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…

As Sandy Prepares to Make Landfall in New Jersey and Delaware, People Here Complain About Boredom

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Excerpt: Sandy is still on her roll up the east coast, but we have been spared major damage here in Hampton Roads: our area of SouthEast Virginia that consists of the cities of Yorktown, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Williamsburg, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Hampton, Suffolk, Portsmouth. Check our other Hurricane Sandy posts here: Why is Sandy so Nasty? and Lots of Flooding in Coastal Areas. Sandy is eyeballing the Delaware River Click to Enlarge Currently, Miss Sandy is looking to cross the Delaware from New Jersey to Delaware in much the same way George Washington did when he made standing up in…

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How to find a roof leak: Use a Water Test

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Excerpt: It’s simple and works so effectively, you’d be amazed that more contractors don’t use this technique. Start at the lowest point that the water could be entering the roof system. Let the water run for 10+ minutes to rule out each component from the bottom up. The farther you move away from where the leak is showing on the interior, the more time you will have to give each component to test for leaking, due to the fact that if that component is leaking, the water now has to run farther before it shows on the interior. When testing brick,…

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 Most Important Decision In Your Remodeling Project

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Excerpt: What is the most important decision a homeowner can make on any project they may consider buying for their home? Authorities agree that the critical success factor in any home improvement project is the selection of the contractor. Perhaps like no other business, home improvement contracting has the reputation of generating more customer complaints than any other field. Sadly, for the industry as a whole, this reputation is well deserved. Due to a low barrier of entry into the industry and a high demand for its services, home improvement contracting is plagued with many individuals & companies that continue to underperform…

Beware of House Flippers in Virginia Beach

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Excerpt: “A fool and their money are soon parted.” -Thomas Tusser in Five Hundreth Pointes of Good Husbandrie, 1573 There are many “great deals” in the housing market in today’s economy.   But how do you protect yourself against professional “house flippers” who may be unscrupulous?   These professionals buy a distressed property for a low price, apply some cosmetic fixes and then sell it for at a much higher price.  This is known as “Flipping a House”.  The unsuspecting new buyer may be buying a home with many problems that will be very costly to fix. As a home buyer, to protect your…

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

Dream Space of the Week: Closet

“We need to dream big dreams, propose grandiose means, if we are to recapture the excitement, the vibrancy and pride we once had.” – Coleman Young.

We are currently working with a client on designing a closet space for her, so closets are “on my mind”… (*cue theme music: “Georgia on my mind”) It’s fun to dream and imagine possibilities.  I came across this closet on one of my favorite websites and had to share it with those of you who aren’t afraid to dream:

Two Story closet contemporary

   

Roof Details Matter: Blown Off Shingles & Ridgevent

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Excerpt: You can pick the highest quality shingle on the market, but if your installer cuts corners on the quality of the ridgecaps or the length of the nails he is using on the ridgevent, you are headed for failure if the roof ever gets tested in a high wind situation! Manufacturer warranties are VOID if the roof or ridgevent is not installed to their specifications and you are left with a costly repair. This is why we say “don’t pick the product, pick the contractor”.  The right contractor will use the right materials to ensure your investment is protected by a proper…