Spring is in the Air!

Each spring, my grandmama would quote this old poem, attributed to Ogden Nash:
“The spring is sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the birdies is. Spring is sprung, the grass is riz, come out yourself and see how ‘tiz!”

When you “come out yourself” after a long winter, you may notice that the exterior of your home needs a little TLC. Here are four ways you can spruce up the outside of your home this spring:

Clean it!

Siding, windows, porches, and decks will benefit from an annual cleaning to remove spider webs, dirt, and debris. Sparkling windows bring in the daylight, and enhance your view, while cleaning the siding and trim can make it look brand new again. Cleaning your deck and porch will help you identify any areas that might need repair.

While many homeowners may choose to do this work themselves, a licensed painter or pressure wash company can tackle the job for you and give you more time to relax and enjoy the outdoors again.

Paint it!

A fresh coat of paint on your front door will do wonders for your curb appeal. Today’s trends are for softer shades of blue and tan on the siding, with a pop of bold color like teal or yellow for the door. The do-it-yourselfer should lightly sand the door and surrounding trim, apply a coat of quality primer, and finish with two coats of your new color.

If you notice wood rot or damage to your door, call on a professional contractor to evaluate and possibly replace the door.

Plant it!

Seasonal plants and flowers are an inexpensive way to enhance your home’s exterior. If you don’t want the hassle of dealing with flower beds, consider adding hanging baskets and large flowerpots to your porch or entry. They’re easy to maintain and can be changed out each season.

Visit your local garden center for advice on plants that will thrive in your area.

Light it up!

Now that you have a clean exterior, a new front door, and lots of beautiful plants, it’s time to put them all in the spotlight. Solar lights are a great option if you don’t want to deal with wiring. They can be placed in your planter to light up the foliage, along your driveway or sidewalk, and in your flower beds.

For a more permanent lighting solution, contact a licensed electrician.

2021 Kitchen Makeover in Yorktown

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Like many homes built in the late 1980s, Keith and Dottie’s home in Yorktown featured a kitchen with upper cabinets above the peninsula. While this added storage and helped define the area, it closed the kitchen off from the adjacent dining area and den. The cabinets were dark, stained wood, with laminate countertops, and the flooring was a standard sheet vinyl. We were asked to update the kitchen and remove the upper cabinets to give the area a more open feel.

The clients wanted lighter colors throughout the new kitchen, so they started with custom cabinets painted in a creamy white. Because there is a functional cabinet door on the back of the peninsula, the entire back was finished to look like cabinet doors. This detail was also repeated on the end of the peninsula and on one upper cabinet end. Glass doors on two of the upper cabinets add interest to the wall above the stove, and LED strips add task lighting.

New granite countertops in White Savannah continued the lighter color scheme. New backsplash tile by Marazzi in “Urban District Downtown” extends from the bottom of the cabinets to the top of the granite surface.

New engineered hardwood floors by Impressions in “Terracotta” were installed in the kitchen, dining area, and foyer. In the back hallway, laundry room, and downstairs bath, we installed “Lucinda” Coretec stone flooring.

Finishing touches were new stainless-steel appliances, industrial-style pendant lights above the sink and peninsula, and a few well-placed can lights.

The end result is a new, lighter and brighter kitchen which will serve the homeowners for many years to come!

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…

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…

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…

The Psychology of Color

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Excerpt: CertaPro Painters of Louisville, Kentucky have put together one of the best infographics on the use of color in the home that I’ve seen. For the original post on their site, click here: http://paintersoflouisville.com/the-psychology-of-color/ Click the image below for a larger view (in some browsers you will have to click it again to zoom in after the jump)   This of course reminded me of this graphic which reminds me that as a man, I should not be involved in color choices: Don’t let the guys pick the colors. They don’t know what they are talking about This post authored by Jim Hicks. Jim…

Beadboard Wainscoting in Bathroom Remodel Design

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Excerpt: 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…