Renovations

Avoiding Asphalt Driveway Scams

The driveway game is ripe with scammers.  I’ve heard many stories and have a few of my own.

Here is my biggest piece of advice. Measure your driveway, take the length and width and multiply them together to give you the square footage.  Now, expect to pay $2.00 – $2.50 per square foot for a new asphalt driveway.  Anything outside of this range is reason for suspicion.

Besides price, here are a few red flags:

  1. “We are working down the street and we’ll give you a discount cause our equipment is already here” or “we have extra material so we can give you a big discount”.
  2. Make the check payable to an individual and not a company.
  3. Ask how long they have been in business, and verify it!  You can go to the Virginia Corporate Commission and do an entity search.

wpid-20150811_170741.jpgThe most important part of the paving process has nothing to do with the surface you drive on, its what’s underneath that counts!  The sub surface must be prepared properly to prevent settlement.  If the ground underneath your new black top sinks, the asphalt sinks with it and causes cracking which turns your driveway […]

By |September 4th, 2015|Renovations|

Contractor Highlight: Premium Construction

It happens less and less these days that you stumble upon a tradesman or a company that you cannot say enough good things about.  Premium Construction, a father/son duo are the guys and company I’ve been raving about for years.  I met them in 2008 after just purchasing my first home, a foreclosure and fixer upper for sure.  They had been working across the street from my parents, building a master suite addition above a garage. My project was much smaller than a full scale addition but that didn’t matter.  Large or small these guys will get it done.

Ok, talk is cheap. Let me show you what these guys can do.

My First House:

Remove a load bearing wall and install a structural lvl beam to create a more open space between the dining room and living room. Build a custom elevated bar between the two rooms.  Install recessed lighting and tv above the fireplace.

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Before

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After

Turn “pinky” into a more modern bathroom.

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Raise the Roof

Raise the roof. If you think I’m referring to the pop culture dance move or the late 90s song that inspired it your dead wrong.  If you thought I was referring
to a great song by Carbon Leaf, you’re much more on track.  The song goes a little something like this:

Raise the roof, that I might see the stars
To gain wisdom, to see things for what they are”

A great tune and a perfect inspiration for one of the more aggressive renovations moves.

After buying my second home and foreclosure I was faced with many design challenges including a long, outdated galley kitchen.  DSCN0030The footprint of the common area of the home was quite generous for its time but they just had to put up a bunch of walls to make very restrictive and defined rooms within one large room.  It had to go, it must be changed.

The decision didn’t come quickly, we tried many different ways to work around it. In the end it was the best thing I did on this project and I enjoy it every single day.

On a cold day in […]

By |July 4th, 2014|Renovations|