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…

Monier Tile Roof on Amazing Home in Kingsmill, Williamsburg Virginia

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Excerpt: I was invited to examine a Monier cement tile roof on a Williamsburg home yesterday.  The homeowner told me that she couldn’t find any roofing contractors in Williamsburg that knew how to work on her roof.   We were happy to help! When we arrived at the home, it took our breath away! I tried to explain how unique and special it was to a few friends and failed miserably, so I decided the best way to share with all of you was through pictures. It was a “featured home” in sept/oct 2008 issue of VA Living Magazine, and is 7,150sf!  And it’s for sale!  …

Working from Home Tips from the Coach!

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Excerpt: Many of our clients work from home.   One of  our clients who does is Pat Weber, who is a “Personal Coach for the Sales Reluctant”. We’ve had the pleasure of both working on her beautiful home in Williamsburg as a contractor as well as being entertained there as a guest. When it comes to working from home, she knows her stuff!  I asked her if we could post this great article she wrote on her blog.  We were thrilled when she consented!  So, here it is:   How do you minimize family distractions when working from home It had to happen. Someone did ask,…

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

   

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.  

Getting Your Money’s Worth – A Minor Bathroom Remodel in Chesapeake Virginia

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Excerpt: From the Desk of: Kris Austin, Chief Estimator for Jim Hicks Home Improvment It doesn’t matter if you are in Yorktown, Virginia Beach, or anywhere else.  If you do a little homework, you can probably save money or get a lot more for your money if you call in the real pros to give you a consultation.  Recently my dad, against my recommendations, invited a local big-box hardware store consultant into his bathroom for a free estimate to replace his fiberglass tub – after all, it WAS free and he thought maybe they would have a unique idea.  I told him to…