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Edible landscaping can be practiced in several ways. On a small scale, window boxes, containers and hanging baskets are some methods for growing ornamentals and edibles together. Raised beds and planting in the ground are not to be overlooked if space is available. Keep in mind when planting…

As the prevalence of artificial intelligence (AI) in the home grows, so too does the amount of helpful features available to make daily tasks much easier. While the abundance of smart home technology (powered by AI) can seem overwhelming, the more you know, the better these functions can imp…

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Thirty families who live in private housing at Fort Belvoir are still unable to return to their homes despite promises by military leaders and members of Congress to address systemic issues that left many service members and their families dealing with mold, rodent infestations, and other ha…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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…