Trim Work

Room Addition in Chesapeake, Virginia

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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.

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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.
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Interior finished pictures of the room addition. The large windows bring in the gardens to the home.
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The cased opening in the background was once a kitchen window. The brick is the original exterior wall of the home. The mini-split air conditioner over the cased opening heats and cools the entire room.
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The interior lighting is provided by sconces and ceiling fans with light kits.
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The floors are tile
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The sizes, locations and numbers of the windows were very important to our clients. They wanted everything to have balance and symmetry.

But how did it all come together? How did our clients progresss from concept to finished product? When we first met our clients they had clipped pictures from different magazines for inspiration.   Each picture had a detail or an element they wanted included in their project.  The pictures were very helpful in understanding the vision our clients had.

Chesapeake Room Addition Inspirational Pictures (1) Chesapeake Room Addition Inspirational Pictures (2)These are pictures I took of the magazine clips.






The rear of the house when we first saw it looked like this:

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We commissioned Dave Dispirito from Homesite, Inc. for the design.  Dave did a fantastic job of putting to paper the images our clients had in their heads.  After several revisions to get it just right, work began on the room addition. (If you liked this room addition, you might also like this one: Family Room in Seaford)

First the footers were dug and poured:Chesapeake Room Addition in Progress pix (2)

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The block foundation in progress
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The driveway became the staging area for all the materials that would be needed for the new room addition
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The floor was framed
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The walls were framed. The large openings are for the huge windows, that will bring the outside into the new room.
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House wrap is what keeps the water out of the house. No matter what kind of exterior cladding is used: siding, trim, or brick – it will all leak. House Wrap keeps the framing dry and the water outside.
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The foundation’s brick veneer, designed to match the house, is almost done!


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Windows are in!
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Our clients wanted a flat roof detail but were concerned about it’s reliability. Thankfully, we have a strong background in roofing! We installed a tapered self adhered two ply modified system.
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All done! The trim details were custom designed by our Production Director and our Client and made on site from PVC. They will never rot or suffer insect damage.

The windows were custom made from Custom Vinyl Products with Low E/Argon energy efficient glass. The room was conditioned with a new mini-split air conditioner.  The floor was tile. Interior lighting included sconces and ceiling fans with light kits.


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Learn more about room additions in this article: Room Addition Interiors

Built In Cabinetry for Window Seat

 This picture was the most popular picture on our Facebook Page this month!

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This picture is of a window seat 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!

We have a lot of fun on our Facebook Page.  Our fans are not shy about expressing their opinions both positive and negative on the various pictures and design ideas that we share of our work and other’s work.    To see what the Buzz is about, Like us here:

What is it about built in cabinetry that makes it so popular?  Is it the growing popularity of the kitchen becoming the social hub of the home?  Is it because it’s a great place to sit and watch the weather outside or perhaps just read a book or enjoy a cup of coffee to start your day or glass of wine to end it? Is it the fact that built-ins such as these in the picture above make an efficient use of space with drawers under the seat that add to the storage space of the kitchen cabinets?

Built-in cabinetry can be done by a trim carpenter onsite or if matching the kitchen cabinets is desired, the cabinets can be built offsite at the same cabinet shop with the cabinets themselves and then installed at the same time as the cabinets.  This allows for the use of the same species of wood as the cabinets as well as the same applied finish.

But built-in cabinetry isn’t just for the kitchen!  All areas of the house can enjoy it’s craftsmanship and charm!  Bathrooms, bedrooms, dens, hallways and even landings on stairways have benefited from the design of built-in cabinetry and seats.  Design is key as the built-ins can be seamlessly integrated with the architecture and style of the home.  We recently posted a picture of a well done window seat surrounded by book shelves that was very popular on the page as well.  See it here: Window Seat with Built In Bookcase

Another well done window seat:



Window Seat with Books!

We have a lot of fun on our Facebook Page reposting home remodeling pictures that we find and enjoying the feedback that our fans give us.  It’s always amazing to read the divergence of opinions on each picture!

Most of our Facebook Fans are from our local area of Hampton Roads, VA – which is made up of the cities of Yorktown, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Williamsburg, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Hampton, Suffolk, Portsmouth, but their opinions are hardly homogeneous!

What’s really interesting is when we receive an overwhelming response, either positive or negative, on a home improvement or remodeling picture.   That’s when I enjoy sharing those pictures here.

This picture of a window seat surrounded by bookcasing received the most positive feedback of the past week.  What did you notice first about it?

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This post authored by
Jim Hicks.

Jim Hicks Home Improvement serves Yorktown, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Williamsburg, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Hampton, Suffolk, Portsmouth

Contractor, Home Improvement, Remodels, Additions, Kitchen, Bathrooms, Shingle Roofs, Slate Roofs, Siding, Windows 757-706-3110

Disclaimer: All images, unless otherwise noted, were taken from the Internet. In the event that there is a problem or error with copyrighted material, the break of the copyright is unintentional and the material will be removed immediately upon request.

Beadboard On Bathroom Walls

We hear our clients are asking us more often for beadboard on bathroom walls,  as opposed to tile, for their bathroom remodels.  This is a definite shift in what we’ve heard requested over the last several years.

There are many ways to install and finish beadboard on a wall: different heights, different trim details at the top and bottom and different color selections.  Each adds a distinctive personalized signature to the area that makes it your own.

Here are a few ideas that I was looking at with a client the other day for a bathroom remodel in Newport News and I thought I’d share them with you.

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I do not own any of these images. All of these images were found on the web and assumed to be in the public domain.  If you are the owner of any of them, I will gladly give credit or remove at your request.