Local Real Estate News
- Check out all of the transportation projects underway or planned for Reston here on Fairfax County’s Dept. of Transportation interactive map
- See the most popular amenities in Virginia and Maryland
- Most Millennials in D.C. can’t afford to buy a home (Curbed D.C.) — “The factors holding them back? 81 percent say they can’t afford it, 49 percent are waiting to get married before buying and 51 percent say they’re simply not ready to settle down.”
- Trulia: Buying 32% cheaper than renting in the D.C. area (Urban Turf D.C.)
- These architects designed and built a concept for building affordable homes over existing parking lots (Contemporist)
- And just for fun, next time you’re in D.C.: Here are 15 must-try sandwiches, according to Washington City Paper
Upcoming Local Events
- Operation Medicine Cabinet — Sponsored by Fairfax County and the United Prevention Coalition. Bring your unused and unwanted medication from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 3o to Fairfax County Police’s Reston District Station, 12000 Bowman Towne Dr., and it will be properly destroyed. (Via RestonNow)
- Home & Garden Expo — Host by the Reston Association (RA). 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 30 (rain or shine) at 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive. Get advice on interior and exterior home improvements from a variety of experts and exhibitors. Free.
- And if you venture to D.C. … The Smithsonian Gardens will host Garden Fest, from 10 a.m. to 2 :30 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Haupt Garden (south side of Smithsonian Castle). This year’s program will celebrate National Public Gardens Day with activities focused on how to make healthy, beautiful gardens. Visitors can relax in the magnificent garden, enjoy musical performances by Bay Jazz Project, learn about the environmental benefits of TapIt and get tips from Smithsonian Gardens’ horticulturists on how to cultivate their green thumbs. Free.
Office Interior Design Guide
Depending on the amount of office space your building possesses, you will have a chance to make it into something better than what it was before. Lasting changes will take good planning, so your office area will need to have a professional and practical look that combines appeal and usefulness in a flawless way. It can be a really good idea to redesign after you’re handling office moving with a professional moving company. There are some tips you can use to make a difference, such as the following:
Office Planning — Each office is made for a different purpose, so you should consider what you really want and how you want to improve upon it. For people who happen to be working in the same area, you will need to consider how you can reinvent the office you have into something both interesting and practical in nature. You will need to see the difference between the number of visitors to the area and how you can improve upon it.
Planning the layout is a really important part of the job, so you need to work on it early on. Some offices will be a lot better when working with open spaces, while on the other hand some may find the need to make some serious changes in the environment, turning it into a cubicle farm due to individual preferences or company policy. Either way works as long as you know what you want and you do this with aesthetics in mind. Adapt to the needs of your employees as much as the needs of the company, as all of this will be of equal importance. Good interior design can lower overall stress levels, helping to boost productivity, while bad one can really drag people down and their moods as well.
Prior Design Planning — The one thing you have to work hard on is the potential for adaptability of your designs. What do we mean by that? You have to make sure your future changes will not be difficult to implement, so make sure you stay fluid in your equipment and furniture, allowing you a chance to change things around on the fly if need be. Avoid making things absolutely set in stone in terms of installation of furniture and interior design, as fluidity will allow you to update styles with greater ease, rather than struggling with the little things. Office moving would allow you to make for some really good solutions, so make sure you work on planning before the moving company brings over all your potential belongings.
The Importance of Flooring — Floors are one of the most important parts of your office, especially since they will see a lot of traffic and will need to be made of sturdy and long-lasting surfaces. There are some options you can really make use of, from carpeting to other similar choices, but you have to consider how it will fit in with the rest of your designs. There are quite a few ways you can do this in an aesthetically pleasing way, so look for all potential options before you move on with the actual task.
Keeping Utilities Under Control — Air ducts, plumbing, fixture and electrical work will be something you need to leave alone during most redesigns unless you’re willing to handle a lot more work than needs to be done. Try to work on this only when you need to, as it will be something that would be too much during smaller redesign jobs. Use the chance to do redesigns after a removal if you can.
—McEnearney Associates, “Office Interior Design Guide”
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