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…

More Vents Are Not Necessarily Better

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Excerpt: The ever vigilant Brad Brinke of  Pro Craft Home Inspections and author of  Going Green means sometime just being a little smarter, sent us the following picture he just snapped on a Virginia Beach home of the classic example of cross venting. Bill Taylor, ventilation guru, who gave us Tips for the Balance System for Attic Ventilation,  and Venting On Your Neighbor commented: “That is comical. Actually, we just ended our “Ask the Expert” seminar in Richmond a couple hours ago. One of the slides in the presentation is an install similar to this with multiple types of vents. The room roared with laughter when they…

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…

A 5 Year Old’s First Job

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Excerpt: A FIVE YEAR OLD’S FIRST JOB. Here’s a truly heartwarming story about the bond formed between a little five year old girl and some construction workers that will make you believe that we all can make a difference when we give a child the gift of our time. A young family moved into a house, next to a vacant lot. One day, a construction crew turned up to start building a house on the empty lot. The young family’s five year-old daughter naturally took an interest in all the activity going on next door and spent much of each day observing the…

The “Too Much Fun” File – Virginia Beach Yorktown Remodeling

Check out this great idea for the serious Lego maniac!  Its easy, inexpensive, and loads of fun for the kids… er… um…, uh, yeah kids!

Technical Corner – Tips for the Balance System for Attic Ventilation® by Air Vent, Inc.

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Excerpt: A short explanation of attic venting by the experts, Air Vent, Inc., for proper attic venting and its importance. Proper roof venting is critical all over Hampton Roads from Yorktown to Virginia Beach to keep your shingles from baking in the harsh summer sun and the heat produced in our attics, as well as, preventing condensation and the mold that goes along with it in the winter time.    Tip 1. Don’t Short-Circuit Your Ventilation System. Never install more than one type of exhaust system. The stronger exhaust vent will pull from the other causing one vent to function as an intake vent…

Pullout Shelves Under the Stairs

In the “coolest idea” category, how about this?   The idea is from a company in the UK, but our carpenters can do this onsite at your home! What would you use the extra space for?  Christmas Decorations? No more dragging stuff up to the attic?

 

Can you ever have “too much” storage area in your home?

Lead based paint can be a really serious problem! Know your facts!

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Excerpt: Just like the title says, know your facts!  Some homes in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Newport News and Hampton are old enough to have lead based paint.  Even if you live in Yorktown or Virginia Beach doesn’t mean you are necessarily safe either if you are considering doing some remodeling, on the interior or exterior.  Hiring the right contractor to handle this situation if you do in fact have lead based paint on or in your home is essential.  Hiring the WRONG contractor could be a nightmare, it could even hurt you or your children or result in your home being condemned….