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April
25

Kitchen Island Inspiration

Kitchen Island

Whether your goal is to increase your amount of counter space, add more seating, or expand your storage options, a kitchen island is an excellent addition to your home. Our real estate agents know that a kitchen island is an adaptable feature that many potential homebuyers find highly appealing. Check out these design and style ideas for making the most of your home's kitchen island. 

Kitchen Island Colors

  • Opt for an Island in a Different Color
    If you want to explore a two-toned look for your kitchen cabinets, but aren't sure how to embrace this trend in your kitchen, consider installing a kitchen island that's a different color than the rest of your kitchen cabinets. Since your kitchen island is typically a feature that you want to highlight and draw attention to, choosing a color that's different than the rest of your kitchen will help it stand out. A kitchen island is also a perfect option to add bright pops of color to your kitchen without overwhelming the space. When it's time to add your home to the list of Augusta County homes for sale, your kitchen will boast an updated look that will appeal to prospective buyers. 

    Mobile Kitchen Island

    • Consider a Mobile Kitchen Island
      Not entirely sure that you want a permanent kitchen island or unsure about the placement and size of your island? A mobile kitchen island is an excellent, affordable way to add a kitchen island without the expense and commitment of a built-in island. You can experiment with different placements and positions for the island, and if the size doesn't work for your needs, you can always upgrade it to a larger version. 
    • Allow for Ample Walkaround Space
      It's inconvenient to have to squeeze through your kitchen or wait for someone to move before you can access a specific area. Check that your kitchen island is the appropriate size for your kitchen space and offers clearance of at least 48 inches between the island and your cabinets or other structures. 

    Kitchen Storage

    • Add Storage Features
      Take a few moments to think about what features you wish your kitchen had. Do you wish you had pull-out shelves for your heavy appliances? Or, perhaps you would love to have a slide-out prep station so you can slide food scraps directly into the trash? Maybe you would love open shelving to display your favorite dishes and cookbooks? Your kitchen island gives you the opportunity to add these things to your kitchen. While you may not be able to add every single feature with one kitchen island, you can definitely add a few features that will make your kitchen more functional. If you decide to add your home to the inventory of Staunton homes for sale, a kitchen with convenient features for food preparation, cooking, and cleanup will stand out to potential buyers. 
    • Explore Different Shapes 
      Even though many kitchen islands are rectangular, this isn't your only option for the shape of your island. For example, you can have a curved or circular kitchen island built. Or, you can even combine two shapes for a truly unique look. 
    • Use Multiple Materials
      If you know that you'll be using your kitchen island for multiple functions, consider using multiple materials to add sections to the island. Assume that you plan to use your island for food preparation, light work, and dining. You can have a stone counter for the portion of the island that you plan to use for food prep and a wood counter for the area of the island where you plan to eat and work. 

    Outdoor Kitchen

    • Don't Forget Your Outdoor Kitchen
      For some reason, kitchen islands are usually only associated with indoor kitchens. However, a kitchen island can be just as beneficial for an outdoor kitchen. Since an outdoor kitchen is usually a secondary cooking space, it often lacks the storage and functionality of a primary kitchen. You can create your own outdoor kitchen island with a sturdy stainless steel cart. If you prefer a little bit more pizzazz or want a concealed storage area, deconstruct a shower curtain to hang around the perimeter of the cart. 

    Want a kitchen with more space for a kitchen island? Contact us today to upgrade your home!

    April
    18

    Staycations in Rockingham County

    Rockingham Staycation

    When it's time for vacation, do you head to the great outdoors or immerse yourself in cultural and historical attractions? However you spend your leisure time, you'll find it around Rockingham County. Plan a memorable staycation featuring these great activities and locations recommended by our real estate agents

    • Rosendale Inn - 17917 Farmhouse Lane, New Market, VA 22844
      Steep yourself in more than two centuries of Shenandoah Valley history at Rosendale Inn. Since its opening in 1790, this charming bed and breakfast has hosted presidents, foreign ministers, and other noted figures. Its convenient location, not far from New Market homes for sale, provides easy access to vineyards and other local attractions. Choose from four presidential-named suites or the Joseph Salyards Cottage, named for a prominent local scholar and educator.

    • Edith J. Carrier Arboretum - 800 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22807
      Located on the campus of James Madison University, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum is a 125-acre woodland sanctuary and botanical garden. Its namesake, the wife of a former JMU president, was a tireless ambassador for the school. The dog-friendly arboretum includes 3.5 miles of trails where visitors can view wildflowers, trees, birds, and wildlife. Programs and events, such as Nature Study and Wildflower Walks, give people of all ages a chance to learn more about the natural features of these stunning grounds right down the street from Harrisonburg homes for sale. Hours are dawn to dusk daily, and admission is free for all visitors.

    • Grand Caverns - 5 Grand Caverns Dr., Grottoes, VA 24441
      Star in your own science fiction movie when you enter the Grand Caverns. This incredible site is only minutes from Grottoes homes for sale, but it feels like a whole other world. The caverns include more than 200 verified Civil War signatures, providing a fascinating link to a major chapter in Virginia's history. When you're ready to go top-side, enjoy a game of mini-golf or relax by the pool. Don't forget to make a stop in the gift shop for a t-shirt to commemorate your visit. Grand Caverns is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visit the website for tour information and prices. 

    • Massanutten Water Park - 1200 Adventure Dr., McGaheysville, VA 22840
      The whole family can make a big splash at Massanutten Water Park, within a short distance from McGaheysville homes for sale. With indoor and outdoor facilities, the water's fine any time of year. Indoor features, including the Endless Wave, where kids can hang ten, are heated to a constant 84°F. The outdoor park, which is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, includes three new water slides. When the kids are ready for a break, challenge them to games at Diamond Jim's Arcade. Visit the website for the current schedule and prices.
    • Swift Run Campground & Pool - 19540 Spotswood Trail, Elkton, VA 22827
      Fall asleep under the stars at Swift Run Campground & Pool, "where the road ends, and nature begins," by Elkton homes for sale. The main campground has a total of 50 sites for tents and RVs up to 44', with space for an additional eight tents on the overflow site. A heated shower house is open year-round, while two swimming pools are available during the summer months. Kids will have fun with catch-and-release fishing in the nearby pond, and the Swift Run Gap entrance to the iconic Appalachian Trail is only 1.5 miles away. Holidays are a special time at the campgrounds, with pig roasts, karaoke, and other delightful activities. Rates are $25 per night for tents and $32 per couple per night for full hook-up.

    • White Oak Lavender Farm - 2644 Cross Keys Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      Once you visit White Oak Lavender Farm, you may never want to leave. Lavender is a versatile flower with soothing properties and applications ranging from cooking to bath and body products. The Haushalter family's farm grows more than 8,00 lavender plants, which are used in products sold on-site. Their Purple WOLF Vineyard, whose name includes an acronym of the farm, produces wines that may be sampled and purchased in the tasting room. Learn more about this fascinating place with a self-guided audio tour of the farm and entrance to the Discovery Area, with interactive gardens, farm animals, a life-size checkerboard, a pond, and picnic tables. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Admission is $3 per person and $12 for families of up to five members. 

    Life in Rockingham County is like a never-ending vacation. Learn more about Rockingham homes for sale when you contact us at Old Dominion Realty.

    April
    11

    Start Your Morning With Brunch in Harrisonburg

    Harrisonburg Restaurants

    Harrisonburg is known for having some of the best culinary options that Virginia has to offer, with everything from upscale international cuisine to casual family fare. Many of your favorite dining destinations around Harrisonburg County also feature excellent brunch menus, perfect for a family meal, an outing with friends, or a morning date with your special someone. Our real estate agents have all of the delightful details on 8 of the best places to enjoy a morning brunch around Harrisonburg.

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    • Magpie Diner – 85 W. Gay St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802
      A local favorite near Harrisonburg homes for sale offering breakfast, lunch, and of course, brunch, the Magpie Diner is a great place for a morning meal. No matter what time you stop in for your meal, you're in for an excellent dining experience and friendly, attentive service.

    • Joshua Wilton House – 412 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      Housed in a Victorian-era mansion, the Joshua Wilton House is part inn, part restaurant, and all elegance. You don't have to be a guest to enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant, but the unique rooms here make it a perfect place for a staycation close to home. If you do choose to stay at the Inn, you'll be treated to a delicious, complimentary morning meal.

    • Cinnamon Bear Bakery & Deli – 600 University Blvd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      For a relaxing, casual brunch with tons of healthy food options on the menu, try a trip to Cinnamon Bear Bakery & Deli. With a college atmosphere, a menu focused on fresh, healthy ingredients, and breakfast food offered all day long, this is a place where you can enjoy brunch on any day of the week.

    • Montpelier Restaurant and Bar – 710 S. Main St., Ste. 149, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      Not sure what you'd like to order for brunch? On weekend mornings, the elegant Montpelier Restaurant and Bar has an outstanding breakfast/brunch buffet where you can sample a little bit of everything. The buffet features plenty of brunch favorites, including eggs, bacon, sausage, roasted potatoes, fresh fruit, french toast, an oatmeal bar, and tons of sweet treats to finish off your meal.

    • Little Grill Collective – 612 N. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802
      In the mood for brunch with plenty of vegetarian options? The Little Grill Collective is a cafe owned and operated by its workers, with a menu that emphasizes locally sourced, plant-based ingredients. The brunch menu here is mostly filled with vegan and vegetarian options and offers some meat-based meals for the carnivores in your group.

    • Clementine Cafe – 153 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      Located in the historic building that was once home to the Strand Theater, Clementine Cafe is an artsy, atmospheric dining spot known for its live entertainment in the evenings and the excellent brunch offered here on weekend mornings. The award-winning outdoor patio is decorated with beautiful plants and local art, providing the ideal atmosphere for an enchanting brunch. Clementine Cafe offers a brunch menu every Saturday and Sunday, from 9:00 AM through 3:00 PM, just in case you're in the mood for a late brunch.

    • Capital Ale House – 41-A Court Sq., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      Known for its taproom that features one of the best craft beer selections in all of Virginia, the Capital Ale House is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious brunch after a night on the town. Choose from an eclectic selection of entrees like Welsh Rarebit, Frittata Italiano, or a Bourbon-Caramel Candied Apple Waffle, then pair it with your favorite beverage from the bar. The all-inclusive brunch special includes an entree, sides, dessert, and up to three handcrafted beverages.

    • The Golden Pony – 181 N. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802
      For a pub-style brunch in a relaxed, inviting atmosphere, simply pull up a chair at one of the tables on the outdoor patio at The Golden Pony. Brunch is served here on weekend mornings, with classics like biscuits & gravy, shrimp & grits, and Belgian waffles, as well as healthy options like the quinoa cake. Be sure to leave room to sample one of the delicious desserts like carrot cake, bread pudding, or a slice of vegan cheesecake topped with seasonal fruit.

    Your next fantastic meal is never far away when you live in Harrisonburg, and our team is here to help you find the perfect home in the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Harrisonburg, VA area.

    April
    4

    Helpful Tips for Planting a Tree This Spring

    Tree Planting

    Trees provide some much-needed shade in the summer and can even attract beautiful birds to your land. The right trees may also increase the value of your property as they improve your home's curb appeal. If you've been looking for the perfect time to add a new tree to your landscape, that time has come. Spring is the best season for tree planting. To help ensure your trees grow strong and healthy, our real estate agents have some helpful tips to share.

    • Plan Ahead When Choosing a Planting Site
      When deciding where to plant a tree, make sure you consider how your home and yard will look with a mature tree in that spot. Ensure the tree won't interfere with your home or structures once it's grown. 

    • Choose the Right Tree for the Site
      Consider the conditions in the site where you'll be planting, and choose a tree that can thrive under those conditions. For example, if you're planting in a shady area, you need a tree that tolerates shade. If your soil is poorly drained, look for a tree that can tolerate some flooding. Take your time reading the labels at your local garden center to ensure you pick a suitable tree.

    • Remove the Container
      While you can technically plant a tree that's been wrapped in burlap, doing so will slow down the tree's root growth. So, whether the tree is contained in burlap, wire casing, or a plastic pot, it's best to remove the root container before planting.

    • Create a Wide Hole
      When digging a hole in which to plant your tree, you need to make sure that the hole is wide enough. The loose soil in the hole around the root ball makes it easier for the tree's roots to expand when it first begins growing. Experts generally recommend the hole is at least three times as wide as your tree's root ball, but it's perfectly okay to dig wider than this.

    • Don't Pack the Soil Too Tightly
      After you put the root ball in the hole, you'll need to refill the hole with loose soil. Be careful not to pack this soil down too tightly. Pack it firmly enough that it holds the tree upright, but not so firmly that the tree's roots will struggle to push through it.

    Mulch

    • Mulch Around the Tree
      After you plant the tree, put some mulch around it. Organic mulch will break down over time, serving as a natural fertilizer for the tree as it grows. Wood mulch tends to look the nicest, but you can use pine needles, straw, or even leaf litter if desired.

      When mulching around the tree, be careful not to pile the mulch directly against the trunk. Doing this could trap moisture against the tree trunk, leading to rot.

    Water

    • Avoid Overwatering
      Sometimes homeowners, having the best of intentions, end up overwatering their young trees after planting. Overwatering the tree can be even worse than not watering it enough. Long-term exposure to overly moist soil can cause root rot, which will eventually cause your tree to wither and die.

      A good strategy is to always test your soil before watering. Stick your finger or a stick into the soil, and see if it's still moist an inch or two beneath the surface. If the soil at this level is still moist enough to clump together, your tree does not need watering yet. When you determine that the tree does need watering, make sure you water for long enough to penetrate into the deeper soil. Consider setting a hose about a foot from the tree, then letting it flood the area for about an hour.

    planting tips

    • Wait a Year Before Fertilizing
      The soil and mulch should contain enough nutrients to sustain the young tree for its first year. Fertilizing too soon after planting can cause the roots to remain "stuck" in the area where you dug rather than expanding out into the surrounding soil.

      Once a year passes, you can fertilize the tree, but make sure you use a fertilizer formulated specifically for young trees. General-purpose fertilizers are sometimes too high in nitrogen, which can cause a tree to develop too much foliage and not enough branch growth.

    If you follow the tips above when planting your trees, you should have many years of shade and beauty to look forward to. If you're new to the area and still looking for Staunton homes for sale, feel free to contact us. We'll help you find the perfect spot so you can plant your own trees next spring.

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