We are excited to have started a renovation on North Kenmore Street in Arlington, Virginia. This project involves a rear addition, removing a crawl space and adding a full basement, a first story interior renovation and more. This renovation is similar to others we’ve completed in the area and to one we’re working on now in the same neighborhood.
A.V. Remodeling is a full service design - build remodeling & construction firm. If you have a project you are considering like this one call us at 703-307-7860.
Is your home, building or child care facility, or school your children under the age of 6 attending, built before 1978? Are you thinking about repairing, renovating or painting? If the answer to these questions is 'yes', there are a few important things you need to know.
1. It's the law! Federal law requires that individuals receive certain information before renovating six square feet or more of painted surfaces in a room for interior projects and twenty square feet or more for exterior projects in housing, child care facilities and schools built before 1978.
Homeowners and tenants: Renovators must give you the EPA Renovate Right brochure before starting work. Click here to download a copy.
2. The EPA issued a rule, effective last April 22, 2010, requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning April 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair, and painting projects (RRP) that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. You can get more information by visiting the EPA's website.
A.V. Remodeling is a Lead Safe Certified firm and Vincent D'Avena successfully completed the Certified Renovators Course. If your home was built before 1978 and you are considering a project or have questions, we are here to help. Please call us at 703-307-7860.
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This is the second phase of excavation with all of the house shoring completed. We are now excavating back into an old addition while also completing underpinning phases of this historic renovation.
A.V. Remodeling's basement addition is progressing beautifully. There is a lot of dirt to move. This video shows our machine enter the building from the outside, driving under the existing structure and removing soil from within the building.
At AV Remodeling, we believe basement additions are a great way to save green space, while providing affordable, additional living space for our clients. It seems to go without saying, that any home without a basement or with only a partial basement might be a good candidate for a basement addition. Like the basement addition pictured below, homes in historic districts, may even be better candidates. This is because adding additional square footage to a home in a historic district often proves to be very difficult to often impossible.
Before you consider undertaking a project like this, take the time to pay special attention to the planning process. Proper planning is a must for any project; however, in a case like this, it needs to be fully choreographed. The planning process should include the excavation and masonry crews, structural engineer and the architect. The chronological steps are vitally important to identify.
Please check back frequently as we continue to share the progress of this historic renovation and basement addition in Arlington, Virginia.
The 23rd Road historic renovation project is moving a long nicely.
The basement addition in Arlington, Virgina might seem like a 'head scratcher' and possibly, impossible. Not for AV Remodeling. This is our 4th project of this variety.
How long does a project of this magnitude take? No longer than a second story addition typically. The aim is to move forward safely and consistently, but not to go too fast. For this particular project we are planning on about 4.5 months.
Keep in mind, we aren't simply digging. What was once just a crawl space will be transformed into a living space, adding about 35% more square footage. The basement will feature a bedroom and bath, a great room, storage room, laundry room and a separate room for mechanical equipment. The ceiling height will be 8' plus.
The structural considerations are the same as for any home. We have point loads from the existing home, but in this case, the existing foundation was inadequate. Ultimately, we are actually able to rectify a long term problem, which will be beneficial to the owner in the long run.
When the space is finished it will feel like a first floor family with radiant heat flooring and full sized windows.
Check back next week to learn what to consider before undertaking this type of project and what kinds of homes are good candidates.
Earlier in January, Vincent D'Avena, Owner of A.V. Remodeling, spoke with Morgan Zenner of NARI, (The National Association of the Remodeling Industry) to talk about the Food4Trees program he founded in 2009. In this article, D'Avena shares what inspired him to get started, and what his plans are for the program going forward. Read more.
Its possible cold air is sneaking into your home at an often overlooked location—above window trim. Imagine if no window in your home is caulked over the header. It would be like leaving a window open.
It’s simple to detect. Reach above the trim with your hand. Do you feel cold air?
If you sense cold air above your window trim, or if you cannot feel caulking, then you have a small project that is easy to address. Apply a bead of caulk where the trim meets the wall. That’s it.
For this project, you’ll probably spend more time and effort purchasing the caulk, digging your ladder out of the garage and moving furniture to make access easier—a well worth it endeavor. The benefits will be warmer floors, better and warmer home, and a smaller heating bill. Finding and fixing cold air infiltration is a simple way to add tons of comfort and keep more bucks in your wallet.
We are excited to have started a beautiful historic renovation on 23rd Road. The renovation includes an underpinning project to install a basement under a historic home that currently sits on a crawl space.
"Food 4 Trees" 2010 was a real success!!
We had three times the participation over last year. Our A.V. trailer was filled to the brim with food donations.
Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered trees and donated bags and bags of food.
All of the feedback was tremendously positive.
I’d love to hear about your tree and your about your experience participating in the Food 4 Trees program. I invite you to include a photo of your family with your decorated tree. I'd like to share your stories and pictures with the community of Food 4 Trees supporters and others who want to know what the buzz is about.
Many thanks again to our generous program supporters:
Old Firehouse Teen Center
HG Hospitality Group