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How to Create the Perfect Pool House

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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!

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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

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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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Porch Impressions

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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

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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

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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? A pool is a great place to start and as a focal point of your outdoor space, it can make a […]

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5 Steps to Creating an Exceptional Outdoor Kitchen

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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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Summer 2016 Outdoor Living Trends

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Summer is here and your living is likely moving outdoors. As you look for ways to spend time outdoors and decorate your outdoor space, you may notice that outdoor furniture, living and accessory trends have changed dramatically in the past few years. If you’re updating your outdoor space or decorating it for the first time, […]

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Outdoor Cooking and Dining Season is Here

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Dining al fresco has long been one of the first luxuries of spring. As soon as the weather begins to warm, most of us find ourselves with a drink on the porch or dinner on the patio. This is the time of year that our outdoor living spaces become our primary living spaces. Recently design […]

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Outdoor Living Spaces Make a Statement

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This summer’s full moons will be 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons of the year. Technically known as a perigee moon, the Aug. 10 and Sept. 9 skies will demand attention. Rather than peeking outside to catch a glimpse, some James Rivers Construction clients will be watching the moon’s rise […]

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