With the recent polar vortex sweeping through much of the nation, spring might not be on your mind, but it’s not far off. And spring presents a serious challenge to your basement. Before the rainy season starts, give your basement a checkup and prepare for the season to come. February is an …
For those with busy schedules, tackling home improvements can seem overwhelming. But upgrading your space doesn’t have to be time-consuming or expensive. There are plenty of fast and affordable updates that can have a big impact on your home.
Investing in quality wood furniture can sometimes seem like a daunting task. I often find welcoming new pieces into my home feels a bit like dating and marriage. There’s the initial excitement of finding the perfect piece that ties a room together, the comfortable years where it seems to alm…
A popular and underused term in interior design is redesign. Instead of purchasing new items, repurpose and reimagine spaces using items that can be found right down the hall. Redesign essentially involves shopping your house. So where do you begin? Here are some tips to help get you started.
The EverColor series of sedges is growing and all are proving to be ideal component plants in mixed containers. They are so dynamic they have the ability to be standalone or monoculture plants in tall European urns, olive jars or modern containers like I have at my house. In the landscape, h…
Contemporary, open, and versatile: that describes this new 2,522-square-foot design, No. 929-1064 from ePlans.com. Modern farmhouse styling feels both on-trend and classic.
Cindy Coppola wonders what the locals must have thought when the Italian Renaissance Revival-style home at 709 Hanover St. was being completed in 1929, the year the stock market crashed.
Sometimes you come across a property that’s for sale, and the owner speaks so highly of it that you wonder why he or she is leaving. This story is about one of those.
Granite countertops have long been a favorite of homeowners and designers alike. But as styles evolve, other choices are growing more popular. Here’s a look at five materials giving granite a run for its money.
The main level of this country home plan, No. 1070-12 from ePlans.com, holds the island kitchen, fireplace-warmed great room, dining room, and a den that could be used as a home office or play room.
Back in 1999, Joe and Anita Grzeika were looking for just the right house to put on the dramatic lot they owned off Lambs Creek Church Road in King George County. They wanted a design that would provide the best possible views of the six-acre pond it would overlook.
Inside this chic modern farmhouse, No. 1067-4 from ePlans.com, an in-law suite invites elderly relatives (or grown children) to stay in comfort on the main level.
Before you step inside this stunning country home design, No. 1071-8 from ePlans.com, you’re greeted by an inviting front porch gives this house plan farmhouse flair.
Participants in this weekend’s 48th Annual Candlelight Tour, sponsored by Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Inc., will be visiting five classic city homes on Prince Edward and Hanover streets.
Looking for a coffee table gift book for someone interested in the rich and sort of famous of Hollywood? Pick up “City of Angels: Houses and Gardens of Los Angeles,” by Jennifer Ash Rudick and Firooz Zahedi. Drool worthy, eclectic, renowned.
The view from the south-facing wall of windows says a lot about why Donald and Mary Ann Behnke chose to build their dream home on this spot overlooking Lake Anna. All they needed to do back in 2000 was stand on the lot and imagine the house they would build around them.
Once you take a walk through and around 11302 Stonewall Jackson Drive in Fawn Lake, it’s not all that surprising that it went under contract after a few days on the market at $1.475 million.
Boasting a large open layout between the dining, living, kitchen (with a sizable island), and eating rooms, this ranch design, No. 45-578 from ePlans.com, is ready for entertaining.
If you follow Brent Point Road in Stafford as far as it goes on the Widewater Peninsula, you come to the property known as Cedar Lodge. No surprise there, given the avenue of cedars that leads to the house and the others that are all around.
When Ed and Carolyn Tennstedt bought the Victorian/Italianate home at 309 Caroline St. in 2010, they knew they had a challenge ahead of them. They wanted to update and strategically reconfigure the house, but they didn’t want to compromise the historical integrity of the 1890 structure.
When the Fredericksburg Area Builders Association’s Parade of Homes kicks off this weekend, the participants will include a newcomer to the parade that’s also a newcomer to Virginia.
It’s easy to imagine this modern farmhouse, No. 430-177 from ePlans.com, as the product of a cool design show, in which a young, hip couple wants a reimagined rustic look that also features modern conveniences.
Owners John and Robyn Castles have teamed up with Fredericksburg contractor Jay Holloway to breathe new life into the guesthouse at Santee, the historic former plantation in Caroline County that has been owned by just two families for nearly 360 years.
The name Magnolia Springs Farm has a welcoming sound to it, and if you like the idea of room to roam both inside your home and out, this property could be calling out to you.
Among the classic older homes that line both sides of Main Street in Bowling Green is “ColumnWood,” long referred to as “the Duplex” because of its symmetrical dual entries and two connected but self-sufficient living quarters.
If houses could talk, Braehead Manor would be singing the praises of its revival. An extensive renovation has it looking its best, and its use as a bed & breakfast and wedding venue have brought visitors from all over who have discovered its revered place in Fredericksburg history.
Carriage Hills is a mature but extremely well-kept subdivision with large homes and about 30 large lots off Harrison Road in Spotsylvania County. It was first developed in the 1980s but new homes are still going up here and there.
The countless coves and inlets that make up the Lake Anna shoreline are dotted with a wide array of homes as property owners look to fulfill their dreams of lakeside living, whether that means year-round living or weekend getaways.
When Ethan and Kayla Perry of Shamrock Real Estate found 1209 Augustine Ave. in Fredericksburg’s College Heights neighborhood, it was what it always had been: A modest 1950s brick ranch home with 1,000 square feet of living space and an unfinished basement.
They already had the ideal lot, 5.25 acres in Seven Lakes subdivision in Stafford County, so all Deb and Pat Gallagher had to do do was find the ideal house to put on it. They chose a classic French Country design by Jack Arnold, the renowned Oklahoma architect who specializes in Old World E…
The Ashland is one of the home models that Atlantic Builders is offering at its new community off Mount Olive Road in Stafford County called Saratoga Woods. It starts out as a very nice rendition of the 4-bedroom Colonial that’s a popular family home, and can be modified and upgraded from there.
This modern farmhouse plan, No. 1068-1 from ePlans.com, was designed with convenience in mind. A mudroom is brilliantly placed next to the three-car garage and opens to the laundry room.
Gary Gratopp and Linda Morrison could tell you that they bought Eden Try back in 2005 with a vision. They could say they planned to turn the 12-acre River Road property into one of Virginia’s top wedding venues, and along the way wanted to establish a vineyard that would produce award-winnin…
It’s all fun and games on the lower level of this farmhouse, No. 928-303 (the Briarcliff by Visbeen Architects) from ePlans.com, with a family room and wet bar down here, along with three of the bedrooms.
To see lantana in all its glory, visit Palm Springs on an average 110-degree summer’s day. Mounds of them in public landscaping are still intense when the mercury nudges 120. This tells you that no matter how hot it is where you live, lantana can take it and keeps on blooming. In fact, it do…
The venerable home at 406 Hanover St., known as the Hurkamp House, is a prime example of historic Fredericksburg real estate that blends classic mid-19th century design with careful renovations that provide the comforts of modern living.
If the grille on your bathroom exhaust fan is clogged with dust, try a trick that’s faster and more effective than vacuuming: Turn on the fan and blast out the dust with “canned air.” The fan will blow the dust outside.