Category Archives: Home Style and Design

December 12

Does Your Kitchen Need a Makeover?

If holiday entertaining has left you feeling like your kitchen needs some updating, here’s a great list of DC area kitchen specialists.  You can add their numbers to your New Year’s Resolutions. Your Guide to All the People and Businesses Around DC Who Can Remodel Your Kitchen

December 08

Crushworthy Paint Palette

We love the Benjamin Moore 2017 color palette!  The 2017 Color of the Year is called Shadow, and is a dark and stormy purple that looks great contrasted against white, grays and splashes of green.  Ginny is thinking this would be a great color for a front door on a gray house!  While we love […]

December 05

What’s your favorite home style?

My favorite residential architectural period and style was 1920’s and 1930’s colonials.  I love the classic details, the balance and the understated elegance.  I loved the house in Father of the Bride (the remake).  Jennifer loves the charm of Cape Cods.  Many houses now have elements of different styles all mixed together.  Sometimes it works, […]

November 21

Big Change Election…What does it mean for Real Estate Here?

Do elections impact our area?  One would think, with all of the hand wringing and pearl clutching going on over the past couple of weeks, that the major changes coming to the Executive Branch (4000 plus jobs changing hands!) will mean big business for our real estate market.  That would be wrong.  Surprisingly, elections have little […]

May 11

Landscaping and Home Values in Great Falls and McLean

Landscaping, or the lack of it, can make or break a home’s curb appeal.  An established, beautiful garden is visually appealing and a sign to buyers that a home has been cared for and maintained.  A coherent landscaping plan with a variety of shrubs and perennials also adds real value to a home.  Good landscaping’s return on […]

Do “Subway Tiles” and “Barn Doors” Sell Your House Faster?

Does your kitchen have a farmhouse sink or subway tile backsplash?  Is there a room in your home with sliding “barn doors”?  According to a the number crunchers at Zillow, these items can help your home sell for up to 13 percent more and 60 days faster!  Really? A Zillow Digs analysis of for-sale listings touting craftsman or […]

How To Amp Up The Resale Value of Your Home

Whether you’re putting your home on the market this year or in the next five years, it is a smart decision to start building your home’s resale value now. Here are some ways to create a comfortable home while making it easier to put more money into your bank account on closing day. Small Maintenance […]

March 24

New Life for an Old Barn!

Great Falls is home to some great barns.  One of our favorite things is a renovated barn, like the one in this HOUZZ story that was moved from New York to Connecticut and given new life as a guest house. If you are looking for a home with a barn, give us a call.  We can […]

March 09

OPEN SUNDAY March 13: 1220 Daviswood Drive, McLean,VA 22102

For many buyers, the neighborhood of Summerwood in McLean hits the sweet spot with a great combination of community, elegant homes and convenience for under $2 million. Summerwood is a neighborhood in McLean (22102) bordered by Spring Hill Road to the East, Lewisville Road to the North, and the more expensive neighborhood of Woodlea Mill to the […]

March 04

We love this new home style.

Here at Halm Brzezinski Homes we have pretty strong opinions about houses.  We love a great historic renovation – like the yellow farmhouse on Spring Hill Road in McLean that went under contract in about 19 seconds.  (I guess we weren’t the only ones who liked it!) There has been some really bad new construction in Northern Virginia over […]