Sure, you can buy a ready-made fire pit, set it on the patio, and enjoy the heck out of it. But, if what you seek is a little more custom and a lot more permanent, then these built-in fire pit ideas are sure to spark your imagination for a fiery focal point that will enhance your outdoor living for years to come.
Saving trees in the face of all the housing development and road construction occurring in Hampton Roads is dear to many of your hearts.
Several readers have commented in response to a recent column about how builder Chris Ettel is protecting some live oaks and other big trees at the North End in Virginia Beach.
One of them was from Virginia Beach resident Beau Walker.
The spa bathroom has been trending for several years. That we all want a relaxing retreat is a given. So, in this month’s column, we are going beyond the spa to take a look at just a few recent design directions that might raise the bar for your bathroom remodel or new build.
The word “trend” is tricky. Often a trend is really just a new showroom idea, introduced and promoted by a manufacturer in hopes that it will catch on. On the other hand, as soon as a new idea catches on and appears to “trend,” it quickly becomes the status quo.
But, honestly, if you like it and think you will continue to like it for years to come, it doesn’t matter what you call it.
Continuing last month’s theme of landscape dividers is this month’s focus on retaining walls.
If you’re thinking, “My yard gently slopes; I don’t need a retaining wall,” I encourage you to explore how today’s retaining walls add depth and dimension to your landscape, literally carving out intriguing outdoor rooms, regardless of your property’s contours.
When most of us contemplate a new or remodeled fence, we ask ourselves these questions: How tall? Which wood? How far apart should the pickets be spaced? And what style post cap?
Designing the ideal deck is a bit more daunting than it seems. Go too understated and it may look like a dock. Go overboard, and it will look like the architectural equivalent of wearing cocktail attire to a backyard barbecue. But we can help.
You might think that efficient, highly functional, and beautiful custom closet design begins with space planning. But you would be wrong. It begins with a purge.
On June 4th, 2018 VB Homes (in partner with the City of Virginia Beach Education Foundation and other local businesses) helped celebrate the 11th house project built by Virginia Beach students. We are honored to have participated, and are proud of the students’ successful accomplishment. This home will be up for sale in the Fall of 2018 located at 1905 Evar Place Virginia Beach, VA. For more information regarding this exciting project, visit the Virginia Beach Education website http://www.vbef.org/house/index.asp
Last month’s column featured 10 spring-cleaning tips for improving your home’s curb appeal. This month I offer 10 tips for improving the appearance and function of what can easily become the most unsightly room in your home: the garage.
Even though the weather of late might make us think otherwise, spring is officially here and with its arrival comes the urge to “spring clean.” But let’s not think only in terms of scrubbing and dusting, but also cleaning up your act in terms of curb appeal.
It has been said that “first impressions last.” So regardless of whether you are selling your home or planning on living in it for years to come, a clean, fresh, cared-for appearance from the street will attract buyers or make coming home at the end of the day a more pleasant experience.