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Posted June 15, 2017
If you want to up the ante on your kitchen and bath remodeling in Northern, VA,, a simple way to do so is to do all repairs and modifications at the same time. This is called a whole house remodel, and it is serious business. Despite the very nature of the remodeling process, today there are still some extreme benefits to choosing an entire remodel in one go. Read more.
Posted April 29, 2017
Remodeling your home is an exciting opportunity to integrate materials that have always caught your eye. Many homeowners have explored the design possibilities offered by traditional tile, rich hardwood, and natural stone. As appealing as these and other materials are, applying them in large quantities to any part of your home can raise budgetary concerns. Todays faux stone is highly resilient, easy to care for, and has a lovely appearance that closely mimics the look of natural stone. Craftsman Builds is a new home building serving Northern VA offering a variety of top-quality remodeling materials to ensure that homeowners enjoy the very best results. Read more.
Posted April 15, 2017
Kitchens are among some of the most high-traffic areas of any home; each member of the family is likely to spend time there each day. As leading kitchen remodelers serving Northern VA, Craftsman Builds team members are often asked about the latest kitchen design trends. We have rounded up some of the freshest ideas in home remodeling to inspire and excite our clients looking for ideas that can be applied to many different homes. Read more.
Posted March 28, 2017
You may have home improvement on your mind this year. Before you decide what type of project you want to discuss with one of the home remodelers in northern VA, you should take a look at some of the newest design ideas that are getting attention. Whether you want a new aesthetic or better function, you may like some of the latest trends in home renovation. Read more.
Posted March 21st, 2017
I am asked all the time how much do you charge per Square Foot to build a house. This is a really strange question. Besides being a totally irrelevant measure of cost, what do you include in the S.F. Calculation? Some builders include the garage in the cost, some include the basement in the cost and some say it is the S.F. of conditioned space, (does conditioned space include the basement?) Read more.
Posted March 14th, 2017
When you are ready to build your dream home, you should trust a new home builder in northern VA to share your vision. How do you know if your builder can work with you? You should ask lots of questions and check references before you commit to any major project. These five questions are a good starting place for you to find a good fit with a custom home builder. Read more.
Posted March 7th, 2017
Most contractors and remodelers are sales organizations. These companies are what I call order takers. They come to your house sell you a project at a fantastic price and go back to the office, never to set foot on your project until it is time to collect a check. Read more.
Posted February 11th, 2017
I was installing a bathtub a couple of months ago that a homeowner had picked out at the local big box store. When the owner arrived with the tub we went out to unload it. I remember thinking man this is a really light tub. Upon bringing it inside the house and unpacking it I noticed a large crack in the side of the tub. We brought this to the owner's attention, who promptly loaded it back into his truck to return it to the store. Read more.
Posted February 3rd, 2017
Contracts are a necessary evil of doing business. Some clients are put off by long contracts. They would like to act with a handshake or minimal paper work. I try to tell people that the contract is to protect them as well as protect us. When I say this they seem very skeptical. A well drawn up contract spells out both the client's duties as well as the contractors. Read more.
Posted January 30th, 2017
Homeowners are faced with tough choices. Should they buy an existing house and have one of the skilled home remodelers in northern VA redo it? Should they go custom and build the house of their dreams? The best place to start is by thinking about what you want and what factors can influence your decision. That way, you can make an informed decision that is best for your family. Read more.
Posted January 05th, 2017
Homeowners want more than just beauty when they look for a new home builder in northern VA. Many people want to incorporate technology and materials that can reduce their carbon footprint. Every year, new eco-friendly trends are available to make your home more energy efficient. Here are five ideas you may want to add to your new home. Read more.
Posted October 29th, 2016
Do you know what features you would like to have incorporated into the exterior of your home? If you are working with a design and build company in northern VA such as Craftsman Construction, you can have custom details to make your house stand out from the rest. Homeowners may know what they like, but they do not always know what to ask for. Here are some common architecture terms to help familiarize you with elements you may like added to your home. Read more.
Posted October 6th, 2016
If you are ready to start a home modeling project this autumn, you should think about taking a room and making it work smarter for you. Many homeowners look to a new home builder in northern VA for ideas of where to start, and the frequent answer is the kitchen. Transforming your kitchen makes sense because it is where the action is, the one room that is used by the family at least once a day. Before you start your project, consider these four popular trends for kitchen remodeling in northern VA. Read more.
Posted August 7th, 2016
Why is it that when women get their hair cut they always seek out the same stylist over and over again? They never call around town to get three price quotes from the different hair salons to see who has the lowest price on hair cutting. Why is that? Because they want the job done right and the cost is secondary. Why should one stylist be any different than the next? After all they are just cutting hair. All the stylists went to beauty school and all the stylists are licensed by the state. Yet women seek out these stylists regardless of cost due to their ability to get the job done exactly the way they wanted. Read more.
Posted June 23rd, 2016
The Northern Virginia custom home builders at Craftsman Construction take pride in offering exceptional customer service, fine craftsmanship, and the knowledge-base that is essential to design and build a custom home. You will appreciate the value of paying attention to small details, adhering to a timeline, maintaining a budget, and customizing a home to uniquely meet your requirements to help you create the home of your dreams. Read more.
Posted June 3rd, 2016
The Arts and Crafts movement gave birth to the Craftsman design style of the late 19th and early 20th century. Today’s luxurious Craftsman homes are known for their workmanship, attention to detail, and a focus on form. For too long, garages have been growing while porches have been shrinking. It’s time to bring back the front porch. Read more.
Posted May 25th, 2016
Design-Build is a shift from the more traditional design-bid-build delivery because it provides one contact for the design and construction phases of an entire project. Here are the top ten benefits of the system. Read more.
Posted April 30th, 2016
If you want a custom home, you may not know how to find a home builder to manage your project. Selecting a contractor may be your most important decision because it affects the entire process as well as the outcome. While recommendations are helpful, you should take the time to get to know your builder before the first nail is ever hammered. Here is a list of questions to ask a potential contractor to be sure you are working with the right company. Read more.
Posted April 15th, 2016
If you are ready to build a new home, chances are good you have some design ideas in mind. Working with a custom builder can give you the opportunity to have input for a house that fits your vision. Do you know some of the new options that are gaining popularity in new construction? Here are 5 trends that are gaining popularity for 2016. Read more.
Posted March 30th, 2016
Knowing what path to take when designing or remodeling your kitchen can be confusing. You need to make the best use of every inch of space without sacrificing any details. In order for you to get the most out of your kitchen design project, our kitchen remodelers in Fauquier County recommend the following tips. Read more.
Posted March 15th, 2016
Knowing how much you can expect to spend for your kitchen remodeling project can help you to plan things so you can receive the best return on investment. There are so many factors that can affect the final cost and outcome of the project. To give you a better idea of how to plan your expenses, here are some kitchen design ideas you can use as references for your budget when you work with your local kitchen remodelers in Northern VA. Read more.
Posted March 5th, 2016
When it comes to choosing craftsmen and home remodelers for your construction and renovation projects, it helps if you choose professionals who have designations and credentials. Since you’re making a major investment into your home, you should protect your interest and your home by hiring the most qualified professionals you can find.Hiring professional builders and remodelers who hold designations can improve the quality and accuracy of services you receive. Read more.
Posted February 25th, 2016
In order to have the kitchen of your dreams, you first have to find experienced and well-regarded kitchen remodelers in Northern VA. What’s more is that you have to form a solid working relationship with your kitchen remodeler in order that they can perform at their very best while bringing out the full potential in your kitchen. Learn how to create and maintain a solid relationship with the pros creating your dream kitchen. Read more.
Posted February 15th, 2016
Out of all of the rooms in your home, your kitchen is likely the toughest when it comes to nailing the remodeling design. The reason for this is a truly well-designed kitchen requires a delicate balance of form and function. Before Craftsman Construction takes the plunge into your kitchen renovation project, take a look at these three functional kitchen design factors. Read more.
Posted February 5th, 2016
Homeowners planning to make changes, big or small, to their properties might have a good idea of how they’d like their bathrooms, kitchens or basements to look, but they may have a hard time finding a designerand a builder to help realize their visions. To avoid a potential disconnect between the designer and the builder , it’s better to opt for a Design/Build company in Loudoun County. Read more.
Posted January 30th, 2016
Whether you are planning a complete home, a new addition or a remodel, you want to make sure everything is right the first time. Sometimes this means investing more money and time at the start, but when everything comes together the payoff is always worthwhile. In the process of your elaborate planning, make sure you include energy efficient options. These are a few areas that can improve the functionality of your home that you may overlook and optimize your energy efficient home building in Loudoun County. Read more.
Posted January 18th, 2016
Finding and interviewing custom contractorsis the key first step in building your dream home. Identifying a contractor or firm that fits your style, and that will take your project from concept to reality, is easier if you know the right questions to ask.Use the following inquiries when researching home builders in northern Virginia. Read more.
Posted December 15th, 2015
When you are remodeling a house, it’s the perfect time to consider what your home could become with a little updating. Even if you just have a simple fix to take care of, it can be an excellent opportunity to add some life to your décor. Here are some great ways to improve your kitchen remodel in Northern Virginia. Add More Space for Friends and Family Whether you’re hosting dinner parties or getting the family together for a Saturday morning brunch, having enough space to prepare and seat guests can make the experience much more... Read more.
Posted November 30th, 2015
Are you in the market for a new home? Sure you can purchase a house that has already been built. You can also consider a new home development. However, many people prefer custom homes designed by home builders in Northern VA. A custom home offers these five advantages to today’s home buyers. 1 – Satisfaction When you build a custom home, you get to choose every last detail including the size of the windows, how large to make your driveway, and the number of lights to install. Since you will be involved in all the details of the... Read more.
Posted November 25th, 2015
The kitchen is one of the most important places in any home. Obviously, it is a place to store and prepare food, but for most families it is also much more. The kitchen is often the first place the family gathers at the start of the day and the last place they meet at its end. A place for sharing meals, exchanging conversation about what’s happening in your lives; a kitchen is the heart of your house. As such, when it’s time to repair or replace equipment in your kitchen, or to just brighten up the scenery when time has taken its toll,... Read more.
Posted October 14th, 2015
There are people who don’t use kitchens much beyond the fridge, the microwave and the garbage can. That’s never been you, however. You’ve tried hundreds of recipes for every type of cuisine ever invented, and you make the most of every new kitchen gadget you purchase. It’s getting to the point where your Falls Church kitchen just doesn’t seem big enough for your culinary dreams. If you’re thinking about investing in kitchen remodeling in Falls Church, you might be interested in these popular new ideas for improving your favorite... Read more.
Posted October 1st, 2015
There are more choices than ever when it comes to building a home with environmentally conscious features. Did you know that for more than 20 years, ENERGY STAR has been certifying new construction that meet their rigorous requirements? Thorough inspections are a part of the approval process, so when buyers find a property with the ENERGY STAR certified label, they can have the peace of mind that they’ve found a quality place to live.What benefits are homeowners seeing from their certified dwellings built by custom home builders in Northern... Read more.
Posted September 18th, 2015
A home kitchen should not be just a space to store and prepare food for family and friends. It should reflect your personality and style while serving as a place of warmth, heartfelt conversations and delicious meals filled with laughter and your handmade dishes. For those living in Virginia, take a look at these innovative and simple projects to transform your kitchen. With today’s DIY market in full bloom thanks to creative homeowners, a simple kitchen remodel in Northern Virginia has never been easier. Appliance Overhaul One component to... Read more.
Posted August 31st, 2015
A major project such as building a home or remodeling your bathroom or kitchen needs someone to oversee all the sub-contractors. Although many people try to act as a general contractor, your project will go much easier if you hire someone who knows the industry and the community. Many times, they can maintain the work schedule and obtain permits better than you ever could. Your general contractor will also have more leverage with the subcontractors and suppliers than you do. Choosing home builders in Northern VA is much more than just opening... Read more.
Posted August 19th, 2015
If you’re tired of ugly cabinets or a stove that’s placed in an awkward corner, it might be time to consider a revamp of your existing design and construction, with kitchen remodeling in Falls Church. Every kitchen can be more energy and time efficient, with an investment that might eventually pay for itself.Once you decide on your needs, begin with a contractor who is focused on ensuring the highest level of quality on your job. Choose the Right Contractor Plenty of contractors will claim a kitchen remodeling in Falls Church can... Read more.
Posted August 1st, 2015
A remodeling project in the home is often a big deal. This is your chance the make the place completely your own, to tailor it to meet your needs. Homeowners want their homes to be both useful and aesthetically pleasing. Areas of the home that play a larger role, such as the kitchen, deserve even more attention. Quality kitchen remodeling in Alexandria can be easy to find when you know what you are looking for. Work With a Reputable Contractor For the best results, you need to find a remodeling service that understands that their work should... Read more.
Posted July 21st, 2015
Your kitchen is a place where you likely spend a good chunk of your day. Many people consider their kitchen to be their favorite part of the house. However, if it hasn’t been updated in a while, then it may be looking a bit dated. If this is the case, you might be looking into kitchen remodeling in Fairfax VA. Here are three reasons why you should consider having your kitchen remodeled. Of course, perhaps the main reason you should look into getting your kitchen remodeled is because you want to change the look and appearance of your kitchen.... Read more.
Posted May 1st, 2012
Consumer Affairs Links: Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation. www.dpor.virginia.gov Use this web site to check if your contractor has the proper licensing or if there are any complaints filed against him. Also you can see a list of contractors that have had their license revoked. Better Business Bureau. www.dc‐easternpa.bbb.org Use this web site t find out if a business is BBB accredited or if there are any consumer complaints filed against a company. Resource Links: EarthCraft House of Virginia.... Read more.
Posted May 1st, 2012
Technical Expertise Look for a contractor who has experience in the type of project you are planning. Calling Bobs Fence Repair, for your dream kitchen remodel probably is a bad idea. A contractor who is familiar with your type of project will be able to bring a lot of great ideas to the table. Things like the latest in appliances or counter top materials can make your project really stand out. A good contractor stays abreast of the latest materials and design trends. A well experienced contractor will understand important issues regarding... Read more.
Posted May 1st, 2012
Here is a list of things to look out for in your quest to find a qualified contractor 1. The contractor’s company cannot be verified. The contractor should have a listed phone number and preferable an ad in the yellow pages or at least a listing. He should have a professionally made business card. A professional contractor will have trade association credentials. In Virginia, you can call the state contractors licensing board and find out if any complaints are filed against the company. The Better Business Bureau is another source of... Read more.
Posted May 1st, 2012
Tip # 1. Consider hiring a designer for larger projects. For larger projects, such as a room addition or even a significant landscaping project, seriously consider hiring an architect or designer first. The architect or designer will help detail exactly what you want, and he can draw a set of plans and material specifications for your project. Most designers will also provide oversight and additional assistance during your project. Tip # 2. Ask for a list of references. Ask your contractor for client references. This is your best way to judge... Read more.
Posted May 1st, 2012
1. Not knowing what you want. If you don’t know what you want, you might not like what you get. Also, if you change your mind halfway thru the job, you are going to get hit for change orders (Hint: the job won’t get any cheaper). A lot of low bidding contractors use this to their advantage. They know from experience that you are not including everything you are going to need to complete the job. As the job progresses, you will be asked to sign change orders for all the missing items. It is always more expensive to add something to... Read more.
Posted April 25th, 2012
As promised in last week’s post we will be discussing some basic energy terms. I will try and keep this on laymen’s terms. Some of the things we will discuss, you have heard all your life, but maybe don’t know what they stand for. WHAT IS HEAT? HEAT IS A QUANTITY OF ENERGY: 1. Measured in BTUs or KWh (Your furnace is rated in BTUs) 2. Heat is also represented by cords of wood, tons of coal, barrels of oil, Etc. EACH FUEL RELEASES A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF HEAT WHEN BURNED: 1 gallon of fuel oil releases 139,000 BTUs when burned. All... Read more.
Posted April 25th, 2012
About a year or so ago I decided that I wanted to learn more about energy and how it relates to home design and construction. I was interested in what were the driving factors in home construction techniques, that effect a home’s energy performance. After a little searching on the internet I came across a course designed to teach people how to become a certified Energy consultant. This course was a prep course to take the exam to become a BPI rater (Building Performance Institute) or a RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network)... Read more.
Posted April 25th, 2012
About 3 years ago our company did a substantial commercial remodel for a client and like all large commercial jobs we hired subcontractors to perform the various trades; such as electrical, plumbing, heating & air. The job came to the end and the client was very happy with his new building. About a year and a week later the client calls me up and says he is having some trouble with his heating & air system and could I have the HVAC contractor come and take a look at it. I called the HVAC contractor and asked him to go to the site and... Read more.
Posted April 25th, 2012
About 5 years ago my company was asked to bid on a large remodel project by a local architect. When we arrived at the project site there where about 10 other contractors there as well. My partner looked at me and we both shook our heads. Now normally I would have gotten right back in my truck and turned around, but this was a rather large project for a prominent client and it would look good on our resume. So with a little bit of in trepidation we went into the house. After a lengthy meeting with the architect and the client we were given a... Read more.
Posted April 25th, 2012
I have been going to construction trade shows for years to keep abreast of the latest building products and construction techniques. If you ever went to one of these shows you wouldn’t believe how big they are. The largest show is called the IBS (International Builders Show). At one time this show took up nearly a million S.F. of floor space. Every year I take my wife to this show and tell her it’s our vacation, after all we are in Florida. She tells me that one of these years we are going to have to go on a real vacation. Anyway... Read more.
Posted April 25th, 2012
Why are your prices higher than your competition? We get this question from time to time by clients that want to use us but say that our prices are too high. What’s going on here? We had a client that we were working with a couple of months ago that told us that they couldn’t use us because we where way over there budget. They had found another contractor that was going to do the job way cheaper. Now this client came to us because we were highly recommended to him from 2 other clients that we had done work for and one of these... Read more.
Posted April 6th, 2012
Over the years, we at Craftsman Construction have done many jobs, and the one thing that they all have in common is the client’s lack of knowledge on the cost of remodeling. Very few people have done multiple remodeling jobs; this gives them no frame of reference as to the cost of such work. At most some people have heard that remodeling should cost X amount of dollars per square foot. But the square foot formula doesn’t take into account the many variables in construction such as site conditions, quality of workmanship, or the quality of... Read more.
Posted April 6th, 2012
Craftsman Construction has just completed an intense training course for the EarthCraft House of Virginia green building program. EarthCraft House is a green building program that serves as a blueprint for healthier, more comfortable homes, which reduce utility bills and protect the environment. Homeowners benefit from conservation of resources and energy, improved air and water quality and savings on operating and repair cost. “The primary benefit of taking these certification courses is to better benefit the homeowner who is relying on... Read more.