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Blog Posts in the Outdoor Living Category

Renovation vs. Remodel

Renovation and remodel are often used interchangeably, but the truth is that the terms mean two very different things, and knowing which is which can help you determine the right home contractor and other experts you may need for the job. What is a renovation? A renovation upgrades, improves and/or repairs issues in an existing […]

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The Modern Farmhouse: Elevating a Popular Design Trend

Farmhouse design has had a huge moment lately. Thanks to high-profile designers like Joanna Gaines, reclaimed wood and shiplap seem to be here to stay for awhile. For the most part, this look can be described as “cute,” but recently we had clients come to one of our trade partners, Jennifer Radakovic Design, with a […]

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Life Outside

The Great Outdoors The outdoor kitchen is one of our favorite trends in years. What’s not to love about the combination of form, function and beauty in such a natural environment? What began as simply running a gas line to the outdoor grill has quickly evolved into something bigger, bolder and much more enjoyable… a […]

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How to Create the Perfect Pool House

Pool weather is finally here – time to take a dip and relax in your outdoor oasis. The only thing that could make it any better is having a convenient place to dry off, enjoy some shade or clean up before heading back inside. A pool house can do all that and more when you […]

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Outdoor Living Spaces – Start Now!

We may be experiencing snow day after snow day here in Virginia, but believe it or not, it’s the perfect time to start planning your outdoor oasis. If you’re considering building a deck, patio, porch, installing a pool or an outdoor kitchen – don’t wait until it’s already warm and you can’t wait to get […]

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Materials We Love: Ipe Flooring

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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Porch Impressions

How to welcome your guests before they even step inside This time of year with guests, family and even just the delivery guy ringing your doorbell and coming to visit, your front porch is probably getting a little bit more attention than usual. The front porch is a staple of the southern lifestyle. It’s a […]

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Welcome Back the Wet Bar

The little bar makes a big comeback Many of the more “mature” readers will remember when Wet Bars were a common luxury in suburban homes – the spot where wife and mother crafted a chilled martini for dad as he walked in the door from a long day at work. Wet Bars were also used […]

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High-End Pool Design Trends

With temperatures heating up and summer in full swing, what better time to consider remodeling and upgrading your outdoor spaces or incorporating something into your new construction project to extend your living space outdoors? Integrated Hot Tubs   Rather than having a separate hot tub away from your swimming pool, consider an attachment hot tub […]

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5 Steps to Creating an Exceptional Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular and here in Virginia, our mild weather and beautiful landscapes practically demand outdoor cooking and eating. But while many of the same design principles that apply to indoor kitchens work for outdoor kitchens as well, there are unique aspects that you should take into consideration before building […]

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