September 24, 2017

Cabinet Options: The World Between Re-facing and Replacing

If you’ve ever been torn between simply re-facing your old kitchen cabinets and just replacing the whole lot, make sure you explore a third option. While touring an open house in the neighborhood recently, our neighbor had taken advantage of the services offered by KitchenSaver® Custom Cabinet Renewal. They don’t replace all of your cabinets with new ones, and they don’t simply re-face your existing ones either. They do a little of both. We at D.C. Region Real Estate always encourage … [Read more...]

Architect Advice Part 1: Make Smart Remodel Choices!

So, you want to remodel. One question many have is: How much, if anything, should I do, and will it be a net gain financially? More important: What are the areas on which I need to focus? At DCRegionRealestate.com, we’ve already warned that sellers can’t expect to get all their money back for every upgrade. However, when you do make those improvements for your own enjoyment, it makes sense to consider how they will affect your homes resale value in the future. Here we bring you another … [Read more...]

Don’t Miss the Del Ray House & Garden Tour Saturday, May 10

The Del Ray Citizens Association will hold the biennial Del Ray House & Garden Tour on May 10, featuring homes built as early as the 1940s, as well as more modern representations from the area. The tour is self-guided and runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets are $25, and may be purchased online, at  Del Ray Variety, located at 203 E Custis Ave. in Alexandria, or at the Del Ray Farmers Market at 2311 Mt. Vernon Avenue on Saturday. Don't miss the opportunity to see a … [Read more...]

Discover Art in Architecture at Hollin Hills Home Tour

The Hollin Hills Civic Association will host the 2014 House & Garden Tour for the celebrated mid-century modern community May 3 and provide an up-close look at post-war artistic expression. The day begins with a lecture at the Hollin Meadows Elementary School cafeteria (2310 Nordok Place, Alexandria, 22306)  at 11 a.m. entitled “Early Goodman Architecture and Influences through the Design and Development of Hollin Hills.” The home tour begins at noon and will run to 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 … [Read more...]

Home Inspection Part 2: Have Some (Structural) Integrity

  This is part two in our series of helpful tips from D.C.-area home inspector and Homemark Inc. president Mark Linebaugh. In the first post, we addressed doing a pre-listing inspection. In this part, we’re addressing structural issues that Mark will look for to be in “normal working order.” Of these, Mark says he looks for cracks anywhere—foundation, driveway, slabs, walls and any other part of the structure. Open grout lines are another indication of a possible problem. Mark … [Read more...]

Get Hip to D.C.-Area Mid-Century Modern Homes

You see them sometimes sprinkled among traditionally constructed Ramblers, Ranches and Cape Cods, with their flat roofs, more windows than walls and funky shapes. It’s that mid- (20th) century modern look that came on strong after World War II and lasted several decades. It’s a style probably best known in Palm Springs, Calif., (where this year’s Modernism Week festivities begin Feb. 13), and it’s definitely OK to dislike this kind of architecture, because if any type of home construction … [Read more...]

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