New Master Suite in Norfolk

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A few months ago, we talked a little about buying a “used house.” This was the case for a couple in Norfolk recently. The previous owner had been a do-it-yourselfer, and his skills left a bit to be desired. His addition off the master bedroom at the back of the house had some serious issues, the worst being a persistent roof leak. The ceiling was also lower here than in the other rooms, which made it cramped and dark.

Our first goal was to address the leak. Because the addition had a flat roof that had been tied in improperly, and because the tiled roof was showing its age, we knew a total replacement was in order. By dealing with the roof first, we were able to reframe the roof of the addition and create a cathedral ceiling in what would become the new master bathroom.

We installed CertainTeed Landmark Architectural shingles in Moire Black. These shingles carry a limited lifetime warranty, and are rated for wind speeds up to 110 mph. The gable ends of the new roof were finished with tan siding and trim that complemented the brick.

After a few conversations about what the homeowners envisioned for the interior, we got to work inside, creating a new master suite.

The bedroom received fresh paint and new Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) flooring. Between the bedroom and the new master bath, we installed a barn door with obscured glass. This door style is great for rooms where there isn’t enough space for a traditional door to swing open. The obscured glass still allowed the light to shine through, while giving privacy to the adjoining bathroom.

The bathroom is a true showplace that represents the homeowner’s style. Starting at the top, the new cathedral ceiling makes the room feel much larger. Windows, along with specialty and accent lighting reflected in the double mirrors, keep the space bright. The homeowner found a vanity and two vessel sinks she loved. We added a Fantasy Brown granite countertop, and the same material was used for the bench and threshold in the shower.

We love the new shower! Several sizes and styles of tile were used to create a unique look. A niche was built for shampoo and soaps, and the space was finished with a custom glass enclosure.

A lighter shade of LVP was installed on the bathroom floor, in the new water closet, and in the walk-in clothes closet. Pale blue walls and bright white trim completed the makeover.

Our clients said, “The master suite is still as gorgeous as the day it was finished. It has become the topic of conversation with all visitors.”

 

We hope this space will continue to be a relaxing retreat for many years!

Room Addition Interiors from Yorktown to Virginia Beach

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Excerpt: Room additions are a fantastic way to expand the usable area of your home while adding value to what your home is worth.  Many people ask us for different types of additions:  family room additions, kitchen additions, bathroom additions and master bedroom additions. But one often neglected topic in many home improvement discussions is the design and interior decorating of the addition after it is completed.  Below is a room addition interior that we recently completed in York County, Virginia.  You’ll see that the owner used the same colors and and finishes as the rest of the main house, even to…

Taking Home Theaters to a Whole New Level

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Excerpt: When talk turns to home theaters and home entertainment systems, much of the focus is on the equipment: how many speakers you have, how expensive your electronics are, how big your screen is, or whether you own a front-projection system. But what about the room itself?  Does the room that you’re in and your comfort level impact your viewing experience? Does where you’re watching impact the quality of your enjoyment? Does who you’re watching with make a difference? How about incorporating a karaoke system or a stage for family performances? What level could you take a gamer’s experience to?  Would yours be the home that all…

Case Study: Home Remodel & Lessons Learned

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Excerpt: A friend of mine recently completed a home remodel in upstate New York.  I was fascinated to hear about the adventure that led to the beautiful transformation of her home!  I couldn’t help but think to myself that her experience was so much like those of our customers at Jim Hicks Home Improvements here in Virginia.  I’m sure a potential client in Yorktown who is thinking about remodeling their home, or someone in Virginia Beach who would like a new bathroom, or maybe a homeowner I recently met with in Newport News who is dreaming of a new kitchen remodel, would…

The Lazy-Shoe-Zen shoe organizer for your closet

Special thanks to Rhonda Burgin at Burgin Construction for telling us about this great product that can turn that 24″ deep corner in your closet into perhaps the most organized area in your walk-in!  You can get all the details here: Rev-a Shelf

How about a Secret Playroom Remodel?

Via Apartment Therapy: “The home’s owner found the old armoire secondhand. He then hired a woodworker to take out the back and install it up against a doorway into his children’s play room. The result is a simple-enough-looking armoire that opens to a hidden room of magic and play.” It was designed and built by Maple Seed Renovation in Portland, Oregon.  

The “Too Much Fun” File – Virginia Beach Yorktown Remodeling

Check out this great idea for the serious Lego maniac!  Its easy, inexpensive, and loads of fun for the kids… er… um…, uh, yeah kids!

Lead based paint can be a really serious problem! Know your facts!

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Excerpt: Just like the title says, know your facts!  Some homes in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Newport News and Hampton are old enough to have lead based paint.  Even if you live in Yorktown or Virginia Beach doesn’t mean you are necessarily safe either if you are considering doing some remodeling, on the interior or exterior.  Hiring the right contractor to handle this situation if you do in fact have lead based paint on or in your home is essential.  Hiring the WRONG contractor could be a nightmare, it could even hurt you or your children or result in your home being condemned….

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Kitchen

I highly recommend reading a blog post by Jamie Goldberg of Houzz.com.  They are full of great information and ideas for your next remodel project no matter if  you are in Virginia Beach or Yorktown and are thinking about remodeling your bathroom, kitchen, or even building a room addition! You need Houzz in your life! Here’s the link: New year’s resolution – for your kitchen!    

Some Contractor’s Just Can’t Say No

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Excerpt: Some Contractors Just Can’t Say No – A Commentary by Jim Hicks It’s amazing to me how contractors are diversifying their products and services that they offer to their clients in this down economy. I was just talking to a contractor that supplies and installs overhead garage doors. During our short conversation he told me that lately they were installing a lot of granite countertops and commercial lighting. So I asked him what experience he had in doing these kinds of things. He said “None, it is a learn-as-you-go situation but I just can’t tell anybody no when they ask me…