The Richmond Homearama is showcase of local Richmond home builders. The model homes feature all of the latest trends in home construction and design. The Richmond Homearama takes place in a premiere Richmond area community. The 2014 Richmond Homearama took place in Magnolia Green (Chesterfield) and featured 7 model homes. A few weeks ago Jesse and I went to tour the Magnolia Green Richmond Homearama. We spent the day wandering in and out of the show houses, snapping pictures and taking mental notes. I’ve already shared tours of Houses 1&2 and 3&4, so this post will wrap it up with Houses 5, 6 & 7. I’m going to try to stay as objective as possible, but just as a fair warning, these were my least favorite houses.
Magnolia Green Richmond Homearama House Tours: House #4, “Rustic Stonemill Retreat” by Harring Construction Co.
We nicknamed this house “The One with the Weird Secret Room” and there was a lot of wasted space. However, there were also plenty of gorgeous features. The main living space in this house was very open and was a gorgeous mix of rustic and chic. There was a lot of natural wood and stone, but it was mixed with white cabinetry and trim that kept the house from feeling like a lodge. (Photo via Homearama)
I loved the vaulted ceiling in the master bedroom as well, though I was less in love with the location. There was a small hallway/mudroom behind the kitchen that led to the bedroom (on the left) and the garage (to the right) and it just made the room feel disjointed from the rest of the house.
The bathroom was lovely, but I couldn’t understand why they put a giant armoire in the middle of it. The picture doesn’t show it well, but the armoire is on the wall between the show and the tub. It’s a gorgeous piece, but I’d be worried about some sort of water/steam damage from having it in the bathroom.
Going back through the living room and outside to the deck there was a lovely outdoor fireplace under the covered porch. It was like an outdoor living room, and there was a dining table on the other side of the deck for more entertaining space. I liked that the outdoor “living” furniture and the dining area were close to each other on this deck, so that everyone is in the same space when entertaining.
I would have been happy to see the backyard left grassy and open, since there was no need for extra patio space or a fire pit, but instead they put a weird fountain in the middle of the yard. It’s between those two chairs and it just looks so out of place. (Photo via Homearama)
This house only had three bedrooms, but there was a large bonus room upstairs that could be converted into two bedrooms, or maybe be a shared room for a few kids, if needed. This room was set up as a playroom/TV room for the Magnolia Green Richmond Homearama, and I surprisingly didn’t hate that concept. Maybe because there was only one large family room downstairs.
Magnolia Green Richmond Homearama House Tours: House #6, “Viniterra,”by Falcone Custom Homes
This home in the Magnolia Green Richmond Homearama had a strong wine theme going on throughout the house and the upstairs was a complete waste of space. It did have a pool, but it wasn’t a full pool so why bother?The dining room/living room/kitchen/breakfast area were all open to each other in a giant room with high ceilings, which made the house look huge and open. (Photo via Homearama)
The bedrooms were all set up around the perimeter of the house. Two of them were down a little hallway between the dining room and family room and the master was behind the kitchen and breakfast nook. The master bedroom was huge and filled with so much natural light, perfect for people that like to be up with sun (aka not me).
The master bathroom was ridiculous though. Jesse asked me if we were in a locker room at the YMCA. I would feel so awkward standing naked in the middle of a space this big. Almost as awkward as Jesse looks in this picture.
The upstairs of this house was the weirdest thing ever. You go up the stairs and there was a small landing with two doors to two different, weird rooms. One of the rooms was painted an awful, eye gouging salmon color and was chopped up by the strange ceilings.
Basically, this house gets a big ole “What were you thinking?!” from us.
Magnolia Green Richmond Homearama House Tours: House #7, “Chateau on the Green” by LifeStyle Builders
I didn’t get a picture of it, but there were giant windows in the living room (to the right) and doors in the breakfast area that led out to a covered porch. The porch had an outdoor fireplace that faced in towards the house. It was really weird because you could see the outdoor fireplace from inside and vice versa with the living room fireplace. I felt like I was a mime trapped in a glass box.
I did like that there was a guest suite downstairs in this house, rather than the master being separate. It’s always nice to have a bit of privacy as a guest. However, the funky colored/patterned lower wall was awful.
The worst thing about this house was the layout. I seriously felt like I was in a maze. You could walk through bathrooms into other bedrooms and the master closet was basically a hallway. You started off in the “hers” part of the closet, walked through that into the bathroom and then through the bathroom into the “his” part of the closet. That is way too much walking for me in the morning. (Photo via Homearama)
Jesse did like the shower in this bathroom though. It ran the length of the back wall with a shower head on either side. It was like a his and hers shower. He liked that it utilized the space of the room well, and that all my special soaps, and gobs of hair, would be on the other side of the shower.
Another design element in the house that I liked was the cork covering in one of the bedrooms. If you could attach it without damaging the walls it would be the perfect solution for a pre-teen with posters.
Did you make it to the Magnolia Green Richmond Homearama? Whether you did, or didn’t, which house was your favorite? I’d love to hear some other opinions! If you missed the tours of the first four houses, you can find them here and here.