home improvement: What To Consider When Buying A Fixer-Upper in Northern Virginia - 02/21/14 09:53 PM
In your imagination it seems like a great idea – you purchase an older run-down property in Northern Virginia and you have the chance to fix it up and turn it into the home of your dreams.
To Renovate, Or Not To Renovate
However, the renovation project that is simply a quick montage in your imagination will actually take several months or years and thousands of dollars in real life.
The concept of renovating a "fixer-upper" property is exciting, but the reality is a lot of work and investment.  How can you make sure that you are making the right choice … (2 comments)

home improvement: 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)

home improvement: 4 Tips On Giving Your Northern Virginia Mudroom A Makeover - 10/17/13 01:20 AM
From crunched-up leaves stuck to bottoms of shoes to bulky coats shed as soon as kids walk through the door, mudrooms are ideal for keeping outdoor dirt, wet clothing and outerwear from being strewn throughout your Northern Virginia home. Mudrooms not only keep the rest of your house clean, but they also designate a spot for those last-minute grabs, such as coats, umbrellas and purses, when you're running out the door.
These rooms are great catchalls.  However, an organized mudroom can make your life and those hectic mornings much less stressful.  Below are smart tips for getting your mudroom ready this … (0 comments)

home improvement: 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)

home improvement: 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)

home improvement: 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)

home improvement: Go Green Northern Virginia By Faking It With Artificial Grass - 08/08/13 12:28 AM
The summer heat is starting to take its toll on you and your thirsty lawn.  Homeowners spend hundreds of dollars every summer striving to grow healthy grass and keep it green.

If you're sick of trying to maintain a manicured lawn, then you can go green another way.  Install artificial turf.
The Grass is Always Greener
Today's artificial grass is made out of polypropylene, nylon, or polyethylene threads that are sewn into a mesh backing that allows for water drainage.  This is then usually laid on top of compacted gravel and tied down at the perimeter.  Modern artificial lawns can … (0 comments)

home improvement: Can That Killer Home Theater Add Value To Your Northern Virginia Home? - 08/05/13 11:42 PM
Many Northern Virginia home owners dream of having a home theater - an entire room of the home dedicated to enjoying television and film.  These rooms are usually equipped with a large flat screen television or projector, comfortable seats, mood lighting and perhaps even a bar or a snack fridge.

 
They are very comfortable and the perfect place to relax after a hard day.  They are also lots of fun for entertaining, as you will be able to watch the big game or the hottest new release with your friends in style.
However, will spending the money on renovating … (2 comments)

home improvement: 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)

home improvement: What Are the Hot Home Decor Trends for 2013? - 07/23/13 11:59 PM
Just like fashion designs and hair styles, home decor trends are constantly changing and evolving.  Each new season brings a new must-have feature for your Northern Virginia home.
In order to keep your home looking fresh and chic, what are the hot trends for 2013 that you can incorporate into your decor?
Here are a few ideas:
Bright Paint Colors
Vibrant (and even neon) hues are very popular in fashion at the moment and they also look really chic on your walls.  If you are looking for a way to freshen up a dull room, a bright pop of color can … (0 comments)

 
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