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|

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After buying my second home and foreclosure I was faced with many design challenges including a long, outdated galley kitchen.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|

A Natural Gas BBQ Grill is a Thing of Beauty

When I purchased my first home and foreclosure I had a lot to learn.  Seriously, the trials and tribulations were astounding but once in the rear view, the feeling couldn’t be beat.  Luckily, there was no shortage of wise men (and women) around me offering advice from years of their own experience.  Most of the time I used it to solve construction problems such as layout, materials, contractors, etc.  Every once in a while we came up with a solution to a problem I didn’t even know I had yet.

July 4th rolls around and you’ve invited the neighbors to a nice little cookout.  Throw some burgers on the grill, a couple dogs maybe a few brats and some veggies.  Hmm, grill sounds funny. Meats not really cooking, missing that sizzle sound.  You’re out of propane and everyone’s looking at you, starving.  Now since you’ve missed your opportunity to have checked the tank beforehand or be clever enough to have a full spare on hand, you’re left with one option.  Tuck your tail between your legs and run off to the store where you better pray that 100 other jokers didn’t already fall prey to the same situation earlier.

Insert a natural […]

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