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May
25

Get Started With Composting This Summer

Compost RVA

Composting may not be the most exciting topic for a new homeowner, but it's important to remember its impact. The lush green lawns surrounding the most impressive Richmond homes for sale are fed by the nutrients found in compost. If this is your first venture into home gardening, or you want to enhance your efforts, adding composting is an effective option. Get started with these tips. 

  1. Select a Location
    The ideal spot for a compost heap or bin is a level space with good drainage and partial shade. The object is to keep the pile moist, not wet or dry. You must also ensure that it is not accessible to dogs and cats. Allow for about three to five feet in both width and depth. Avoid concrete and asphalt as a base as they hinder microbial growth.

  2. Accumulate Compost Ingredients
    These include fruits and vegetables, coffee grounds, tea, leaves, wood, shredded paper, and cardboard. Avoid animal byproducts such as bones and dairy items, fatty or oily foods, fecal material, and any garden waste that was treated with pesticides or weed killer. If you have had sick plants, do not include that material, either. 

  3. Add Organic Materials and a Nitrogen Source
    A successful compost heap is built on nitrogen and carbon compounds. The nitrogen is derived from green materials, such as grass clippings, while carbon comes from brown sources such as twigs and straw. Since they take longer to break down than green materials, start with a layer of brown debris. Build it up to about six inches. Your next layer should be green materials, including kitchen waste. Again, make this layer about six inches high. Continue building this organic "parfait" until you run out of materials or reach the desired height. Lightly water each layer as you go. Tamp them down, but don't pack tightly.
    While not a hard and fast rule, many gardeners find that adding nitrogen fertilizer helps initiate the breaking down of the organic materials. 

  4. Water and Turn Materials
    Hopefully, nature will provide most of the moisture you need in the form of rain. But sometimes, the weather may need a little help, and you'll have to water the pile yourself. The goal is to keep the pile moist but not wet, like a damp sponge. A handful should feel moist, but not leave your hand wet when you dump it out. Decomposition creates heat in the middle and bottom of the pile, but aeration releases oxygen to the rest of the pile and encourages the growth of microorganisms. As a general rule, you should turn the pile every three to seven days, depending upon weather and rate of decomposition.

Following these steps will help you create the initial pile, but you may need to troubleshoot the process as you go. If there is a foul odor, your pile is not getting enough air and should be turned. If it is soggy, there is too much water, and you will need to add dry materials as you turn it. If the compost is damp but not warming up throughout the pile, your ratio of "brown to green" is too high. Add nitrogen ingredients such as grass clippings, manure, or a commercial nitrogen fertilizer. 

If you're still looking for that perfect garden space, our real estate agents would be happy to help you find it. Contact us to arrange a tour of the finest homes in the Richmond area.

May
17

About the Walkable Neighborhoods in Richmond

RVA Walkable Neighborhoods

Do you love to live in a walkable neighborhood with plenty of attractions and key services located within walking distance of your home? Walking is such a healthy activity for both body and mind, so it's no surprise that so many shoppers are increasingly looking for a walkable neighborhood to call home. Richmond is one of the most walkable cities in Virginia, with various scenic, amenity-packed neighborhoods to choose from when shopping for your next home. Our real estate agents are here to help you learn more about all of the vibrant, walkable neighborhoods that are waiting for you in Richmond.

About the Walkable Neighborhoods in Richmond

  • Shopping, Food, and Fun in Carytown
    If shopping, dining, and family-friendly attractions are must-haves for you, then you're sure to love all of the fun that's located within walking distance in Carytown. This neighborhood covers about 10 blocks and is packed with some of the most diverse dining options in the city with loads of international flair. Near all of the great dining options, you will enjoy tons of shopping, including the outstanding Ellwood Thompson's market, where you will find fresh, organic produce and so much more.

  • Entertainment and Education Meet in the Downtown Arts District
    If you've been searching for Richmond homes for sale in a neighborhood that's filled with entertainment options, the Arts District is the perfect place to start. This is where you'll find some of the city's most exciting entertainment venues, as well as the historic campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. The National is an amazing music venue that attracts some of the best talents in the industry for shows, while the Virginia Repertory Theatre is a great place to catch a play or musical. In this neighborhood, you will also be able to enjoy frequent outdoor festivals all year long.

  • Art and History Meet in the Museum District
    The Museum District ranks as one of Richmond's most walkable neighborhoods, and as you might expect, it's an excellent place to live if you love to explore fascinating museums. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is the main attraction, and it regularly ranks as one of the 10 best art museums in the country. The Virginia Museum of History and Culture is an amazing place to learn about local history, and there are also a variety of fun, smaller museums located throughout the neighborhood.

  • Walking Is a Great Workout in Church Hill
    While the Church Hill neighborhood offers plenty to see and do, the big attraction for avid walkers will be the especially good workout that walking in this neighborhood provides. The hill part of Church Hill is an accurate description because this neighborhood has a fairly steep uphill climb that's perfect for a walking workout. Near the bottom of the hill, you can enjoy a flatter, more leisurely walk along the river, with great waterfront scenery.

  • Monroe Ward Rated as Richmond's Most Walkable Neighborhood
    Walk Score 
    is a website that ranks neighborhoods for walkability in cities all around the country, and they ranked Monroe Ward as the most walkable neighborhood in all of Richmond. There are more than 100 restaurants, bars, and coffee shops located within walking distance in Monroe Ward, so it's easy to find a great place to recharge after an enjoyable walk. 

Are you ready to find your next home in one of Richmond's walkable neighborhoods? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

May
10

Are You Making These Interior Design Mistakes?

Interior Design

Designing a beautiful home is no easy task. While it may seem simple, it takes a keen, knowledgeable eye to create an interior with that special wow factor! Our real estate agents show a variety of homes that reflect beautiful design style, and we see the difference it makes when buying or selling a home.

As interior designers know, it requires vision, skill, and planning to understand the impact of scale, color, and balance in your home. Many design decisions go into a well-designed interior. In Richmond homes for sale, savvy buyers are looking for interiors that reflect current design trends, so they don't have to sink money into costly design mistakes.

Scale

Scale is so important when designing interior spaces. It's more than just taking measurements to make sure everything fits. Scale means understanding how the size of the room relates to interior furnishings like rugs, furniture, lighting, artwork, and accessories. The slightest mistake can quickly destroy the design style and ambiance in a room. Common design mistakes to avoid:

  • Over-Sized Furnishings – The scale of your furniture must work with the scale of your room. Large rooms with high ceilings are great for oversized sofas, large tables, and heavy armories, but using them in small rooms will make the space feel cramped and uncomfortable.

  • Small Area Rugs – If you fall in love with an area rug that doesn't fit your budget, don't buy a smaller rug just because it does. Area rugs should be anchored under furniture pieces, not floating between them, leaving the room feeling sparse and unfinished.

Color

Colors used in paints, wallpapers, textiles, window treatments, rugs, and accessories have a big impact on your room's comfort and light. While lighter colors reflect light and make rooms feel more spacious, darker colors absorb light, making rooms feel smaller. When choosing interior colors, avoid mistakes that may create an uncomfortable room:

  • Dark Colors – Using dark colors on low ceilings or walls in small rooms can create a gloomy, uncomfortable space that feels claustrophobic, especially when rooms have minimal natural light from windows and doors.

  • Glossy Paints – While high-gloss and semi-gloss paints are great for doors and trim, they often create too much sheen on walls and ceilings. Glossy paints should be avoided on stucco or textured walls where surfaces are uneven or flawed.

  • Large Patterns – Wallpapers and textiles with large, bold patterns and colors can create a showstopping style in a large room, but they quickly overpower everything else in a small room. Consider your room size, furnishings, and light before choosing large, bold patterns.

Balance

Creating good balance in a room means paying attention to important details like the ceiling height, interesting focal points, and symmetrical or asymmetrical features. To avoid mistakes that ruin balance:

  • Create a focal point

  • Vary heights of furnishings, accessories, and light fixtures

  • Spread colors and patterns evenly throughout the room

If your room has a built-in focal point like a beautiful stone fireplace, emphasize it with spot or track lighting. If there's no focal point in the room, you can create one with a wall of colorful paintings or black and white photos. To create a good balance, keep frame colors and finishes to a minimum and make sure that artwork complements other things in the room. In a bedroom, your bed can serve as the focal point with beautiful quilts, linens, and throw pillows that showcase the room.

If you're interested in buying or selling your home, contact us for more information and opportunities. We can help with all your real estate needs.

May
3

Where to Order Birria Tacos Around Richmond

RVA Tacos

Have you hitched a ride on the birria taco bandwagon? These meat and cheese-stuffed fried tortillas, dipped in a bath of beef consommé, are an explosion of flavors and textures. Our real estate agents share the best places around Richmond to get this new taste sensation.

  • Taqueria Panchito - 6531 Midlothian Tpke., Richmond, VA 23225
    When customers talk about their experience at Taqueria Panchito, the word that comes up time and again is "authentic." With birria tacos on the menu Friday through Sunday and $1 tacos on Wednesday, it's a week-long treat for Mexican food lovers. The al pastor tacos, featuring grilled and marinated pork, are a particular favorite. Visit the sit-down restaurant and ask about the surprise menu options, or check the Facebook page for current location of their food truck. Taqueria Panchito is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  • The Veil Brewing - 4910 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA 23225
    Birria tacos make a perfect partner for the craft beers at The Veil Brewing, a stylish taproom just minutes from Richmond homes for sale. Y Tu Mamá is serving up beef and chicken birria tacos in orders of two and three, along with regular tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. Order online for convenient carryout. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon - 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Big Chile Mexican Tacos - 9515 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23294
    Tacos are one of the original street foods, so it's only fitting they're served out of the Big Chile Mexican Tacos truck. Birria taco combos are a weekend highlight, while the rest of the menu is available all week. According to satisfied customers, two tortillas are definitely needed to handle the generous amounts of meat in Big Chile's tacos. There are picnic tables nearby if you want to enjoy your meal with a side of fresh air and sunshine. Call ahead, and your order will be ready when you arrive. Hours are 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday.

  • Taqueria Y Antojitos El Chido - 6715 Staples Mill Rd., Richmond, VA 23228
    When you get those late-night taco cravings, Taqueria Y Antojitos El Chido is there to help! Birria tacos are a recent addition to an already extensive lineup, including brisket, steak, pork, beef cheeks, and chorizo. Pair your taco with a side of elote, an addictive treat of corn coated with mayonnaise, cotija cheese, and chili powder. If you have a sweet tooth, don't leave without an order of churros, which are just as popular as the savory items. The taqueria is open noon - 11:30 p.m. daily.

  • Shelly's Food Comida Latina - 7304 Staples Mill Rd., Richmond, VA 23228
    When you visit Shelly's Food Comida Latina you're in for an authentic experience with authentic flavors. In addition to birria tacos, Shelly's is known for pupusas, a stuffed cornmeal flatbread that's the national dish of El Salvador. Tacos are $1 on Tuesdays, while pupusas go for the same price on Wednesdays, so you can eat hearty without breaking the bank. Shelly's is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Find out why the New York Times called Richmond a city "on the cutting edge of the arts, food, and recreation." Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties to learn more about homeownership in RVA.

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