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Professionally Installed Replacement Windows in Richmond, VA

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Everyone loves to cozy up on the couch with a good book (or maybe just a good snack), and let the view from your windows work its magic. But if that view is looking a little clouded, or you’re beginning to feel drafts, it’s time to think about replacement windows. Richmond homeowners trust the experienced installers here at Classic Construction to install energy-efficient, long-lasting replacement windows in Richmond, VA.

The Energy-Efficient, Custom Replacement Windows Richmond Homeowners Trust

One of the biggest reasons homeowners consider replacement windows in Richmond is due to their ever-rising energy bills. When windows deteriorate, your home loses temperature-controlled air, and your systems need to work that much harder to keep things comfortable. Thankfully, technology has advanced significantly since the last time you’ve had windows installed.

We have the energy-efficient replacement windows Richmond, VA, homeowners count on to add style, comfort, and function to their homes.  Here’s what you can expect from a replacement window in Richmond installed by the experts at Classic Construction:

  • Custom Style Options: From wood grain, glass stain, color, and material options, you’ll find a replacement window to perfectly complement your home’s existing style
  • Top-Grade Energy Efficiency: All our windows are Energy Star approved, so you can rest easy knowing your temperature-controlled air stays where it belongs — inside your home!
  • Durability: We offer limited lifetime warranties on all our replacement windows. You can count on them to withstand harsh conditions without breaking down!
  • A Range of Window Types: From bow, to bay, to double-hung, we offer all window types you could imagine!
  • Quality Installation: Our windows are all installed by fully trained and certified contractors.

Want to know more about quality replacement windows in Richmond? Call the expert installers at Classic Construction to provide the perfect installation for your needs and budget. Any type, any function, we have the replacement windows to make your vision a reality! Complete a quick online form to schedule a free, no-obligation in-home estimate today! 

The Best Vinyl Siding in Richmond, VA!

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When it comes to installing vinyl siding, Richmond, VA, residents trust the certified installers at Classic Construction to go above and beyond the call of duty! For over 23
years, we’ve been providing homeowners in Richmond with vinyl siding of the highest quality,
using cutting edge installation techniques that stand the test of time. What can you expect when you choose us to install your vinyl siding in Richmond, VA? Read on to find out!

Top Quality, Long-Lasting Vinyl Siding Richmond, VA, Homeowners Love!

One of the biggest changes you can make to your home’s appearance is by installing vinyl siding. Richmond, VA, homeowners love that they can completely transform the look of their home without investing in expensive additions, all by choosing low-maintenance vinyl siding.

Here are some of the options and features our Richmond vinyl siding customers can look forward to:

  • A range of color and texture options including realistic woodgrain
    textures
  • Long-lasting vinyl manufactured by the industry’s most trusted brands
  • Insulated vinyl siding that helps you save on energy bills
  • Resistance to fire, rot, fade, mold, and termites
  • Low maintenance design that requires a quick spray to clean — no
    painting required, ever!
  • Different lengths
  • Protection against snow, ice, winds, and rain

Trusted Richmond Vinyl Siding Installers

When revamping the exterior of your home in Richmond, vinyl siding is only as good as the contractors who install it. Poorly trained installers can take the best siding
in the business and ruin it. That’s why we use only certified installers here
at Classic Construction.

When it comes to installing vinyl siding in Richmond, VA, and surrounding areas, we always use meticulous measuring and installing techniques that ensure your siding won’t warp, crack, or deteriorate over time. We also ensure a tight seal to maximize energy
efficiency!

Take a look at some of our awards and accreditations:

  • A+ Rating with the BBB
  • CertainTeed 5-Star Contractor Status
  • Class A Contractor (highest level of construction licensure)
  • James Hardie Preferred Contractor
  • Alcoa Master Contractor
  • And more!

When you’re ready to talk vinyl siding in Richmond, VA, call the customer care specialists at Classic Construction! We’ll provide you with a free, no-obligation in-home estimate that helps you choose the perfect package to fit your needs and budget. Call, or fill in an online form today to schedule yours!

3 Secrets to Create the World’s Best Master Closet

It’s something that nearly every homeowner dreams about at one point in time or another; a well-organized and spacious master bedroom closet. No matter how much or how little space you have, it is possible to achieve this dream. All you need to know are the three secrets that all great Richmond master bedroom closets have to get the closet you’ve always wanted.

You may think that you need to wait until you can renovate your existing space to get the closet you’re after, but there’s a lot you can do with the space you already have, provided that you’re using it wisely.

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Compartments

No matter how much space you’re working with, dividing it up into compartments is one of the best ways to organize and maximize your space. Start with dividing up your belongings and making groups of everything that you need to store in the closet. For example, divide up your pants, your shirts, your sweaters, and your belts until you have a good grasp on how many different compartments you need, as well as the size and configuration of each one.

You can now start planning out the space. For example, you can purchase foldable pants racks that let you store numerous pairs of pants, all in perfect uncreased rows. These racks fold back out of the way when not in use to take up less space. You can also find belt racks, tie racks, shoe racks, as well as baskets and shelves for storing things like folded sweaters and accessories.

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By carving your closet up into compartments each designed to hold a separate set of items, you can gain a lot of unexpected space in the closet. Remember that compartments can be built from floor to ceiling, as well as on the short walls of the closet, so you can get more things in there.

  • Shelving

A lot of people get hung up on creating the perfect closet by coming up with compartments for hanging clothes with lots of pull down bars and possibly some drawers for storing shirts and sweaters. The very best closets, however, may use these things, but also make very good use of shelves.

Shelves are far more versatile than rods or drawers. They allow you to see everything at a glance, and they give you a lot of different storage options. For example, you can put up a shoe rail, or place storage baskets on the shelves. You can also often place a shelf or two in areas that a rod or drawer just won’t go, such as at the very top of the closet or down toward the bottom beneath hanging clothes.

  • Good Lighting

It doesn’t matter how big or how well organized your closet is if you can’t see anything inside of it. Good lighting can make all the difference in a closet, enabling you to find things easily, and see the true color of items like socks, belts, and blouses, so you don’t need to remove them from the closet to find out if they’re going to match.

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Start by investing in some good overhead lighting for the entire space. This is your overall or ambient lighting, and it will help brighten the space all together. Next, have some specific lighting to the larger cubbies, compartments or areas of the closet. For example, if you have a separate hanging area for pants, put a specific light above them to illuminate them better.

Finally, if you have small or out of the way areas of the closet, consider some small task lights. You can turn these on individually as you need them, so that you can better see things like ties or socks. You can also find some task lights that turn on automatically when you need them, such when you slide open a drawer or open a door.

Design the Closet of Your Dreams

With all the many different closet organization systems and components on the market today, it’s possible to create a closet that can suit your needs no matter what size you’re working with. Just be sure to include these 3 secrets to ensure your success.

For any other tips on how to make your home remodeling a breeze, Classic Construction is available for all your Richmond remodeling services. To learn more, give us a call at 804-776-5070 or fill out our online form for a free consultation.

Why You Will Love Radiant Heat in Your Sunroom Floor

Richmond sunrooms are a popular addition to many homes. Sometimes used as a three-season room, and sometimes used year round, the sunroom is designed as a place where you can relax to enjoy the light and warmth of the outdoors through walls made primarily of windows. Because sunrooms are often afterthoughts – added to the home long after it’s built, heating the room to become an all-season space can be a challenge. Instead of adding ducts to nonexistent walls or ceilings to try to add forced hot air, or lining the spaces below the windows with baseboard heaters, consider a better way to heat your sunroom – radiant heat. Radiant heat can keep you warm and toasty in your sunroom year round, and for a fraction of the cost of what it would take to heat the room using other methods.

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What Is Radiant Heat?

Radiant heat is technically defined as heat that is transferred from the heating source directly to an object. In this case, radiant heat refers to the method used to warm up the floor of the room. When you stand on the floor, the heat gets transferred directly to you – not into the air of the room. This is a more efficient method of heating, and keeps you more comfortable than other heat sources.

You can install radiant heat in your sunroom in a few different ways, such as running forced hot water through pipes beneath the floor. Because most sunrooms are built on a slab, however, the most common method involves installing electric mats beneath your flooring. These thin fiberglass mats have wires embedded in them that are laid directly on the slab or subfloor. Your finished flooring is installed directly on top of the mat, which is hooked up to a thermostat. When the mats are turned on, the radiant heat energy is transferred from the mat to the floor, and from the floor to the objects in the room such as your furniture – and you.

Why Radiant Heat Is So Beneficial in a Sunroom

Radiant heat can technically be installed in any room of your home, but it makes the most sense in a few specific areas – such as your sunroom.

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Less Heat Loss

For the most part, the majority of sunrooms are made with three outside walls filled with windows, if they aren’t made entirely out of glass. In some cases, your ceiling may also be made of glass or may have windows installed as well. This makes insulating the room very difficult, particularly because windows can account for as much as 40% of the energy you use to heat a room being lost through the air.

Because radiant heat is transferred directly to objects, it doesn’t heat the air. This means that you need less insulation in your sunroom to stop heat loss. In fact the air temperature in the room can be significantly lower in a room with radiant heat and still keep you warm because your chair and body are coming into contact with the radiant heat – and getting the heat transfer – rather than the air.

Easy Install

Some people originally install sunrooms as three-season rooms or porches. The biggest reason for this, rather than originally creating them as four-season rooms, is because it can be so difficult to install decent heating in the room. Forced hot air requires ducts that often can’t be run into the thin walls or slab floor of the room. Forced hot water and oil heat require pipes to be run to the room, which means opening up other walls and floors, and electric baseboard heaters can often be expensive and inefficient.

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Radiant heating is very easy to install, even on a slab. The mats or wires can be laid anywhere, and are even easy enough for a DIY homeowner to put down themselves. The wires hook up to a thermostat on the wall so you can control the heat of the sunroom separately from the rest of the house, and you can install any flooring you want right on top from tile to hardwood, letting you customize the look and feel of the room while remaining warm and comfortable. You can also easily retrofit an existing sunroom with radiant heat, so even if you have a current three season space you want to convert, you can do so without too much time or expense.

Low Cost to Run

Many of the radiant heat mats on the market today take about as much energy to run as it costs to run a single light bulb. This means that you can heat your sunroom for significantly less money that it would cost you to try to heat it using other methods. And because you have less heat loss, and often feel warmer in a room using radiant heat, you need less energy to be comfortable in the same space. All of this translates to you being able to enjoy your sunroom year round for just pennies on the dollar.

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Add Some Radiant Heat to Your Sunroom

Whether you’re building a new sunroom onto your home, or just looking for a more efficient way to heat one that’s already there, give radiant heat a try. You’ll find that for your money, there are rarely more efficient methods out there that can keep you as warm and comfortable in the space year round.

For any other tips on how to make your home remodeling a breeze, Classic Construction
is available for all your Richmond remodeling services. To learn more, give us a call at 804-776-5070 or fill out our online form for a free consultation.

How to Create a Tech-Ready Home

How to Create a Tech-Ready Home 
As home technology becomes more and more important to day to day living, have you given any thought to how tech-ready your house is? Many people assume that all they need is a wireless internet connection, maybe a cable and phone connection, and they’re set. This is far from the case, however.
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Today’s tech-ready home opens the door to dozens of different possibilities, including giving your TVs and gaming systems internet access without the restrictions and lag time that wireless can bring. Best of all, making your home tech-ready is much easier – and less expensive – than you may think when you work with our Richmond home remodelers.

What Does It Mean to Make a Home Tech-Ready?

Despite the massive changes in home technology that have occurred over the past 30 years, most homes are still being wired to regulations and standards set in the mid 1980s. This means that you have electrical outlets in every room, probably a minimum of five phone jacks, and maybe a few cable outlets as well. One of these cable outlets may be dedicated for your internet usage, allowing you to plug a modem into the wall that you can then use to either get wireless internet from, or to plug your computer into.
A tech-ready home is different. These homes have hard-wire internet capabilities in every room of the house, letting you plug your computer, TV, or gaming system straight into the wall. No more lag time when you’re playing a game, and no more buffering when you’re streaming on Netflix; hard-wired internet connections have far fewer delays when processing large amounts of information.
In addition, tech-ready homes are also optimized for other home technologies, including:

  • Audio systems that lets you play music through speakers in any room of the house and send new music to any of your collections seamlessly
  • Integrated security systems that help protect your home
  • Automation of your security cameras, lights, and heating cooling systems with access from your Smartphone
  • Home networking that lets you connect all the devices and printers in your home on one network so you can get things done faster

What’s Included in a Tech-Ready Home?

To ensure that your home is tech-ready there is a basic set of components that you should have installed. This ensures that no matter where you go in the home, you can access the technologies you need. At a minimum, a tech-ready home will have:

  • A cabinet or HUB, with many homes having two
  • Five telephone wires or five phone jacks
  • Five television wires or cable ports
  • Six internet or data wires or internet jacks
  • One prewire for a security system

Getting Your Home Tech-Ready

If you’re ready to get the latest in home-technology, the whole process is much easier than you may think. The national average cost to get your home tech-ready runs around $5 a square foot, with fluctuations occurring depending on where you live and what additional services you may require.
Most electricians and home technology contractors can wire your home in less than a day. That means that you could wake up one morning and have trouble streaming the news, and go to bed that night listening to music from your hardwired bedrooms speakers while you effortlessly stream Apple TV.

Get Tech Ready

Having a tech-ready home means that your home is wired to the specifications made by companies like Panasonic, Sony, and Apple so that you can make better use of their devices. Don’t settle for home wiring systems that are stuck in the 20 century; make better, smarter use of your home technology by having your home tech-ready, and be prepared for the future. 

For any other tips on how to make your home remodeling a breeze, Classic Construction is available for all your Richmond remodeling services. To learn more, give us a call at 804-776-5070 or fill out our online form for a free consultation.

 

6 Custom Deck Features That Won’t Break Your Bank

It easier then ever to extend your indoor living space right into your yard and blend it altogether with the right design including all your components flowing together. This can include your outdoor kitchen, pool, deck, sun room and screened porch space. When all the elements are properly planned you will have an outdoor oasis that will be perfect for entertaining and for creating great family memories.

The good news is that the entire development plan does not always have to be done at the same time so you can start with a screened porch or sun room, then add the custom deck, then add a hardscape patio, then add the outdoor kitchen and finally add a great swimming pool. Of course, if you can plan it and have the budget the entire development can be done all in the same construction project.

Let’s start where most home owners start the process; right with your new Richmond custom deck. Be sure you plan it large enough for future use and incorporate all the features that you need.

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Here are some considerations when developing your plan:

Custom Deck features:

  1. Maintenance Free Materials – Invest in composite materials to make your deck maintenance free. Composite deck materials often come with a 25 year warranty, won’t rot, warp or fade.   Always use a great rail system like Railing Dynamics Inc., RDI, and enjoy their lighting features that your guests will absolutely love! You can also build in walkway lighting that leads to your deck at dusk or in the later hours of the evening.
  2. Seating – Build in custom seating areas to create the right flow of your space and give everyone a nice place to sit without needing to get out a bunch of chairs.
  3. Natural features – Bring the natural landscape onto your deck with a tree, pergola or arbor. Each of these will allow you to build in shaded areas with gorgeous landscape naturally built into your design.
  4. Fire pit – There are a number of creative ways to build a fire pit into your deck design. Just like a fireplace inside, your fire pit can become the focal point for your deck and your guests will love the benefit of toasting marshmallows and creating memories on your deck.
  5. Character – Consider adding some radius and curve features in your deck and accent them with decking and rail patterns that will give your deck great character.
  6. Water features – Everyone loves the sound and reflection of water so build in a custom water feature so all your guests can also enjoy it. Choices include everything from your cool hot tub, traditional water falls and features that incorporate the steps of your deck.

The most important part of any custom deck is YOU. This is your outdoor space so consider it carefully. Most features cost less then people expect and it costs nothing to find out what it costs. 

For any other tips on how to make your home remodeling a breeze, Classic Construction is available for all your Richmond remodeling services. To learn more, give us a call at 804-776-5070 or fill out our online form for a free consultation.