Custom Cabinets Lesson – Cabinetry 201

Partial overlay doors sit on top of the cabinet face frame, leaving a section of the frame visible. The portions of the frame that are visible are referred to as reveals. This door style exposes much more of the face frame than the alternative full overlay.

How To Plan For A Remodel

While we understand that remodeling is likely not your profession, thinking through your intended scope of work, prior to meeting with us, will help you to not feel overwhelmed. Having a realistic scope of work in mind will also help you when determining your budget.

Custom Cabinets Lesson – Cabinetry 101

When starting a renovation, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the number of decisions you are asked to make. Those decisions can be particularly challenging if you do not have a clear understanding of the products you are choosing from.

Dreaming Of A Luxury Kitchen Remodel in 2020? Here’s How To Get Started.

Are you dreaming about your 2020 projects? A luxury kitchen elevates your home and lifestyle and is a great investment in Northern Virginia homes.

What No One Tells You About Remodeling.

Remodeling is an awesome opportunity to turn your house into the home you’ve always wanted. Whether you’re dreaming about remodeling your whole home or just a kitchen, you’re going to have to make many decisions to get the space you love.

The 3 Phases Of Home Remodeling.

Do you love your neighborhood, but find your house lacking in style, flow, or function? Home remodeling is a great opportunity to make your house work for you and your family.

Our Process Streamlines Your Remodeling Project.

Remodeling can transform your space into the home you’ve always wanted. Whole home remodeling guts your existing interior and turns it into something dreamworthy while adding an addition gets you the liveable square footage your family needs.

Lead Paint Renovation Repair and Painting Program

Lead Paint Renovation Repair and Painting Program

Beginning April 22, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency will begin enforcing its new Lead Paint Renovation Repair and Painting Program.  This program was designed to decrease the risk of lead poisoning in children living in homes under renovation.  In 1978, the Consumer Products Safety Commission banned the sale of lead paint to prevent complications from lead paint contamination in homes and schools.  Lead paint and specifically dust from lead paint created during renovation projects is extremely hazardous to children under 6 years of age as well as pregnant women.  In children, lead has been proven to cause damage to the nervous system and kidneys as well as speech, language and developmental disorders.  Pregnant women are at a higher risk of lead exposure and contamination can be passed along to the fetus resulting in miscarriages, low birth weight, premature births and brain damage.

Beginning on this date; Contractors working in homes constructed prior to 1978 when more than 6 square feet of interior or 20 square feet of exterior painted areas are removed or disturbed, must follow the new regulations the new regulations.  In addition, all companies working on a project where lead paint has be indentified must be certified through the EPA and have at least one Certified Renovator on staff. Below are the necessary steps to properly work on homes constructed prior to 1978:

  1. Identify the age of the home
  2. Test painted surfaces for lead or renovate assuming that lead is present
  3. Post warning signs indicating that lead paint will be disturbed.
  4. Set up plastic containment walls to prevent dust from entering unaffected work areas
  5. Cover all heating and cooling registers with plastic as well as any items left in the space
  6. Commence demolition while protecting workers with Tyvek suites, gloves and N100 HEPA filter masks or respirators.
  7. Remove all debris in 6 mil trash bags sealed with duct tape and folded in a “Goose Neck” fashion.
  8. Vacuum entire contained area with a HEPA vacuum
  9. Wet mop and dry the remaining plastic and dispose of properly
  10. Provide visual inspection by “Certified Renovator”
  11. Maintain project documents in house for a minimum of 3 years

In Addition to the above steps, the “Certified Renovator” must keep the following information on site in a job file and maintain these records off site for a minimum of 3 years:

  1.  Copy of testing results
  2. Signed copy of the EPA Pamphlet “Renovate Right”
  3. Names of “Certified Renovator” and workers performing the renovation
  4. Job Site checklist showing all procedures to be followed
  5. Test results of clearance using either a visual inspection, or a third party inspection

It is important to understand that “Certified Renovators” are not trained or certified to be “Abatement Contractors” who can provide lead specific removal but are trained and certified to work safely on projects that may contain lead paint covered materials as part of a renovation or remodeling project.

When searching for contractors to renovate you home, please ask for a copy of their Environmental Protection Agency “Lead-Safe Certified Firm” certificate. Click here for more info.