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This Craftsman style Bungalow home sits on 27th Road in Lee Heights. The inviting front porch with Ipe decking, beadboard ceiling detail, and ceiling fans sets the tone for the rest of the home. The interior features an open floor plan, with optimal flow throughout the dining room, butler’s pantry, kitchen and family room. The gourmet kitchen features a Wolf range, large island with seating, and tile backsplash from Italy. The open kitchen and family room is perfect for entertaining, especially with the cozy fireplace. No detail was missed in this 5 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath custom home.

3313 N. Columbus Street - Arlington VA

Drive by this home on Columbus Street and you will notice the new details of this updated Farmhouse style home. From the custom shutters, to the paver driveway, no detail is overlooked. Continuing inside, the home features true Farmhouse style elements, such as the apron front sink, iron light fixtures with filament bulbs, and quarter sawn oak cabinetry. Other standout features include custom built-ins in the family room and study, wainscot molding on the main level, a coffered ceiling in the dining room, a Wolf range, granite and marble countertops throughout, and a claw foot, freestanding tub in the master bathroom.

Completed winter 2012.

This beautiful Country Club Hills renovation gem grew in size and functionality, while maintaining its character and charm. Originally a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath house, the home now boasts 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, an open floor plan with kitchen and family room great for entertaining, a piano hall, mudroom, living room, office and expanded basement recreation space. Other features include skylights in the kitchen, hall and master closet, that flood this home with natural, bright sunlight, a family room with stone fireplace and rustic stained ceiling beams, and stunning custom tile work.

BCN Design/Build is opening the doors on its latest custom home in the heart of Lyon Village. This modern Farmhouse features five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen with Wolf and SubZero appliances, marble countertops, and glass tiles. The exterior features a wrap around porch and two-car garage. Tour this home Sunday and learn about other projects in Lyon Village and North Arlington!

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5 Tips for Choosing a Design/Build Firm

By Colin Phalen

Choosing to renovate or build new is a very exciting endeavor and one that should be considered carefully.  A renovation or new construction project can be very time consuming and having the right contractor is the most crucial part of the job.  Just like any decision, you need to ask yourself a lot of questions.

1. Company History

  • ·         Where did they start?
  • ·         How long have they been around?
  • ·         Will they be around in a few years?
  • ·         How enthusiastic are they with your project?

2. Licensed and Insured

  • ·         Do they have a valid state contractor’s license in your state?
  • ·         Do  they have workers compensation and liability insurance?

3.  Competitive Pricing

  • ·         Is their pricing in line with other proposals?
  • ·         Is it clear how much you will be spending?
  • ·         How will changes be dealt with?     

4.  Organization of the Job – Team Approach

  • ·         How do they approach the construction process?
  • ·         What sort of checks and balances do they have in place?
  • ·         Who will be helping you make selections and design decisions?
  • ·         How do the site contractors communicate with the selection suppliers and vendors?
  • ·         Do they have a team approach?

5.  Reputation & References

  • ·         Have you spoken to someone who has completed a project with their company?
  • ·         What do the neighbors say about the construction process?
  • ·         Do their employees seem happy?
  • ·         Would their previous clients use them again?
Shop the Look: 37th Street Kitchen
By: Ashley Polo
Each week we receive requests to identify a faucet from a bathroom, a light fixture from the kitchen, the paint color of the front door, and so on. As such, we are starting a new blog segment called “Shop the Look.” This week our look comes from the kitchen from our home on 37th Street in Country Club Hills.
A: Stuart Kitchens Cabinetry - Marion Slab door in Pure White
B: Stuart Kitchens Cabinetry - Morris door, Quartersawn Oak in Bungalow Finish. The “X” detail on the cabinets is a custom detail constructed out of matching trim.
C: Polished White Carrara Marble
D: Flambeaux 15” French Quarter Pendant with Yoke
E. 3”x6” IC Ultra Brite tile from Mosaic Tile Company
F: 48” all gas Wolf Range and matching Hood.
G: Kohler Parq Deck Mount Kitchen Faucet with Sidespray in Polished Chrome and Rohl Shaws 36” Farmhouse sink in White
H: Top Knobs Ray Knob in Polished Chrome
I: Benjamin Moore paint in Monroe Bisque with an Eggshell finish.
J: Top Knobs Cup Pulls in Polished Chrome
K: Virginia Mist Granite with a Honed finish

Shop the Look: 37th Street Kitchen

By: Ashley Polo

Each week we receive requests to identify a faucet from a bathroom, a light fixture from the kitchen, the paint color of the front door, and so on. As such, we are starting a new blog segment called “Shop the Look.” This week our look comes from the kitchen from our home on 37th Street in Country Club Hills.

A: Stuart Kitchens Cabinetry - Marion Slab door in Pure White

B: Stuart Kitchens Cabinetry - Morris door, Quartersawn Oak in Bungalow Finish. The “X” detail on the cabinets is a custom detail constructed out of matching trim.

C: Polished White Carrara Marble

D: Flambeaux 15” French Quarter Pendant with Yoke

E. 3”x6” IC Ultra Brite tile from Mosaic Tile Company

F: 48” all gas Wolf Range and matching Hood.

G: Kohler Parq Deck Mount Kitchen Faucet with Sidespray in Polished Chrome and Rohl Shaws 36” Farmhouse sink in White

H: Top Knobs Ray Knob in Polished Chrome

I: Benjamin Moore paint in Monroe Bisque with an Eggshell finish.

J: Top Knobs Cup Pulls in Polished Chrome

K: Virginia Mist Granite with a Honed finish

Let There Be Light - CFLs vs. LEDs
By: Bryan Jackson
If you’re like most people, you have probably been converting to “compact fluorescent light” (CFL) bulbs over the past couple of years.  I know I have.  In the US, the provisions of 2007’s Energy Independence and Security Act will effectively ban all incandescent bulbs by 2014.  The CFL bulb is not your only option now; so, to help you prepare for the switch, here is a quick break down of two replacements for incandescent bulbs in the market place today.
CFL  
                As my old incandescent-o-sorus, dinosaur of a light bulb, dies, I have been replacing it with the highly evolved CFL.  I have been doing that for years in an effort to be greener, save money, and save the planet at the same time.  The CFL is 4 times more efficient and lasts up to 10 times longer than incandescent.  It is more costly up front, however it will save you money in the long run because CFL bulbs use 1/3 the electricity and last up to 10 times longer.  I have yet to have a CFL bulb go out in my house; in the past I was losing an incandescent every couple of months. The CFL can be used almost anywhere an incandescent is used, so they are versatile as well.
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Let There Be Light - CFLs vs. LEDs

By: Bryan Jackson

If you’re like most people, you have probably been converting to “compact fluorescent light” (CFL) bulbs over the past couple of years.  I know I have.  In the US, the provisions of 2007’s Energy Independence and Security Act will effectively ban all incandescent bulbs by 2014.  The CFL bulb is not your only option now; so, to help you prepare for the switch, here is a quick break down of two replacements for incandescent bulbs in the market place today.

CFL 

                As my old incandescent-o-sorus, dinosaur of a light bulb, dies, I have been replacing it with the highly evolved CFL.  I have been doing that for years in an effort to be greener, save money, and save the planet at the same time.  The CFL is 4 times more efficient and lasts up to 10 times longer than incandescent.  It is more costly up front, however it will save you money in the long run because CFL bulbs use 1/3 the electricity and last up to 10 times longer.  I have yet to have a CFL bulb go out in my house; in the past I was losing an incandescent every couple of months. The CFL can be used almost anywhere an incandescent is used, so they are versatile as well.

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A New Coat: Warming Up With Paint

By: Caitlin Collins

As the cold bite of Jack Frost sends us inside to cling to the comfort of our cozy homes, there’s no better time than now to throw a new coat of paint on the walls. The right color of paint can instantly warm up a room, making it all the more welcoming during this season as we find ourselves opening our homes to guests.

Choose a warm color that instantly shakes off the chill of the cold and tells your guests “Welcome! Make yourself at home!” Just beware: your guests may never want to leave!

Sherwin Williams SW2827 Colonial Stone Revival

With hints of chocolate brown and grey, this dark tan is more rich and comforting than a winter stew!  A color like this calls for a certain level of coziness and therefore lends well to an area like a family room or great room.  Pair it with bright white trim and this color pops with clean and warm appeal that will have you and your guests kicking your feet up!

Sherwin Williams 6141 Softer Tan

This soft, neutral tan is the perfect color for public areas, such as foyers and halls because it is warm and welcoming.  With a multitude of hues ranging from yellow to grey, this color is versatile and will subtly add to the mood of a room.

Benjamin Moore Hawthorne Yellow

With as much time as most families spend in the kitchen- cooking, eating, talking- it’s no wonder it’s referred to as the heart of the home.  It’s where life happens!  Yellow is the perfect color to bring life and brightness into any space. 

 

Tips for Listing Your Home in the Winter

By: Ashley Polo

We have all heard of the spring market in real estate - the time where home sales typically heat up along with the outside temperature.  However, selling your home in the spring market is not always a possibility, so here are some tips for listing your house in the winter months.

1. Take Photographs – Compile a book of photos of your home from various times in the year. Try and get a photo of the home from the spring time so potential homebuyers can see what the house looks like with landscaping and greenery.

2. Keep Up with the Elements – Make sure you shovel or plow the driveway, front walkway, back walkway, and any other areas where there may be foot traffic. It is important for safety reasons, but it is also critical to make your home appear as low maintenance as possible.

3. Stay Warm – Make sure that the home is always at a comfortable temperature. Even if you plan on going away for a weekend, keep the heat on and at a reasonable temperature so any potential homebuyers are comfortable in your home. The more comfortable they are the more likely they will stay longer.

4. Consult a Real Estate Professional – Make sure you consult with a licensed real estate professional before putting your home on the market. He/she can help with staging and provide other tips for selling your home!

Project Update:

2715 Key Boulevard

Arlington, VA 22201

BCN is proud to announce the completion of our latest project in the heart of North Arlington!

This custom designed energy efficient home located in the heart of Lyon Village features five bedrooms and five and half baths on four finished levels. Starting with an exterior framing package that includes SIP (Structurally Insulated Envelope), Low-E windows, and spray foam insulation on all four levels this home far exceeds most LEED certification requirements. The interior of the home features reclaimed white oak hardwood flooring, custom walnut bookshelves, and impressive millwork throughout. A large gourmet kitchen opens into an oversized family room with gorgeous stone fireplace and windows overlooking an additional wood burning fireplace and BBQ on the rear patio. Additional features include a ballet studio, walnut barn doors, stone wine cellar and many other beautiful finishes.

Click here to view the virtual tour!