by zhasan on February 16, 2017

MOSS Community Relations

By:  Zaiba Hasan (

Pulling into Fairfax Station

I met with a friend from Fairfax Station the other day. She had stopped by my home for the first time and exclaimed, “This is fabulous! But do you really like living on top of your neighbors?” She then explained to me that there is a zoning clause that says you cannot divide up a parcel of land, and that everyone has at least 5 acres of property!  My jaw about hit the floor (since I believe that’s how big my whole neighborhood is)!!  Coincidentally enough, she happened to have a few houses for sale in her neighborhood that she forwarded to me.  Allowing myself the opportunity to fantasize about frolicking free on the massive property- I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. So, I started digging into those listings.

Outdoor Living Space

Land is a HUGE commodity in McLean.  Let’s put it this way, builders consider a half an acre a “double-lot.”  So, having a minimum of 2 acres in some parts of Fairfax Station allows you the opportunity to build an amazing outdoor space! On any given Sunday there are 4-8 munchkins running around my house. Needless to say, shooing those suckers outside would be a blessing.  So I know what I would do—pool and basketball court anyone??

Outdoor Basketball Fairfax Station

Fairfax Station Sunroom

The other option to maximize your gorgeous outdoor views, is to add a sunroom to the rear of your home. For example, this stunning sunroom addition in Fairfax Station.  Who wouldn’t want to watch the sun rise through those gorgeous arched windows?!

Sunroom home addition Fairfax

Home Addition in Fairfax

In more urban areas, you are really limited to what types of additions your home can accommodate due to the physical perimeters of your land.  However, in the Fairfax are specifically, the sky is really the limit.  Check out this fantabulous addition in Fairfax, Virginia.

Fairfax Virginia Home Addition

Notice how bright and airy the addition ended up being because there were no actual space limitations. The renovations were made using larger than standard windows and doors, allowing the sunlight to stream in.  The ending result? A gorgeous space with an overwhelming feeling of luxury and opulence, just outside of the beltway!Fairfax Station Home Addition

For a hot second I allowed myself the opportunity to fantasize about my dream property. Huge windows, beautiful tree-filled land… but then realized that home is where my family is, and that’s McLean, for now!

Best Remodeler in Fairfax

We look forward to continuing to be your one stop shop for all your home improvement needs. If you are thinking of a home remodel, the professionals at MOSS are here to help.  If you have general questions, call MOSS at 703.961.7707 or email

Until Next Time,



by Pam Kopiak on February 8, 2017






By: Pam Kopiak (

Kitchens. I never get bored of them. They are the hub of the house. I have a friend who recently remodeled her kitchen and I feel like I could spend all day in there now, it is so beautiful and relaxing. If you are thinking of making changes to your kitchen any time soon, here are a few trends in the market now.

Hide Those Appliances

We all went out and bought those new stainless steel appliances (or even black stainless steel) and now people want to cover them up! Nowadays, folks like these Oakton, VA customers, are opting to cover the appliances. Covering everything from the fridge to the dishwasher, for a more seamless look throughout the kitchen. 

This customer also chose to do grey cabinets, which is now coming in as a close second to all white cabinets.

 No Longer Black and White

Gone are the days when you had to match your island to the rest of your cabinets. Right now, it is on trend to mix and match your materials and finishes. This MOSS customer in Oakton chose to do a contrast of a dark wood island against the rest of the light kitchen. The result is striking. 

Additionally, this customer had custom storage built into the wall which has become very popular as well.

Find Your Niche

Sometimes we want a little function with our centerpiece. More and more people have opted to add a niche behind the stove where a backsplash statement takes place. Not only is it beautiful, but it functions as a home for the olive oil and spices you’re always using. Or maybe it serves as a decorative function to brighten the area, just as this client did in Oakton, VA.

Kitchen Remodeling in Oakton, VA

We look forward to continuing to be your one stop shop for all your home improvement needs. If you are thinking of a home remodel, the professionals at MOSS are here to help.  If you have general questions, call MOSS at 703.961.7707 or email


Home Design Trends

February 3, 2017

By: Zaiba Hasan ( Remodeling Trends One of the BEST perks of working with MOSS is getting the 4-1-1 of all things home-related BEFORE it hits the main stream.  Having just attended the area’s largest Home and Remodeling Show (Dulles Expo Center), allowed an attendee the opportunity to see anything and everything you would need to see before embarking on your remodeling journey.  Whether it was feeling an “always fluffed” bamboo pillow, testing out the no-drip paint tray, or meeting with amazing MOSS peeps (like myself), this show was an explosion on your “remodeling senses!”  However, if you were one of the few that missed out, here is a summary of the top trends/ideas in the remodeling world for this upcoming year!  You are welcome. Goodbye Granite Let’s get this straight. Natural stone will ALWAYS be a part of the renovation world!  However, quartz (an engineered stone that LOOKS like marble) is …   
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How To Choose The Right Contractor

February 1, 2017

By: Leora Kahn ( Like any large investment, remodeling a home is a big decision. Needless to say, a lot of thought and research must be put into the process. With several options in the Northern VA area, how are you supposed to choose the right contractor? Furthermore, how do you know which contractor is the “right” one for you? Mike Holmes from Holmes on Homes offers some advice on the subject matter, and here is what we have to say about it. Referrals and References “If your friends and neighbors have had a renovation and you like what you see, ask them who did it.” 75% of our customers are referrals or repeat customers. As a result of the countless requests by Moss Building & Design customers who already know and trust the Moss name, we also offer home services needs including plumbing, electrical, handyman services and much more. Once you are …   
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Creating a Safe Nursery for Your Baby

February 1, 2017

By: Let Mommy Sleep with tips from Jenn Zschunke from Moss Building & Design Building a Safe Nursery Decorating the nursery for your newborn baby, twins or triplets is a very exciting time for new parents. Choosing colors, themes, and other décor is a wonderful way to think about how you will connect with baby from the time they are born. While not always as fun to think about as décor though, the most important part of planning for baby is safety. The professionals from Moss Building & Design  share how to create the nursery of your dreams that is also practical and safe here: Toxic Fumes You should paint your nursery with low-odor interior paint, and do so early enough so any odors can fade. The same is a good idea with the nursery furniture. Put it together with plenty of time to spare and be sure that only non-toxic paint has …   
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Before and After: Media Room Makeover

January 25, 2017

By: Pam Kopiak ( Time to Change Things Up I recently vented to my friends about how much stuff there was in my house after the holidays.  It was totally overwhelming.  I have 3 children, the youngest being just six years old. So as you can tell, we already had too many toys laying around. But, I am probably preaching to the choir here.  Aren’t most of us swimming in a sea of toys and misplaced children’s items?  Well, enough was enough.  I was spurred into action.  That toy room that I had begun to despise HAD to change.  And so it began. Before This is what I was dealing with before I decided to take drastic measures.  This doesn’t even begin to tell the story because I had already taken down the old drapes that really made the room feel closed in.  Also, the clutter is present, BUT had …   
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I Hate You, I Love You, I Hate That I Love You.

January 20, 2017

By: Jeannine Miller ( MOSS On LIVE Television TV. It’s a beautiful thing. I like to watch it.  I REALLY like to be on it.  So when MOSS got the call to be on a local talk show and talk about our exciting new technology, MOSS 360, I jumped at the chance to participate.  It started out great.  I got to play mama bear and help MOSS’ boy genius, Tyler Tappan, pull his look together.  I got to see behind the scenes which I think is so cool.  Then it was time to go live. Let’s Talk Live Before I tell you how it went, I need to give a little background.  I’m the kind of person who needs to put my negative stuff out there before I can get past it.  I will walk into a party and tell everyone I talk to that I know my dress is too …   
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5 Ways to Design With Shiplap

January 17, 2017

By Zaiba Hasan ( Coming back from our annual trip to Florida, and by annual, I mean for 2 years in a row, we were immediately greeted with a horrible case of the stomach bug that ravaged our entire crew for a full 10 days!  (Can you tell I am still traumatized from the experience?) The only “fun” part of being laid up in bed was the opportunity to binge watch all my favorite guilty pleasure shows, which in my case is ANY show on HGTV!  I was repeatedly made aware that unless you’ve been living under a rock (like myself apparently), shiplap is all the rage in the designing industry these days.  Made popular by HGTV’s hit show “Fixer Upper.” Shiplap is a type of wooden board used commonly as exterior siding in the construction of residences, barns, sheds, and outbuildings (and YES, I had to look up that definition because …   
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Let’s Talk Live featuring MOSS and the Home + Remodeling Show

January 16, 2017

Award Winning Remodeler on Let’s Talk Live MOSS’ best in class augmented and virtual reality design capability is making it’s LIVE television debut! Tune into Let’s Talk Live News Channel 8 on Tuesday, January 17th at 10 a.m. to catch Jeannine Miller, Community Relations and Tyler Tappan, MOSS 360 Architect as they demo our new design capability.  MOSS 360 will be on the main stage at the Home + Remodeling show this weekend! The Future of Remodeling is Here MOSS 360 is one component of MOSS’ superior design process.  Our design process includes industry best architects, Customer Care Managers to help with selections, in-house designers and more! With MOSS 360 long gone are the days of regretful design decisions post-construction.  Homeowners now have the opportunity to feel whether a room is too small (or too big) before construction has even begun. Virtual reality capabilities allow you to walk through your renovation and …   
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Leave The Lights On

January 11, 2017

By: Pam Kopiak ( After the Holidays I have been a bit distracted lately.  I will be the first to admit it.  Or maybe I’ve just had better things to do.  I’ll go with that.  Anyway, the Christmas lights are STILL up.  Both outside and inside.  I just can’t bring myself to take them down.  I  LOVE the way they glow and give the living room a warm and cozy feel.  That, and I’m being lazy.  Those two reasons.  BUT maybe there’s no need to take them all down.  I just fell down the rabbit hole of Pinterest and it seems there might be room for them to stay! Accessorize My family and I were lucky enough to make it to Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights this year and saw this beautiful fairy scene. Well, you can create the same type of effect inside your home. For example, on an …   
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