The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), of which Villa Builders is a member, shared an April 15, 2010 press release from the Joint Center of Housing Studies. The press release stated that "Home improvement spending will recover this year, according to the the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released today by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The LIRA suggests annual spending will accelerate, with nearly five percent growth in 2010."

In the beginning of March, we were seeing a dramatic increase in home remodeling interest. This forecast is certainly a welcomed bright spot on the horizon.

...on your house, your home insurance policy probably has you covered.

But, what if it's a dead tree?

You might have a problem!

A friend of ours recently had an 80ft oak tree slice through her home's second story. The damage was incredible. The entire roof needed to be replaced and more than 90% of the second floor needed to be repaired.

While she was showing some friends and me the extensive remodeling repairs and the remainder being wrapped up, she commented, "Thank goodness it was a live tree!"

That stopped me dead in my tracks. Really? She explained to us, if you have a dead tree on your property and it falls on your home, it's trouble with a capital T.

I checked with one of my favorite insurance brokers and he confirmed homeowners need to be vigilant to maintain their property's and their TREES.

Thankfully, there aren't any dead trees threatening our home. This may seem a trivial bit of information. But, neglecting to take care of your dead trees, could be a scary story waiting to happen.

On that note,
Have a fun Halloween,

Early in March, we decided we would move Villa, our thirteen year old company, back to a home based business office. The surroundings are familiar, welcoming and warm. Obviously, my commute is terrific.

So, two weeks ago, I began the task of spring cleaning our office, tossing outdated materials, reorganizing, and planning for the relocation. Just before Easter, we began moving carefully packed boxes and furniture to our new home-based office.

By the way, in addition to maintaining our previous phone number, we have a new local line for Kent Island and Eastern Shore residents. As soon as I have confirmation for the new added phone line, I will post it on our site.

Many have responded with a "Home office, that's awesome!" It was not a decision made lightly. We were based in Arnold for three years. Our current frame of mind is this may be a temporary relocation for 3-6 months. We are and have been for the last year, tossing around the idea of a more visible office space, one that would allow us to better connect and engage with the public, and give us some room for growth. Our Arnold office was secluded on the lower level of an office building, no windows and about 400 square feet. Not enough space or pizzazz to accommodate our bigger aspirations. So, this coupled with the reality of the down turn in our industry, it just didn't make sense to continue to maintain the luxury of an office space, just so we had a place to GO to work.

Now, as of yesterday, I have a lovely corner office with three windows and a great view of nature.

You can expect everything else to remain the same-great remodeling experience, quality work, and expertise from ‘some of the nicest people' (I've been told).

If you'd like to drop by, visit, talk about a remodeling project, feel free to give us a call and we will happily make ourselves available for you.

Have a fantastic weekend and thanks for reading,


There are quite a few decisions to be made when you decide to remodel a space in your home. The possibilities seem endless, and opinions from our family and friends are usually not in scarce supply. All of the choices, opinions and our own thoughts on what we like and don't, can sometimes paralyze our decision making process.

My advice is to start with your vision, and outline what your biggest priorities are.

For instance, I remember the exercise of selecting paint colors when we were remodeling our home. It was important to me that the individual room colors coordinated well with other colors visible in a single line of sight. I found this intensified the pressure I felt of selecting just the right color. I was also persnickety about the exterior color feeling 'right' with my interior color choices. These parameters were simply my own style preference. Once I outlined in my mind what the boundaries were--I could then pick 'A Color' and work from there.

Get help if you need it. Take the time to share what your vision is overall for the space--what must be changed, how will you use it, who else might sharing or using the space with you, color preferences (are you warm, neutral, vibrant, cool?), what is your 'maintenance' tolerance, and budget considerations; just to name a few. And, if for someone reason you are having trouble articulating your vision (maybe you just haven't gotten that far)--welcome ideas.

Discover your style and let your home be a beautiful reflection of it.

Thanks for reading,

If the answer is yes, you really should read about the new EPA Renovating, Repair and Painting (RRP) law that will be in effect next month. This is going to be especially important to you when you hire someone for remodeling, renovations, repair or painting which disturbs more then six square feet on the interior and more than twenty square feet on the exterior. You can read all about it at the EPA's website. We also offer information on our site, including copies of Villa Builders' Certified Firm certificate and Jeff Hall's Certified Renovator certificate.

If you have any questions or would like our help, give us a call at 410-349-3282.

Enjoy your week,

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What to Expect

Here's what happens when you call us-

  • We will talk a bit about what's bugging you with your home.
  • If you are comfortable after our first chat, you can invite us to take a closer look. This appointment usually takes place within a couple of days of your initial call.
  • During this visit, we will listen and take lots of notes.
  • Depending on your remodeling project, your needs, and your questions; our first visit typically takes about 1 - 2 hours. We will share with you how our design process will address your needs and your budget. There is no charge for this visit.

    If you decide that everything we talk about works for you, then we will take the next step where we will dig in and get your project moving.