When the Mammoth Oak Falls!

When a severe storm passed through the area, it dropped a huge oak tree on this property. When we arrived a few days later, the tree had been removed and the roof had been tarped, but the damage left behind was extreme.

Outside, an entire section of the roof had been crushed and several other areas had puncture holes. We found broken roof rafters and ceiling joists, damaged shingles and roof decking, and broken soffit and fascia.

Inside, there was water damage to the drywall, insulation, kitchen cabinets, and the flooring throughout the house.

After a lot of back and forth with the homeowner’s insurance adjuster, we able to start putting the home back together.

First up was the roof. We installed seven new rafters and a few new ceiling joists. All the damaged roof decking was replaced, and new GAF Timberline HD shingles in Weathered Wood were installed. New flashing, pipe collars, and drip edge restored the roof to pre-loss condition. Replacing and painting the damaged soffit and fascia completed the exterior work.

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Moving inside, the kitchen, living room, and hallway had the worst damage. Of great concern was whether we would be able to match the client’s custom hickory cabinetry. The cabinets had been installed in 2009, but we were lucky enough to find that the local builder was still in business. He custom fabricated a new sink base and peninsula that are a near-perfect match to the original ones.

The original countertops were laminate, and they would have to be replaced due to damage, so the client decided it was a good time to upgrade. They chose a level one granite in “Venetian Ice” which looks great with the hickory cabinets. It is similar in color to the original laminate, but it will be much more durable.

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To complete the interior repairs, we replaced the insulation in the ceilings of the kitchen, living room, and hallway, installed new drywall, and added fresh paint. New Shaw luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring in “Touch Pine” was installed throughout the house.

The repairs look great, and the homeowners are enjoying their home sweet home once again.

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PRO TIP: An insurance restoration project typically takes longer than a homeowner-funded remodel and dealing with the adjusters can be challenging. We are experts in this type of work, and we speak the same language as the adjusters. If you or someone you know has experienced a loss that will be covered by insurance, and you live in the Hampton Roads, VA area, give us a call at 757-706-3110 or fill out our online contact form. We’re here to help!

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!

What Does a Kitchen Remodel on a Budget Look Like?

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Excerpt: I made this quick little slideshow to illustrate the before & after impact that a kitchen remodel can have, even when it’s done on a budget. Here are two kitchens we recently completed with reasonably economic lines of cabinetry, Level 1 granite countertops, vinyl flooring, and stainless steel sinks.  No walls were moved.  These are what we call a “pull & replace” kitchen in the remodeling business. I put together a video slide show of the images shown below that goes back and forth between before and after to give a different perspective: Click on any of the images below for a larger…

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…

Basement Remodel Project in Stonehouse, Toano – near Williamsburg – Virginia

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Excerpt: “Not many people know where Toano Virginia is, so we just say Near Williamsburg,” the locals tell us.  Stonehouse is a prestigious community, well known for it’s golf course and beautiful homes. Our clients in Stonehouse, Toano Virginia asked us to make their dream of a finished basement come true.  They had some great ideas about what they wanted and also some sound performance goals for this area of their home.   They were interested in a having a stone wall in the sitting area and sound proofing installed as part of the design as they felt that the neighbors across…

What’s the difference between types of wood flooring?

Many of our clients get a little confused by the differences between: 1. Solid Hardwood Flooring 2. Engineered Hardwood Flooring 3. Laminate Flooring   I thought this video by Mr. Atlanta Flooring did a great job explaining the differences