Household Hazmat: Keeping Your Family Safe

Although a part of our daily lives, many common products kept in and around the home contain hazardous materials, such as heavy metals or chemicals that are known to be toxic, corrosive or flammable. Storing and disposing of them with care can help limit exposure to these substances – which is healthier for people, pets and ou...

 

The “Work Triangle” of Your Kitchen

Home values have increased again this month signifying an upswing in the housing market. As I stated in previous blog entries, kitchen remodeling projects create a highly-valuable return on inves...

 

New Windows and Doors Boost Curb Appeal & Make You Money

by Chuck LaRock, Sr. Real Estate Professional at Exit Realty Talbot and Company Did you know that nearly 1/3 of the energy used to heat or cool the typical American home escapes silently through windows and doors? ...

 

The Evolution of Green

by Cathy Little There’s a lot of talk these days about Going Green, but how much of it is reasonable and useful to do? Can we be kinder to the environment and reduce our utility bills without spending too much green to go green?! Due to industry innovation many green technologies have improved in efficiency and have seen...

 

Going Green: Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Keeping up with the latest kitchen design trends can be a fun process. New designs are constantly emerging and everything from the economy and location of your home ca...

 

Remember Garden Windows? They’re Back!

As the price of groceries, especially organic produce, continues to climb, people are beginning to test just how green their thumbs are by exploring home gardening options. One of the issues, however, is that due to the current economy, the average size of homes being built has decreased, and families and individuals find themse...

 

Local Kitchen Showrooms: A Look at Signature Kitchens

This week, I took some time out of my day to tour the absolutely beautiful Signature Kitchens showroom conveniently located in Haymarket, Virginia. The front of the building looks just like a small home, but upon entry, the walls seem to expand as the showroom opens up, full of fantastic kitchens and exquisitely-crafted cabinetr...

 

Hardscape Design – A Poolside Project

That 80 degree weather that Northern Virginia experienced about a month ago is back with vengeance. The humidity reminds me to be thankful for air conditioning and the thunderstorms in the forecast will only make the humidity worse. Being outdoors during the summer months can at times be unbearable. Shade trees and covered porch...

 

Cabinet Refacing on a Budget

This summer is already a very busy time for me and it hasn’t even really started yet. I have five weddings to attend and I have no idea how many more to come in the fall. The age of the engaged couples is fairly young and it is likely that they will be either renting a place to live or buying a small starter home. Buying a hom...

 

Great Way to Get Kitchen Design Ideas

If you or your family celebrate Easter, then get ready – because it's this weekend. Every once in a while a holiday comes around that is known for its wonderfully-made, home-cooked dinners, and Easter is one of those holidays. As friends and family members flood your home this weekend, pay special attention to just how busy yo...