Type “Why are bathroom renovations” into Google and the first result suggested is “…so expensive.” After saving for a new home, home improvement projects are the most common reason Americans save money.
Most people believe having a bathroom that makes them happy is a worthwhile investment, yet are surprised by how much it costs.
Why is renovating a 40-square-foot space so costly? Pricey fixtures and the specialized skills required are partly to blame. However, some costs are embedded within the industry:
- “Free” quotes are expensive: On average, contractors spend 25 percent of their time building quotes for jobs they will not win. Those costs need to be recouped.
- Expense overestimation: Whether purposeful, unintentional or a little bit of both, contractors often significantly overestimate the cost of materials and effort on a project.
- Professional design: Having a professional design your bathroom is considered a luxury service and carries a luxury price tag.
- Limited visualization opportunity: Consumer Reports identifies a primary cause of price overruns as homeowners who change their mind regarding finishes or colors after they’ve been applied.
In 2016, remodeling industry veteran Chad Hall believed these inefficiencies could be eliminated by taking advantage of emerging technologies — so he founded remodelmate.
Eliminating the time-consuming process of in-home quotes, remodelmate gives homeowners free access to an app that uses advanced smartphone camera technology to generate a near-perfect 3D model of their existing bathroom. The scan is then applied to a quote-building system, generating a final labor price for the customer as well as a precise materials list for the contractor, eliminating overestimation.
To address the professional design and visualization issues, remodelmate employs CGI (computer-generated imagery) to apply homeowner color and finish selections to a model of their new bathroom. The results are photo-quality images showing the customer exactly what their new bathroom will look like before construction begins.
For more information, visit the all-new remodelmate website.
Address: 208 S. Saint Asaph Street
Neighborhood: Old Town
A true Old Town gem, this historic, fully-detached house built in 1880 by William McKnight sits on a prime double lot and has undergone an impeccable top-to-bottom renovation by its current owners.
From the kitchen and breakfast room, to all the bathrooms, to new rear windows and doors, every detail has been thoughtfully redone and executed to maintain charm and optimize modern allure. The stately Second Empire brick exterior and wonderful outdoor oasis with a covered porch, unusually large yard with a private patio and grassy lawn, and lush gardens brimming with mature trees, English boxwoods, camellias and roses takes this one-of-a-kind beauty over the top!
208-210 S. Saint Asaph Street exudes warmth and sophistication inside as well, boasting airy 10′ 6″ ceiling heights in the entry and living room/parlor, plus many original features retained and restored, such as an original transom over the front door, original entryway, original moldings and millwork, original staircase, and painted white Bunny Mellon-style floors enhancing the incredible character.
Entertaining and daily living are comfortably accommodated in the home’s generously-sized rooms, offering a gracious backdrop of refined elegance. The spacious, airy living room featuring tall windows, a wood-burning fireplace with gorgeous marble mantle and expansive seating areas affords charm and comfort when hosting guests. Nearby is a custom built-in serving breakfront with a wine cooler for easy serving and door to the covered porch for cocktails. The seamless flow continues into the regal dining room with its own wood-burning fireplace and access to the porch.
The chef will enjoy creating meals in the sparkling white and stainless steel contemporary kitchen appointed with a premium Wolf range, two Wolf ovens, two Fisher & Paykel dishwashers and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. The adjoining open breakfast room is perfect for casual fare, brightened by floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass-paneled door leading outside. Just as fabulous is the huge 25′-long family room with a wall of built-in bookshelves and six windows overlooking the expansive yard and old antique brick patio.
Two staircases ascend to the upper floors, with windows bringing sunshine in on every level. The master suite is very sizable and divine, with high ceilings, light pouring in from five windows, an adjacent sitting room or possible fifth bedroom, numerous closets with jib doors, and a luxurious en-suite marble bath. Guest bedrooms are as inviting and lovely, with ample closets and renovated baths.
Best of all is the superior location on one of Old Town’s most enchanting, coveted streets, in a desirable neighborhood that mingles cobblestoned blocks and timeless architecture with upscale shops and restaurants, rich culture and iconic urban attractions.
As the COVID-19 pandemic extends, many professionals are taking this time to prepare for the future by investing in graduate education. And there might not be a better time to do so.
Whether it’s the increased flexibility in classroom formats, frozen tuition rates, relaxed admission requirements, or reduced interest rates on student loans, there are plenty of reasons why students feel like this time period is a unique opportunity for them to build the skills and professional network they need to advance their career.
While fall classes have already started, there are still options for individuals who want to take advantage of graduate study opportunities before next year’s back-to-school season. Virginia Tech’s local Evening MBA program offers a spring entry term with classes starting January 19.
The Evening MBA is a top 20 nationally ranked program designed with maximum flexibility for working professionals.
Students choose their own course load each semester, so those dealing with job uncertainty or working parents with new childcare demands can find the right workload for them and even easily switch between full- and part-time status.
While classes typically take place in-person on weekday evenings at Virginia Tech’s conveniently located Falls Church center, the current environment shifted instruction mode to primarily online, with some classes still offering an in-person option.
The flexible program format contributed to what associate director of MBA recruiting Rebecca McGill described as a “significant increase in applications and enrollments for the fall term.” She added that many also chose this time to apply because they can “take advantage of relaxed GMAT/GRE test score requirements that have never been offered before.”
For spring applicants, the Evening MBA reduced the number of years of work experience required for a test score waiver from ten years to five.
McGill expects the increased application trend to continue for the spring term “as more and more individuals use this time to invest in themselves and their future.”
Applications for the spring semester are due December 1. Learn more at evening.mba.vt.edu.
Address: 466 S. Union Street
Neighborhood: Harborside, Old Town
Totally and impeccably renovated, this finely appointed 3 bedroom, 3 full and 2 half bath, Old Town home offers a stunning blend of classic features and modern elegance located in the exclusive waterfront community of Harborside.
The extensive renovation of this beauty with a convenient interior elevator, detailed millwork, rich hardwood floors, two gas fireplaces, wide arched openings and 2-car garage parking boasts gracious interiors for the discerning buyer.
The inviting formal entrance hall with wainscoting and grand staircase welcomes your arrival creating a sophisticated ambiance. A private office with handsome custom cabinetry offers two pairs of French doors to the lovely patio with mature trees, ideal for relaxing or entertaining. Four tall windows illuminate the fabulous living room with a coffered ceiling, gas fireplace flanked with arched bookcases and a wet bar for serving cocktails. New custom chef’s kitchen is a culinary showplace with Wolf appliances, sparkling marble-like countertops, glass front cabinetry and an open breakfast area.
Refresh and recharge in the luxurious master suite with a fireplace, custom walk-in closet and a luxurious spa-like marble bath. Generously sized additional bedrooms with abundant closets provide a high level of comfort for family and guests.
All this at a prime address near the Potomac River, beautiful parks, fine boutiques, restaurants and everyday conveniences.
The funds will be used for scholarships for eligible master’s students entering the Schar School in Spring 2021 who are pursuing degrees in a security studies-related program.
“The Diana Davis Spencer Foundation gift is making it possible for many students to attend our high-ranked security studies programs and prepare for careers in intelligence and security policy,” said Schar School Dean Mark J. Rozell. “We are grateful for this new partnership that will advance our shared goal of educating and training future policy professionals in these fields.”
The scholarship gift is intended to develop and prepare future national security professionals and leaders who will study in one of the Schar School’s four master’s programs: Master’s in International Security, Master’s in Biodefense, Master’s in Public Policy with an emphasis in National Security and Public Policy, and the global No. 22-ranked Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
“We are delighted to support students to attend a top-tier policy and government school which prepares them to be the outstanding professionals who will serve in the national security arena,” said foundation Chief Executive Officer Abby Spencer Moffat in announcing the award.
The scholarships range from $3,000 to $30,000 and will be distributed over the first three semesters of the degree program. Learn more about the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation Scholarship and how to apply.
Curious about where a security-focused degree can take you? Register for our upcoming virtual job talk on October 29 for a rare chance to hear from industry experts on ways to research and build out a policy and security career roadmap from the scope of available opportunities. Panelists will also share their knowledge on skills critical to preparing for professional success.
Former deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, who is now a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Schar School’s national security program, will also greet prospective students and share his security experience during a Master’s and Certificate Virtual Open House on November 12. Register to attend.
Panoramic waterfront views of the Potomac River with floor to ceiling windows. Stunning and sophisticated features and finishes throughout an open floorplan. Steps to the incredible neighborhood amenities, including a revitalized pier and promenade just outside residents’ front doors.
All this and more is what home looks like at the new condominiums at Robinson Landing, EYA’s community on the Old Town Alexandria, Virginia waterfront.
Experience and explore all Robinson Landing has to offer at EYA’s special VIP Preview Event on October 24 and October 25. As a VIP, you will be among the first to have access to exclusive, private tours of our brand new waterfront condominium model home.
During the 30-minute preview tour, a member of our team will guide you from the lobby to the model home, answering any questions you might have while providing neighborhood updates, home information and an overview of neighborhood amenities including the fitness and yoga studio, private lounge, pet grooming spa, bike workshop and more.
You will also have the opportunity to explore the surrounding neighborhood including the public promenade at your leisure. As construction on the pier continues, residents can look forward to new dining and outdoor opportunities coming soon.
Limited appointments are available each day. To sign up for the VIP list and schedule your private tour, click here. On this page, you will also find information on how the tours will safely be conducted, virtual tour options, who will be conducting the tours and more. At EYA, our priority is the health, well-being, and safety of our team, homeowners, neighbors and community. This is why we are only open by appointment and all tours must be scheduled to ensure safe social distancing practices are in order.
About Robinson Landing
Inspired by the Old Town Alexandria waterfront, the condominiums at Robinson Landing have been thoughtfully designed to blend Old Town’s storied past with the future of modern waterfront living. These elegant new homes showcase an unprecedented view and location along the Potomac River with expansive windows and wide open living spaces, all just steps from the award-winning dining, shopping, nature trails and historical landmarks of Old Town Alexandria.
The distinctive condominiums at Robinson Landing offer a range of floorplan choices. With one to three bedrooms, the interior square footage ranges from approximately 1,335 sq. ft. up to 3,125 sq. ft. Sophisticated features include modern finishes and amenities, such as grand chef’s kitchens, European-inspired baths and more. These spacious, single-level living spaces offer a quiet oasis with the lively atmosphere of the Old Town waterfront available with just the touch of an elevator button.
Robinson Landing residents will also have access to unparalleled amenities on-site, including a private fitness center and yoga studio, elegant residents’ lounge, pet grooming spa, bicycle workshop, private concierge service and more.
Whether you choose to stroll down the promenade on a summer evening, enjoy happy hour on the pier at one of the new restaurants, or have a picnic on the lawn of one of the new green spaces, Robinson Landing will connect residents to Old Town in a new and exciting way.
Ready to become a VIP? Sign up and schedule your private tour here.
Not everyone has the time or financial resources to commit to a full master’s degree program. Some may already have a master’s and are just looking for a narrow update on a current skillset. For these reasons, Virginia Tech’s 100% online Master of Information Technology program now offers IT professionals the option to earn a graduate certificate in 10 specialized IT subject areas.
“IT leaders can find a certificate that speaks exactly to their professional needs without having to commit several years to pursuing a master’s degree,” says Barbara Hoopes, Associate Professor of Business Information Technology at Virginia Tech. In fact, students can earn a certificate in as little as 12 months as a part-time student.
Whether looking to simply enhance existing skills or prepare for a major career transition, students can expect to reap these rewards:
Enhanced Marketability — Both experienced and aspiring IT professionals can enhance their expertise through thoughtfully designed certificates that allow students to develop skills in areas where a current dearth of talent is driving competitive salaries and prime opportunities for career advancement.
Explore High-Demand Areas — Earning a certificate offers a relatively quick opportunity to explore a high-demand content area, like Cybersecurity, Business Data Analytics, or Health Information Technology, to boost marketability and stay abreast of IT trends. Employers can also use a certificate “to contribute to the skill sets and the knowledge base of employees without having to release them to earn a degree as a full-time student,” says Hoopes.
Greater Convenience — Exclusively online, a VT-MIT master’s degree or graduate certificate satisfies an increasing demand among IT workers for greater flexibility. Students can easily switch between full or part-time status and shift their course loads to match their personal and professional demands. An online VT-MIT degree or graduate certificate offers students the skills they need while at the same time balancing today’s personal, professional and academic demands.
Learn more about Virginia Tech’s 100% online Master of Information Technology and graduate certificate options at vtmit.vt.edu.
The Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University is offering a new three-part series of “virtual visits” to campus for prospective undergraduate students to see first-hand the opportunities and world-changing subject matter that a Schar School student encounters.
“The virtual visits will showcase some of the high-profile professors, students, and graduates who make the Schar School one of the highest ranked policy and government schools in the country,” said Shannon Williams, who works in student services and is coordinating the virtual visits. “The variety of the topics of the three events range from examining the future of American democracy to justice and prison privatization to getting ready for your career in changing the world. Prospective students will be able to ask questions at the end and they can register for one session or all three, at no cost.”
The virtual visit series will be held October 13-15, at 6 p.m. EDT. Topics throughout the week include:
- Bridging the Divide? Political Polarization and the Future of American Democracy
Tuesday, October 13
6-7:15 p.m. (EDT)
A government and politics panel of Schar School professors, joined by a current student and a recent graduate, discuss the idea of polarization and its impact on the future of American democracy
- Preparing for a Career that Makes a Difference
Wednesday, October 14
6-7:15 p.m. (EDT)
An internship and career readiness panel with Undergraduate Student Services, Mason Career Services, and Schar School students and alumni share various resources and opportunities available to students
- Corporate Profit or Public Good? Prison Privatization and the Question of Justice
Thursday, October 15
6-7:15 p.m. (EDT)
A policy and law panel with Schar School professors and the school’s pre-law advisor, joined by a current Schar School student and a recent graduate, examine corporate profit versus public good and their impacts on the core of America’s justice system
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In an uncertain economy, professionals may find that returning to school for an MBA can be a productive way to sharpen skills and add credentials while working to launch the next stage of their careers.
Virginia Tech’s Evening MBA program, based in the university’s Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church, has attracted many new students this fall for several reasons, said MBA programs director Dana Hansson. These include its stellar reputation and top 20 national ranking; dedicated faculty, many with industry experience; extensive alumni network; and great value.
Those who majored in science, engineering and other nonbusiness disciplines as undergraduates — such as Ryan Feber, a 2003 Virginia Tech graduate in computer science, and Bryan Gassenmeyer, who earned a degree in industrial and systems engineering at Virginia Tech in 2006 — have found that not only is a prior business education not needed to enroll or excel in an MBA program, but that technical backgrounds can be a basis for diversifying or rounding out knowledge and skills for managing or leading change in today’s data economy.
Others like Cody Neder, a 2014 finance alumnus, and Alexis Monahan, a 2006 graduate in communications and psychology, have lauded the program for the business and management knowledge and skills they’ve gained and the rich contributions to their learning from faculty and classmates with diverse professional backgrounds.
And, because life circumstances can change, a program that offers flexibility and affordability — students can shift between full-time and part-time status and apply for paid graduate assistantships — are two more pluses.
Maryann Romero’s experience reflects both these benefits. A stay-at-home mom at the time with an undergraduate degree in communications and rhetorical studies from Syracuse University, Romero finished up in two-and-a-half years and credits the program for opening the door to a new career as a client insights analyst at a media analytics company.
Lastly, Virginia Tech’s caring and supportive community of faculty and staff left a lasting impression on Nicholle Clinton, who received a marketing degree in 2007 and currently expects to complete her MBA in December 2020. Clinton coped with a series of serious family illnesses and losses during her senior year as well as early in her MBA studies. She is grateful for the compassion and assistance she received during both periods from the teaching faculty and program staff.
Learn more about how Virginia Tech can support your career goals at mba.vt.edu.
Address: 305 Charles Alexander Court
Neighborhood: Colonial Park
Expansive home with ample space to work, educate and entertain. Located only 7 miles from the Capitol and minutes from Reagan National Airport, Crystal City/Amazon HQ2 and the Metro, 305 Charles Alexander Court, known as “Mount Ida” stands on a hill in the tradition of a neoclassical mansion and possesses distant views of the Potomac River and the hills of Washington, D.C.
Architectural changes over the years have incorporated the classical tradition including plaster over masonry interior walls, high ceilings, antique chandeliers, arched doorways, Beaux Arts paneling and moldings, plaster friezes and a spectacular entryway, all the while including such modern amenities as a gourmet, eat-in kitchen with semi-precious granite counter tops, top of the line appliances, renovated bathrooms and a gas generator.
These features combined with generous off-street parking and elegant, spacious rooms provide an ideal setting for entertaining while maintaining the warmth and comfort of a home that is perfect for daily living. Expansive outdoor areas are perfect for entertaining during the pandemic while following social distancing guidelines and enjoying the gardens.
The property sits in the neighborhood with the Alexandria Country Day School and is only three blocks from the St. Stephens and St. Agnes lower school. NO SIGN ON PROPERTY
Maria J. Smith
Arlington Realty, Inc.
(703) 987-0954 (C)
(703) 836-6000 (O)
Address: 723 S Union Street
Neighborhood: Backyard Boats
723 South Union Street is a unique offering. This east facing brick residence is located in the desirable riverfront Southeast Quadrant of Old Town Alexandria.
The property offers a gracious, open floor plan that makes large scale entertaining a breeze. The light filled living spaces are highlighted with custom moldings and millwork including lovely built-in bookcases in the living room and second floor library. The gourmet eat-in kitchen has top quality custom cabinetry, stone counters and a suite of GE Monogram appliances.
Twin glass doors provide access to a spacious walled terrace; the perfect place to enjoy a warm Autumn evening. There are 3 large bedrooms plus a lower level den all with walk-in closets and en-suite bathrooms. One of which, the owner’s suite is outfitted with three generous closets. The owner’s bath offers double vanities, walk-in shower and separate soaking tub.
An oversized underground 2 car garage and an elevator that services all 4 levels provide convenience and comfort not commonly found in Old Town.