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News from David James Homes

Winchester, Virginia is on the Rise

Our office in Winchester, Virginia, is the most competitive office in the David James Homes family of locations, according to manager Dan Connolly. In Winchester, competition is everywhere, from large tract and custom builders to single contractors working out of their pick-up trucks. With federal agencies opening Homeland Security and FBI offices, and its proximity to the Washington, D.C. metro area, and Tri state, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland markets, Winchester remains an active housing market. 

David James Homes is very competitive in the Winchester market. The advantages are the same throughout all the company’s offices. “We are well-positioned in this market because there is a lot of demand and low housing inventory,” Connolly said. “People do not want to settle for a tract home because of the limited plans and lack of choices. If they do find an existing home in the square footage they desire, extensive renovations are usually needed. If they build with David James Homes, they can get a new custom home with the amenities they want at a price they can still afford. Everyone is happy.”

Connolly said  David James Homes is most competitive in the $200,000 to $400,000 market, and that includes people from all walks of life, such as seniors interested in downsizing to millennials buying their first home.

If you are looking to build in the Winchester area, David James Homes is here to help you in your home building journey. Visit for more information or contact Dan Connolly at or 540-665-1827.

David James Home’s First Home

David James Homes has six offices with its flagship office residing in Roanoke, Virginia. From humble beginnings, Merle Heckman began the company in 1995 in an uncertain building market and has grown the company into what it is today.

Roanoke is where David James Homes proved a different and new home building model. Most home builders give customers allowances for the purchasing of the products that go into their home and then turn them loose to fend for themselves.. At David James Homes we take better care of our customers. Through our in-house design centers, you are able to select styles, finishes and colors from literally hundreds of selections of products such as in light fixtures and faucets. You’ll love the ease and convenience of being able to pick what exactly what you want in your home in one convenient location.

Since David James Homes is headquartered in Roanoke, Merle is often in the design center office giving advice and speaking with customers, along with knowledgeable employees Brian Wescott and Jeff Leatherwood. Both have considerable experience with David James Homes and have built their own personal homes with the company.

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New Construction for Realtors

Brian Wescott, sales manager at the David James Homes’ Roanoke office, has been moonlighting. When he is not in the office helping clients in their homebuilding journey, he is teaching realtors about new construction building practices and terms. For the past two years, Brian has conducted a class for the Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors titled New Construction for Realtors.

Brian, a former realtor, puts his 13 years of new construction experience to work. In the two-part class, he instructs participants in everyday construction vernacular, as well as techniques and methods used in the trade.

 “All realtors benefit from increased knowledge of the elements of new construction. Brian’s classes have proved to be very useful and instructive. Attendance has been remarkable with over 50 realtors participating in the no-credit class,” said Laura Benjamin, RVAR’s CEO.

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When is the Best Time to Build a New Home?

If you have ever heard the old adage, “If not now, then when,” that sentiment certainly applies to the current state of the new home market. Housing experts and economists agree that 2019 probably will be an opportune time to build a new home. If you are on the fence about when to build your home, your window of opportunity might be narrowing within the next couple of years.

Mortgage rates and construction costs are predicted to rise through 2020, but still will remain in the affordable range. The good news is that home prices aren’t expected to grow as much, and economists reason that another market meltdown isn’t likely. Although if future prospective buyers wait, they may risk  rising inflation and financing qualification concerns.

If you are exploring the possibility of building a new home, talk to a David James Homes sales specialist, who can help you  understand financing options, as well as assist you in establishing a budget for the dream home that you can afford. To find a David James Homes location near you, visit


Extra Bathroom Storage

Sometimes it’s the small details that make large differences in homes. One problem can be bathroom storage. David James Homes understands that storage in the bathroom typically is at a premium. As a solution, in every David James bathroom, as well as our half–baths, a wallette or wall boutique is installed as a standard feature so you can stow those extra toiletries washcloths and towels.

For consistency, each wallette is stained or painted according to the same finish as your bath’s cabinetry.

To see more time and convenience-related features and solutions, visit one of our Design Centers and speak with a sales representative. Visit to find a location near you.

Pros and Cons of One-Story and Two-Story Homes

You have a lot of decisions to make when building a new home. First, and possibly most basically, you’ll need to start by deciding between a single-level home and one with multiple stories. How can you decide what’s right for you?

Here are the pros and cons of both options to help you find the perfect match.

Privacy and Noise

Both types of houses have pluses and minuses when it comes to privacy and noise. If you live in a busy neighborhood or are on a major road, a two-story layout provides more privacy for bedrooms and family spaces that are on the second floor. Two-story homes also increase interior privacy too. With everyone spending time on a single level, families in a tight floor plan might find that they are always in each other’s way.

Lighting Made Beautiful

Lighting not only sets the mood and the tone of a home, but also is another necessary decision future homeowners need to make. David James homes offers four distinct lighting packages in two popular finishes, including antique bronze and brushed nickel. The light packages have been carefully selected to work in harmony with other fixtures throughout your home such as faucets and door hardware.

  • The Joy collection is simple, yet whimsical with its fanciful design that emulates the stylized lily,  fleur-de-lis. The arcing forms of metal and white–etched, fluted glass shades complete the look of this exceptional fixture.

  • The Laird collection lends a contemporary element to complement any space. Glass shades provide even illumination, while scrolling arms create an airy effect.

  • The key features of the Clifton Heights collection is its architectural elements. Inspired by Craftsman styling, this collection features elegant etched square glass shades and distinctive clean lines.

  • The Madison collection is a simplified vintage style with transitional elements. Its dome–shaped, etched white glass provides consistent illumination in any area of the home.

Come by one of our Design Centers to see these beautiful lighting packages by Progress Lighting and also experience hundreds of other products that are on your must-have list. Visit to find a location near you.

Hinged Shower Doors versus Sliding Shower Doors

When judging home builders, it pays to look at the details. Take shower doors, for example. It may seem  small, but when it comes down to convenience, maintenance and ease of use, it can make a difference. All stand-up showers, offered by David James Homes, come standard with framed hinged doors standard in three different finishes and four separate glass styles. The finishes include oil-rubbed bronze, polished chrome and satin nickel. The four glass styles feature different opacities to complement all privacy preferences.

Advantages of Hinged Shower Doors

  • Easy to clean and maintain. The tracks in sliding shower doors catch soap scum and grime at the bottom of the shower opening. With hinged shower doors, there is  no scrubbing to get the gunk out. Cleaning and maintaining your shower and a hinged door is easier.

  • A larger opening provides for better safety. Hinged doors open wide, as well as provide more space in the enclosure. This allows for a safer entry into and exit from the shower, which is especially important to those who have mobility challenges.

  • Provide a better look. Hinged shower doors are more appealing than sliding shower doors and offer a higher-end look to a home’s bathroom, providing a cleaner, more seamless appearance.

Come and see our hinged doors and stand-up showers at one of our Design Centers today.  While there you can see firsthand, hundreds of other products that could be included in your new home. Go to to find a location near you.

Four Beautiful Faucets All Standard

David James Homes understands that selecting bath faucets is a personal decision. To help you, we offer four standard faucet selections that are available in three separate finishes: chrome, brushed nickel and oil -rubbed bronze. Each faucet has subtle differences in their spouts and handle designs, but all come with Moen’s excellent quality and a limited lifetime warranty.

The Dartmoor collection of bath faucets has a classic look and combines both beauty and function with its gently flaired, spout-sculpted handles. Simple contours dictate the modern design of the Glyde faucet collection. The lines of the spout, imitates the flow of the faucet’s water stream. The Moen Eva two-handle faucet has an organic sensibility with flowing curves and petal-like handles. The graceful curve of the spout brings a comforting feeling to the bath. Architectural features denote the traditional style of the Brantford faucets. A tapered spout and globe give this collection universal appeal.

Faucet features include: • Two-handle lever makes it easy to adjust water temperature • Built on the Moen M-PACT common valve system, so you can update the faucet style in the future without replacing any plumbing • Complies with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) specifications • Aerated flow is ideal for everyday bathroom tasks, like brushing teeth and washing hands • Meets EPA WaterSense® criteria to conserve water without sacrificing performance • 7 inch shower heads are standard in all master showers.

Stop by one of our Design Centers to see these Moen faucets, as well as hundreds of other products that are on your must-have list. Visit to find a location near you.

Comfort Height Toilets

To most, a toilet may seem like an afterthought, but at David James Homes, it is a featured option. Your toilet is probably one of the most used items in your home, and if you are planning to build your forever home, it should be a priority. Comfort height toilets that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, have become increasingly popular, and from an Aging in Place perspective they are a necessity.

A comfort height toilet, which measures 17 to 19 inches from floor to seat, is considered chair level. Standard toilet measurements are, on average, about 15 inches from floor to seat. Those extra inches make a considerable difference when sitting and standing or transferring from a wheelchair onto a toilet seat. Regardless, many prefer these toilets over standard height toilets because of their comfort and ease of use. When planning to build a new home, consider the selection of toilets that are available.

Comfort height toilets are another example of the Aging in Place optional product offerings by David James Homes. Stop by one of our conveniently located Design Centers to see them and other products you might like to choose for your new home. Visit to find Design Center near you.