The official start of hurricane season isn’t until June 1st, yet we’ve already had a brush with the first named storm of 2020’s Hurricane Season. Hampton Roads only saw some rain and windy conditions as Arthur pushed out to sea, but he served as a good reminder to be ready. Being prepared before the storm is, of course, important; but knowing what to do AFTER a storm is just as important. If you fall victim to storm damage this season, Hatchett Design Remodel wants you to know what to do next.
If one of this year’s named storms forces you to evacuate, stay tuned to local news channels for updates on when it’s safe to return home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 sincerely hope you never need this information, but know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Most importantly, keep yourself and your family safe!
|Quality craftsmanship is one of the reasons homeowners choose Hatchett Design Remodel. To ensure the quality of our craftsmanship, we rely on quality products from our elite group of vendors. Mosaic Tile in Virginia Beach is one of our trusted partners, and here’s why.
About Mosaic Tile Co.
Founded in 1972, Mosaic Tile is a long-standing and well-respected tile company in Hampton Roads. They have spent decades establishing relationships with suppliers and manufacturers around the globe in order to make a vast selection of high-end tiles readily available to our community.
With a wide array of styles, colors and materials, our designers feel like kids in a candy store in Mosaic’s showroom. Whatever the design calls for, we are sure to find exactly what we need at Mosaic Tile.
In the Bathroom
Tile is arguably one of the most fun aspects of a design, because it brings so much character and personality to a space. By adding color, texture and visual interest to remodeled kitchens and bathrooms, it is often the main feature that pulls the eye through the room.
In the Burke bathroom remodel, for example, we incorporated a deco strip to add visual interest to the pattern.
We used Motion Ivory 12″x24″ tiles installed in an offset pattern, then added a decorative strip in the shower and along the tub deck. These beautiful Beach Linear tiles are from Mosaic’s Element collection.
We also used tile decos in the Titcombs’ master bath in both the shower and around the vanity sink. Here we installed Sienna Blanco 12″x12″ tiles in a straight pattern with two decorative strips made from Mosaic’s Elements Stacked deco tiles. We lined the inset shelves with the stacked tile as well.
The same deco strip was then placed around the vanity countertop as a backsplash. This design choice helps to pull both sides of the bathroom together.
In the Kitchen
Tile in a kitchen backsplash is an opportunity to introduce color. Often times, homeowners like choosing white or neutral colored cabinets for the sake of longevity. Relatively speaking, tile is an easy and affordable element to rip out and replace if you ever want to give your kitchen a new look. This fact gives folks a little freedom to have some fun with their backsplash.
The DuBois kitchen is a great example of a classically white kitchen with a gentle splash of color from the tile backsplash. They chose Icelandic Blue Crystal glass subway tiles. These measure 4″x12″ for a modern twist on the traditional 3″x6″ subway dimensions.
Even if you prefer a clean, all white palette for your kitchen, tile adds dimension to the space by introducing a new texture. This is true in the Hasty’s pure white kitchen. These SomerTile Beveled Arabesque tiles are a classic shape. For a modern take that accentuates that shape, we used Silverado Gray grout for contrast.
|We are happy to announce our newest team member, Allison. Her professional journey has taken her across the country and around the world, and we’re delighted that she landed here at Hatchett Design Remodel. As our newest designer, Allison prides herself on “recognizing the beauty in all possibilities, exploring the mysterious and transforming treasures into masterpieces.”
Allison spent 13 years in the wine industry with Moonrise Bay Vineyards. She then finished her BFA in Interior Design in 3 years with Magna cum Laude. From there, she explored her passion for Design and Architecture on a national and international level. Practicing high-end residential design in Washington, DC and Virginia since 2010, she has also embarked on new expeditions to other countries. She’s more than just a frequent flyer to Europe and Southeast Asia. Allison lived in Singapore for 3 years designing luxury residential interiors on a global level. Equipped with a worldly personality and a versatile design skill-set, she can blend a world of harmony and culture into a space, adding unique elements to her designs.
World Traveler, Multi-Media Artist, Environmentalist, Survivor, and Connoisseur of fine things in life, Allison brings another color to Hatchett’s spectrum. To help you get to know her better, we asked her a few questions.
In Allison’s Words
Why did you choose to work at Hatchett?
What do you love about what you do?
How do you spend your time away from work?
Please help us welcome Allison to Hatchett Design Remodel! We’re delighted to have her on our team, and we can’t wait to share her first Hatchett project when it’s done.
To get your remodel started, give us a call at our Newport News or Virginia Beach showrooms. We are now offering virtual remodeling consultations for kitchens, bathrooms, additions and sunrooms. It costs nothing to ask!
|When the Reuter family decided to remodel their home in Williamsburg, they called Hatchett Design Remodel. Like many homeowners looking to remodel, they were generally pleased with the layout of their kitchen. That said, they also felt it was too dark, showing signs of wear and just needed a refresh.
Light Painted Cabinets
The Reuters’ kitchen is in the center of their first floor, so the only natural light in that space is from adjacent rooms. The open concept of their existing floor plan allows light to enter the kitchen, but the dark stained cabinets soaked up too much of the light. To brighten the space, Jessica recommended painted cabinets to help bounce the light around their kitchen. The Reuters opted for two-tone cabinets with Gray Mist for the lower cabinets and Dove White for the uppers. A neutral color palette such as this gives homeowners flexibility in choosing and changing their decor. It also provides longevity to the life of your renovation.
For contrast against the light cabinetry, the Reuters chose slate pulls from Top Knobs‘ Atlas collection. Then we added a subtle pop of color with light blue glass tiles from Morris Tile in the backsplash by the refrigerator.
Countertops & Tile
While most of their new kitchen is indeed “new”, they asked us to salvage one thing – their kitchen island countertop. That request was tricky, but Hatchett’s team is always up for a challenge! In order to keep the countertop of their uniquely shaped island, we had to replicate the size and shape with new cabinetry. This took a little extra creativity, but as you can see, it turned out beautifully.
The hexagon shape of the Soho Eco Ocean 2″ tiles complement their larger counterpart on the opposite wall. The backsplash behind the range was created from gray Classico 7″x8″ hex tiles from Mosaic Tile.
The cabinetry is Ultracraft Eurotek frameless cabinets with Cape May doors on the island and Jamestown doors on the surrounding cabinets. The surround cabinets are topped with Silestone Cemento Spa countertops to complement the granite top of the island.
To help this busy family of five stay organized, we added matching cabinetry and tops in the pantry and a specialty cabinet next to the refrigerator. This organizational cabinet now serves as their “home base” for schedules, forms and mail.
The Reuters are very pleased with their kitchen remodel, and it was our pleasure to bring it to life. Well done, team – Meghan (Design Consultant), Jessica (Designer) and Buck (Project Manager).
If you’re ready to remodel your kitchen, bathroom or addition, reach out to Hatchett Design Remodel in Newport News or Virginia Beach. We are conducting virtual consultations to keep your home renovations on schedule and to keep progress progressing! Remember, it costs nothing to ask!