Insulating your home from the Thief. The thief you say? I drove to work today not realizing how cold it really was until I saw the plumes of exhaust billowing from tails pipes. I started thinking about how warm my house is and the comforts of a what a wood stove has added to my my home. While that is romantic, infiltration of cold air though holes or gaps in the shell construction of your home can rob you comfort as you sense the home is never warm.
A shed in your backyard? Arlington homes are often set on large lots and an underutilized structure is the backyard shed. Many may think the shed as one of those pre-fabricated structures purchased at a Big Box store made of aluminum, the inside smells like gas and oil and there are cobwebs throughout. Not anymore. G & M Contracting can build a custom shed in your backyard that does not have to store the mower. Well crafted, the kids can “camp” in there; it can be your potting shed where your summer plants are started. And depending on your neighborhood the size of that shed will be determined by zoning and may not need a permit to build. Check out the attached photos from one in North Arlington
STANDING SEAM ROOF. A weather- resistant roof is basic in the longevity and comfort of a structure, regardless of its age, size, or design. The roof of any structure is designed primarily to shed water, protect from the sun, and keep out any element that would destroy the structure underneath. Historically, the roof imparts much of the architectural character that you seen in any building. Specifically, architectural signifigance is lent to a residence when roofing material is used not only for protection from the elements but as an accent to differentiate one home from others in the neighborhood.
Consider these two floor types. One is true hardwood that has been refinished with a custom stain to provide a very warm tone that says, ” Ahh…home at last”. This warm color was selected throughout the entire home. The hardwood is Oak, 2-1.4 inch wide.
LOTS OF LIGHT. Light is one of Gods most incredible creations. When the Old Dominion Building Group design team meets with clients, lots of light is one of the most requested features desired in a home. I am not sure why, but in the design of many older homes, the kitchen is usually designed in the center of the home with no light, the bathrooms are in the corner of the bedroom with no light, the hallways have no light. It seems strange because man lives by light, our forefathers farmed and used every bit of daylight to make ends meet, yet home design did not follow this need.
Old Dominion Building Group only thinks inside the box when details are important. In the attached photo you can see that the first floor walls are going up. We call this making the box. Did you know that great pain is made over how square the framing is for the walls. It starts with a simple tool called a Chalkline. What a great invention. The string when held taut between two points lays the truth for the framer to follow. If the first floor is not laid straight and square, you will have wavy walls and lots of fudge work to correct the floors above. Attention to detail and doing it right the first time are the hallmark of a good construction project.
Screened Porches Give Additional Living Space. Now is the time to prepare for catering large social functions at your home. Imagine a beautiful screened porch that overlooks your green space. The photo of this deck G&M used Fiburon decking, Azek trim board. The ceiling of the porch was finished fir bead board, light stain and natural urethane topcoat. This porch was completed for a local celebrity.
Wow! The Old Dominion Building team is very excited that one of our projects will be installing an engineered floor using a reclaimed oak, called Granery Oak. This flooring has a very distressed look to provide a very warm and down home feel. We are very excited because this flooring is engineered, the application to the subfloor will be with adhesive. A bit faster than nailing it will be glued down on slab with no hitches and provide forever beauty. What is even more fantastic is that because this is reclaimed wood, no new trees have been taken down–this is GREEN and recycled for a new owner to care for, and it has a unique history backing it up!
Attached is a photo of this beautiful sample piece provided by Mountain Lumber Company, Ruckersville, VA