Where We Live: Southern Living award-winning home in Ford’s Colony

Visitors and residents of Ford’s Colony may have recognized one of the very first homes in the neighborhood from the pages of Southern Living Magazine.

The home earned Wayne Harbin Builder the Southern Living 2015 Builder Member of the Year award. It currently serves as a showcase home for the builder, who has participated in the prestigious Southern Living Custom Builders Program since 2002.

“The program is not something that you request to be in,” Harbin said. “You get a telephone call from them to be interviewed to see if they’ll accept you into the program. They look at your integrity as a builder. You’ve got to give them numerous people to talk to in order to make sure that you have a good rapport with the people for which you build and that you have character in the community that you build in.”

The program holds the builders accountable to their community by requiring they follow certain guidelines.The company may be named after Harbin, but has become a family business. Harbin works with his wife, Bonnie, and sons, Doug and Brad. They built the home at 109 Ford’s Colony Drive to demonstrate craftsmanship, flow and function.

Starting with a Southern Living building plan called “Harrison Place,” the team looked for ways to customize the home and improve the layout where they could, like turning the porch off the living room into an outdoor kitchen.

Even though the team started with Southern Living’s building plans, they had a lot of decisions to make both inside and out. They called in an interior designer to assist with certain choices.

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This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of the Williamsburg/ Richmond/ Hampton Roads area and his expertise helping buyers and sellers in the local real estate market.

If you are a homeowner searching for someone innovative to sell your home I would love to share my thoughts on marketing. You can read some of the stories I have written about the homes I have sold here.

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About mrwilliamsburg

I love Williamsburg !
Being “Mr. Williamsburg” and starting my web site in 2004 has been a great way for me to help people looking for homes for sale, communities and an “insider knowledge.” of the area.
Turned out I was onto something. Because I offer in-depth information and up-to-the-minute blogging, even international clients have found me. One couple, moving back to the States from France, told me that a post I wrote blog about grocery shopping in Williamsburg convinced them that Williamsburg was the place to be, and that I was the best source by far that they found on the web.
I’m happy to say that I hear similar comments from many of my clients looking for homes throughout Williamsburg and Hampton Roads.
I grew up in Virginia Beach, Va, After attending college, I worked at a number of positions including manager of a land development and construction company and business manager of a cut flower business that we grew in sales from $300,000 to $15 million (we were supplier to Whole Foods and one of the first cut flower suppliers to Costco).
In 2004, it seemed like a good time to simplify my life. I moved my family from Annapolis to Williamsburg. I went into real estate with Liz Moore and Associates, and was one of the initial agents when Liz opened her Williamsburg branch.
My sons Zach and Josh attend Lafayette High School and Hornsby Middle School and are crazy about sports and the outdoors.
I feel lucky to be living the dream, and saving two to four hours by not driving on the DC beltway every day. So, I can now spend my time with family while concentrating on learning — and sharing — information about living in Williamsburg.
In real estate, no two people or transactions are the same. Everything’s a challenge, and I’m rewarded every time in close a transaction and have the opportunity to see the smiles on clients’ faces.
Please email or call me for assistance with any real estate questions about the area
John@MrWilliamsburg.com or 757 254 8136