In honor of National Take Your Son or Daughter to Work Day, Vincent D'Avena, Owner of A.V. Remodeling and Construction, proudly invited his son Michael to spend a day learning about the renovation and remodeling business. The day started off stopping by the current remodeling projects in progress, meeting with the home owners and checking out the job sites. After vising the active sites, Vinny took Michael on a couple of Sales Calls to meet one of our previous clients as well as to meet a new client with a project starting up next week. Once all the client meetings were finished, Michael came to the Curran Street office to assist the Vice President of Marketing with a few marketing items. Michael was put to work folding some new company t-shirts, reviewing the client lists for missing information and assisting with addressing envelopes for a neighborhood mailing. Aside from going with dad for a "business lunch," Michael's favorite part of the day was going with dad and our Kitchen and Bath Designer, Meghan, to visit Marblex in Fairfax! Here Michael met with Sales and Design Consultant, Tom Meehan, to learn about where marble comes from, how it is made and where they store it at Marblex. It was quite a long day of learning for Michael, and we truly appreciate everyone for helping him, all in a day's work!
What a great day of team training with Paul Winans from Remodelers Advantage!!!
In 2012, Intellectual Homes and A.V. Remodeling & Construction made a lot of great changes within the companies. Not only did we move to a new office in McLean, but we also added several great members to our team within the last 6 months of the year to help us become better in the coming years. With that in mind, we started off 2013 on new ground and felt it was only appropriate to start this year off on the right foot... together as a team! We took a "day out" away from phones, e-mail, projects, job sites and other daily distractions to focus on US... Our Company... Our Team!
Thank you to Paul Winans, Consultant/Educator with Remodelers Advantage, for coming in and spending the day with us last week! With Paul’s 29 years of experience owning his own home remodeling company, he was able to evaluate our operations and provide our team with great insight, training and tools to make us the best remodeling company in the area for our clients. Our team enjoyed a great day of team building, reviewing best practices and finding ways to improve our business model to ensure that all of us at A.V. Remodeling and Intellectual Homes become the best we can be together in 2013!
As a 5-year member of Remodelers Advantage, taking a “Day Out” to make an investment in ourselves and our ability to work together as a team was an invaluable opportunity.
View link for more information about Remodelers Advantage.
For the fourth consecutive year, A.V. Remodeling & Construction is seeking assistance from the local community to help local families in need with their holiday “Food for Trees” food drive. This year A.V. Remodeling and Construction has partnered with the Rotary Club of McLean in hopes of exceeding their goal of donating 10,000 lbs. of non-perishable food to the local community.
“The Food for Trees program was founded in 2009 as a simple way to encourage the community to donate food during the holidays. In return, we pass the savings onto those who are already planning to purchase trees for their homes,” explained Vincent D’Avena, owner of A.V. Remodeling and Construction. Food for Trees provides discounted Frasier Fir trees, pine wreaths and roping at cost, in exchange for a pledge of $35 in food donations.
We are currently taking pre-orders for trees and food donation pledges through Monday, November 26th. “The response and support for the program has been tremendous in the past, and we hope to triple our donation this year,” added D’Avena. More than 115 families from Northern Virginia participated in the program last year.
This year’s event will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012 between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Old Firehouse Teen Center in McLean, Virginia. Participants can pick their pre-ordered trees and drop off their food donations, which will benefit Share, Inc. of McLean and the food pantries at Longfellow Middle School and McLean High School.
Tree purchases are NOT required. The public is also welcome to stop by to make food donations as well.
Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to sign-up to help load trees for participants and accept food donations by e-mailing
. To learn more about the Food for Trees program and to pre-order your holiday tree, visit http://bit.ly/Food4Trees.
In this series of short videos, we address how our unique Intellectual Homes process addresses concerns when undertaking a home renovation or remodeling project.
Introduction: Three Common Concerns in Home Renovation Projects (0:32)
by Vincent D'Avena, Owner
I recently chaperoned my son’s school field trip to the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.
In addition to truly appreciating the beauty of the building museum itself (pictured, below), I was amazed at the science, engineering and education behind the museum’s 'Build a City' exercise.
The instructors started out by asking, “What would you need to build a city?” “Farmland,” “buildings,” “houses,” “hotels,” and “toys” were some of the responses from the second-graders. Each student took on the task one building one element of the city out of a variety of craft materials. Some of the elements of their city included residential areas, a powerplant and a waste water treatment plant. My son took on the task of building a landfill (pictured here). His landfill included a recycling center, dump, collection center, and a building.
As an adult, it was fascinating to watch the kids understand the basics of engineering and city planning. Who knows how many future engineers, architects or city planners were inspired that day!
More information about the program for elementary schools is available on the museum’s website.
In environmental science, sustainability is “the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance.” And when our industry talks about sustainability in design, building and architecture, it is generally assumed to mean green products and materials, such as recycled glass, reclaimed wood and energy efficient lighting and water conserving toilets.
To Intellectual Homes and A.V. Remodeling, sustainability takes on a slightly different meaning that includes the goal to reduce the depletion of natural resources, ensuring a balanced ecosystem, but it takes on a more focused approach that starts with our planning. Within the framework of architecture and construction, sustainability is all about prevention. Preventing a client from having to do anything more than once. Being forced to renovate again in a few years because they didn’t foresee a change in living arrangements in their initial planning phase is not sustainable design. Having to pay for additional design work during their design/architectural phase because all of the questions and concerns weren’t addressed before the designing began.