McLean’s Joy Design + Build team brings dream homes to exclusive community in Virginia horse country

ALDIE, Virginia (June 22, 2021) – Since 2003, John Joy and his Joy Design + Build team have created more than 150 unique and spectacular homes in the Northern Virginia and Eastern Shore areas. Joy is an award-winning builder known for his custom designs and thoughtful details as well as his integration of easy-to-use technology. He and his team create one-of-a-kind dream homes. 

Joy is now also building in Creighton Farms, a luxury gated community just east of Middleburg, Virginia in prime horse country known for its high-profile residents including top C-suite executives, entrepreneurs and athletes.

Joy has the unique ability to fully assess a building site and assign architectural details accordingly. Viewshed and the play of natural light entering the home at various points of the day are of extreme importance to him. He and his team work side-by-side with every client in a collaborative process. 

This also forces the client to think outside-of-the-box to see what’s possible and to ensure the home will also work as people age and go through family and life changes. He creates spaces that maximize sun exposure but also create privacy.

Homeowners want floorplans that flow and provide maximum space for entertaining. This includes indoors and outside. COVID has had an impact on housing design with clients asking for more practical and vacation-like amenities including larger outdoor living spaces and pools as well as two home offices. Joy Design + Build creates unique outdoor living spaces with fireplaces, large screened porches and areas to relax that are integrated with hardscape designs. 

Joy became a homebuilder after working for more than 25 years as a real estate agent. His father was a commercial real estate developer in the Washington, D.C. area so he learned about construction from his dad. After having difficulty finding homes for his clients that not only served them now but also in the future as they aged in place, he started his own homebuilding company.

“We are delighted to have John and his team here at Creighton Farms,” said Wayne Trudeau chief sales officer for Southworth Development (owner and manager of Creighton Farms.) “The firm’s standard of excellence, the awards and accolades Joy Design + Build has received are exceptional.”

Located in picturesque Northern Virginia horse country, Creighton Farms is just 20 minutes from Dulles International Airport and 55 minutes from downtown Washington D.C. The 900-acre gated community offers one to seven-acre home sites with dramatic views of the stunning rolling horse country landscape, nearby mountain range and picturesque golf course, plus a choice of exceptional homes ranging from exquisite villas to extravagant legacy homes. 

This extraordinary private community features an unprecedented list of amenities including an award- winning 34,000-square-foot clubhouse complete with full service locker rooms, steam rooms, golf shop, meeting space, pub, massage rooms, resort-style pools, two-story Fitness Center, Har-Tru and all-weather tennis courts, and private club rooms for overnight guests. 

Since opening in 2008, the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course here has received such accolades as being named one of the “Best New Private Courses” by the likes of Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, Golfweek and T+L Golf. Creighton Farms is also home of the annual Creighton Farms Invitational hosted by Jack Nicklaus, a tournament created to benefit local children’s healthcare charities for which it has raised over $7.5 million to date. 

For more information about building a custom home at or becoming a member of Creighton Farms, please visit

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