Holiday Lights in Hampton Roads

When it comes to holiday light displays, we have a lot of options in Hampton Roads: the Oceanfront, Norfolk Botanical Gardens and Newport News Park. While those displays are magnificent, Hatchett Design Remodel is particularly fond of homeowners who transform their houses in to magical wonderlands for children of all ages. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Newport News

The Stern Family Holiday Light Show is a must-see. Swing by 108 Sheffield Way in the Denbigh area of Newport News for a spectacular display set to music. Elvis fans “won’t be blue” about this year’s soundtrack (wink, wink).

Woodland Christmas Wonderland

The Williford family puts on quite the show at 4028 Woodland Drive in Chesapeake. Not only do you have to see this one, you have to get out of your car and walk through it! Their collection of inflatable Christmas displays line BlowUp Alley. The Woodland Christmas Wonderland is lit up nightly, and they are collecting donations for the Portsmouth Humane Society.

Sheely Family Lights. Photo Credit WTRK News 3

The Sheely Family Lights at 703 Ava Court in Chesapeake is raising money and awareness for the Eliza Hope Foundation. In addition to music and a synchronized light show, the Sheelys have also incorporated video elements into their display. Video clips of little Eliza are projected on the front of their home.

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Virginia Beach

A trip down Mansion Cross Lane is sure to brighten your holidays. Over 50,000 lights across 6 houses are all synced to music. And as if that’s not enough to delight, there’s also a snow machine! This neighborhood display benefits St. Judes, so please donate if you drop by.

All of these and many other displays can be found on this map. Sam Sansalone, a local Christmas light aficionado, spent 100 driving hours mapping out the best light displays in Hampton Roads. With the help of his fellow fans, Sam has created a color coded map to help you find the best displays in your neighborhood. Green pins are must-sees. Blues are very impressive. Reds are unconfirmed for this year. Purples are taking 2018 off. Can you really blame them? These displays are a lot of work! Click the pins for descriptions of each display.

Along BlowUp Alley in the Woodland Christmas Wonderland

So pop some popcorn and fill the ol’ thermos with hot cocoa. It’s time to pile the whole family into the car and load up your Google maps for a self-guided tour through Hampton Roads’ best holiday light displays. Drive safe and be patient – these sites are popular. Hatchett Design Remodel hopes your holidays are MERRY & BRIGHT!

After the Storm

There is a lot of talk about hurricane preparedness, but do you know what to do after a big storm? It looks like Hampton Roads won’t be feeling the brunt of Florence after all, but we are still facing her side effects of strong winds, excessive rain and tidal flooding. If your home is damaged by Flo or any future hurricane, Hatchett Design Remodel wants you to know what to do next.

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If you are evacuated from your home, stay tuned to local news channels for updates on when it’s safe to return.

Avoid Flood Water

Upon returning to your home, be very cautious. Plan to return during daylight hours to reduce risk. If you encounter downed power lines, do not drive over them. 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.

Hurricane Irene – Photo Credit Daniel Case

Avoid walking through flood waters without protective clothing, such as hip waders. Flood water is contaminated and may lead to illness or disease. For this reason, do not allow children to play in flood waters.

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 upon entering your home, turn off the main if possible, open the windows and leave the building. Then report it to your gas company.

Use Extreme Caution

If your home floods, do not turn the power back on. Severely damaged homes are not structurally sound. Use extreme caution when inspecting your property.

Hurricane Matthew – Photo Credit Lago Mar

Fallen trees may have brought power lines down with them. If such a tree has fallen on your home, do not enter the house until work crews remove the power lines.

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. While you wait for the forms, prepare a list of all damage and document it with photos or video. Better yet, keep damaged items until the claims adjuster visits your home.

If your home in uninhabitable, keep records and receipts of all emergency living accommodations.  Most insurance policies cover these expenses.

Hurricane Isabel – Photo Credit Clement Britt
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 and get regular rest.

The Atkinsons replaced their damaged deck with a covered outdoor living space

When you’re ready to rebuild, work with your contractor to design and build a storm-resistant structure.


The Witheringtons rebuilt their sunroom after it was crushed by a tree during Hurricane Irene

All of us at Hatchett Design Remodel sincerely hope you never need this information, but, if you do, know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Most importantly, keep yourself and your family safe!

Memorial Day Tributes

As you gather with your friends and family this weekend, Hatchett Design Remodel asks that you pay your respects to our fallen military men and women. The tradition of Memorial Day began after the Civil War on a day then called “Decorations Day”. Shops shut down on this day, so everyone in town could visit the local‚ cemeteries and decorate the graves of our fallen soldiers.

The true meaning of this National Holiday has gotten lost in the shuffle of mattress sales and backyard barbecues. We get it – at Hatchett Design Remodel, we love an excuse to party as much as you do! We want everyone to fully enjoy this precious day we’ve been given. However, we ask that you also take the time to honor the men and women who have given their lives for our freedom.

Show Your Respect

You can pay your respects by flying the American Flag outside your home. It is tradition to fly Old Glory at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day. If your flag pole does not adjust in this way, hang a black mourning ribbon in memoriam.

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Local Memorial Day Events

There are several tributes held throughout Hampton Roads. There’s the Memorial Day Celebration at Victory Arch in Downtown Newport News. This landmark was erected in 1919 to welcome troops home after WWI. As the troops disembarked from their ships, they marched through the arch in victory parades. This year’s ceremony begins at 11am on May 28th. After the celebration, visitors are invited to explore the Virginia War Museum and can save $1 off admission on Memorial Day.

Pay your respects by visiting a veteran cemetery. The Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk will be honoring the fallen in a ceremony that begins at 10am.

The annual Memorial Day Parade in Portsmouth has been a tradition since 1884. While honoring Portsmouth’s rich military heritage, the parade salutes the service and sacrifices of the men and women of our Armed Forces. The parade starts at 10am. The route runs down High Street from I.C. Norcom High School to Crawford Street.

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Make a Donation

For those of you who’d like to literally pay your respects to our fallen, you can make a donation to a number of organizations that support our living soldiers. Your contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project will aid the recovery of a service member injured in battle. You can help active duty parents maintain contact with their children by donating to United Through Reading, a non-profit organization that helps our troops make video-recorded reading books for their kids while deployed.

However you choose to spend the day, please join all of us at Hatchett Design Remodel as we take the time to honor our fallen and put their memory back into Memorial Day.

DuBois Kitchen Remodel

Remodeling your kitchen does not necessarily mean that the space has to be completely gutted nor that major plumbing and electrical changes have to be made. Often times, Hatchett Design Remodel is able to keep the footprint, the floors, and in some cases, even the appliances. The DuBois kitchen is a prime example of how we can drastically transform a space by making fairly simple renovations.
DuBois Kitchen – BEFORE
Mr. and Mrs. DuBois didn’t have any complaints about the layout of their kitchen, yet they wanted a brighter, more inviting atmosphere. We did not change the footprint of the kitchen. However, with the guidance of their design team led by Michael and Jessica, the materials they chose completely revamped the space.
Rendering of New Design
The old dark cabinets and countertops were replaced with white Bethany Cabinetry by Starmark and Silestone Lusso Tops. A bonus feature of these cabinets is that the end units can be accessed through the doors on either the front or the side.
Unlike the original cabinets, the new ones reach all the way to the ceiling. Extending cabinets to the ceiling automatically makes a space appear larger. To take it one step further, Jessica recommended frosted glass doors along the top. This translucent glass conceals the items being stored while allowing interior lights to illuminate the kitchen. This added lighting contributes to the illusion of more square footage, even though the footprint of the kitchen has not changed.
To draw attention to their beautiful new Whitehaven Apron Sink, they decided to go with a contrasting color. Of the 16 colors offered by Kohler, they selected Sandbar which gave them that contrast while maintaining a nice, neutral color palette.
They chose Top Knobs Curved Bar Pulls in a brushed satin nickel finish. The Simplice Pull Down Faucet by Kohler has a Vibrant Stainless finish, which complements the tone of the nickel hardware.
The backsplash adds a splash of color to the space. These Icelandic Blue Crystal Glass subway tiles from Mosaic Tile measure 4″ x 12″, a modern twist to the traditional 3″ x 6″ dimensions.

Mr. and Mrs. DuBois and their dog, Sadie, love their new kitchen, and they were happy to answer a few questions from us to explain why.

What is your favorite part of your new kitchen?
Our favorite part of the kitchen is the clean look and the quality lighting. The style and color scheme of our new kitchen now coordinates with the interior of the rest of our house. We told you what we wanted to accomplish, and the remodel exceeded our expectations.
What was the driving factor in remodeling your kitchen?
The driving factor in the remodel was to brighten the kitchen and to remove the high bar area. The kitchen was 12 years old and had darker wood grain cabinets and dark counter tops that made the kitchen look closed in. We just wanted to have a kitchen that looked as though it was designed with the rest of the interior of the existing house, and that’s what we got!
What made you choose Hatchett to remodel your kitchen?
There were two contributing factors. We liked what we saw on your website, and we had friends who recommended your services. After talking with them about your process, the quality of your workmanship, the professionalism of your crew and staff, your flexibility, and your ability to meet deadlines, we called to schedule the consultation. We were impressed by the design and appreciated all your help with material selections and recommendations for added touches.
What was your favorite part of Hatchett’s design-build process?
Our favorite part of the design is the lighting features you suggested. I was thrilled that the final design accomplished our goals of a bright, open kitchen while remaining in the footprint of our existing kitchen. Jessica’s recommendation to extend the countertop into the breakfast nook makes our kitchen more functional. We are also very impressed with the quality of the cabinetry and the craftsmanship of the crew who put the kitchen together.
Would you change anything about your remodel?
Having enjoyed the kitchen over the past few months, we wouldn’t change anything. We’re still very happy with the choices we made and more so with the design you developed that met our requests.
Do you have advice for homeowners looking to remodel?
Look at all options and ask questions. More importantly, have an open mind. Work with your designers and listen to their suggestions. There are many options and quality products in the market. Be open minded and not afraid to ask questions, after all, this is a big decision. And always, always keep the budget in mind and what you want to accomplish. Overall, we appreciate the quality of work that Hatchett provided in a timely manner. The end result was a great remodel. Thank you!

If you’re ready to remodel your kitchen, bathroom or addition, take it from the DuBois and call Hatchett! Reach out to us at our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach to schedule your free in-home consultation.