Room Addition in Chesapeake, Virginia

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Excerpt: Finished Picture of Custom Room Addition Jim Hicks Home Improvement Designed & Built in Chesapeake, Virginia Our clients came to us with a dream for a sunroom addition where they could be comfortable and look out upon their gardens in which they enjoyed investing many hours and much care. Custom Made Windows and PVC trim ensure the beautiful details of the room addition will not suffer rot or deterioration over the years to come. Interior finished pictures of the room addition. The large windows bring in the gardens to the home. [caption…

Bathroom Remodel with Walk-In Shower in Yorktown Virginia

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Excerpt: Our clients in Yorktown were ready for a change with their Master Bathroom.   They had originally designed the bathroom they had when they built the house in 1988, but over the years found that some of their needs had changed. “Before” Picture showing vanity, soaking tub and shower They no longer seemed to ever use the large soaking tub.  The shower was small and after 27 years the large step up into it (and out of it) seems a bit more precarious than it used to. “Before” shot of shower that was too small…

Friends Don’t Let Friends Buy Flip Houses

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Excerpt: Once again, the ever intrepid Brad Brinke of Pro Craft Inspection Services brings us another cautionary tale of horror and woe from inspecting a “flipped house” that a homeowner client wanted to buy and hired him to inspect in Virginia Beach! A flip house is a house that someone (usually an investor) bought with the intent of selling and making a profit.  The usual method is to buy a house that is in poor condition and then make repairs and sell it in good condition.   However, that’s where the problems start.  If an investor wants to maximize his profit when he…

The Most Popular Kitchen Picture of the Month!

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Excerpt: We have a lot of fun on our Jim Hicks Home Improvement Facebook Page !   Our fans never hold back with their opinions on what they like, what they would do differently or which kitchen or bath they prefer.  We love hearing about it! This picture was the most popular we posted in the month of February. After a fair amount of research, we believe it was done by Greenview Homes in  Lincolnshire, Illinois. Can you guess why it was the favorite?  We think it’s because of the amazing unique perspective it was shot at!  It showcases this newly remodeled kitchen so…

Have You Ever Felt Frustrated Comparing Two Estimates?

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Excerpt: It’s difficult comparing estimates. I had to do it remotely once for my Grandmother in California for just a roofing project once and it drove me crazy, it was like comparing Apples & Oranges! I thought it’d be a piece of cake, after all I do this for a living, right? My experience was, knowing more about what I was talking about only made evaluating each contractor and their proposal even more confusing. I had a real eye opener: “this is what my clients are going through??” So, I feel your pain. As a contractor, the only time that I really have to…

Master Bedroom Dream Closet Design for Shoes in Yorktown

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Excerpt: This was the most popular picture on our Jim Hicks Home Improvement Facebook Page this month! This picture of a Master Bedroom Closet Shoe Organizer Design was the most popular picture on our Facebook Page in October. This picture is of Master Bedroom Closet that was certainly done well, but this time it’s not our work.  We would love to know whose work it is to give full credit where it is due! When I asked my wife how this picture became the most popular of the month on our Facebook page, she responded simply “Because it’s all about…

Mission in Newport News: Create One Large Garage Door From Two Single Garage Doors

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Excerpt: Mr. Phillips had a nice large garage. His problem was he had two normal size doors leading into his large garage. Mr. Phillips felt the size of the garage doors restricted his use of the garage. That’s when he called us and asked us to create a single opening from the two smaller openings: create one large garage door from two smaller garage doors. It was a mission we happily accepted! How did his garage doors look when we arrived? Here are the “Before” Pictures: Then we got to work! Brick veneer had to be removed, a new…

We Love Receiving Emails Like This From Roofing Clients in Yorktown, Virginia

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Excerpt: It’s great to get emails like this: “Hi Sharon, Everything was fine with the work. I must say that it is apparent that Justin Foreman is a key component to your workforce. He is great to work with, as are you. You have been most responsive with communications. I did submit the Angie’s List review. I must verify it at my home e-mail address before it is accepted. Have a great day.” The actual Angie’s List review was even better! “Justin Foreman was the coordinator for this job and we had the pleasurable experience of working with him on a previous job for our home….

Custom Skylight Successfully Rebuilt and Replaced in Virginia Beach

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Excerpt: We love skylights! Nothing brings natural light into the home like skylights! But when we met this Virginia Beach homeowner and their contemporary home built in 1971, we were pleasantly surprised to see the large octagonal skylight that was the centerpiece of home’s foyer. A former employee of mine who now works for a large roofing company that specializes in flat membrane roofing, referred the homeowner to us as the only company he trusted to rebuild such a unique unit. The skylight had performed well over the years and had been worked on by other companies but the workmanship,…

Skylights in Kitchens

Today I was working with a remodeling client in Newport News on a kitchen design and we were looking for some ideas on how to use skylights in her kitchen. I put together this ideabook on Houzz to share with her. So, I thought I’d share it with you too! Click on the directional arrows at the bottom left of the viewer to move through the pictures. href=”http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/29203091/thumbs/Kitchen-Skylights”>Kitchen Skylights