Written by Mark Jenkins

New Granite Counter Top

Many homes built 10-15 years ago boast cabinets in the kitchen that are still in decent shape.  However, laminate counter tops have become dated, peal around the seams and create an eyesore in an otherwise functional space.  With various grades of granite, it is easy to upgrade the look of your kitchen by just replacing the counter top.  This homeowner upgraded from a basic laminate to a neutral granite.  The look is so much more elegant and modern.






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From a blue tub to…..

This new bathroom looks and feels completely different! From a blue tub to a modern grey tile floor and subway tile walls, this makeover looks great! 


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Why go from Aluminum to Vinyl Siding?

Aluminum vs. Vinyl Siding, do you know why people are changing? Aluminum siding has an interesting history thanks to Jerome Kaufman. “After seeing how paint bonds to aluminum fuselages on World War II planes, Jerome Kaufman, owner of one of the largest retail home improvement dealers in the U.S., invents the first residential baked enamel aluminum siding.”*

While the history is interesting, many homeowners are choosing to replace their aluminum siding with vinyl siding for a few different reasons.

  • Dents Easily
  • Paint can oxidize
  • Paint can scratch (similar to a vehicle)
  • Less desirable and may lead to a devaluation of home

This home in Warrenton was replaced with CertainTeed Double ” Dutchlap Siding.  The Granite Grey color is accented nicely with the white PVC wrap.  Both materials allow for a low maintenance, up to date look.  The cupola on the top of the garage was included in the vinyl transition and PVC wrapping.  Bringing all of the home’s character in with this new look, creates a modern home with great curb appeal.

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*Reference: http://www.alside.com/about/history/

Written by Mark Jenkins

Recent Hail Storms

As recent as yesterday evening, Bealeton was hit with yet another hail storm.  High winds, heavy rain and hail brought down trees, power lines and damaged property.  Hail damage may not be obvious at first and can cause extensive damage to a roof and siding.  Have your home inspected if you suspect damage either by a professional or by contacting your insurance company.  Should you have questions, we are here to help!

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New House without the move

Let’s face it, moving takes a LOT of work! Most of us have seen the shows on TV that help disagreeing spouses with the decision  to move or remodel.  Many times the remodels are extreme and cost tens of thousands of dollars.  While the remodels are fantastic, you can do a few things to the outside of your home to get a new look without the work of moving.

  • Replacing the siding refaces your home.  There are so many options with vinyl siding, you really can get many diverse looks.
  • Replacing the roof can add a new flare as well! Shingles come in many different colors and include a max definition option.
  • Resurfacing your existing deck can create the appeal of a new deck without the total cost.  Trex can be installed instead of pressure treated wood for a better, long term solution.
  • Fascia board and rake can be wrapped with aluminum caping for a fresh, no maintenance appearance.
  • Windows can be replaced which helps the look and the electric bill!

For design ideas, check out our portfolio and let us help you get started on your home project!

Written by Mark Jenkins

Technology in the Bathroom?

We recently finished up a bathroom remodel unlike any other.  The homeowner wanted to add a bit of technology in addition to a sleek design.  Traditional showers are equipped with a single action lever diverter that controls the flow and temperature of the water flowing from the shower head. Not this shower.  Wiring was installed prior to the tile installation to accommodate a remote controlled diverter. This diverter can be pre-set for two different temperatures, allowing two  people to have a customized, programmed shower to enjoy.  The homeowner can use the remote control to start the shower and step into a shower at the exact temperature they prefer.  The diverter has the ability to operate two different shower heads withing the same shower, allowing for additional water sources.

The drain in the bottom of the shower is also unique.  This 4 foot trough drain is concealed nicely along the edge of the shower wall.  The vessel sink was purchased from California and provides a great look to finish off this bathroom.

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Were you affected by hail damage?

We continue to see roof damage from the recent storms.  If you are unsure about possible damage, we are completing storm damage inspections.  After walking your roof and marking the damage, photos will be taken to show you the results.  Many times, insurance companies will pay to repair or replace your damaged roof.

In addition to the shingles on your roof, siding can be damaged by wind and hail. Damage is not just a cosmetic concern as it can cause long term problems.  If you don’t address the damage now, future damage may not be covered by your insurance.


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It is your choice!

So here we are, a few days post storm.  High winds, tornados and hail have all impacted our area in a pretty short amount of time.  Now that everyone is safe, the trees are cleared, the roads are unblocked and your power is back on, it is time to assess the damage to your home.

It usually goes in this order:

  1. You analyze the damage to the roof, siding and gutters.
  2. You make a call (or use the app) to your insurance company and they start a claim.
  3. The insurance adjuster comes out (in storms like these, they may not be a local adjuster due to the volume of claims).
  4. You receive information in the following days about what they will repair.
  5. A contractor is notified by the adjuster and you are set up for your repairs.

However, many homeowners don’t realize that they have a choice when it comes to selecting the contractor to complete their work.  Why is this important?

  1. Your local contractor will be accessible well beyond the storm in the event you have a question for them.
  2. After storms like this, many roofing companies come from other states to repair as many roofs as possible.  Once the repairs are done, they are no longer local.
  3. Your local contractor is working on your behalf, not the insurance company’s.  This means that additional damage discovered from the storm that the adjuster may have missed, is pointed out and turned in as part of the claim.
  4. In some cases, contractors that work with insurance companies use all sub-contracted companies to complete the actual repairs.  Your local contract generally has employees of the local company completing the work.

Understand your options and don’t hesitate to let the adjuster and your agent know who you would prefer to complete your repairs.



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