Source: Fairfax County Times Homes & Gardens Friday -Sunday, December 27-29, 2019
Practices for more spacious, attractive and comfortable townhouses
By John Byrd SPECIAL TO THE FAIRFAX COUNTY TIMES
Last week, Fairfax County
Times featured one of three re-
cent award-winning townhouse
renovation projects: a retired
Alexandria couple looking for
a way to make better use of a
grilling deck on their home’s side
elevation. This week, part two
will feature the expansion of the
middle of a three-level Merrifield
Increasing the living space in a townhouse requires a demanding set of skills.
“There are usually structural and building code issues involved,” says remodeler Sonny Nazemian. “We often discover that the original builder did not optimize the space plan in the build-out, so there’s a lot of wasted square footage that can be put to better use.”
Nazemian should know, as founder and CEO of Michael Nash Kitchens and Homes, the remodeler has renovated hun- dreds of townhomes, frequently winning top peer awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, the National Association of Home Builders and Qualified Remodeler Magazine among–other purveyors of highest quality work.
That being said, the investment incentive for renovating a local townhouse has been steadily improving. In the past 12 months, real estate assessments for townhomes in northern Virginia have increased at a faster annual rate (3.15 percent) than single family homes (2.36 percent) — and with new metro stations driving demand, resale values are growing.
Add to this homeowner passion for both long-term occupancy and distinctive interior design and it’s clear that there’s a “sea change” in attitudes about townhomes.
“Expectations for townhomes have evolved,” Nazemian observes. “As a company, we’ve been instrumental in introducing expanded plans with enhanced storage capacity, cleaner sight- lines and designs that truly satisfy personal, functional and aesthetic considerations. Townhouse renovation has become one of the real frontiers in northern Virginia’s very dynamic housing market.” <Read More>