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Five Reasons Winter is the Season for Home Remodeling

Suffering from the wintertime blues? It happens to the best of us. Driving to and from work in the dark hardly motivates you to tackle big projects. The cold weather only leaves you with the desire to curl up under a blanket, hot chocolate in hand.

Yet while this may be the perfect time to catch up on that much-needed rest you’ve missed out on the past few months, it can also be the perfect time for a little repair and home maintenance. And there are a number of reasons why winter is the best season for home remodeling.

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Sunshine and long days make people head to the great outdoors, play longer hours, and take on new projects with vigor. It sends you outside to fire up the BBQ and makes you dream of designing your outdoor dream deck. It allows you to throw open the windows for a flow of fresh air and see how dingy your basement really has become.

Yes, warm weather and spring send us all rushing and planning to take full advantage of the warmer days ahead. We start dreaming. We start planning. And we begin to take action. It’s human nature.

Spring is the busiest time of year for a contractor. It’s the time of year where they dust off their calendars and start laying down the groundwork for the months ahead. If you’re lucky, you can get on their calendars early. If not, you may be at their mercy to schedule a project with only bits of time here and there, paying a premium for every hour they put in.

River View Contracting is slower in the winter months. We often have more time to spend on the “right” job that comes our way. We have more time to think and plan and turn our attention to whatever job is at hand.

Which means winter is the perfect time to get your home improvement project dusted off and put into play!

Avoid Spring Increases

Manufacturers understand the cyclical nature of remodeling too. They introduce new product lines and upgrade their wares before the warmer season is at hand. They use spring home maintenance shows to introduce the latest technology.

Because you won’t be walking through the door of your local building supply center without dozens following in your footsteps, you can often find the best deals of the year. Have your eye on last year’s model of refrigerator or cabinets? You can find all that and more at a price you’re willing to pay.

Find Better Inventory

Don’t you just hate it when you find the perfect appliance or faucet or fixture you have your heart set on it, only to return the next weekend to find it out of stock? Then no matter how much searching you do, you simply can’t find another?

Fixtures don’t move off the shelf space quite as quickly in winter months – especially without the hordes of people vying for the same products. It gives you a chance to shop around more and find exactly what you are looking for.

You can spend more time talking with sales people to ensure the quality of a product. You can do a little more research to make sure your final selection is the right choice for you.

 Get Approval Faster

Contractors aren’t the only people operating a little slower in the cold, winter months. You’ll find people at your local government offices are a little less busy. Which means it may take you less time to get all the permits you need to complete the job from beginning to end. And for your major projects, finding an inspector can be a little easier, which means you can move from phase to phase in shorter periods of time.

Consider Other Projects

 It happens every year. The weather turns nicer faster than we anticipate. Or a sudden cold spell leads to weeks of uninterrupted nice weather.

If you are working hand in hand with River View Contracting, this may be the perfect time to bring up those extra projects – you know, the deck expansion you’ve always wanted to do… or the sunroom you’ve wanted to add.

Yes, they will require outside work. And it’s difficult to complete those outside projects in the middle of a snowstorm. But when the weather clears for weeks, it may be the perfect time to get started and get them finished before the rush.

Some things are better off waiting for spring; you wouldn’t want to paint your exterior when cold temperatures still prevail. But building a deck or adding a porch can take place in the winter. All they need is a little extra planning and the desire to work with River View Contracting to see the project through to completion.

Get started on your project today.

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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

 

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

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