around the home: The Low Down On Heating And Cooling Your Northern Virginia Home - 02/11/14 10:17 PM
If the temperature in your Northern Virginia home is too hot at night, then you can't sleep.  If it's too cold during the day, then you have to wear excessive layers.

Everyone has his or her own idea of the ideal temperature, but to keep it on that perfect number can get expensive.  So, below we've outlined five ways you can take care of your heating and cooling system and help it run more efficiently.
1. Set It And Forget It
To maximize the effectiveness of your heating and cooling systems, you need to program your thermostat and refrain from … (2 comments)

around the home: Dine In Style, Northern Va Kitchen Design Dos And Don'ts For 2014 - 01/27/14 12:19 AM
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms of your Northern Virginia home.  It is where you prepare all of your meals and it is often a hub of family activity. When you host a party, the action often ends up in the kitchen.

Where drinks and snacks are enjoyed into the early hours of the morning.  It's crucial that your kitchen functions well because you will use it every day, but you also want to make it beautiful and stylish.
Renovating and decorating your kitchen can also be one of the best ways to increase the resale value … (2 comments)

around the home: The Simplest Ways To Lower Your Home Heating Bill This Winter in NoVa - 01/21/14 12:23 AM
When the winter chill comes around, the heating bill at your Northern Virginia property will naturally increase as you keep yourself warm and cozy.  However, if your home is not being heated efficiently, you are essentially letting your hard earned dollars escape into the air as wasted energy.

What are some simple and inexpensive ways that you can cut down your heating expenses this winter and save yourself some money?
Only Heat The Rooms You Are Using
If you work from home and are spending eight hours of the day sitting in your home office, there is no need to … (0 comments)

around the home: 5 Ways To Use Your Dead Christmas Tree In Northern Virginia - 01/07/14 01:00 AM
  Northern Virginia residents - The holiday season is coming to an end.  It's time to pack up the stockings, and take the ornaments off the tree. That tree was a beautiful Christmas decoration, but now that the evergreen is turning brown, and its needles are falling all over the carpet, you realize it's time to get it out of the house.
But don't just throw it away. You have several options.  Here are five interesting ways to use your dead Christmas tree.
It's For The Birds
Keep the tree in its stand and set it outside.  You can put some … (2 comments)

around the home: 3 Easy Tips To Protect Your Northern Virginia Deck This Winter - 11/01/13 01:04 AM
Northern Virginia residents - barbecue season is all but over, and you won't be spending as much time out on the deck.  Don't let it get you down, though.  Spring will be here before you know it.  There are a lot of things that can wear down and damage your deck, so protect your deck and make sure it stays in tip top shape over the winter.
Cover The Furniture
You want your deck to look as good in the spring as it does now.  The first step is to cover all the furniture (don't forget the grill!).  Cover everything … (2 comments)

around the home: How To Manage Those Fallen Leaves in Northern Virginia - 10/23/13 03:39 AM
The kids are back in school, the weather is getting cooler and your yard in Northern Virginia is covered in a layer of fallen leaves.  Yep, it's that time of the year again, but don't think of fall leaves as a chore.  They can be a useful resource for fertilizing your lawn or even decorating your home for autumn.
Finish The Raking
It's tempting to just let the leaves lie in the yard. It's good fertilizer anyway, right?  Wrong.  You should rake everything up as soon as the trees begin to look bare, or else risk the blanket of leaves smothering … (0 comments)

around the home: 5 Cool Ideas For Green Home Remodeling in Northern Virginia - 10/03/13 12:41 AM
Every home seems to have a never-ending remodeling list.  As you consider tackling your next project, it usually pays off if you also think about helping the environment.

Green remodeling can last longer, utilize recycled materials and typically end up saving you money in the long run.  Below are several environment-friendly ideas that will have your Northern Virginia neighbors green with envy.
1. Rain Gardens
Rain gardens are a shallow depressions in your yard planted with native shrubs and flowers. When there is a large rainfall, all the water rushes along roadways picking up dirt and pollutants along their way … (0 comments)

around the home: 7 Simple Steps To Finish Your Northern Virginia Basement This Fall - 09/03/13 11:47 PM
Not only does the Labor Day weekend signal a little time off work, but it also indicates a close to the summer season, which means it's time to get ready for colder weather Northern Virginia residents.

So get in the spirit of the end of summer and start planning for the Fall and Winter seasons by creating a cozy hideaway that your family can retreat to once the outdoors become too chilly.
One of the best places to create this snug space is to mimic hibernating animals and go under ground — to the basement.
Whether your lowest level … (0 comments)

around the home: Quick Tips To Beat The Heat And Save On Your Northern Va Electric Bill - 08/12/13 01:56 AM
Summer always brings with it a hard choice: Do you turn down the thermostat to stay cool and resign yourself to high power bills?  Or, do you sweat it out to save some dough?

If you've been struggling with this dilemma, don't fret Northern Virginia residents.
With a programmable thermostat, you can beat the heat and save money, too.  They are easy to install and can save you over $100 a year.
The key is that they have different temperature settings for certain times of the day.  The latest models can be self-installed, are easy to program and can be … (0 comments)

around the home: How To Bring More Natural Light Into Your Northern Virginia Home - 07/31/13 12:10 AM
One of the biggest improvements that you can make to your Northern Virginia home is to bring in more natural light.

Sunlight is a powerful mood enhancer and a home design that brings in a lot of natural light will automatically look and feel much more pleasant. Not only will it boost your mood, bringing in natural light will also increase the value of your home.
So how can you shed some light on your home's interior?
Here are a few ways:
Add More Reflective Surfaces
Whenever you add a light and reflective surface to your home, you increase the … (2 comments)

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