by Madeline Pillow on June 30, 2015

Organizing after a Kitchen Remodel

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Moss Building & DesignBy-Madeline Pillow (MPillow@MossBuildingandDesign.com)

 

So, you’ve finished your kitchen remodel. The floors are swept clean from dust and the cabinets have that crisp, new finish that makes you feel like one smudge of your finger will ruin it.

This is the time when you introduce yourself to your kitchen again even though your old friends. And as old friends, you may be more than ready to move all your items back inside. But before you do, drop that spatula and make sure you have a plan first.

Any home remodeling project, including a kitchen remodel, is the perfect time to de-clutter. And the kitchen is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to the non-essential items piling up.

Before putting anything back in your new kitchen, map out where everything should go, and consider the items below.

The kitchen junk drawer

The kitchen junk drawer is both famous and guilty in every household as both a useful and messy drawer. But give it a break—its name is the “junk” drawer after all. The problem with this drawer in the kitchen is that it takes up valuable real estate that could be used for better utility.

If you do want to keep the junk drawer, you need to narrow down its functions. Maybe you just need it to hold extra office supplies like notepads and pencils. Or maybe it should be used for household necessities like batteries.

When this space loses its purpose and becomes a catch-all for everything from hair ties to loose change, it’s time to give the drawer a higher kitchen purpose.

Duplicates

When remodeling, as with any time you have a major cleaning overhaul, you will find that it’s a great time to reevaluate the stuff you have accumulated over the years. You may discover that you have duplicates of many items such as plate sets, place mats or centerpiece vases.

One thing you don’t want is for your kitchen to turn into a storage place for rarely used items. It should be a space of utility and function—after all, it sees the most traffic in your house.

So consider donating unused plate sets or find someone who may have some immediate use for it. You can also find spaces in your kitchen that see less traffic, such as hard to reach shelves or back corners of cabinets if there are items you would like to keep.

One function appliances

Finally, in your kitchen, you may find many one-purpose kitchen appliances are taking up too much space. Appliances that fit this definition are rice cookers, popcorn makers or even toasters.

If you find that you do use your rice cooker often, having this appliance take up the space might be worth it. Otherwise it would be easier to find an alternative that can serve a number of functions like trading out a toaster for a toaster oven. You can even check out some of the new multi-cooking appliances like steam ovens that can be your steamer, rice cooker and oven all in one.

Any kind of remodel is an experience that will ultimately give you an updated space with more usability. Be sure to take advantage of your new space, especially a kitchen remodel, by having an organizational plan of attack that may include some of the tips above!

Remodeling Ideas with the Best Northern VA Kitchen Remodeler

Northern VA Contractor

At MOSS, no project is too big or small. Our team will expertly answer any questions you may have concerning anything from additions, kitchens, bathrooms and basements to handyman services.

Get started with your plans by contacting us to set up a phone consultation with MOSS’ Inside Guide or have one of our experts come to your home for a free in-home estimate at 703-961-7707.

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by Madeline Pillow on June 29, 2015

home remodeling Porch Addition in McLean, VA

 

Moss Building & DesignBy-Madeline Pillow (MPillow@MossBuildingandDesign.com)

In the Northern VA region, we have the joy of enjoying the changing of the seasons. This  is why creating both enjoyable indoor and outdoor living spaces is so important.

Two great ways that you can expand your outdoor space is either through the addition of a deck or a porch.

While both can add great value to your home, there are some slight differences between the two that, depending on how your home and family functions, could be a better choice.

The Difference Between Porches and Decks

Both of these structures are similar in that provide ample outdoor living space. But from here they differ. Most porches will only be featured on the first floor of homes whereas decks can function on a number of levels. A porch as well involves a roof and in some cases is enclosed with screens and/or windows which create an additional living space.

Decks are more open spaces but usually can only be enjoyed in accommodating weather and through certain seasons. Decks have an option of being attached to a home or being an adjacent structure which allows them to take on versatile looks.

home remodeling Open Porch in Annandale, VA

 

Additional Exterior Living Space

To choose between one of these structures, you need to identify what your specific needs are to be sure you choose the right solution.

For a combination of additional interior living space and exterior, an enclosed porch would be a good structure to choose. An enclosed porch can be surrounded by screens or by windows which creates a year-round room that adds to the square footage of your homes footprint.

If you do use screens, you will be able to enjoy warmer months and avoid any bugs. The first picture above, a deck addition in McLean, VA, uses screens for the structure and also features a skylight for increased natural light. The area is a great addition to the home that is convenient and connects to the living and kitchen area.

But with a screened porch, you should be aware that this structure will not be used in colder months.

However, if your intention is to enjoy more of nature, then a deck might be better suited for your needs. Decks aren’t covered by a roof, allow a better connection to the outdoors and would be perfect if you are looking to enjoy cook-outs or surveying a garden.

Decks also have the ability to be housed on different levels of your home. With a deck, there are other options that can be added such as a fire pit, an outdoor kitchen or a gazebo.

Annandale, VA Deck Addition in Annandale, VA

 

If you are thinking about safety, decks that are raised could cause a potential risk for smaller children or pets.

Either choice grants you additional living space which provides you great quality time with your family and a better footprint of your home.

Remodeling Ideas with the Best Northern VA Remodeler

Northern VA Contractor

At MOSS, no project is too big or small. Our team will expertly answer any questions you may have concerning anything from additions, kitchens, bathrooms and basements to handyman services.

Get started with your plans by contacting us to set up a phone consultation with MOSS’ Inside Guide or have one of our experts come to your home for a free in-home estimate at 703-961-7707.

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Cool It! Tips For Keeping Your Northern VA Home Cool This Summer

June 24, 2015

  By – Jenn Zschunke (JZschunke@MossBuildingandDesign.com) Do you ever have those days over the summer where walking up each step to your upstairs you feel warmer and warmer? But you don’t want to keep turning your thermostat up because then the basement gets really cold and your electric bill gets really high? I was curious about ways to balance out the indoor cool with the outdoor heat in the best way possible, yet to also keep our electric bill manageable. I found some great tips to help keep our Northern Virginia homes cool even in the midst of our typical summertime heat and humidity. Close curtains or blinds in the house during the day, especially on the east and west sides of your house. Keeping your house closed up tightly also prevents cold air from leaking out (this includes windows and doors – weather strip if you have older doors and windows). Save …   
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Fitbit: It does more than you think

June 18, 2015

  By – Jeannine Miller (jmiller@mossbuildinganddesign.com) I realize I’m a bit late to the game, but I just received a Fitbit for Mother’s Day. This thing is incredible. Sure, it counts steps, works as a watch, etc., but did you know it has the power to make other people do things for you? No, seriously, it does. Check this out… My coworkers and I started the Daily Showdown challenge which, at first, was a great motivator.  Being able to see others’ step counts (and how far behind I was) encouraged me to do small things like walk to a coworker’s desk instead of picking up the phone when I needed a question answered. At night, if I was behind, I would go for a walk to get my 10,000 steps in instead of curling up with a glass of wine book. In addition to the health benefits, all this exercise …   
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Design Trends: Kitchen and Bathroom Countertop Materials

June 11, 2015

    By – Jenn Zschunke (JZschunke@MossBuildingandDesign.com) Our MOSS team has noticed a new trend in kitchen and bathroom countertop materials.  For many years, clients have turned to countertop materials including, granite, slate, wood, laminate, and others. But the materials being chosen lately reflect new developments in the field of countertops, with clients choosing materials that are longer-lasting, easier to keep clean, and more “green.” Dekton Worktops in your Kitchen Remodel Dekton, which is produced by Cosentino, is a manmade material made by combining raw materials in a way that highlights the durability of processed materials and yet mimics the look and feel of natural ones. Using Dekton, there are no seams or cuts upon installation and it has a completely uniform surface. Among its many positives, it is highly UV resistant, so there is no fading, and there is zero water absorption. Because of its ability to be a non-fading surface, Dekton can …   
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Remodeling Trend: The She Shed

June 10, 2015

 ‘She Shed the new ‘Man-Cave’? By-Madeline Pillow (MPillow@MossBuildingandDesign.com) Many remodeling shows on television revel in the creation of a ‘man-cave’ in a basement or recreation room. What doesn’t seem to come up often is the reverse of this; a room that has a cutesy name and is designated just for a woman. Cue the “Get in the kitchen and make me a sandwich” jokes. In all seriousness, the kitchen is a room for the whole family. It is a place for homework, late night snacks and even a haven for men who are the cooks of the family. Basements and recreation rooms are also spaces for kids to retreat to for video games and watching movies. So where does that leave you, the Mom, or the lady of the house? There may be a new solution and it’s called the ‘She Shed.’ Yes, ladies, there is finally a place all your own. …   
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Home Tips: Fixing Leaky Faucets And Other Plumbing Issues

June 2, 2015

By – Jenn Zschunke (JZschunke@MossBuildingandDesign.com)   Drip, drip, drip. The sound of the occasional leaky faucet or running toilet can be annoying, but did you know that combined the American population wastes more than 1 trillion gallons of water each year as a result of minor plumbing issues? That’s the equivalent of 40 million swimming pools and 24 million baths! Not only can these issues be costly to the environment but they can also add up in your wallet. Thankfully, the majority of the issues that can cause the dripping and running can be fixed relatively quickly and inexpensively. MOSS, Northern Virginia’s premier handyman service, is available to our clients to assist them in solving these issues and more. Leaky Faucets Faucets can leak for a variety of reasons in both your kitchen and bathroom. “O” ring damage – A screw is used to hold the handle of a faucet in place, and …   
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Northern VA Company Wins Best Contractor Award

June 2, 2015

Readers of Virginia Living Recognize Moss Building & Design We are pleased to announce that we received the “Best Contractor” award from the readers of Virginia Living Magazine! Virginia Living brings together everything that is Virginia from people to locations. The publication has a readership of over 500,000 with “the highest quality, most-widely read lifestyle magazine in the state, Virginia Living’s combination of smart, engaging stories and stunning photography and art makes it a must-read for anyone interested in the Commonwealth.” Virginia Living is available by subscription and at quality newsstands, including select Target, Barnes & Noble, Kroger and Martin’s stores. We appreciate everyone who took the time to vote for MOSS and look forward to maintaining the superior level of care that we are known for in the Northern VA region. Top Northern VA Contractor At MOSS, no project is too big or small. Our team will expertly answer any questions you …   
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Northern VA Contractor Featured on The TODAY Show

May 27, 2015

MOSS Kitchen Remodel on The TODAY Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda   In case you missed the May 8th Mother’s Day segment on NBC’s The TODAY Show, a MOSS kitchen remodel created a big surprise. The segment covered a surprise kitchen remodel for the mother of TODAY Show co-host of the “Kathie Lee and Hoda” show, Hoda Kotb. Remodeling her mother Sami’s kitchen had been a dream of Hoda’s for years. The project was on a tight deadline with only a week for MOSS to finish the remodel while Sami was with Hoda in New York City for a week. But we took on the challenge by working around the clock and using our turn-key approach to remodel the kitchen in time for Sami’s arrival. Lowe’s provided the materials. The project involved: demoing the entire kitchen and removing a 6’ section of wall between the kitchen and living room. …   
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Kitchen Remodeling: Cabinets & Countertops

May 20, 2015
p>Check out previous blog installments here   By – Jeannine Miller (JMiller@MossBuildingandDesign.com) Coming home to find THIS… …is when it became real.  I can actually envision what my kitchen is going to look like.  Next up, appliances and backsplash. And now a word from my sponsor: If you’re in the market for some home remodeling, call the experts at Moss Building & Design.  We will consult with you and help you explore the many possibilities for updating your home.  Call 703-961-7707 to schedule an appointment for a free estimate. In addition to blogging about all things home and family-related, Jeannine Miller manages Moss Building & Design’s Community Relations Department, which includes the popular HandyMOM 101 and HandyGirl 101 workshop programs   
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