TRIO Designs Creates Distinctive Living Spaces for 55+ Homebuyers

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TRIO Design, a trailblazer in the world of home design, has masterfully crafted four distinct Miller & Smith model homes in the 55+ community of Birchwood at Brambleton, demonstrating a sophisticated blend of aesthetics, functionality, and transformative design principles.

At TRIO Design, the approach begins with understanding the potential homeowner. With over two decades of experience, Angela Harris and her team blend neurasthenic principles, cognitive research and visual technology to create environments that profoundly impact well-being. Their designs are not just visually appealing; they cater to the subliminal brain, incorporating elements like biophilic design, fractal patterns and color to enhance the living experience.

“We selected TRIO for this project because of their commitment to looking past the four walls of a home and truly elevating the way design makes people feel, live and thrive in their homes,” said Tracy Lamb, VP of sales with Miller & Smith. “Imagining themselves in a new space is particularly important for our 55+ buyers in Birchwood.”

Distinctive Features of Each Model Home

The Aurora and Verona model homes showcase Birchwood’s Courtyard floorplans. The Aurora exhibits a transitional design, including formal office space and a large dining area. The second floor offers a private TV space for guests or grandkids, making it versatile for family visits.

This Verona model features an open floor plan with contemporary furnishings and comfortable banquet seating in the nook. The basement, designed for multiple uses, includes a bunk room, art studio, desk space and entertainment area. The primary suite and the dual primary bath add a layer of luxury and flexibility.

The Miraval model home is an Elevator Brownstone tailored to be both welcoming and stylish. Representing upscale Brownstone living, this exceptional three-level product includes a dual primary suite and expansive main living on the second floor, ideal for entertaining.

The Delano model home is an Elevator Single Family Home offering contemporary design and natural materials. The centerpiece of this plan is a large round dining space with a hidden butler’s pantry. The loft boasts interesting ceiling details and textural wallcoverings, offering a multi-use TV lounge and desk space. The basement is designed for hosting large parties with zones of activity.

All four model homes are available for prospective buyers to tour.

Ensuring Distinctive Identity within a Cohesive Theme

To maintain individuality while aligning with Birchwood at Brambleton’s aesthetic, TRIO Design started the project by assessing the community’s overall look and amenities. Then, they crafted elevated concepts for each model to ensure cohesiveness and distinctiveness.

Regarding design trends, Jodi Ruthford, VP of Model Homes with TRIO, says the team doesn’t pick favorites. “We love playing with different design styles, interior colors, fabrics and wall treatments. We don’t stick to one design trend,” she says. “That said, we’ve always loved incorporating wallpaper in our models. It’s a great way to add a layer of interest to the interior.”

Enhancing Livability Through Design

The firm focuses on luxury and comfort to meet the specific needs of the 55+ demographic. For example, large open sectional seating and swivel lounge chairs provide stylish appeal and practical comfort.

Looking Forward: Biophilia, Wellness, Sustainability

As TRIO Design looks to the future, they emphasize the importance of biophilia, wellness and sustainability in their designs for 55+ communities, ensuring each living space is as healthful and environmentally conscious as it is beautiful.

Bringing Designs to Life

One of the most exciting aspects for TRIO Design is seeing its 3D models come to life, a process that begins early in the design phase. This approach enables them to create living spaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also deeply connected to the needs and aspirations of their clients.

In Birchwood at Brambleton, TRIO Design’s innovative approach to 55+ living combines the elegance of modern design with the practicality needed for an active, engaging lifestyle. The result is a series of homes that are not just structures but sanctuaries, each reflecting the lifestyle of those 55 and better.

Ultimately, it’s not about the trends for the TRIO team. “We just hope to inspire people by showing them what they can do to make their homes sophisticated and livable in high style,” Ruthford said.

Located in Brambleton, Virginia, Birchwood at Brambleton is a 55+ community that showcases welcoming and stylish active adult homes priced from the $700,000s. Just minutes away from Brambleton Town Center, Birchwood is thoughtfully placed in a desirable location near ample shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation. The community offers residents exceptional on-site amenities, including two spacious clubhouses, indoor and outdoor pools, an exercise room, an art studio, pickleball and bocce ball courts, a fishing pier and much more!

For more information on our available homesites at Birchwood or to schedule a tour of our new model homes, contact Eric Hansen at 703-896-0717 or email

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