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2018 Tile Design Trends

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Tile is one building material that is constantly changing – whether it’s the material itself, the color, shape, finish or use, tile trends can keep any designer and builder on their toes. We do a lot of kitchen and bathroom renovations, which means tile is something we deal with very often. Lately we have noticed […]

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Design Trends: Wallpaper Done Right

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For the last decade or so, wallpaper took a home decor hit. As homeowners went for more modern, clean and neutral designs, wallpaper became the annoying thing that needed to be scraped off during renovation. Home design trends from the 80s and 90s mimicked Victorian style with lots of pattern, darker colors, and often overbearing […]

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Cabinetry Colors: Beyond the Pale

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For the past several years the trend in home cabinetry has been fairly monochromatic. Nearly every kitchen renovation included white cabinetry and often light stone countertops and tile backsplashes. This is a clean, beautiful look and it holds up well over time, especially when more traditional hardware and tile are chosen. But this look just […]

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Materials We Love: Ipe Flooring

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Outdoor living spaces have become one of the most popular things we build for our clients. With the moderate climate here in central Virginia, outdoor spaces can generally be enjoyed for at least three seasons of the year. And with many projects now integrating outdoor fireplaces, chimneys and fire pits, these hardscapes, decks and porches […]

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2017 Lighting Design Trends

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Lighting design is a rapidly changing industry with new trends appearing quicker than almost any other aspect of interior design. That being said, lighting is one things that can most easily date a home. Fortunately it is also one of the easiest things to update. If your home needs a refresh or you’re starting from […]

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Brazilian Granite Trends Move North

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Brazil, one of the best known sources of granite in the world, exports 60-70% of all the granite sold worldwide. For this reason, granite has been a popular building material in Brazilian homes for some time. However, the way that granite is used in Brazilian homes and businesses is far different from the way we […]

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