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Almost anyone with Southern blood has a soft spot for front porches. Not only are we known for them in the South, but we know how to make the most of them. The first home my husband and I purchased, at the ripe old age of 23, was in Spokane, WA, where we were stationed...

The holidays are over and the dreary stage of winter has set in. These short, chilly days might make you think there’s nowhere to go but back inside the house. But you don’t have to wait for spring to enjoy outdoor living. After all, you’re a Hampton Roads homeowner—yo...

From shoddy to shady, some window companies in Hampton Roads are either clueless about proper installation or out to make a quick buck and then disappear. Because replacement windows are such a major investment, don’t simply hire the first guy to show up on your doorst...

So you’re considering replacing your old windows with new energy-efficient windows? Smart move! As the U.S. Department of Energy points out, energy loss from windows make up 25%–30% of your home’s heating and cooling costs. That means money spent on new windows is mone...

Some home improvements—especially aesthetic ones rather than functional—have a secret shortcut that will save you time, money, hassle, or all three. (When it comes to the roof over your head, however, shortcuts just won’t cut it. I would never advise anything but a top...

Vinyl siding replacement is all in a day’s work for Mike Reedy, owner of Quality Built Exteriors. With decades of experience, he understands which siding materials hold up best to Hampton Roads weather—and when is the right time to install them. We took a look at these...

Your backyard deck is a bonus living space for your home—so it needs to look livable. Whether you purchased a home that already has one or decided to get a deck installed, you might be missing your deck’s potential. A lot of homeowners look out at that wide expanse of...

A roof is one of the biggest investments you can make in your home, so it’s no wonder homeowners want to investigate as much as possible before taking the plunge on a new roof. I asked Mike Reedy, owner of Quality Built Exteriors, to answer some of the most frequently...

Bold color ideas for better curb appeal

“It’ll look fabulous,” I assured my husband.

“But… yellow?” he said. My hubby is like most homeowners—he feels most comfortable with safe colors. Expected colors. In other words, boring colors. So naturally, when I suggested repai...

Daffodils!! Have you spotted them yet? I’ve seen them blooming around my Yorktown neighborhood since mid-February. Whether it was the groundhog’s prediction of an early spring, or just the fact that Hampton Roads had no major snowfall this winter, it’s clear that sprin...

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