Building Codes in Virginia

by staff on September 14, 2014

Virginia Building CodesOne of the main focuses of our own real estate business in Central Virginia is rural property.  That might mean farms … gentleman farms or working farms … and often it involves the acquisition of raw land for a variety of purposes.  A very common request comes from folks who’re looking for a great home property to fit their needs and if that home isn’t readily available, they want to consider the purchase of land with the intention of building their own homes or structures on it.   This can be a really great open-ended plan for your real estate search.

You will likely want professional help to incorporate existing building codes into your site selection.  This sounds simple.  It might be simple.  It’s often not simple.

If you decide to go it alone, below are some sites that can show you the range of codes and restrictions that exist in Virginia for new construction.  For example … depending upon where your perfect intended building is located … you could be required to have a variety of safety or parking space requirements.  Some counties limit access to highways.  Some local codes specify the measurements of your eave overhangs or sidewalk placement.  Local ordinances or deed restrictions may dictate the style or size of your structure.  It all depends on a lot of factors.

Starting with the broad picture, all structures in Virginia must comply with Virginia State Residential building code.  In addition there are Virginia county codes and here’s an example of the Albemarle County building code in Charlottesville’s own county.  And if you’re in the City of Charlottesville you would have to abide by the Charlottesville City building code as well.

This is one reason why…. even though you intend to build your own home … our services as realtors are vital to the success of your plans.  Not to toot our own horns (well a little, maybe), we can save you a lot of hassle by connecting you to the relevant information BEFORE you commit to something that could break your heart.

We do more than open doors for buyers, despite what you may have heard.  With new construction we can connect you to appropriate areas, architects, soil inspectors, surveyors, and others you’ll need along the way.  We are your advocates in meetings with builders and designers, helping you to get the best prices and to understand your choices for your Wish List.

If you choose to work directly with a builder, we can guide you to prevent losing your earnest money during your transaction, because things can fall apart due to misunderstandings.  A builder’s representative is hired to protect the financial interests of the builder, not the buyer.  We know how to assure you that customary contingencies are put in place in your contracts to protect your financial interests.  We can help you prioritize possible upgrades as far as which ones will be better for resale.  We can find out about the pricing and margins involved in the upgrades, whether from a builder or from Home Depot.

We understand your desire for autonomy and a simpler life.  But even though the tv series about The Waltons may have had its roots in scenic Central VA,  a lot has changed since the family could just go out and start banging out a new building.   Yes, even if that building is on your own land that you previously purchased for your perfect retreat.   We don’t cost you money.  We save you money.    Find a realtor that you’re comfortable with…. and then let them help you.





New Plans For Charlottesville Coca Cola Building

by staff on September 13, 2014

Coca Cola Building in Charlottesville VAA few years ago we told you about plans to develop the Coca-Cola building on Charlottesville’s Preston Ave. after it was purchased for intended renovation. Those plans did not materialize.

Now the 38,000 sq.ft. building …. which was built in an Art Deco style in 1939 and was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013 … has been purchased by the local Riverbend Development.  They have contracted with a local Belmont pub to be the first of their new businesses, with a beer hall and garden on the main level.  When you think about it, there might be some logical overlap in the architectural needs of soft drink bottling and a beer garden.

At this time their plan is to have offices on the 2nd floor.  That plan will allow the remaining ground floor loading docks to become street level businesses.



Charlottesville’s Downtown Walking Mall and Lee Park
September 19 – 20, 2014

This partnership with Albemarle County Farm Bureau and Local Food Hub is to celebrate local farmers and food providers and support agriculture education. The festivities begin on Friday September 19th at 6:00PM with a Farm to Family Dinner at participating restaurants while the Main Street Arena is sponsoring Public Skate for Agriculture Education. Saturday will begin at 10:00AM with free fun at Lee Park and the Walking Mall. There will be cooking demos by local chefs starting at 3:00PM with closing ceremonies at Main Street Arena featuring local farmer and Nashville County star Tommy Wood. Please visit Charlottesville Main Street Agriculture Event.


September 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Ari Kelman is the McCabe Greer Professor of History at Penn State University. He won the Bancroft Prize for his book, A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling over the Memory of Sand Creek. Alan Taylor is the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor at UVA. He won the Pulitzer Prize for History for his book, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832. A book signing will follow this forum. For more information please visit the Miller Center website.


Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello

September 9, 2014

September 13, 2013 9:00Am to 6:00PM Monticello’s West Lawn Charlottesville, VA This is the 8th annual Heritage Harvest Festival with workshops and lectures, chef demonstrations, a tasting tent, seed swaps and more! Pre festival events start September 11th and 12th, 2013. For tickets and schedule of events please visit The Heritage Harvest Festival website.

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Buddy Can You Spare a Ride

September 1, 2014

We’ll try to keep an Uber open mind about this new ride-sharing service that’s come to Charlottesville.   The way it works (in a perfect world) drivers of mid/full sized cars can register with a firm named Uber.  After clearance and background checks, those drivers are available to the public on the Uber phone app where the public can […]

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UVa Scholar Returns For Forum

August 31, 2014

In light of the recent news events from Ferguson MO, this forum which is scheduled at the UVa Miller Center seems even more timely. On Sept. 24, 2014 at 11:00, author Vesla Weaver will speak to the public about her book called Arresting Citizenship-The Democratic Consequences of American Crime Control.   She is a an assistant professor […]

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Poochapoolza-Charlottesville The Festival for Dog People!

August 29, 2014

September 6, 2014 12:00 PM Tonsler Park Cherry Avenue Charlottesville, VA Join dog owners from Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene and Nelson counties in celebrating all things dog! There will be music, games, contests, food for you and your pet, exhibiters as well as a local vet offering vaccinations, trainers and groomers. You may even find an […]

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Taste of The Mountains Main Street Festival

August 25, 2014

August 30, 2014 9AM to 4PM Main Street Madison, VA This is a fun event for the entire family to enjoy! There is live music, food, crafts, games, wine tasting and even pony rides! Free parking is at the high school with shuttle buses running throughout the day. Please visit Madison County Chamber of Commerce […]

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They’re Baaaaacckkk

August 24, 2014

College towns are great.  Just like Capistrano’s swallows, the UVa students are flocking into Charlottesville again this weekend for the fall school year.   The university continues to expand the size of its first year class … this year’s approximately 3,690 first year students represent 173 more 1st-year students than last year . For businesses and townspeople alike, the […]

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