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If you are preparing to sell your home, you already know about the concept of staging. While most people think about pretty flowers in the front yard and the perfectly set table in the dining room, the fact is that staging is much more than nice lifestyle elements. Staging is something that …

Summer may be winding down, but a new opportunity to garden is just beginning. Plenty of vegetables and flowers can be grown successfully in late summer and well into fall, so it's a great time to refresh with plants that either thrive in slightly cooler weather or are easy to bring indoors …

Tom and Trish Schroeder, the founders of Schroeder Design/Build, Inc., a Fairfax remodeling company, have completely transformed their own city of Fairfax home with a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired take on open concept living, with an eye toward universal design and aging in place, and they are…

How different are the generations when it comes to homeownership? While Millennials are entering the home-buying game later than earlier generations, their desire to achieve the American Dream remains and, in fact, is stronger than previous generations.

Arlington residents Kelly and Michael had long wanted a house on the water in the Lake Barcroft area, but-- after years of looking -- could not find anything suitable. There were the obvious challenges. With two young children just starting school, their house of choice had to meet long-term…

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…