2014 Best of Fairfax Award

2014 Best of Fairfax Award Plaque

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Steadfast Construction Receives 2014 Best of Fairfax Award Fairfax Award Program Honors the Achievement

FAIRFAX July 22, 2014 — Steadfast Construction has been selected for the 2014 Best of Fairfax Award in the Patio & Deck Construction & Repair category by the Fairfax Award Program.
Each year, the Fairfax Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Fairfax area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Fairfax Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Fairfax Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Fairfax Award Program
The Fairfax Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Fairfax area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Fairfax Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Fairfax Award Program

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Northern Virginia Front Porches Favorite for Centuries

First becoming popular almost 2 centuries ago northern Virginia front porches gradually became almost necessity for medium and large houses to not seem bare. This was before air conditioning, when cooling off outdoors was a frequent necessity. It assisted people to make the daily transitions between their outdoor public world and inner private space. As it became popular, it became a symbol of early Americana.

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Andrew Jackson Downing, who popularized the front porch in the US, wrote:

A porch strengthens or conveys expression of purpose, because, instead of leaving the entrance door bare, as in manufactories and buildings of an inferior description, it servse both as a note of preparation, and an effectual shelter and protection to the entrance. Besides this, it gives a dignity and importance to that entrance, pointing it out to the stranger as the place of approach. A fine country house, without a porch or covered shelter to the doorway of some description, is therefore, as incomplete to the correct eye, as a well-printed book without the title page, leaving the stranger to plunge at once in media res, without the friendly preparation of a single word of introduction. Porches are susceptible of every variety of form and decoration, from the embattled and buttressed portal of the Gothic castle, to the latticed arbor-porch of the cottage, around which the festoons of luxuriant climbing plants cluster, giving an effect not less beautiful than the richly carved capitals of the classic portico.

 

(page 304, A treatise…)

Here’s some more thoughts on the history of the porch in the US in the following NPR broadcast:

Backyard Oasis with a Custom Deck Builder Virginia!

Why is now the best time to get a great backyard deck? For many, it’s freedom from stress.
With so many technological diversions in life, its hard to relax. And going on a needed vacation can be more of a drainer than refreshing, and even having the time and money for frequently needed excursions can be a challenge between work and other regular time commitments. But the need to find rest remains.  That’s why many find it in their own backyard custom deck Virginia.

Custom Deck Builder in Landsdowne Virginia

The secret to forming your own outdoor oasis in your backyard deck is get a professional designer involved. Don’t be satisfied with a standard rectangular box for your backyard deck that doesn’t offer the appeal.

We’ve been setting up and refinishing northern Virginia homes with backyard decks since 1995, and we can even include an outdoor kitch, spa, separate lounge area, firepit, and dining zone. We can include multiple levels, curve the deck or stairs, anything to get out of the standard “box.” We walk you through ideas, such as getting LED lighting to give the same ambiance that draws you in, or set up furnishings such as  pergolas, gazebos, and water features.

We use products that offer maintenance free options, so that you don’t even have to stress about the need to go back and fix up your deck while you should just be enjoying your backyard deck party with neighbors. It doesn’t require sanding, stripping, just wash it off like you’d wash your car. Contact us today about worker ing us as a maintenance free, custom deck builder Virginia.

Stylishly Surrounding Sunrooms Mclean VA

Among the owners of sunrooms Mclean VA  and in all northern Virginia, this homeowner wanted a wooden multi-level deck to surround their sunroom. They already have their barbecue grill, table and chairs ready for the pleasant warmer weather. We included some features for this deck to make it stand out.

  • The small stairway has faces 5 direction leading to the ground. It also adds safety with stairway lighting and a small handrail for use as needed
  • This 2 level deck includes the upper level matches the white wood wall of the sunroom, while the lower level attaches to the brick wall of the back of the home. The upper level comes out with corners trimmed in a beveled fashion. Underneath, a criss-cross lattice covers a portion for under the lower part of the porch, which can be used for storage.
  • The natural wood stain in capped with a darker stain cover on the top rail. But the natural wood look is complemented by iron balusters that match the color of the house.

Wood deck surrounding a sunroom in Mclean Virginia

Rather than having a simple set of steps coming out of the sun porch, this surrounding wooden deck adds a measure of safety besides enjoyment and value. Getting the professionals at Steadfast involved allowed this deck to be built stylishly without much hassle. Having the 2 different levels allows the safety of a shorter distance in case of a fall, while also breaking up the deck into two different zones for conversations and relaxing to occur.

When custom decks surround sunrooms Mclean VA or elsewhere in northern Virginia , the results can look amazing from inside and out . Contact us today for a free estimate.

Glass Sunrooms Arlington

When it comes to sunrooms Arlington homeowners love to make the most of their space. Nothing else lets the light in like glass sunrooms or sunporches. Invite the beauty of outdoors into the comfort of your home.

Whether for

  • indulge in conversation or a game of chess with loved ones
  • hide away for private reading or hammock resting
  • exercise indoors with a magnificent view of the sunrise.

Glass Sunroom Arlington

A longer sunroom can be divided with choice furniture to allow diverse spaces, such as living room seating in the round or a table and chair ready for tea or cards.

Here are some topics to consider for those examining  options for glass sunrooms:

  • Some wish to frame the glass windows with rustic wood beams, thin steel frames.
  • Some choose to extend the glass covering even to the ceiling in select spots or almost the entire roof.
  • The more studious may prefer to have a counter or desk built to stay current on work.
  • Some have the glassed-in sunroom enclose it on one, two, or even three sides. For the 270 degree view, some shapes come in rectagonal, or octogaonal views.
  • Depending on the climate and temperature preferences, homeowners will include fireplaces or space heaters for the winter, or ceiling fans, air conditioners, and screendoors for the warmer months.
  • Some choose to leave glass always exposed, while others wish to have optional coverings such as curtains, bamboo drapings, sliding shutters, or other ways to curb the sunlight.

Arlington Sunroom

Call us today to begin planning with you for building or remodeling your home’s glass sunrooms Arlington VA style.

Flagstone Walkway and Patio Design Reston VA

Your home doesn’t need to end at your doorstep. Surround your home with the a type of walkway that prepares the homeowner for a richer experience before walking in your home. Nothing says regal or rustic like a flagstone walkway or patio. In this lovely patio design Reston VA homeowners wanted a Pennsylvania Flagstone with a random yet rectangular pattern. The design is edged with brick perimeter that matches the house brick.

Reston VA using Pennsylvania Flagstone Walkway

A flagstone walkway can boost the overall look of both your lawn and your house, and serves multiple purposes.

  • Aesthetic – It can transition into the house or garden, allowing you the flexibility of several natural stone colors that can compliment the design of the home. It can also blend into other surfaces like driveway, gravel paths, stone stairways, wooden mulch, or large shrubbery.
  • Ecological – It can allow foot traffic to avoid the grass on the lawn or scattered small flowers along the path, letting the greenery thrive.
  • Cleanliness – It allows visitors to walk without getting mud on their shoes or in the home, especially during times of precipitation.
  • Safety – It also makes people feel more comfortable that their are no surprises of harmful (eg. snakes or poison ivy)

You may choose an easy-to-maintain path, with solid flagstone carefully pieced together in jigsaw fashion and filled in with concrete in the narrow gaps. Some like stone cut in perfectly geometrical shapes.  Some even want the flagstone walkway set off with a smooth border, (such as brick in the picture above of patio design Reston VA house) to bring a balance to the color of the edging with the color of the house.

Or you may prefer a more natural look. This option requires occasional maintenance. This includes having the non-geometrical stones spread out slightly, filled in with trimmed grass, recessed soil, or matching gravel.   Others prefer a more jagged, natural look, with each stone of various shapes coming out along the edge. As far as maintenance is concern, in some cases overgrowth can fill in around this without it looking unkept.

Contact us today for a free quote on your next flagstone pathway project.

Leaf Removal or Leaf Shredding?

When looking at your yard’s beautiful autumn view, do you prefer your leaves removed for neatness or shredded for natural lawn health?

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View of autumn leaves from a herringbone-style deck with rail built by Steadfast Construction in Great Falls, VA

Northern Virginia’s cities and counties have an assortment of leaf removal services.
There’s help for variety of locations in northern Virginia, whether you’re in  Fairfax CityFairfax County, Loudoun County, Falls ChurchManassas, Manassas ParkAlexandria, Fredericksburg, or Berryville.

For example, here’s the process for Arlington, VA.

On the other hand, you might have heard that shredded leaves, whether from your lawn mower or another form of shredder can actually be good for your lawn soil’s health , for mulching material, or simply for compost additive.

Arlington’s own Joseph “Green Man” Keyser says, “lawns and gardens can be maintained organically, for the most part, and without toxic inputs, just by recycling the natural materials already in place. When you bag up your clippings and leaves, you are short-circuiting the natural recycling process.” With leaves piles shredded a 1/10 of the size, they blend with the lawn to some degree.

Some places like Prince William County actually say, “Composting materials saves precious space at the landfill. Compost operations divert approximately 14 percent of the waste that would normally be sent to the landfill for disposal. Yard waste is composted into a useful soil amendment. This soil amendment helps enrich soil by adding nutrients and enhancing clay soils by creating spaces where air can flow through the clay.”

Other people will hire any number of local lawncare firms.

What has been helpful for you handling your lawn care?

Is your porch ready for holidays?

Porch Design Ideas
This little pumpkin proudly sits on the family’s new porch from Steadfast. It’s the first of many year-round decorations.

Get ready for decorations start to show up for the fall and holiday season. For example, this new Steadfast-built porch has its first pumpkin. Both pumpkins and porches have been an American past time for hundreds of years. But just as there are scary jack-o-lanterns, there are scary porches as well.

Whether fall, winter, spring, or summer, your front porch is a big part of your home. It is where you greet your holiday dinner guests. And it’s what you daily see to and from work. It is where you to kick the mud off your shoes, whip the rain off your umbrella, saying goodbye to your love ones, or stare with your children in wonder at the first snowfall.

And it’s the consistent decor when the other decor gets changed. Some porches will not look good no matter how many decorations its covered with. But good looking porches can stay attractive all year.

Prepare for the holiday with a new porch from Steadfast. Ask for a free quote today.

Prince William and Kate Getting a Sunroom

Sunroom DesignSunshine can do wonders, even if your royalty. Prince William and his wife recently applied for consent to hire some sunroom contractors to extend their kitchen. Not Steadfast – They must have been disappointed, but its slightly outside of our northern Virginia (USA) service area. Anyway, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been gradually renovating their 10-bedroom country second home given to them by the Queen.

The sunroom contractors can begin constructing the glass-roofed extension on the kitchen once their design and application approved by the King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council. They plan to put a 10×10 foot dining table once the project is finished. This will be perfect for dinner guests, or quiet alone time with their little son George. They plan on moving into the home in a few months. princewilliam

If would like to Steadfast to give you the royal sunroom treatment, contact us today.

Reference and photos: Daily Mail

Patio Candle Safety Tips

candleA candle’s light looks wonderful in the evening as it shines on the sunrooms, or through the night air around decks, porches, or patios. With the right precautions, home owners can stay safe and sound. Remember using these candle safety tips.  Start by trimming the candlewick to 1/4 inch.  For use during power outages or night lights, flashlights are a safter alternative.

For candle safety, keep candles from these places:

  1. from rooms without a smoke detector and an awake and responsible adult
  2. from anywhere within 12 inches from hair, loose clothing, curtains, decorations, furniture, or anything that can catch fire
  3. from within reach of children or pets
  4. from homes with oxygen tanks in use
  5. from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents
  6. from candle holders that are not sturdy, uneven, unsafe with heat, cannot catch wax drops, or are placed on uneven or heat-vulnerable surfaces

Here’s when to extinguish your candle:

  1. Extinguish before the period recommended by the manufacturer.
  2. Extinguish before all the wax is liquefied.
  3. Extinguish before the flame gets too close to the candle base, when two inches of wax remains or a half inch if enclosed in a container
  4. Extinguish a candle if it smokes, flickers or the flame becomes too high.
  5. Extinguish when its not possible to keep the wax pool free from wick trimmings, matches and debris every time.

How to extinguish your candle:

  1. Do use a candle snuffer to extinguish a candle, which helps to prevent hot wax from splashing.
  2. Do use your index finger in front of the flame and blow at it if you don’t have a snuffer. Air will flow around your finger, extinguishing the candles from both sides, and preventing hot wax from splashing.
  3. Do not extinguish candles with water. The water can cause the hot wax to splash and can cause glass containers to break.
  4. Do not move the candle until it has completely cooled.
  5. Do not use a knife or sharp objects from a glass holder to remove wax from the candle.

Make your evenings both beautiful and safe with these candle precautions. This will allow you to enjoy your sunroom, porch, deck, or patio in the special candlelight glow.