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The Versatility of Mini-Split Heating and Cooling Systems

By Bob Benedict | April 3, 2024
mini split heating and cooling systems

Mini-split heating and cooling systems offer a versatile and energy-efficient solution for managing the temperature in your home. Unlike traditional HVAC systems, mini-splits require no ductwork, making them a suitable option for home additions, renovations or spaces where extending ductwork is impractical. Their compact size and flexibility allow for a tailored approach to climate control,…

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Decluttering Before a Home Remodel

By Bob Benedict | March 22, 2024
declutter before a home remodel

Remodeling your home is an exciting time because you get to enjoy a new, tailored space that functions for you and your family. Keep those goosebumps alive but know that the first step is to remove and store items from the space being remodeled.  We’re not trying to give you homework but it needs to…

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Attic Insulation in Northern Virginia: Types and Energy Savings

By Bob Benedict | January 23, 2024
showing the depth of attic insulation

Proper attic insulation is one of the first things homeowners can do to improve energy savings and their overall comfort. This is especially true for those living in regions that experience extreme temperature swings, like Northern Virginia. Types of Insulation Materials for Existing Homes For existing homes, there are four primary types of attic insulation…

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The Advantages of Design Build in Home Remodeling

By Bob Benedict | January 9, 2024
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Design build in home remodeling offers many advantages that can truly transform your project. By seamlessly integrating architectural design, product selection and construction, this approach ensures a smooth transition across every phase of construction – from design and budget control to completion. What is Design-Build Remodeling? Design build remodeling is a construction approach where a…

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Tips for Home Winterization in Northern Virginia

By Bob Benedict | January 3, 2024
home winterization tips for keeping your home warm when it's snow covered

Home winterization in Northern Virginia should not be overlooked. Preparing our homes for the freezing temperatures and harsh weather conditions that winter brings is important. Failure to do so could lead to damage to your home and costly repairs. This article will provide practical tips to effectively winterize your home, ensuring it remains warm, safe…

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Kitchen Remodel Ideas for Entertainment

By Bob Benedict | December 12, 2023
white kitchen with double oven perfect for entertaining

Are you looking for kitchen remodel ideas that can transform your cooking and dining area into a warm, inviting space perfect for entertainment? Whether you love to throw sumptuous dinner parties or casual Sunday brunches, your kitchen can be designed to cater to your lifestyle. Let’s explore some creative ideas to help you reimagine your…

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Window Egress & Safety: What You Need to Know 

By Bob Benedict | November 29, 2023
egress window in the basement

As a remodeling contractor, I often get asked about window egress, particularly in basement remodels where the homeowner wishes to dedicate part of the basement to sleeping space. This is an important topic to cover, as egress requirements are put in place for the safety and well-being of occupants. Here’s a quick overview:  What is…

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Window Aesthetics for Today’s Homes  

By Bob Benedict | November 13, 2023
window aesthetics for today's homes

Window aesthetics is all about making your windows visually appealing and stylish. It’s an important part of architectural design, bringing together functionality and charm. The way your windows look can have a big impact on the overall appearance of your home, adding a touch of elegance, modernity, or traditional charm. Plus, it’s not just about…

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Designing the Perfect Home Dog Washing Station 

By Bob Benedict | November 7, 2023
bob benedict with his two dogs

A home dog washing station can make an easier time of the often messy task of cleaning your canine companion. It provides a dedicated space to groom your pet comfortably and efficiently. If you are considering installing a dog washing station in your home, here is everything you need to know.  What is a Dog…

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Selecting the Right Shower Size 

By Bob Benedict | October 30, 2023
selecting the right shower size

When it comes to designing your bathroom, choosing the right shower size is an important decision that impacts the overall functionality and aesthetic appeal of the space. The shower area should be spacious enough for comfort but also fit seamlessly into the overall layout without creating a cramped or cluttered look. Let’s look at the…

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