Quality Built Exteriors Blog

Buying an In-Ground Pool—on a Budget

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast / July 21, 2020

    This year more than ever, homeowners are looking for affordable in-ground pool options. The pandemic has left Virginians both strapped for cash yet desperate for recreation that can be enjoyed during lockdowns. For those who for years have dreamed of a beautiful backyard pool, it just makes sense to plunge ahead with the project.…

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Why Consider Replacing Your Deck Before Listing A Home For Sale

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast / June 29, 2020

Replacing or updating your deck before listing your home for sale makes a better impression on buyers—and adds to its value. Think of a deck as an extension of your home. Potential buyers want to picture themselves enjoying summer evenings with friends and family, sipping coffee and even working in the outdoor space.

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Front Porch Additions Are Worth It. Here’s Why.

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast / February 5, 2020

Almost anyone with Southern blood has a soft spot for front porches. Not only are we known for them in the South, but we know how to make the most of them. The first home my husband and I purchased, at the ripe old age of 23, was in Spokane, WA, where we were stationed…

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11 Winter Ideas for Backyard Living

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast / January 9, 2020

The holidays are over and the dreary stage of winter has set in. These short, chilly days might make you think there’s nowhere to go but back inside the house. But you don’t have to wait for spring to enjoy outdoor living. After all, you’re a Hampton Roads homeowner—yo…

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Ideas to Dress Up Your Deck

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast / May 20, 2019

Your backyard deck is a bonus living space for your home—so it needs to look livable. Whether you purchased a home that already has one or decided to get a deck installed, you might be missing your deck’s potential. A lot of homeowners look out at that wide expanse of…

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“Why I Painted My Front Door Yellow”

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast / March 28, 2019

Bold color ideas for better curb appeal
“It’ll look fabulous,” I assured my husband.
“But… yellow?” he said. My hubby is like most homeowners—he feels most comfortable with safe colors. Expected colors. In other words, boring colors. So naturally, when I suggested repai…

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Spring Checklist for Your Home Exterior

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast / February 28, 2019

Daffodils!! Have you spotted them yet? I’ve seen them blooming around my Yorktown neighborhood since mid-February. Whether it was the groundhog’s prediction of an early spring, or just the fact that Hampton Roads had no major snowfall this winter, it’s clear that sprin…

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10 Quick Additions to Boost Your Curb Appeal

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast / January 31, 2019

There’s nothing like pulling into your driveway and feeling pleased and proud to call that place your home. Your guests and neighbors also enjoy admiring a house with killer curb appeal.
Of course, sometimes we need to invest in major exterior projects like window repla…

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Secrets to Hanging Outdoor Decorations without Damage

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast / November 30, 2018

Ah, the irony of holiday decorating—you love making your house beautiful so much, you create ugly holes all over it in the process. But pinholes could be the least of your problems… you can also rip off shingles, gutters, and more. Sometimes we get too caught up in the…

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Top 10 Mistakes Tidewater Homeowners Make

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast / April 2, 2018

After more than 20 years improving home exteriors across Hampton Roads, Quality Built Exteriors has seen it all. I asked owner Mike Reedy about the most common mistakes he’s encountered from customers—so you can avoid these same missteps.
1. Waiting until a problem hits

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Which Is the Best Home Investment: Indoor or Outdoor?

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast / March 2, 2018

My financial planner sends periodic emails with advice on investing and using money wisely. Her most recent one happened to be on my favorite topic—home improvement! The article from Northwestern Mutual examined a new report comparing the average cost of 20 popular hom…

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