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Custom Kitchen Remodeling

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Most home improvement projects will improve your home’s resale value. But, just like in any investment, it’s critical to understandand what are your best, most affordable, and most reliable choices.If you’ve been reading up to this point, chances are there’s at least a small part of you strongly considering the move on your own home kitchen remodeling. Good news is, we’re here to help you and are here to build & customize a well planned kitchen remodel for your own comfort.Of course, improvement of your home’s resale value is just a factoring price. Beyond that, a modern, upgraded, customized kitchen adds major buyer interest. It is one of the most sought home upgrades and will certinately be a huge selling point, all of which means that your home will sell quicker when the time comes. Additionally, and most importantly, you get to admire and love it yourself for as long as you own your home.So, let’s talk business. What does a well-planned kitched remodel actually involve?Function&Flow: Is your kitchen easily accesible? Is the space reachable and and utilized well? Is there adequate storage and space? Is it in good condition?Openess: Is your kitchen an open area? Is it welcoming? Does it feel inviting and hospitable?Cabinets: Are they in a good condition? Are they spacious? Have they been replaced? If not, have they at least been refinished? How old is the hardware? Customers use cabinets as a diameter for how they view, not just the kitchen, but the home overall.Counters: Are your countertops a solid surface? natural stone? granite? quartz? or glass? Are they clean and free of stains? Are they in a good shape? Are they confortable as a surface?Overall Aesthetic: How do all these parts get along? Cabinets, counters, flooring, lighting and appliances; do they all work together to produce your perfect matching kitchen space?It may seem like a bit to take in, but reassuring these aspects to build the perfect kitchen model is your ticket to improve your home value and satisfaction. Our design team at  Riverview Contracting is more than happy to help you and answer any questions you may have.Contact us today for a free estimate (804)436-3463

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3 Home Upgrades That Are Worth the Investment

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This season, why not treat yourself by realizing the dreams you have for your home? Whether you’re undertaking a minor remodel or complete home renovation, your project can enhance your quality of living and boost your home’s curb appeal and value if done right.

River View Contracting is here to help you get the most out of your project. Our team will work closely with you to create the home you love. We recommend tackling the following upgrades:

Kitchen Remodeling

Your kitchen is the hub of your home, which is why it’s important to ensure it is functional and welcoming at all times. Updating this room can generate a high return on investment.

You can count on us to bring new life to your cramped and dingy kitchen. From rearranging appliances to choosing the right fixtures, we’ll suggest design ideas that suit your style and needs. If you only need a small update, you can take advantage of our custom kitchen cabinet installation. This can improve the space’s functionality and beauty without the steep price tag.

Home Additions

If your home is becoming short on space, that doesn’t mean you have to move out. Instead, you can maximize its potential by building an addition. You can use this as an extra bedroom, a lounging area or even a studio. Your imagination is the only limit.

With our thoughtful design and innovative techniques, we can create a seamless connection between your home and your addition. We match the details of your interior to preserve visual consistency.

Outdoor Living Spaces

Having your own outdoor oasis provides several benefits for you and your home. Whether it’s a deck or patio, it gives you a great venue for admiring your picturesque views, hosting parties with your friends or just enjoying a quiet dinner with your loved ones. Our crew can help you design your own serene haven.

River View Contracting is your one-stop shop for complete remodeling services, including bathroom cabinet renovations. Contact us at (804) 436-3463 and let us help you plan your project. We offer our stellar services to homeowners in Virginia’s Northern Neck


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.

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.

The newest must-have amenities for kitchens, closets, game spaces, privacy, and security in residences

In today’s luxury real estate marketplace, homebuyers’ lifestyles, hobbies, and collecting habits are defining their home life and shaping the features and amenities within . As part of its annual 2017 report on the state of the residential property market, Christie’s International Real Estate polled real estate executives and agents in the field and asked them which amenities and home features stood out in the current luxury real estate landscape. Here are some of their insights.

Kitchens as Theater and à Votre Santé

Anyone watching a master chef in action soon realizes that cooking is a dance and a kitchen is the stage. Counter space, considered prime real estate even more so than stoves or appliances, is expanding exponentially and also allowing a household’s multiple cooks to create in tandem. Precision, efficiency of movement, command of space defines a chef— which so many of us now aspire to be.

When entertaining, guests want to watch their hosts in action. As a result, they tend to congregate in the kitchen, which then grows in stature with “spectator” seating and elegant design. 

Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

Kitchens are further evolving into the hearth and hub of the family. A great kitchen is said to fuel a healthier lifestyle with more sit-down dinners, conversation opportunities and healthier dining choices than food on the fly. Elaborate indoor herb gardens continue to crop up, so to speak. More elaborate “farm-to-table” garden options in luxury households are taking root, as well.

The 2017 season of Top Chef, the long-running foodie television show, recently wrapped up in Charleston, South Carolina. Helen Geer of local area Affiliate William Means Real Estate explains the importance of a kitchen in selling a home: “The kitchen has become a major entertaining space. Instead of a utilitarian area for someone other than the owner to prepare food, buyers today like to cook and take enormous pride in the meals they prepare themselves. Even if they don’t cook, people still like to entertain in the kitchen with hors d’oeuvres or small plates. It is more intimate and welcoming.”

Closets: Go Big… No, Go Bigger

Just as your art and your home are the image you project to the world, so are the clothes you wear. That is certainly the reason that closets continue to grow in size and opulence. Across our 101 surveyed markets, numerous brokers across the globe reported that large closets continue to be a highly desirable amenity for luxury home buyers.

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It would be difficult to find a closet that can rival the square footage of space once devoted to clothes at “Ocean Lawn” in Newport, Rhode Island, which sold this March for $11.65 million by Melanie Delman of Lila Delman Real Estate. The estate was the longtime residence of Elizabeth Park Firestone, also remembered as a turn-of-the-20th-century fashion icon who amassed so many gowns, dresses and outfits, she once commented that she never had to wear the same thing twice.

Closets are no longer confined spaces. The closet is really another room, not a storage center, and has become almost recreational.

The original closet at “Ocean Lawn” was expanded, swallowing two guest bedrooms and three servants’ quarters. When that, too, proved inadequate, she set her sights on the floor above and converted all the rooms overhead to create a massive two-story closet. For her out-of-season wardrobe, she constructed a separate outbuilding on the property.

When the home changed hands in 2000 after the death of Mrs. Firestone, the new owners downsized the closet, reclaiming three bedrooms and a library before selling the estate in 2017.

Raising Your Game

Luxury real estate specialists surveyed report that the passion for recreation at home is only getting more expansive. This year we have seen ice-hockey rinks with Zambonis and warming areas, a BMX pump course, and an irrigated regulation soccer field. One noteworthy home had a slide directly from the master suite to the backyard pool.

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While indoor basketball courts have been a staple of luxury homes for some time, there is one in Portland that comes with an ingenious twist; it transforms into a formal ball room-complete with chandeliers and sound systems for grand-scale entertaining. When it is time once more for a game of hoops, the high-brow accoutrements are stored in giant lockers built specifically for that purpose.

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Sports continue to play a major role in the amenities on offer at many high-value homes across the globe, with homeowners integrating their preferred sports into properties in new and creative ways.

Bill Hamm of Christie’s International Real Estate says “We continue to be amazed at how many homeowners are creatively integrating sports amenities in their home while maintaining the high-end integrity of their luxury property.”

Privacy and Security

Beginning with the castle moat, security has been a salient feature of important homes for centuries. What started as basic in-home security systems like ADT have evolved radically for today’s most sophisticated residences.

Lulu Egerton of Strutt & Parker, notes, “on a micro level, I think security will be front of mind for many buyers. Fingerprint recognition and other sophisticated security systems—technology will continue to move forward and London will not relax on this front.”

Recent security innovations are wonders of technology, and are not surprisingly designed by former military masterminds: outdoor surveillance cameras with night vision to protect a home’s perimeters; safe rooms with oxygen scrubbers, back-up generators and Kevlar®-reinforced doors; blast films on windows to make them virtually impenetrable; and ceiling devices that when tripped, fire pepper spray or a fog laced with ingredients to temporarily debilitate unwanted intruders.

This Cayman Islands estate features a high-tech security system throughout the property
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