Shockoe Solar is based right here in Hanover County.

Increase Your Property Valuesolar panel

Multiple studies have shown that homes equipped with solar energy systems have higher property values and sell more quickly than non-solar homes. 

Cornerstone Homes also offers solar options at the Villas at Ashlake.  Please consult with your Sales Manager for more information on this unique offering.   Go Solar!!!


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Delicious Fall Recipes From Our Corner Patch Gardens | Cornerstone Homes

Categories: Blog, Home & Garden, Uncategorized | Posted: October 22, 2018

There are so many reasons why it’s easy to fall in love with autumn. In a beautiful Cornerstone Homes community in Virginia, where the scenery is vibrant and the air is fresh, a delicious fall treat is the best way to celebrate the season. Guess what’s growing in our Corner Patch Gardens as you’re reading!


Head down to the gardens to pick the produce that you love the most, from mushrooms to zucchini to squash, and make meals that’ll melt your heart all season long! Perfect for holidays with family, potlucks with friends, and afternoon hors-d’oeuvres on your porch, these tasty fall recipes from Sean, the Corner Patch Gardener, will make your fall as fantastic as can be:


Squash Fritters

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  • 2 yellow squash
  • 2 zucchini
  • 1/2 butternut squash
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • Grill Mates’ brown sugar bourbon seasoning (or substitute Old Bay)



  1. Run squash through a food processor with grater blade
  2. Make batter with egg and 1/4 cup coconut milk
  3. Pour batter over the mix of shredded squash
  4. Hand form patties to your preference
  5. Bake at 425º for 15 minutes or until golden brown


Cauli-cumber Salad

Cauli-Cucumber Salad Fall Recipes Corner Patch Garden



  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 cucumbers
  • Dill
  • Parsley
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper



  1. Rice cauliflower, either by chopping finely, or running the head through a food processor with grating disc
  2. Chop cucumber to desired size (we recommend chopped spears sliced in quarters lengthwise)
  3. Mix ingredients together and ensure that riced cauliflower spreads evenly over cucumbers like breading
  4. Add finely chopped dill and parsley
  5. Add seasoning, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil, and mix entire salad


Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers Fall Recipes Corner Patch Garden


  • Bell peppers
  • Cabbage
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • Cottage cheese
  • Horseradish cheddar
  • 5-pepper blend



  1. Sauté cabbage until brown; add chopped mushrooms, tomatoes, and seasoning
  2. Place spoonful of cottage cheese in each halved pepper
  3. Scoop cabbage mixture into each halved pepper and top with horseradish cheddar cheese
  4. Bake for 25 minutes at 350º and enjoy!


Mush Mush Mushroom Dip

Mushroom Dip Fall Recipes Corner Patch Garden


  • 1 pint of mushrooms
  • 4-6 oz of cream cheese
  • Chives
  • Soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper



  1. Run mushrooms through a food processor until pureed (you can also chop by hand)
  2. Mix pureed mushrooms with cream cheese (use a mixing wand to increase fluffiness)
  3. Add chopped up chives, soy sauce (to taste), and salt and pepper to mushroom and cream cheese mix
  4. Mix all ingredients one last time and serve with chips, veggies, or other dippables


We held our last cooking demo of the year at the Villas at Ashlake this week.  We held the cooking demo inside since there was a bit of a fall chill in the air, but made our way outside to see what is starting to grow in the “fall-winter” garden.

Cooking Demo in the Corner Patch Garden Villas at Ashlake

Crafted with love from our Corner Patch Gardens, we hope you enjoy these delectable fall dishes and enjoy making them in your spacious Cornerstone Homes kitchen, too! We can’t wait to celebrate our favorite season of all with you. Stay tuned for more from the garden in the next few months. Happy fall!



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End-of-Season Recipes from the Corner Patch Garden

Categories: Blog, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, Uncategorized | Posted: September 20, 2018

Fall may be approaching fast, but summer’s not over just yet… At Cornerstone Homes, we believe in soaking up every last drop of the season, and there’s no better way to do this than by enjoying the delicious summer and fall foods that grow in our Corner Patch Gardens!

Corner Patch Garden Event

Our homeowners have had so much fun at the monthly garden social mixers this summer. They have experienced and learned how to harvest fresh veggies and tasted some healthy and unique dishes straight from the garden. We want to share a few of our favorite recipes with you.

Watermelon Salad

Corner Patch Garden Watermelon Salad


  • 1/2 medium-sized watermelon
  • 1/2 cup of arugula 2 oz of mint or basil
  • 8 oz of feta cheese
  • Balsamic vinegar Olive oil


Cube watermelon by slicing in half and then slicing wedges out of the flesh. Crumble feta and spread over the bowl of cubed watermelon. Add fresh arugula leaves, mint and/or basil. Mix balsamic vinegar and olive oil together. Shake vigorously and pour over salad.


Sweet Pea Mayo Dip

Cornerstone Cooks Recipe Sweet pea Garden Summer


  • 1 cup of fresh sugar snap peas (frozen peas work as well!)
  • 6 oz of organic mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper Soy sauce


Puree sugar snap peas in food processor or mottle them by hand. Add mayonnaise, soy sauce, and salt and pepper. Vigorously mix all ingredients together until uniformly blended. Serve with fresh veggies, chips, or anything dippable.

Fresh Zucchini Salad

Zucchini Vegetable Cornerstone Homes Recipe


  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/4 head of cauliflower
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oregano
  • Pepper flakes


Using a food processor or spiralizer, slice zucchini and cucumber into super thin slices or spirals. Cube tomato Rice cauliflower (by hand or with a food processor.) Mix all ingredients together until cauliflower covers all ingredients. Make the dressing with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and seasoning Serve cold or stir-fry the entire mix.

We hope you enjoy these refreshing and flavorful summer dishes! Crafted with love from our Cornerstone family to yours, they remind us what’s so special about our Corner Patch Gardens. Make sure to keep your eyes open for our final CPG event in October and more recipes.


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20 Ways to Love Your Walk-Out Lower Level

Categories: Blog, Home & Garden, Uncategorized | Posted: September 13, 2018

Welcome to your walk-out world of possibilities. Your light-filled second master suite. Your bright and airy art studio. Your wine lovers tasting room. Your big screen theater room. Your college kid summer retreat. Your whatever you want it to be for living, entertaining, creating, and enjoying life to the fullest.

cornerstone homes lower level living

We’re always told to “look beneath the surface,” and at Cornerstone Homes, we take this literally. A Cornerstone lower level is more than just an extra room — these spaces are beautifully-designed to enhance your lifestyle. Whether you want a movie room, home office, guest suite, or more, your lower level provides a world of possibility.

In several floor plans in Barley WoodsChickahominy Falls and The Cove at Magnolia Lakes, you now have the option to add an incredible lower level to your brand new home — a wise investment for its size and quality! Take a look at our favorite 20 ways to enjoy a lower level, and how one of these Cornerstone spaces will make your life brighter every day:


1. Access to the Outside

Barley Woods Covered Patio

Along with large windows that bring in natural light, every lower level has sliding doors that lead to your covered porch. Gone are the days of feeling stuffy and restricted; now you can come and go as you please and enjoy the best of both indoor and outdoor living, with access to your fire pit.

2. Movie Room

Movie marathons, homemade popcorn, and comfortable seating? Say no more! Watch your favorite films in style in your very own movie room, where you’re always the director.

3. Wine Storage

If you’re a true wino at heart, keep your collection stored safely in your luxurious lower level. Host wine nights with your friends and pair each bottle with a different hors d’oeuvre.

4. Lower Price Per Square Foot

Our large lower levels are exceptionally-priced, so they lower the average price per square foot of the home. Essentially, you’re getting the most bang for your buck while making your home more valuable.

5. Game Room

game room cornerstone homes lower level living

If you’ve always dreamed of a game room, complete with things like billiards, pinball, board games and cards, now’s your chance. Have a blast in this space (your kids and grandkids certainly will, too!)


6. Boomerang Kid   

boomerang kid cornerstone homes lower level living

Your kids will come and go, and sometimes when they come back, they’ll stay. If your child decides to move back into your home for some time, a fully-furnished lower level is the perfect space for them to live comfortably.




 7. Guest Suite

Guest Suite cornerstone homes lower level living

You love having family and friends stay over for a visit, so a designated guest suite is a great way to show your hospitality. Let your guests enjoy a beautiful space that’s decorated and ready just for them.








8. Music Studiocornerstone homes lower level living music studio



Music-makers, now’s your chance to rock! Keep all of your musical equipment and instruments safely in one space, where you can practice your craft with all of the room that you need.



9. Grandkids’ Playroom

cornerstone homes lower level living grandkids playroom

There’s nothing like having your grandkids over for a visit, so why not have a fun and spacious play area waiting for them? Have a great time playing with their favorite toys and games together.


10. Repairs are Easier/Utilities are Cheaper

A lower level allows for easier access to pipes, wires, water heaters, and more, which means that repairs are cheaper to complete. Not to mention, since this room is underground, you’ll spend less on heating and cooling utilities due to better insulation.


11. Dance Room

There’s no better place than a spacious lower level to have your very own dance parties! Install speakers (or even an old-fashioned jukebox or record player), invite your friends over, and have fun.


12. Personal Office

home office cornerstone homes lower level living

A private and quiet place to get work done is a great addition to your home. Keep your computer, papers, and a desk and chair in your home office and decorate however makes you most productive.


spring cleaning13. Home Library


So many books, so little time! If you’re a bookworm and have an abundance of books in your home, keep them nice and organized in a personal home library. You’ll love wandering downstairs and diving into an incredible book on a comfortable sofa, or hosting book clubs in your private library.


14. Art/Sewing Studio

cornerstone homes lower level living art studio

Practicing your favorite craft always brightens your day. No matter what kind of art you love the most, from painting to sewing to pottery, your lower level can be your personal studio to hold all of your equipment and finished products.


15. Workshop/Tool Room

Are you a sucker for completing home repairs or remodeling projects yourself? Turn your lower level into a workshop/tool room! Keep all of your equipment organized and clean for optimal usage.


16. Exercise Room

exercise room cornerstone homes lower level living

Who needs to go to the gym when you could simply walk down the stairs? Whether or not you invest in larger exercise equipment like a treadmill, your lower level is a great space for stretching, lifting weights, and floor exercises. While you’ll find fun classes at the fitness center in our clubhouse, you can get fit and have fun right in your own home.


17. Garden Utility Room

garden cornerstone homes lower level living

If you’re an avid gardener (and you love our Corner Patch Gardens!) a garden utility room is a great place to hold all of your own tools. Get ready for the upcoming season with your personalized space.




18. Forever Home


When you have a caretaker or are planning to have one, turning your lower level into a living space is a great way to ensure that they’re easily accessible to you and comfortable at all times.

19. Collection/Storage Area

Just not ready to let go of all that stuff? If you collect memorabilia and mementos, or simply love to save memorable items from your past, your lower level can keep everything safe and sound. Have your friends over to showcase all of your wonderful items or keep them private for you and your family.

20. Yoga/Meditation Space

Courtyard Yoga

Whether you’re a dedicated yogi or are just starting out, a yoga/meditation room — complete with all of the calming and happy decor that you love — will be your new favorite spot to relax and unwind.





There’s nothing like a wide open space to completely customize to your liking. Enhance your daily life and pursue exactly what you love in your very own lower level! Take a look at the floor plans in Barley WoodsChickahominy Falls and The Cove at Magnolia Lakes that let you add this incredible room to your brand new home.


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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.