Kitchen Hood Venting Requirements

In faulty construction practices when building or remodeling a kitchen, unskilled or unqualified contractors can vent the kitchen hood improperly, which could potentially create a fire or other hazardous condition.  Here are the ...

Först’s Construction Errors Services Featured in Middleburg Life Magazine

When local resident Michele Mitchell noticed huge construction errors on her 2,600-square-foot home remodel, she didn’t know who to turn to. She searched the Internet for a professional home inspector–someone who could help. But ...

ADA Compliance and Building Codes

In September 2010, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) published the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life. This includes schools, jobs, ...

How to Find a Construction Expert

When building or remodeling a home, not everything always goes smoothly. It’s unfortunate, but it happens. Contractors take shortcuts, construction errors are made, or disputes arise between the homeowner and the contractor. When ...

Pool, Spa or Hot Tub Permit Requirements

Did you know that if you wanted to add a swimming pool to your residential property that there are permits, documents and fees required? Fairfax County, for example, requires a permit for the installation of a residential swimming ...

Beware the Dangers of ZIP System Exterior Sheathing

As construction experts, we notice when new home construction is going up in our region of Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. And one thing we’ve been noticing is the frequent use of a new exterior sheathing product called Zip ...

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Understanding Contractor Payments

There is a lot to understand when working with a contractor, not the least of which are the contractor payment requirements that come along with any construction project. Understanding how they work can be to your advantage. Contractor ...

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What is an Overdrilled Beam or Stud?

When Först Consulting Group is performing a detailed inspection, one of the things we can cite as a code violation is an overdrilled beam or stud. This is especially critical if it is a structural, load-bearing beam. But just what does ...

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Common Issues With Metal Roofs

Although shingled roofs are most common, there are still a number of people who prefer a metal. A metal roof is beautiful, durable and requires little, if any, maintenance. But there are still common issues with metal roofs that we’ll ...

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Do I Need to Worry About Insulation in Summer?

Although most people think about insulating their homes against winter’s cold, summer is also a time when insulation plays an important role. Insulation was designed to aid in controlling heat flow between the outside and inside of ...