Realizing the Greatest Resale Value in Northern Virginia Basement Remodeling

Filed Under: Basement    by: Steve Kayhill

Are you planning a Northern Virginia basement remodeling project? Finishing the basement requires a fair bit of investment, both in time and money. Wise homeowners look for features that work well with their tastes and lifestyle, as well as those that realize the greatest resale value over the long term. Get smart and include these valuable features in your basement reno to score big now and make some of your money back later.


Adding a bathroom in the basement makes sense. All family members can appreciate the convenience, and this room provides extra space for a growing family and privacy for overnight guests. Consider designing at least a three-piece bath in the basement for top resale value dollars. Tuck a corner shower into the space or include a tub-shower combo and this bathroom takes your home to a whole new level.

Remember to have your plumber obtain the proper building permits and design this space with safety and building codes in mind. The last thing you need is a basement flood caused by faulty installation or inaccurate design. Protect your investment today and long into the future by ensuring your new basement bathroom is built well.

Wood Flooring

Many Virginia homeowners assume that wood flooring works best on above grade applications. But modern lines of engineered wood flooring and laminates made to mimic woof floors can brighten a below grade space and add spark to the design.

Research the best types of wood flooring for your Northern Virginia basement remodeling budget. Have a professional install the planks as a floating floor, a process which requires no nails or glue. Click lock flooring makes installation easy and floating the underlayment and planks allows for installation on the concrete foundation floor. Capture the warmth of wood floors and realize greater value from your basement renovation.


Adding insulation to the basement walls pays off in many different ways. The right amount of insulation helps to lower your heating and cooling bills, and investing in insulation creates a more comfortable atmosphere in the basement living space.

Talk to your basement contractor about the ideal type of insulation for your house. Fiberglass batting is the most commonly used, but rigid insulation panels may also be used in certain homes. Blown-in products add insulation to your attic, but this type doesn’t often work in basement applications.

Insulation doesn’t create an immediate impression or provide an attractive viewpoint, but including insulating products improves the entire space and makes it more appealing to your family and potential buyers.

Gas Fireplace

Add some style and drama to your basement with a gas fireplace. Opt for a built-in corner unit or install a double- or triple-sided model to form a wall between two areas of your basement space. Gas fireplaces don’t cost a fortune and they can transform a space from blah to spectacular in no time.

Be sure to have a professional gas fitter run the plumbing for this unit and think about including several switches or remote controls into your basement space for convenience.

Installing a bathroom, wood flooring, insulation and gas fireplace in your home helps to enhance the living space. Whether you realize the gains now or not, adding these features to your Northern Virginia basement remodeling project helps to enhance resale value.

Tips to Enjoy Autumn on Your Virginia Deck

Filed Under: Deck    by: Steve Kayhill

Colder weather has hit Virginia, and shifting schedules pull many of us out of our backyards. But you still have plenty of time to enjoy the autumn season on your Virginia deck, complete with the right accessories to make your space attractive and comfortable. Check out these tips and spend the coming months outside in the fresh air of your own outdoor living space.

Tip # 1 – Let the Sunshine In

It’s important to provide an area of shade in your backyard, and that space often falls on or near the deck. We shift our focus during the autumn months. Instead of hiding from the sun, we welcome those warm rays with upturned faces and open arms. Consider how you can expose your deck or patio to more sunlight by removing or simply moving your shade structures.

Permanent shade structures, like a covered roof, may provide less flexibility. Think about extending the deck surface beyond these structures and allow your family to enjoy the fleeting warmth.

Tip # 2 – Chase Away the Cold Shadows With Heat and Illumination

Certain Virginia deck features help to chase away the crisp temperatures of autumn mornings and evenings. Look for end-of-season deals on patio heaters and set up a cozy corner on your deck. Be sure to provide a safe, sturdy base for the heater and keep plastics and other soft materials away from direct heat.

Low voltage deck lighting allows you to enjoy your outdoor space long into September and October nights. Install solar lighting posts or lanterns along the perimeter of your deck (often these lights look best in a border garden). Or ask your home improvement retailer about deck lighting packages that can be installed in the stairs, deck boards or railing posts. Find a style that works with your deck layout and budget and plan to spend time under the stars this fall.

Tip # 3 – Keep the Deck Surface Clean

Autumn leaves create a beautiful picture while still on the trees, but that blanket of damp leaves can also transform your deck surface into an unsightly mess. Be aware that fallen leaves also present a slippery surface. You’re best to clear them up on a regular basis, sweeping the fallen leaves off the deck or collecting them for the compost heap.

Cleaning up your deck surface makes the area more inviting. Enjoy dinner out on the deck or coffee on your favorite deck swing. Spend time simply unwinding in this clean and clutter-free space.

Tip # 4 – Evaluate Your Furniture

Sometimes furniture used in summer will not work as well in the fall. Wet cushions take longer to dry out and large umbrellas create too much shade for this time of year. Consider moving your patio furniture around to make better use of the space and capture more natural light.

Swap out summer cushions for something less absorbent or put your cushions away for the season and sit on the bare furniture. We often have more clothing on during the autumn, making it less uncomfortable to sit on bare patio chairs and benches.

By evaluating your furniture, allowing more sunlight onto the area, adding heat and illumination and keeping the leaves cleared away you can extend your outdoor enjoyment this season. Spend more time on your Virginia deck and make the most of every day that autumn brings.