Plumbing Leak Becomes a Remodel

Our client suffered a plumbing leak in their kitchen and dining room when the vendor who was installing their new microwave put a fastener into the main drainpipe. When we arrived, the demo contractor hired by their insurance company had completed the tear out as shown in the before photos.

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The client’s insurance company estimated the total cost of repairs and paid our client $11.458.45 to restore them to pre-loss condition.

They asked us to help.

We supplied the insurance adjuster with detailed cost estimates and documentation, and we answered all his questions.

Final settlement from the insurance company: $48,032.40.

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Our client invested some of their own money to make a few upgrades, and to purchase new appliances. The white cabinets and black countertop make for striking combination, while the black handles on the cabinets and drawers add a sophisticated touch. If you look closely at the tiled backsplash, you’ll see that each tile has beveled edges which add interest and reflect the light. Speaking of light, we also replaced the client’s boxy overhead light with a new, more contemporary round fixture in brushed nickel to match the faucet. And don’t miss the drawer and doors on the back of the peninsula. No more struggling the get items stored in the corner cabinet – what a clever idea!

We hope our clients enjoy their beautiful new kitchen for many years to come!

PRO TIP: If you’re dealing with an insurance claim for damage to your home, don’t go it alone. We are experts in insurance restoration, and we know how to work with adjusters. We’re here to help!

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!

Kitchen Remodel in Hampton

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Excerpt: Kitchen Remodel in Hampton We love repeat clients! In the Spring of 2018, we were asked to update the exterior of this home in Hampton. A former rental property, the siding and trim were showing their age. The homeowner asked us to replace these, and to remove a failing back porch. The new exterior looks great, and it will give the homeowner a carefree exterior for years to come. Check it out here: https://www.jimhicks.com/remodels/siding-and-trim-update/ We were delighted to hear from Janet and her sister Francine when it came time to remodel the kitchen and family room. While the basic layout of the kitchen worked,…

Energy Efficient Sunroom and New Kitchen Countertops in Newport News

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Excerpt: Andy and Jackie had a great sunroom at their home in Newport News. The problem was, it was too cold in the winter and too warm in the summer. Multiple sliding glass doors lining the walls leading out to the deck gave an unobstructed view, but they were very drafty. In the kitchen, the homeowners wanted to update the countertops and sink, eliminate the raised breakfast bar, and add a new slide-in electric range. New energy efficient windows and door were a must in the sunroom. We installed 10 new Low E/Argon filled double hung windows and one new sliding door. Above…

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…

Stunning Kitchen Remodel in Newport News, Hidenwood Neighbood

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Excerpt: This is a kitchen we just finished in the Hidenwood neighborhood of Newport News, near Christopher Newport University and James River Country Club.   We absolutely loved this project and our clients!  If you’re interested in the complete list of everything we did on this project it is at the end of this article. In the meantime you can watch the video slideshow or scroll down for the larger versions of some of the pictures so that you can really see the detail in each image!     Our Scope of Work for this Kitchen Remodel Project:  Demolition Demolish…

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…

Freedom From The Tyranny of the “One Butt” Kitchen

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Excerpt: This was one of our favorite kitchens we’ve ever done!  It wasn’t the most expensive or the most glamorous but it made such a big impact on the lives of the Jones family from what they had been working with before.  They were patient and kind and a joy to work with!   We were truly blessed to have them as clients! Mrs. Jones wrote on Angie’s List: The price was great, we did purchase a lot of stuff ourselves (appliances, faucet etc)  so the price was more for their labor and coordination between all the different folks that need to work on the house. …

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