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The Cost to Remodel a Basement in Northern Virginia [2022]

By Tess Wittler | October 20, 2022
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The Northern Virginia remodeling market is undoubtedly one of the most competitive in the country. People love living in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties for the closeness to Washington, D.C., the fantastic school districts and the quality of life this picturesque area offers. So it is not surprising that people are looking to remodel to add…

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The Average Cost of a Kitchen Remodel in Northern Virginia [2022]

By Tess Wittler | October 13, 2022

A kitchen remodeling project can be a great way to update your home and add value. If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen, it’s good to understand the average cost of a kitchen remodel in Northern Virginia to plan appropriately. The cost of a kitchen remodel can vary depending on the size of your kitchen,…

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How Much Does a Home Addition Cost in Northern Virginia [2022]

By Tess Wittler | September 16, 2022

Are you considering upgrading your home? If so, you may wonder how much does a home addition cost. Home additions can vary in price, depending on the size of the addition and complexity of the project, yet as a homeowner, knowing what you should expect to pay is essential.   In this article, we will first…

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How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost in Northern Virginia [2022]

By Tess Wittler | September 8, 2022

Renovating your bathroom can be a great way to improve the look and feel of your home. But how much does a bathroom remodel cost in Northern Virginia? Read on for some tips on how to budget for your project. Cost to Remodel an Existing Bathroom The Remodeling 2022 Cost vs. Value Report lists the cost of a…

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Challenges of Adding a Second Story Addition Above a Garage

By Tess Wittler | August 5, 2022

Building a room addition above an existing garage appears to be a relatively straightforward way to increase living space, but there are actually quite a few challenges. A new room above a garage can potentially improve the home’s curb appeal, but like all remodeling projects, adding a 2nd story above a garage has a broad…

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Are All Quartz Countertops the Same?

By Tess Wittler | December 20, 2018

Is there a difference between quartz countertops and other materials? Which countertop material is best: Quartz or Granite?  Of course, the answer is “It Depends”.  After explaining the differences many people prefer Quartz. “Quartz” in context to this discussion is a man-made countertop product more accurately described as “engineered stone”.  So with a decision to…

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How to Widen a Doorway for Aging in Place

By Tess Wittler | August 25, 2016

Most homes do not have many doorways that are wide enough for people who wish to safely Age-in-Place or for those with mobility issues. This post will focus on how to widen existing doorways, whether you want a simple solution such as switching the direction of the swing of the door, widening the frame or…

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How to Care for Granite and Marble Countertops

By Tess Wittler | September 20, 2013

Information Courtesy of The Stone Studio, Chantilly Granite is one of the easiest surfaces to maintain.  By following these suggestions for use, your countertops will last a lifetime while maintaining a brand new appearance. Daily Care and Use: Sealant: Stains, Lime Build Up, Food Stuck on Surface: Scratches, Chips, Repairs: We also recommend the following product…

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How long does it take to remodel a kitchen?

By Tess Wittler | July 19, 2013

Many times when I first meet with people one of the first questions asked is: “How long does it take to remodel a kitchen?”   Well that’s a good question and of course it depends. The actual construction is one part of the answer and the other part is the process of determining design, selections, specialty…

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7 Critical Things to Remember When Adding a Partial Second Story Addition to a House

By Tess Wittler | June 29, 2013

My previous blog was about adding a second story addition above a garage – somewhat difficult but not too tough. A more complicated project is to add a partial second story addition (i.e. a second floor) to an existing house. This type of project includes many of same challenges associated with going above a garage plus others…

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