There is nothing wrong with a backyard grill and a couple of Adirondack chairs. However, if you are at a point in your life where you want your outdoor spaces to feel more like your indoor spaces, consider our tips for better design regardless of budget.
We spend significant money beautifying our landscapes with just the right trees, shrubs, flowers and hardscaping, but when night falls, all of that effort “goes dark.” As warm weather approaches and we tend to be outdoors more often later into the evenings, wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy our homes and streetscapes even as the darkness deepens?
Landscape lighting is the answer. And, besides aesthetics, mood and atmosphere, there are at least two other good reasons to brighten things up a bit: safety and security.
When it comes to what’s underfoot, there is more than meets the eye. Whether you are building or remodeling, flooring is one of the most important long-lived decisions you will make in relation to aesthetics, function and even issues like safety and sound. Besides the number of choices in materials, each comes with a slew of options. Here, we take a look at the top choices.
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If the winter holidays have meant more traffic in your home – kids home from college, grandparents visiting, friends in and out – you may be thinking that all you want for Christmas or Hanukkah is a new bathroom.
The first decision on your list will be whether to remodel a current bathroom, create or expand an existing bath by carving out space from an adjacent room, or adding on so that the footprint of your home is altered with, say, a large master bath. The latter will likely bear the biggest budget, but it may be worth it. If remodeling, one of the biggest ticket items is likely to be moving plumbing, and some homeowners avoid it for that reason. But, if rerouting plumbing will result in the bathroom of your dreams, it may well be the best decision.
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The frenzy of cooking and family togetherness of Thanksgiving is now past. And if this favorite culinary-centric season left you thinking that the heart of your home is in need of a serious upgrade before next year’s feast rolls around – say, opening up the space to adjacent rooms – we are here to help you make the grade with an abbreviated checklist of sorts. Just think A-F and you’ll leave no stone(ware) unturned.
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You’ve decided to remodel your home. That means you’ve decided to, as Southern architect Bobby McAlpine would suggest, reflect “the gorgeous world inside of (you).” And that is no small decision. Nor is it an inexpensive one. But it is transformative. In this month’s column, we provide you with tips for choosing a top-notch remodeler to ensure a rewarding renewal.
Think of this matchmaking process in four categories: business experience, technical expertise, customer service and communication, and company policy.
In terms of business experience, legitimate remodelers will maintain a permanent mailing address and phone number so they can be reached in a timely fashion, and they will carry proper insurance. In Virginia, for jobs exceeding $1,000, contractors must be licensed as Class A (unrestricted dollar amount), Class B (up to $120,000 or $750,000 annually), or Class C (up to $10,000 or $150,000), each with appropriately stringent requirements.
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VB Homes is excited for the new overlay that allows for North End residents to build single family homes on duplex lots. Our president, Chris Ettel, has long endeavored to bring this “coastal cottage” look to the North End. The goal of this overlay is to bring neighbors closer together with the “porch lined streetscape,” and promote a sense of community here at the Beach. For more information regarding this exciting project, please see the article in the Virginia Pilot.
On November 24th, VB Homes (in partner with the City of Virginia Beach Education Foundation and other local businesses) celebrated the completion of the 10th home built by Virginia Beach students. We are honored to have participated, and are proud of the students' successful accomplishment. For more information regarding this exciting project, please see the article in the Virginia Pilot or the video from WTKR NewsChannel 3.
Inside Business featured an article on the Virginia Beach Design Awards where VB Homes received an Honor Award in the Residential Development category this past December on six homes built in the Old Beach neighborhood. For more information regarding this exciting project, please see our Winter 2015 Newlestter.
Chris Ettel has been an active member of the Tidewater Builder's Association for the past decade. Leading the VB Homes team for 27 successful years, Chris has been making the dream of coastal living a reality for over 200 families at the Beach. As one of the premier residential builders at the oceanfront, Chris has been an instrumental part of the TBA team in developing Virginia Beach's South End, Old Beach, and North End neighborhoods, and has been recently selected as an approved builder by the Builder's Guild for the upcoming Cavalier Residences.