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Coastal Design

Chris Riddick, a 1997 Graduate of the VPI School of Architecture, is an associate AIA member and residential home designer. He and his wife reside in what was his grandparent’s waterfront home, near Saluda. As a result of Hurricane Isabel, Chris and his wife began a renovation and...

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Russell Dey Cottage

One can get a sense of exactly how busy the historic fishing village of Reedville VA may well have been, as you wander down ‘Millionaire Row’ taking in the vast Victorian mansions built by the wealthy ship captains in the late 1800s. Their presence is certainly imposing and boasts of...

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Tomato: Pomme D'Amour

The tomato is like the mysterious friend you think you know well, only to find out he is not the person you think he is. Our common household vegetable, the tomato (lycopersicon esculentum), is actually not a vegetable at all. It is botanically a fruit and a member of the nightshade...

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American Hardwoods: Natures Greener Choice.

When it comes to “greening” a new or existing home, many consumers simply do not have the facts about American hardwood as an environmentally-friendly building material choice. Wood misconceptions abound. And with so much inaccurate information being circulated, the American...

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Designing Your Next Renovation or Addition

For many of us, our homes will be one of the largest, if not the largest, investment we will make in our lives. It is important when we decide to build a new home, remodel or add on to an existing home, that we have a plan. Often we don’t know what we really want and certainly don’t...

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Grass: More than Being Green

Grass is so omnipresent that one may consider it a dry topic of discussion or speculation. Much more complex than merely being green, grass invokes a surprising amount of emotion and science as a subject. Diverse sentiments, casual and deep, related to this natural carpet have been...

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Let Mother Nature be your Guide for Summer Entertaining

As the cost of an evening out continues to grow, so does the trend of staying home to entertain family and friends. If you’re a budget-conscious consumer, you don’t have to spend a fortune to dazzle your guests; experts say you can get some of the best summer decorating ideas from...

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Pavers

Do you want to make your yard look its best and you’re not sure what to do? Do you want to add that special something to make your landscape “pop” but you are at a creative dead end? Well, why not install pavers? Pavers have many excellent uses in your yard, such as creating a...

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Choosing the Perfect Picture Frame

You have taken or purchased the perfect picture, now you need the perfect frame to fit. Frames do not take away from the picture, but instead they showcase it. Everyone has that one picture that they love, care for, and cherish; the best way to keep that memory frozen in time is by...

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Relax: Choose the Right Hot Tub in 10 Easy Steps

Stress negatively impacts the mind and body in profound ways. In fact, some stress experts estimate that up to 90 percent of doctor visits for primary care can be linked in some way to a stress-induced ailment.

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Riprap

Those of us who live in waterfront communities know all to well the environmental importance of riprap. For those that have never heard such an odd word, let us explain the value and necessity of riprap to protect our property and environment from erosion. The use of riprap goes way...

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Techorating

In the current economic environment, many people are refocusing their priorities on family and home. Experts say more Americans are creating a home theater experience in their home instead of going out. Perhaps you’re thinking about using your tax refund for a new HDTV. Or maybe...

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