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The project: a rear elevation plan that combines a mid-level screened-in porch with a below-deck “kids” play zone. The far-reaching makeover-- which replaces a small builder-grade screened porch with a substantially larger accommodation boasting many outdoor entertainment components-- was re…

A space plan reconfiguration and makeover in an Ashburn residence has won a National Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award for Michael Nash Design Build and Homes. The innovative solution has been judged the nation's top kitchen remodel within a prescribed budget range by the National Associat…

There is nothing self-evident about an aging-in-place (AIP) solution. Transforming an existing house into a dwelling that will serve its owners for life is both art and science-- a process that often demands not only top design and building expertise, but technical skills best acquired throu…

It’s March, and with the rising temperatures and longer days, we’ll soon start to see the first signs of spring, including all the crocuses, tulips and daffodils beginning to sprout. With the threat of most snow storms behind us, and before the arrival of April showers, it’s a good time to g…

Inventory challenges defined the real estate market in 2018, and that trend will continue, albeit not as severe, in the coming year. Here are a few more of the real estate trends that my team at Long & Foster and I expect to occur next year.

A skillful floor plan reconfiguration that increases the size of a 20-year-old kitchen by over 30 percent, while staying inside the envelope of the existing home, has won a regional Chrysalis Award for Michael Nash Design Build and Homes.

In November 2015, then-Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia was the first state to meet the federal definition of effectively ending homelessness among military veterans.Yet, that information seemed irrelevant to 37-year-old Quianna, a pregnant mother who had served i…

It takes the average buyer 4.5 months to buy a home, according to Zillow. However, there are many considerations to take into account. Small details can add time to the process, and it's impossible to accurately estimate how long it'll take someone to close on a purchase.

One of my core goals as supervisor is to engage our community in being better stewards of our environment. I have spoken out several times in the past months on what the county can and should be doing to save people, places and property. From letters to the editor, to speaking at a recent Cl…

The 17th Annual Reston Home Tour focuses on six homes that have undergone major redesign in the form of renovations, additions, complete remodels, extensive landscaping, hardscaping and interior decor. These homes, each offering a unique Reston flair, are sure to get your design juices flowi…

It is enlightening, as one gets older, to explore one's roots. This urge to self-discovery may be a long time coming; it is seldom a first priority, like establishing a career or raising a family. But over time, it can be fruitful and rewarding to look into your origins, to discover and arti…

The arrival of September brings the last part of summer with warm days, flowers in full bloom and delicious fresh fruits and vegetables in season. With fall just around the corner, September is a good time to take advantage of the moderate weather to get your house in shape and make any need…

A decade is a long time in the lifespan of remodeler. While Northern Virginia boasts many companies that have plied their trade for a generation or more, the fact is that the remodeling business-- like most based on contracts-- tends to be perishable. The vagaries of the economy, the ease wi…