Get Your Home Winter Ready

It seems we’re not going to get much of a Fall here in Hampton Roads. Mother Nature is moving swiftly from summer temps to winter weather. The Farmers’ Almanac is calling for a Polar Coaster Winter this year, which means frigid temperatures and above average snow, sleet and rain are expected. To ensure your home’s ready for what’s to come, Hatchett Design Remodel recommends winterizing now before it gets colder.

Clear Yard Debris Close to House

Whether you’re close to the coast in Virginia Beach or more inland in Newport News or Williamsburg, we all need to prepare. Clean up debris around the exterior of your house, such as leaves and overgrown shrubs. You want at least a foot of clearance between your home and your landscaping. You’ll also want to cut back any limbs that are touching or hanging too close to the walls, windows or roof.

Home Winterizing Clear Debris Close to House
Repair Cracked Caulk & Peeling Paint

Check for cracked caulk and peeling paint. The smallest exposure to water can lead to significant wood rot.  The first step is to scrape away the loose paint and old caulk. Then apply new caulk around your windows and doors and seal wood surfaces with a couple fresh coats of paint. It’s best to do this when temperatures are 55 degrees or warmer, so your materials dry properly.

Home Winterizing Repair Cracked Caulk and Peeling Paint to Prevent Wood Rot
Prepare Plumbing for Extreme Cold

Turn off and drain hose bibbs, and disconnect and drain hoses.  If you have any exterior plumbing that’s exposed, we’d recommend insulating your pipes.  Wouldn’t hurt to also insulate the pipes that are exposed in your basement or crawl space. When severe cold temperatures hit, opening bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors and dripping faucets will also help keep your pipes from bursting.

Home Winterizing Turn Off and Drain Outdoor Spigot and Hoses
Clean Gutters

Clean your gutters. Leaves and debris will trap water and freeze. This could cause your gutters and downspouts to split or even break away from your house.

Chimney & Gas Log Inspections

Have a chimney sweep inspect your fire place, and have a certified technician service your gas logs. In case of a power outage, your fireplace may be your sole source of heat until electrical lines are restored.

Home Winterizing Fireplace Chimney Sweep and Gas Log Inspection

When you’re done winterizing, stock up on hot cocoa and hunker down with your family for the cuddliest time of year.

At Hatchett Design Remodel, we pride ourselves on helping you take care of your most prized investment – your home. These tips will help protect it from winter elements; and when you’re ready to renovate, we can help with that too. To talk to us about building an addition or remodeling your kitchen or bathrooms, reach out to our design team at our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach.  It costs nothing to ask!

Free Remodeling Seminars in October

Every remodeling project is unique, but there is one thing they all have in common… questions from homeowners! With over 50 years experience remodeling thousands of kitchens, bathrooms and additions, Hatchett Design Remodel knows what homeowners want to know.
According to Don Hatchett, “one of the biggest hurdles for homeowners is knowing where to start on their remodeling project.” The unknown can be very daunting. How do I pick a contractor? How long will it take? Can I live in my house during renovations? How much will it cost? Can I finance my remodel? What’s the first step?
Kitchen Remodel Before and After
Muellner Kitchen BEFORE & AFTER
Seminar Dates
Don’t let these questions bog you down and leave your project in a stalemate. Hatchett is hosting two free seminars in October that will address the most common questions and ease your concerns. One will be held in our Newport News showroom starting at 6pm on Thursday, October 17. The next will be the following week at our Virginia Beach showroom at 6pm on the 24th. Both seminars will be hosted by Meghan Hatchett and one of our talented designers, Jessica.
Free Remodeling Seminar at Hatchett Showroom in Virginia Beach
What to Expect
While we have planned these events around our clients’ frequently asked questions, we want to make sure your specific concerns are addressed as well. Jessica will kick off the event with hot topics such as this year’s most popular colors and top design trends. Then Meghan will walk attendees through Hatchett’s Design Process. Our process is one we have refined over the years to maximize efficiency while minimizing costs and stress.
Bathroom Remodel Before and After
Callahan Hall Bath BEFORE & AFTER
Jessica will also demonstrate how our designers use technology in the design phase of our process. These photo-real renderings allow our clients to see exactly what their remodeled space will look like before any of the materials are ordered.
Bathroom Remodel Photo-Real Renderings
Prater Bathroom PHOTO REAL RENDERING (Left) & AFTER (Right)
After our informal presentation, we will open the floor to a Q&A session. Don Hatchett encourages all attendees to participate in this open discussion, because “it’s a great, pressure-free way to gain knowledge about the remodeling process.” Jessica added, “we hope people gain a better understanding of how the remodeling process works and what to expect whenever they’re ready to remodel.” While HGTV has brought remodeling into the spotlight, Hatchett’s seminars will provide more detailed, realistic information that will better prepare you for your future renovation endeavors.
Kitchen Remodel Before and After
Perrie Kitchen BEFORE & AFTER
How to Register
Space is limited, so please register by October 14th for the seminar in Newport News on the 17th. The registration deadline for the seminar in Virginia Beach on the 24th is October 21s. To register, simply email Meghan Hatchett at meghan@hhi-remodel.com. Be sure to let her know which seminar you would like to attend and who will be in attendance.
Since many folks will likely be coming straight from work, we will have cheese and crackers for hors d’oeuvres… and wine, of course. Non-alcoholic alternatives will also be provided.
If you need more information before the seminar, feel free to call Hatchett Design Remodel or stop by our showrooms in Newport News and Virginia Beach. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have… it costs nothing to ask!

Tips for After the Storm

Being prepared for the storm is really all we can do as a hurricane approaches. However, it’s also important to know what to do AFTER a storm passes. From Virginia Beach up through Newport News and Williamsburg, it looks as though we are going to be spared from the worst of Dorian, but we are still facing strong winds, excessive rain and tidal flooding. If your home is damaged by Dorian or any future hurricane this season, Hatchett Design Remodel wants you to know what to do next.
Stay Tuned
Governor Northam has not issued mandatory evacuations for Virginia, but municipalities may be ordering evacuations if storm surge predictions worsen. If you are evacuated from your home, stay tuned to local news channels for updates on when it’s safe to return.
Wait for Daylight
It appears that the worst of Dorian will blow through our area Friday evening. Whether you evacuate or bunker down at home, wait until daylight to venture outside to assess the damage. Some damage like roof damage may be difficult to see from the ground, and we do not recommend climbing onto your roof. Try the view from your neighbor’s yard or house – or look for signs of leaks on the ceiling or in your the attic.
Document Damage
Be sure to take your phone with you in case you need to take pictures.
Avoid Flood Water
Avoid walking through flood waters without protective clothing, such as hip waders and water proof gloves. Flood water is contaminated and may lead to illness or disease. For this reason, do not allow children to play in flood waters.
Do not drive through water, especially if there are downed power lines present. Even if there are no power lines, there is a high likelihood of hazardous debris or sink holes that you can’t see.
After the Storm Avoid Downed Power Lines
Use Extreme Caution
Fallen trees may have brought power lines down with them. If a tree pulls power lines down onto your home, stay out of the house until work crews remove the power lines.
No Open Flames
Do not use matches (or an open flame of any kind) in storm ravaged areas until you are certain that potentially damaged gas lines have been checked and/or repaired. If you smell gas, turn off the main if possible, open the windows and leave the building. Then report it to your gas company.
After the Storm No Open Flame in Hurricane Ravaged Areas
Insurance Claims
Contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Once you receive the claim forms from your insurer, fill them out and submit them immediately. If your home in uninhabitable, keep records and receipts of all emergency living accommodations.  Most insurance policies cover these expenses.
Clean Up & Rebuild
During clean up, be sure to wear protective clothing, like goggles, boots, heavy duty work gloves, and hard hats, if possible. Manage tasks so not to overexert yourself during this process. This will be a very trying time, both emotionally and physically. Be sure to pace yourself, drink a lot of water and get regular rest.
After the Storm Remodel Damaged Deck into Outdoor Living Space
The Adkinsons replaced their damaged deck with an outdoor living space
When you’re ready to rebuild, work with your contractor to design and build a storm-resistant structure.
All of us at Hatchett Design Remodel are hoping for the best while we prepare for the worst. Stay safe everyone!

Free Remodeling Seminars in March

While each remodeling project is unique, there is something every renovation has in common… questions from homeowners!  To address these questions up front, Hatchett Design Remodel decided to host free seminars last October. Despite the inclement weather, we had an impressive turnout, so we’re doing it again!

Where & When

In March, you will have two opportunities to attend one of our free remodeling seminars: Thursday, March 14th at our showroom in Virginia Beach and Thursday, March 28th at the one in Newport News. Both seminars will take place from 6 to 7pm.

The Presentation

Meghan Hatchett, one of our Design Consultants, will kick off the discussion by explaining Hatchett’s Design Process. Our process is one we have fine tuned in over 60 years of remodeling homes in Hampton Roads. We have formulated this process to maximize efficiency while minimizing cost and stress.

Jessica, one of our Designers, will then cover hot topics including current design trends. She will also demonstrate Hatchett’s Raytrace technology that creates photo-real images of our designs. This part of our process allows homeowners to visualize the finished project before the materials are even ordered. Click here for an example.

Q&A Session

After this brief and informal presentation, we will open the floor to a Q&A session. We have a lot of experience in remodeling, so the most common questions will be addressed in our presentation. That said, the open Q&A allows you to get the answers to your specific questions. Last fall, here are some questions we addressed in our open Q&A.

Homeowner Question:

Does Hatchett’s Lifetime Warranty cover work completed by your trade partners?

Our Answer:

Yes, they are a part of our team and their work is covered by our Lifetime Warranty.

Homeowner Question:

How does your team enter the house during the construction phase? Do I need to be home?

Our Answer:

Like a realtor, we use a lockbox. This allows homeowners to come and go as they please, and we’re able to secure the home when we’re done for the day.

Homeowner Question:

If we have more than one room we want renovated, how will Hatchett approach those projects?

Our Answer:

The most cost efficient approach would be to have our trade partners do all their work in a single visit. For example, if you’re renovating both your kitchen and master bath, it would be cost efficient to have the plumber complete his work in both rooms in the same day. However, we understand that renovating two rooms simultaneously may not be in your budget. Your design consultant will work with you individually to determine the best and most cost efficient solution for your project (or projects).

Don’t let questions about remodeling bog you down and prevent you from making renovations. Come get the answers to all your remodeling questions at our free seminars this March.

Registration

Space is limited, so please register by March 11th for our Virginia Beach seminar on the 14th. Registration for our Newport News event on the 28th is open until March 25th. To register for either seminar, simply email Meghan Hatchett at meghan@hhi-remodel.com. Be sure to let her know which seminar you wish to attend and who will be in attendance.

Since many folks will likely be coming straight from work, we will have cheese, crackers, hors d’oeuvres… and wine, of course. Non-alcoholic alternatives will also be provided.

If you need more information about the seminars, feel free to call Hatchett Design Remodel or stop by our showrooms in Newport News and Virginia Beach. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have… it costs nothing to ask!