Kitchen Remodel in Hampton

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Excerpt: Kitchen Remodel in Hampton We love repeat clients! In the Spring of 2018, we were asked to update the exterior of this home in Hampton. A former rental property, the siding and trim were showing their age. The homeowner asked us to replace these, and to remove a failing back porch. The new exterior looks great, and it will give the homeowner a carefree exterior for years to come. Check it out here: https://www.jimhicks.com/remodels/siding-and-trim-update/ We were delighted to hear from Janet and her sister Francine when it came time to remodel the kitchen and family room. While the basic layout of the kitchen worked,…

Energy Efficient Sunroom and New Kitchen Countertops in Newport News

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Excerpt: Andy and Jackie had a great sunroom at their home in Newport News. The problem was, it was too cold in the winter and too warm in the summer. Multiple sliding glass doors lining the walls leading out to the deck gave an unobstructed view, but they were very drafty. In the kitchen, the homeowners wanted to update the countertops and sink, eliminate the raised breakfast bar, and add a new slide-in electric range. New energy efficient windows and door were a must in the sunroom. We installed 10 new Low E/Argon filled double hung windows and one new sliding door. Above…

Siding and Trim Update

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Excerpt: Location: Hampton, VA Client need: Previously a rental property, the homeowner has returned to Hampton, and wants to make this her permanent home. The aging siding and trim have become brittle, and there are cracks in multiple locations. The back porch is also failing, so the client wants it removed. The chimney and fireplace were damaged by a fire, so the client wants those removed, and the interior wall closed. Our solution: The client loved the original color of her siding, so we installed Mastic Carved Wood in Cameo, which was the closest match. She wanted to change the trim color around…

New Granite Countertops and Backsplashes

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Excerpt: Location: Suffolk, VA Client need: Update the countertops and backsplashes in the kitchen, and the countertops in the master bath, with custom granite. The stove was replaced with a new stainless-steel model. Our solution: Our client liked the layout and cabinetry in her kitchen and bath, but wanted to upgrade the countertops and backsplashes with custom granite. We put her in touch with our kitchen designer, who helped her select the perfect new look for both rooms. The kitchen cabinets were modified to allow for a new stainless-steel gas stove, and range hood. Jim says: “It’s amazing how much difference new countertops and backsplashes…

Kitchen Remodel Project

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Excerpt: Location: Yorktown, VA Client objective: The kitchen feels small, dark, and closed off from the den and dining room. Our solution: Remove upper and lower cabinets between the den and dining room to create an open floor plan. Install new white cabinets and trim, and black granite countertops, add a new center island with a butcher block top. Add lots of storage along the wall. New brushed nickel fixtures, new floors, and paint throughout. Jim says: “Hal and Patty were great to work with and I loved their ideas! I am really happy with how bright and open the kitchen is now. This…

Screened Porch Project

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Excerpt: Location: Yorktown, VA Client objective: Existing porch is small and dark, and no longer meets the client’s needs. Our solution: Demo existing screened porch, and create a new 20’x20’ living space, featuring a cathedral ceiling and skylights. Jim says: “Good people know good people! The Sommers were referred to us from one of our favorite former clients, Rob & Dale Kutz.” They were a joy to work with and quickly became a ‘crew favorite client’ that everyone in the Production Department wanted to work for.” The client says: “We enjoy our screen room every day. Jim’s company bought the roofing expertise that was…

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Add A Second Story Game Room In a York County Home In The Running Man Subdivision

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Excerpt: The Klebs have an active family, which means they have boys who are athletes.  These boys are athletic all over their home in the Running Man subdivision in York County! Mrs. Kleb needed a room, besides the living room, for them to “recreate”.    So what’s the most cost effective way to add 252 usable square feet to one’s home for the purposes of a “rec room” or a “game room”? In the Kleb’s case, the answer was in the top 8 feet of their two story living room ceiling. Here’s what it looked like before we started:                   By converting the living…

Different House, Same Address: Whole House and Kitchen Remodel in Running Man Neighborhood, Yorktown VA

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Excerpt: Mark Lownik grew up in the the Running Man Neighborhood of York County.  After College, his career took him to Connecticut where he met Jennifer and they started a family.  In 2015, with his parents desiring to downsize, Mark found himself contemplating moving his family from New England back to the very neighborhood and to the very home that he had grown up in.   We were referred to them in a quite round about fashion by a friend of a former client that had since moved to Florida.  The circuitous route by which they found us proved to be a…

Estimating, Design and Construction Process Overview for Jim Hicks Home Improvement

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Excerpt: Oftentimes I am asked, “What is your process for Estimating, Design and Contruction?” So I decided to outline for you (because I only want to be a blessing…)   I.       House Call and Free Estimate I meet with the owner at their property and listen to their vision for the project, take measurements and pictures. I then develop a “conceptual budget” with a written scope of work to detail what I have priced (because the faintest ink beats the best memory). II.     Budget Presentation Once the owner receives the estimate, they then have a good idea as to what the project is going to cost with the…

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