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Tradition Renovations?

Most of you who work with us or have worked with us know we also have a sister company Tradition Renovations.  We wanted to write a blog for those of you who didn't know we have this service and to tell you about it. 


What we realized over the past few years is that new home construction and renovation work are quite different animals.  We came to the conclusion to serve our renovation clients better we needed a dedicated separate and distinct company with different resources and staff geared directly at the renovation process.  While new home construction is quite a linear process, renovations have more stop and go pace and require more oversight like when walls and floors are opened to reveal new surprises not anticipated.  Trent Wahl who was head of our new homes division has come over to head the renovation company.


 We hope you look us up or refer a friend so we can show you what we are capable of.  We continually update our Tradition Renovations facebook page with pictures and progress photos.  Check us out and let us know what you think of the new projects!

Check out this new Prairie home in the beautiful Woodmont section of Arlington!


Rochester Street House in Video


Check out our latest farmhouse design!

We wrote a blog about a year ago talking about some of the options in the world today Why You'll Love Today's Porch Decking.  Here is a good article as well on the different options out there.  This blog focuses on Trex® specifically. A few things we like about composite materials:


  • Totally impervious to weather= no rotting!


  • They now warranty the product even in shaded applications (they previously would not warranty if you used in a shaded area)


  • We like the Trex hidden fastener system so it only shows the screw heads in the starter boards


  • Its a very green product - Trex claims they haven't knocked down one tree since they have been in business (here is a link to some other cool green facts)


  • No staining or sealing!


Another cool fact- Trex is one of the largest plastic bag recyclers in the U.S.  Over all we like the spiced rum color. It still doesn't look as good as a natural wood like Ipe but its not that far off anymore.  They have got the colors much more realistic and less plastic looking over the past few years. 


If you want something that requires no upkeep and looks pretty good then this is your decking! 

If you have been around the construction industry or met with us you have probably heard one if not both of these terms. They are different roof systems that can be used in home’s today.  So what’s the difference?
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Sunday, April 1, 2012
1-3 pm
2616 N. 24th Street
Arlington, VA 22207
Okay, so this may sound like a bit of a rant, but here goes:  Mother Nature doesn't make things in a factory.  What comes out of a quarry one day, won't be the same as what is found the following day.  In short, natural materials are intrinsically variable in their appearance, and this is what gives them their unique beauty.  But it's also what drives some of our clients nuts! 
Who doesn't enjoy hanging out on a covered porch, sipping lemonade while the kids play in the front yard? Though they're enjoyable, until recently the decking (flooring) materials for covered porches have been maintenance headaches.  Traditionally, decking was made from pine which was painted with oil based paint.  With the phase-out of oil based paint, however, decay and rot in pine decking became more prevalent so other materials were sought. 

There aren't many topics as exciting as building code. But as we learned in the previous post below, every home must be built to code, but code is bare minimum. Just because a building meets code doesn't necessarily mean it's quality. Read on for ways builders can pony up and go beyond building to code.

If you plan to build a home, you'll be hearing the phrase "building to code" quite often. What does it mean exactly? Every home must be built to code and that's the responsibility of the builder, but code is bare minimum. Just because a building meets code doesn't necessarily mean it's quality construction.  

That’s a good question. And I could go on about how interest rates are at historical lows, it’s a buyer’s market, home ownership has tons of tax goodies and more. But if you’re reading this blog, that’s all probably obvious to you, yet you’re still not sure. 
The most important thing to consider when you’re thinking about building or buying a place to call home is YOU. 

With so much to consider, where do you start your builder search? The simplest place to start is with pure aesthetics. First find a number of companies that have built homes that you love.  It’s a simple way to narrow down your list. If you gravitate towards a particular style, you may want to include builders that specialize in those areas, such as Craftsman, Prairie, Victorian, etc.

We recently completed our first Prairie style home. It's gorgeous if we do say so ourselves. Tour it via video now!


Everybody who considers building a new home asks themselves, "How am I going to pay for it?!" While financing any new home project can at first seem confusing, intimidating and a bit overwhelming, you can breathe easy, because it’s not as hard as it looks.


Come join us for a special Meet the Builder event this weekend!


Sunday, September 26, 2010

1-3 pm

2755 N. Quincy Street

Arlington, VA 22207


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2755 N. Quincy Street 


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Renovate or Build New?


This is probably the most frequently asked question we receive from our customers. Whether they have an existing home or are thinking about buying a lot in a different location, home-owners need to consider several factors before deciding on whether to renovate or build new. There are pros and cons to each, and we suggest families consider them all.   

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