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You\'re about to remodel, renovate, fix up, DIY or call a pro, and you\'ve got questions! Get answers from design-build expert Mason Hearn, owner of Central Virginia\'s HomeMasons.

Jun 20

Looking for Love? REMODEL!!

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: value, renovation, remodeling
I just HAD to pass this one along to our readers. Of course, you come to this weblog for tips on how to get lucky, right (hands, please)? Well, the latest advisor to the lovelorn is - who else - Kilz products (that's right, those folks that make the stain-blocking primer we're all so very fond-of). According to the latest Kilz Roller Report: - 85% of women would prefer a $5,000 room remodel over a new pair of diamond earrings - 63% of women consider home decor to be a key indicator of a man's personality and maturity - over half of men consider home improvement to be
May 05

Let's Not Say Cheap; Rather...

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: value, renovation, remodeling, millwork, design

 In this economy, many of our remodeling-happy customers have a renewed interest in cost-sensitive improvements.  As usual, we ALL want to achieve the greatest impact; the most WOW factor for our investment.

Regardless the economic situation, some folks just cannot leave things alone, around their homes.  We refer to them as serial remodelers.  Bless their souls!

I'll be posting a series of great ideas along these lines in upcoming pieces.  Let's not think "cheap" (heaven forbid)....  Good design and creative / innovative use of durable materials is often the key to creating greater utility,

Apr 15

Roofing Your Addition (and Songs to Enjoy Your Roof)

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: value, roofing, remodeling, design, additions


I have a house with a slate roof.  I am thinking about putting on an addition but fear that continuing the slate would be very expensive.  Is there a less-costly alternative that would not look too disjointed?  I was thinking of a metal roof of some kind.  What do you think?

DM,  Richmond, VA


Dear DM:

OK; first... determine your favorite roof song of all time:

When this old world starts getting me down, and people are just to much for me to take (up on the roooofffff....)

Tear the roof off the sucka, tear the roof off the sucka; gotta tear the roof off the sucka

Who let the dogs out

Mar 17

Restoration Glass

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: windows, preservation


My husband and I have recently moved to an old townhome on Church Hill.  We have numerous windows in the house with cracked glass that we'd like to fix.  Problem is, the glass people we've talked-to cannot match our old, wavy glass.  It's either "perfect" new glass, or a fake-looking reproduction.  We'd love it to be the real thing - what should we do?

Liz S., Richmond, VA



Actually, you have plenty of options, if you know where to look.  Local architectural salvage yard Caravati's ( has a stock of authentic salvaged antique glass panes, which may be cut to

Feb 25

Dr. House on Chasing Leaks

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: windows, window leaks, stucco, repairs, leaks, exteriors, cracks


Here's one for you ... how do you fix a leaking window - in a stucco / concrete block house ... that comes somewhere from the wall above (appears above the window), but only when raining from a certain direction ... which no one else can isolate??

In addition, if this is helpful info to know or not (?) ... we also had the entire front face of the house re-painted with 2 coats of a professionally recommended "rubberized" paint that was supposed to give and expand better with the severe high temps we sometimes have here ... the thought supposedly was that it would help fix it by

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