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Remodeling & Modular Home Design Tips

Known for our modular homes and modular additions, we are well-versed in designing and creating the perfect home environments. And at Carbide Construction, we firmly believe in the value of a professional home remodeler, and there are several good reasons you should only trust professionals like us when you want to have your home renovated. As a remodeling contractor for Washington DC and the entire Northern Virginia area, we would like to share a few of our favorite remodeling and modular home design tips.

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Begin in the Kitchen

This applies to both a new kitchen in a modular home or a kitchen renovation. Start thinking about what you want to use your kitchen for. Do you want to entertain guests in the kitchen? Do you want ample storage? Start thinking about the other ways you use your kitchen and factor those activities into your remodeling or building plans. For example, if your kid usually does homework in the kitchen, maybe you should consider having an island with some stools installed, or maybe you should have a built-in desk installed.

Bathroom Considerations

Look online and see what other people have done for their bathroom remodeling projects and keep these ideas in one spot to revisit. That way, if you are unsure about a certain idea or design element, you can keep looking at it until you make up your mind. Also, working with your remodeling contractor or remodeler can help clarify your ideas and make your design dreams a reality.

Water-efficient appliances are also an important consideration. You can find everything from water efficient toilets, water efficient faucets and taps that will look great and also help conserve water.

Electrical Tips

You might encounter some problems with the electrical wiring when you are working on home renovations. Professionals will either know how to do this task safely or they will have trusted subcontractors that know how to safely rewire your electrical system. And, when designing a modular home or modular home addition, it is always a good idea to have the contractor you’re working with take care of the electric.

Other Remodeling and Building Trends

One of the biggest trends these days is having a laundry room on the same floor as the bedrooms. This makes doing the laundry and putting it away a lot easier. Do you want something like this? Or maybe you prefer to have the laundry room in the basement. No matter what your preference, make sure your modular home builder or remodeling contractor is aware.

Are you interested in learning more about our remodeling contractor for your Washington DC home? Call us at Carbide Construction at 703-550-8711 or you can Contact Us. We serve Arlington and the entire Northern Virginia area.

What are Manufactured Homes & What Makes them Special?

May is National Home Improvement Month, so why not go the extra mile and begin the process of building an entirely new home?! With manufactured homes, it’s a whole lot easier than you might think. As builders of manufactured homes in Springfield, the experts at Carbide Construction would like to discuss some of the many benefits of investing in a manufactured home and define them a bit further for you. That way, when considering a new modular home for you and your family, you can take all of these many great factors into account.

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Prefab homes are built in a factory. And because these homes are built in this type of setting, there is less waste when building them and not as many construction materials left over to go into landfills. Manufactured homes are also generally seen as more sturdy and energy efficient than almost any other type of home available today. They are built to be able to withstand being transported to the construction site.

One of the main advantages of manufactured homes is that they generally do not have the same scheduling delays as a traditional stick built homes. And, because manufactured homes are built in a factory, there is no need to worry about the weather delaying the construction project. Your home will still be worked on no matter what the weather is like outside. Not needing to worry about time delays means your home will be built on schedule as promised. And fewer delays means construction equipment and materials will not be sitting around on your job site for any longer than what they need to be.

While manufactured homes come with standard features like every other home, these homes are easily customizable and are available in a huge variety of floor plans. So don’t hesitate, get started on your new prefab home today!

There are so many reasons to choose a prefab home! Interested in learning more about manufactured homes in Springfield, Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax and the surrounding areas? Call Carbide Construction at 703-550-8711 or you can Contact Us.

Take Your Home to the Next Level with a Second Level Addition

Thinking about a modular second level addition for your Arlington home? There are so many reasons to take your home to the next level this year! You and your family can benefit from the extra living space without the hassles and stresses that comes along with a stick build. We at Carbide Construction specialize in second story and all types of modular home additions for the Northern Virginia area. For modular second level additions, we are available all year round! And, as this just happens to be a great time to get the space you want, here are some of the many reasons to consider a second level addition:

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They’re eco-friendly and cost-effective. Any modular home can be designed to be energy efficient, creating not only greater benefits to the environment but your wallet as well. A modular second level addition is a great way to add space to your existing home, and the best part is you can continue to stay in your home during construction!

They’re customizable. The look and design of your second level addition is ultimately up to you. At Carbide Construction, we do our best to match your second level addition to the rest of your home. And we will be there every step of the way. Window locations and other pre-existing elements of your home must be factored into the placement of your second story. We can design your ideas with these elements in mind before bringing it to life in your new second story addition.

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And, second level additions can completely blend in with the older parts of your home. The look of the second story can be made to match the existing first story. You also have the option of removing the siding from the first story and starting anew. If your current siding is wooden, you may simply need a paint and stain session to allow for all to match. And don’t worry; the experts at Carbide Construction will take care of this design and placement.

We work fast. Spring, summer, whenever! With Carbide Construction, the second level addition you have always wanted can be here before you know it. You can have one built based on what time of year is best for you and your family. And, why not make that today? Out with the old and in with the new!

Are you interested in learning more about second level additions in Arlington, Alexandria or any of the other surrounding areas? Call Carbide Construction at 703-550-8711 or you can Contact Us.

Addition Decision: What Makes Modular the Right Choice for You

When you consider adding a new wing to your home or an entire second story, it is important to educate yourself before deciding what’s right for you. Modular additions are similar to traditional home additions in many ways, and it is important to learn about their many benefits. Modular home additions are continuing to grow in popularity, providing families with more room to grow and change within their home. Carbide Construction is a trusted name in construction, specializing in home additions in Fairfax, Arlington and the surrounding areas. And, our team of construction experts has put together some information on modular additions and their many advantages.
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Modular home additions have been around since the early 1900s, known in the earlier days as “house kits.” Since then, modular builds have come a long way, offering a high quality, customizable and cutting edge option in home additions.  Compared to standard construction, modular home additions are constructed off-site making them not only a quicker, more efficient process, but a less painful one as well. Here are more fantastic benefits to modular home additions:


Modular home additions are held to the very same building codes and standards as traditionally built additions. You will never have to sacrifice safety, quality or style when it comes to your modular home addition.

Economic & Environmental Benefits

A second story can add resale value to your home! They can also help you get the space you need without breaking the bank. Any modular home can be designed to be energy efficient, creating not only greater benefits the environment but your wallet as well.  Read more and decide if this approach is right for you!

Also, with a modular addition, far less waste is created than with traditional builds. In traditional on-site construction, it is estimated that up 30% of materials end up in the dumpster by project completion.

Fully Customizable

Modular homes are designed to easily blend in with any architectural style, virtually seamlessly. Get the space you’ve always wanted! Whatever your vision, we will work with you to create the right addition to match your home’s style and needs. Whether you need a second story for a new baby or for a family member to live in, a modular home addition makes an excellent choice.

ADA Options

The experts at Carbide Construction are well-versed in the many ways to help you comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We can help you build an ADA-friendly modular addition that helps better the mobility and comfort for you or a loved one. Get a gorgeous home addition that also meets the necessary ADA requirements. Trust us to help you through every step in the process.

If you would like to learn more about modular home additions in Fairfax, Arlington and the surrounding areas, call Carbide Construction at 703-550-8711 or you can Contact Us.

Kitchen Remodeling Considerations

You really love your house. You see it as where you will be spending the days that matter most during the rest of your life. All of this despite the home being a little dated. What can you do to enhance its aesthetic value to you and its financial value should the day come that you wish to unload? Renovation is the way to go! One of the most popular forms of remodeling is one that unfolds in your kitchen.

The hub of action within the home for so many families, the kitchen as enhanced by a remodel allows it to operate properly as the focal point in the functioning of your family unit. Why not have your hub set up with all of the doodads, what-nots, bells and whistles that will enhance the life of home and family? Kitchen remodeling in Alexandria and the neighboring towns is indeed a specialty of ours at Carbide Construction. As experts in the trade, we thought it wise to share with you a crash course in all things you should consider before starting your renovation project.

Kitchen Remodeling

The main uses for a kitchen being obvious, what else do you use it for? Do you entertain guests there? Do the kids do their schoolwork in the kitchen? What storage needs do you have beyond cookbooks? Before heading in to your kitchen remodeling project, start pondering on all of the alternate ways you can or want to put that room to use in your home. Using kids and homework as an example, consider the installation of an island or a desk that is built-in to the kitchen itself.

Maybe the real joy of the kitchen for you involves its common usage, baking and cooking? Perhaps the money should most be directed in the direction of higher end or more efficient appliances that enhance those abilities? You can always go with two ovens over just one, allowing for multiple items to bake simultaneously at different temperature points. Perhaps you want a built-in wine rack? Make a list of what your dream kitchen would contain on the baking and cooking front. Chip away at it focusing on what is realistic within your budget.

Lighting within the kitchen is certainly a matter of consideration. Lighting does not always come down to which chandelier or track set-up you are looking for. It relates often to the set-up of your windows. How much natural light are you looking to achieve within the kitchen area? When it comes to artificial lighting, scour the internet or a local home wares box store to scope out lighting styles that pique your interest.

When it comes to kitchen remodeling, the sky is the limit. You have the freedom to place within it whatever you choose. These are only a few things you should think about when remodeling your kitchen. We can give you even more suggestions if you need them!

For more information on kitchen remodeling in Alexandria and the surrounding areas, call Carbide Construction at 703-550-8711, or you can Contact Us.