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Basements with Flair

Looking for space to put an exercise room, entertainment center playroom or office? Go underground! If your home has an unfinished basement, remodeling might be a great way to transform this commonly under-used space.

When considering a basement remodel, start by making a list of how you want to use the space. Be sure to think about the location of your furnace, washer and dryer, electrical panel and any other large appliances. There are items that can be moved and some we will have to work around.

Take note of:

  • Access to basement from upstairs and outside.
  • Location of existing plumbing if you want an additional bathroom
  • Location of vertical support columns
  • Location of windows and doors
  • Floor/ceiling/wall materials.
  • Amount of water the area gets.

Given their constant contact with the earth, basements are vulnerable to dampness, which makes basement remodeling a bit more complex than first meets the eye. Riverview Contracting will help you take appropriate measures to ensure a room free of moisture.

Most basements in older Northen Neck homes have low ceilings and few windows. There are many creative ways to make your basement light and airy. Talk to us about the variety of wall and ceiling lighting options available. We’ll make sure to provide appropriate electrical lines and outlets.

 Here are some tips of the trade we ask clients to think about when making their underground space first class.

  • Stay away from dark wood paneling and instead consider drywall painted in light tones to make the room brighter. Semi-gloss paint will gently reflect even more light into the room.
  • Open up the visual space. Double doors – even glass double interior doors – take away the typical cubicle look. Or, how about a rounded archway or pass-through area from one room to another?
  • Check to see if exiting windows can be enlarged. Or, consider installing a small boxed window for a mini-garden to grow herbs or start plant seedlings. In some case we may even be able to cut a new window into the existing foundation wall.
  • Built-in books cases and entertainment units add richness and depth to a room. Light them with interior lights or from the top to cast a light downwards.
  • Disguise vertical support beams and horizontal ceiling pipes for floor joists by boxing them in. Or, you might decide to actually use pipes and beams as interesting accents by painting them with bold colors or subtle earth tones.

An unfinished basement is much like a diamond in the rough – unexplored splendor awaiting your discovery.                    

Our team has been working with families like yours for over 20years. And it is important to us that everyone works together to create the best possible experience. If you have questions about your home improvement project please let us know. 

Phone: 804-436-3463

 

Home Office Design Inspiration

home office design inspiration

Home Office Design Inspiration

Adding or renovating a stylish home office will give you a place to work, as well as add value to your home. A home office should be a dedicated space that allows for minimal distractions and maximum focus. Luckily, there are plenty of design elements that will help you achieve the style you want in your home office.

For those of you  that are taking on a home office addition, renovation or remodel, here are a few inspirational ideas that you can add into your plans.

 

 

 

It’s All About the Desk (and Chair)

home office ideas and inspirationA home office desk isn’t simply the place you get work done – it’s the main focal point and design element of the room. The desk and chair you choose will dictate almost all of the other decorative items in the room, so make this your first purchase, before any decor. Take advantage of this by getting a stylish office desk and chair that will make a statement as soon as you walk into the room.

 

 

 

 

 

Make Room for Plenty of Shelves

home office shelving options

As a place of work, you should have plenty of available shelf space for books, files, awards and decorations. Organizing these important items is essential to maximize productivity and concentration. Additionally, a home office that’s well organized will help optimize your workflow. Built in shelves can help to create a cohesive look throughout the office. If you want to reduce the stress of finding the perfect filing cabinet or storage system, opt for something that is a permanent fixture, you can always adjust what you fill the space with if your tastes or needs change in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

Take Advantage of the View (If You’ve Got One)

home office design inspiration- home office addition

While not everyone will have a spectacular view – or even windows – those that do should take advantage of it. After all, a window lets in light that brightens up the room, keeping you more alert  and gives you something to take your mind off work during inevitable breaks during the day. Keep your windows front and center by keeping them free of blinds or curtains and position your desk towards the window so you have a view of outside.  

 

 

 

 

 

Add Texture to the Walls, Floors and/or Ceiling

home office design inspiration

To create a stronger sense of depth, work some textures into the walls, floors and/or ceiling. Get creative with some old, reclaimed wood and install an accent wall for a more layered design style. For a less permanent solution you can try a patterned wallpaper that can be changed with minimal effort if you decide to switch it up. You can also try unique patterns with the floor or ceiling to add interest and intrigue that will peak visitors interest immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

Use Lines to Your Advantage

lines in home office

To give your home office a more spacious feeling, use lines to your advantage. Lines that run the length of the room will provide more depth and make the space feel much larger than it is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utilize Any Space

Kitchen Home Office Design Ideas

 

Wherever there is counter space, you can add a home office. Repurpose some space in your kitchen or basement and transform it into a workspace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Creative with Accent Furniture

home office design inspiration

Whether it’s a couch or a couple of chairs, a piece of accent furniture can add that extra dash of style you may be missing. It also gives a place for clients to sit when talking business, as well as a spot for you to kick back and relax after a hard day’s work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need Help Styling Your Home Office?

Contact Riverview Contracting Today! We’re a premier provider of home office additions, renovations and remodels in Virginia’s Northern Neck. If you’re looking for a trusted partner for your upcoming construction project, get in touch with us. 

10 ways to Prepare your Patio for Fall

As the leaves change and the temperature drops, start preparing your property for fall. It’s especially important to protect your outdoor patio so you can continue to enjoy it for years to come. Here are 10 ways to prepare your patio for the upcoming fall.

 Patio Surface

1) Get rid of leaves on your patio surface

Not only are fallen leaves unsightly, they can damage a patio’s surface. Clear your patio from leaves and debris that come with the autumnal season immediately to avoid damaging your hardscape.

2) Sweep and scrub concrete

If the surface is concrete, sweep and scrub it with soap, water and a stiff bristle brush. If the surface is natural stone surfaces you can sweep, rinse, and scrub it with mild detergent. To stay safe, rinse the patio and let it dry completely before walking on it.

3) Power washing may be an option

If your surface is stone or pavers, you may be able to use a power washer to clean it. Ask your local hardware specialist if your surface can withstand power washing – you may damage certain types of materials like marble or limestone.

Patio Furniture

4) Scrub your fabric furniture

You undoubtedly spent a lot of money on your patio furniture – and while it may be built for the outdoors, you need to conduct regular maintenance if you want to lengthen its lifespan. Scrub the cushions and umbrellas with soap and water and keep debris off of chairs, tables and benches.

5) Brush your wicker furniture

If you have wicker patio furniture, brush or vacuum to dislodge and clean off any loose dirt or debris. You can scrub weather-resistant wicker with water and mild soap. You can also purchase furniture covers that will protect them from rain, snow and ice.

6) Wash and store your metal furniture

Wrought iron, steel and aluminum patio furniture can be easily cleaned with soap and water. If you have the capacity, you may want to consider storing metal patio furniture to keep it out of adverse weather.

Patio Grill

7) Disconnecting the propane

When fall comes and it gets too cold to grill any longer, you need to turn off the propane and disconnect the hose that connects it to the grill.

8) Clean your grill

Once you have the propane unhooked, clean the grill with a stiff-wired brush and a heavy-duty grill degreaser. Make sure it fires up right away next season by cleaning out all of the extra grease and grime that can plug up holes and develop bacteria.

9) Cover your grill

Once it’s clean, cover your grill with a weather-resistant grill cover to protect it from the elements. You can find a universal cover at almost any big box store, or search the Internet for a model-specific cover. Whatever you choose, confirm that it fits snuggly around the grill so it doesn’t blow off.

Patio Planters

10) Get your plants ready for fall

Preparing your plants for cold weather will help them grow strong again next year. In the fall, continue to water your planters, but do not fertilize any plants. You don’t want to encourage new growth as the first frost approaches.

Bonus: 11) Choose durable planters

If your planters are made out of terracottas or a thin plastic, it might not survive a harsh fall and winter. Make sure your planters are made from a durable material like metal, stone, or a thick wood or plastic.

Now that you have these 10 ways to prepare your patio for the fall season, you’ll add a layer of protection that will let you enjoy it long into the future. At Riverview Contracting we can help you realize a beautiful and functional Outdoor Living Space. Give us a call for a consultation! 804-436-3463

5 Renovations to Consider this Fall.

As we get closer to the end of fall, many people’s attention starts to turn to their fall home improvement projects. Now is the time to start planning because whether you are thinking about windows & doors to prep for the upcoming cold weather, a basement so the kids have a place to play when its snowing, or kitchen and bath renovations in time for the holidays it takes time to get the contractor, plan, permits, and materials all ready to go.

According to Remodeling Magazines 2016 Cost versus Value report, “For the first time in six years, the overall average cost-value ratio has improved, reaching 60.6%…Cost-recouped percentages were up for all 35 projects in the survey, a complete turnaround from the 2014–15 report, when percentages dropped in all but three projects, some precipitously.

The biggest gainers this year were mostly replacement projects, which have always outperformed discretionary remodeling projects, more so in recent years as the economic recession brought price to the forefront for homeowners making remodeling decisions.”

The report lists these as the top 5 renovations in the Northern Neck area for recouping your investment in your home.

  1. Entry Door Replacement
  2. Minor Kitchen Renovation
  3. Garage Door Replacement
  4. Vinyl Siding
  5. Vinyl Windows

So as you start to plan your fall improvements consider whether these projects are on your list. Also take the time to consider Riverview Contracting, a professional contractor, who is licensed, and insured and who can get your project done right.

The Top 5 Items on Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Top 5 Items on Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Jesse here.While fall’s gently tumbling leaves seem so peaceful, they can also be a wake-up call that winter is coming. Now’s the ideal time to take care of some important home maintenance. Use this list to get your home ready for the cold ahead.

By doing these projects, you can avoid some costly repairs and feel confident that you’ll be warm and comfortable when the cold weather arrives. As always please do not hesitate to contact Jesse at 804-436-3463 for questions or to discuss a project.

1. Get Your Heating System Humming

You don’t want to wake up on the coldest morning to find you have no heat. Schedule a furnace checkup now with a heating system professional. An expert technician will make sure everything is running properly and that your system meets the manufacturer’s rated efficiency. The checkup will also measure carbon monoxide leakage.
 

2. Prevent Gutter Gridlock

Leaves, twigs and other debris can clog gutters, which can lead to ice dams. Ice dams cause melting water to back up and flow into your house. Save yourself from this expensive repair by cleaning the gutters after your leaves have fallen. Tighten gutter hangers and downspout brackets, and replace any worn sections. Check that your downspouts extend at least five feet away from the foundation. If not, you can buy inexpensive extensions and attach them.
 

3. Take a Caulk Walk
Walk around the exterior of your home and check it for air tightness. Carefully look for cracks, which can be the source of air leaks, energy loss and money down the drain. An inexpensive tube of caulk can help prevent energy loss and also help prevent moisture from getting inside the walls of your home. Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducting or electrical wiring comes through walls or floors. Most Common Sources of Air Leaks:

    1. Dropped ceiling
    2. Recessed lights
    3. Attic entrance
    4. Sill plates
    5. Water and furnace flues
    6. All ducts
    7. Door frames
    8. Window frames
    9. Chimney flashing
    10. Window frames
    11. Outlets and switches
    12. Plumbing and utility access

    (SOURCE: Energy.gov)

 4. Get a Look at the Roof
You don’t need to get up on the roof to spot trouble areas. Stay on the ground and use binoculars to look for buckled, cracked or missing shingles. If you find any, replace them right away. Examine the flashing and look for any rust spots, which could expose your home to damaging leaks. The good news is you can clean, prime and seal the rust fairly easily yourself. Also, if you spot large areas of moss, your roof may be rotting underneath. Call a roofing professional rather than trying to tackle it yourself.
 

 5. Clean Out the Chimney
Looking forward to a cozy fire? Better make sure your fireplace, chimney, and vents are clean first. A good cleaning by a professional chimney sweep can help prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide buildup. Some DIY measures you can take include keeping the fireplace damper flue tightly closed when not in use and sealing seal air leaks with fire-resistant materials like sheet metal or sheetrock.

Get these projects knocked out and your home will be warm and cozy for winter. Then head to the store and load up on hot chocolate and some good books.

As always please do not hesitate to contact Jesse at 804-436-3463

TODAY’S NEW HOMES COULD BENEFIT FROM EXTRA STORAGE SPACE

The Value of Attic Storage and Access

Brought to you by Jesse

When deciding whether or not to incorporate an attic space, consider the advantages:

  • Relatively low cost
  • Added value for the homeowner
  • Easier and safer access
  • Energy saving & code compliant products more readily available
  • More living space is created

For homeowners seeking to offer high-value feature at a relatively low cost, the answer is just overhead.

With today’s new homes being constructed somewhat smaller than even just a couple of years ago, the value of increased storage space is becoming more important. This is evident by the ever-increasing and somewhat expensive, offsite mini storage facilities popping up on almost every corner. (A typical 5 x 5 space rents for anywhere from $35 to $80 per month depending on the city). This additional attic space in every home can be as little as just a few square feet or as large as the entire attic area. Other than storage, the space can also be utilized to house the mechanical equipment of the home such as air handler units, water heaters, etc. This frees up valuable living space down below.

Whether the space is used for storage or not, the IRC still requires an access to that space. The access can be through a scuttle hole or an attic stairway. The reason is to provide access for building inspectors, fire fighters, electricians and any of the trades that might need to gain access during the life of the home. Granted, not all areas of the country nor all styles of homes lend themselves to utilize this space, but for those that do, it is a marketable, value-added feature… storage space.

While many builders in various parts of the country take advantage of this opportunity, many do not, here at Riverview Contracting we emphasize what additions and new construction add to your home. Whether omitting this useable space is just a regional habit, a structural fear or energy compliancy concerns, these issues have been resolved over the past several years. The simplest and most cost-effective way to incorporate this space and its access is at the time of construction. The cost is minimal, usually less than $400, which includes the cost of truss design, the materials and can include the cost of the attic stairway depending on its placement within the home. This load bearing attic cavity can be created whether the roof is of truss construction or site built and whether or not the attic is considered conditioned or unconditioned space.

For those with energy code compliancy concerns, many new attic stairway products have been developed. There are stairway units on the market with R-5 to R-50 insulated doors that are weather-stripped and air tight. The use of an attic stairway makes access to the attic much easier and safer than going through a scuttle hole using a step ladder. There are also aftermarket products that can be utilized as well to eliminate energy loss. The products developed and available today are not the same products as 5 years ago.

As always contact us to review this particular topic or anything related to new home construction, additions or remodeling. 

Remodeling with Investment in Mind (Part 2) 

In our last blog we talked about how much value a kitchen remodel can bring to your home.  If you’re excited to remodel, but are not sure how long you plan to be in your home, you might want to approach your remodel with a slightly different angle.

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Here are a few tips for remodeling with investment in mind:

Value —  You’ll want to create a kitchen that reflects the value of the area you live in.   Be careful about designing an elaborate kitchen for a neighborhood that won’t reap it’s value.  But it’s equally important that you don’t cut-corners on a kitchen in an otherwise luxurious home and neighborhood!

Style —  It can be tempting to pour your own style and personal touches into a kitchen.  And this is not a bad thing!  But if you’re concerned about selling, select a refreshed updated look that still suits the style of your home.  If a new buyer falls in love with the arts and crafts style of your home’s exterior, they might be surprised to find the overly-modern kitchen inside.  Don’t design separate rooms with styles that clash.  When in doubt, go for a transitional style that merges traditional with more contemporary looks.

Energy — Invest in energy-efficient appliances.  Not only do they save you money as they use less energy, potential buyers see them as a wallet-friendly bonus when shopping for a new home.  Read what energy star has to say about saving big with appliances on their fact sheet here.

Functionality – Whether you’re thinking of yourself or future buyers, organizational elements are a big hit with everyone! Invest in features like drawers for your cabinetry and pantry, soft-close cabinets, waste-recycling cabinetry space, and other organizational aspects.  A well organized kitchen never goes out of style.

Ready to get started?  Check out these Top 8 Kitchen Remodeling Trends and see if any of them might be good fits for your new, improved kitchen!

Get remodeling! Connect with us here at Riverview Contracting to start talking about your new kitchen today. Serving the Northern Neck Area, including Northumberland, Lancaster, and Northumberland Counties and the Middle Peninsula.

Kitchen Remodel ROI & Remodeling with Investment in Mind (Part 1)

Kitchen Remodel ROI  & Remodeling with Investment in Mind (Part 1)

You want a new kitchen! A beautiful, functional kitchen that you and your family will love. But is the money to remodel worth the value you’ll get out of your home if you decide to sell?  What would your ROI (return on investment) be if you remodel and then move?

A kitchen is one of the first rooms a potential homeowner looks at when buying a home. So a well-maintained, updated kitchen is a big part of a home’s value. How big exactly?

Pretty big according to this respected online remodeling resource: In their 2016 Cost-vs-Value report they share that a homeowner remodeling a kitchen in the Richmond -Tidewater area should expect to recoup 72-76% of their investment. Dollars well spent! In comparison, the surrounding South Atlantic area boasted a smaller but still impressive value of 62-65% ROI on their kitchen remodel.

So how do you design a kitchen that you will love while still getting the most for your money if you decide to sell?  Stay tuned for our next post and we’ll share how! 

Get remodeling! Connect with us here at Riverview Contracting to start talking about your new kitchen today. Serving the Northern Neck Area, including Northumberland, Lancaster, and Northumberland Counties and the Middle Peninsula.

Three Great Reasons to Remodel Your Basement

Three Great Reasons to Remodel Your Basement

Remodeling your basement may seem like a major undertaking; after all, digging through those spider webs alone is quite the project!  But here are three great reasons to push that fear of spiders aside and place finishing your basement at the top of your list:

 

1. Value – Finishing a basement offers a remarkable return on your investment.  According to the 2017 Cost Vs. Value Report put out by Remodeling Magazine, a basement investment of around $62,000 is consistently bringing a national average of a 77% return, more than almost any other major remodeling project.  Spend less than you would on other projects and reap more!  Not to mention that an attractively finished basement will give your home a significant edge on the market versus homes lacking that finished space.

2. Comfort & Entertainment –  Need a cozy space for the winter months?  A place to keep cool during the summer months?  A finished basement is the go-to location for such needs.  Not only will your own family enjoy using the basement as a recreational area, TV room, exercise area, or home office, but the extra space makes it much easier to entertain guests and host parties.  Better yet, add an additional bedroom in your basement remodel plans (maybe a guest bath and kitchenette too?), and create a welcoming space for those holiday guests to stay (or stay out of your way!), plus new value to your home as well.

3. OrganizBasement Remodel Transformation - Sass Construction MNation – If your current basement is a messy mix of bins and boxes, refinishing your basement will give you a much needed sense of order.  A finished basement can provide a space for storage and shelving, and don’t forget the extra closet space!  Remodeling your basement gives you the opportunity to move extra storage or project space from your upstairs to downstairs as well, creating a more serene environment on your main level.

Peak at these ten creative basements featured on hgtv, and start thinking about your own basement remodel plans today!

As always please do not hesitate to contact Jesse at 804-436-3463

Top 5 Items on Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Top 5 Items on Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Jesse here.While fall’s gently tumbling leaves seem so peaceful, they can also be a wake-up call that winter is coming. Now’s the ideal time to take care of some important home maintenance. Use this list to get your home ready for the cold ahead.

By doing these projects, you can avoid some costly repairs and feel confident that you’ll be warm and comfortable when the cold weather arrives. As always please do not hesitate to contact Jesse at 804-436-3463 for questions or to discuss a project.

1. Get Your Heating System Humming

You don’t want to wake up on the coldest morning to find you have no heat. Schedule a furnace checkup now with a heating system professional. An expert technician will make sure everything is running properly and that your system meets the manufacturer’s rated efficiency. The checkup will also measure carbon monoxide leakage.
 

2. Prevent Gutter Gridlock

Leaves, twigs and other debris can clog gutters, which can lead to ice dams. Ice dams cause melting water to back up and flow into your house. Save yourself from this expensive repair by cleaning the gutters after your leaves have fallen. Tighten gutter hangers and downspout brackets, and replace any worn sections. Check that your downspouts extend at least five feet away from the foundation. If not, you can buy inexpensive extensions and attach them.
 

3. Take a Caulk Walk
Walk around the exterior of your home and check it for air tightness. Carefully look for cracks, which can be the source of air leaks, energy loss and money down the drain. An inexpensive tube of caulk can help prevent energy loss and also help prevent moisture from getting inside the walls of your home. Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducting or electrical wiring comes through walls or floors. Most Common Sources of Air Leaks:

    1. Dropped ceiling
    2. Recessed lights
    3. Attic entrance
    4. Sill plates
    5. Water and furnace flues
    6. All ducts
    7. Door frames
    8. Window frames
    9. Chimney flashing
    10. Window frames
    11. Outlets and switches
    12. Plumbing and utility access

    (SOURCE: Energy.gov)

 4. Get a Look at the Roof
You don’t need to get up on the roof to spot trouble areas. Stay on the ground and use binoculars to look for buckled, cracked or missing shingles. If you find any, replace them right away. Examine the flashing and look for any rust spots, which could expose your home to damaging leaks. The good news is you can clean, prime and seal the rust fairly easily yourself. Also, if you spot large areas of moss, your roof may be rotting underneath. Call a roofing professional rather than trying to tackle it yourself.
 

 5. Clean Out the Chimney
Looking forward to a cozy fire? Better make sure your fireplace, chimney, and vents are clean first. A good cleaning by a professional chimney sweep can help prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide buildup. Some DIY measures you can take include keeping the fireplace damper flue tightly closed when not in use and sealing seal air leaks with fire-resistant materials like sheet metal or sheetrock.

Get these projects knocked out and your home will be warm and cozy for winter. Then head to the store and load up on hot chocolate and some good books.

As always please do not hesitate to contact Jesse at 804-436-3463

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