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 …

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…

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.

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.

The stone house next door to Black Dog Salvage on 13th Street in Roanoke has been mostly empty ever since the retailer purchased the land in 2003.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.