by Madeline Pillow on September 19, 2014

Take a Risk with Painting  your Remodeling

No matter if you are looking into a major home remodel or just need a few home improvements to spruce up your space, paint is a great way to get a much needed change in your home design.

You don’t even need to use a great deal of paint in order to get that new look you are looking for. Below are some of examples of great ways to use paint for a big impact.

Focal Wall

A focal wall can be a fun weekend DIY project to give a room a little pop of life. This idea is a great way to play with a feisty color without having a big commitment or having to change too many accessories or the style in a particular room.

Even choosing a muted color choice in a focal wall (seen in the photo below) can maintain a soothing room: highlighting minimal accessories and giving your room a modernist feel.


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Paint your Bookshelves

While you can paint a free standing book shelf or built-ins to great effect, consider painting the interior as a way to add some drama.

By doing so, you can allow your bookshelf to stand out from the background. As well this mix of color will allow items on the shelves to become focal points.


For styling purposes, this effect will be better suited by paring down items on the bookshelves so that they don’t appear too cluttered and the effect is even more stunning.

You can be bold in your paint choice but even a more neutral color can leave an impression similar to a toned down focal wall.

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Spice up your Chandelier

Whether you are always on the hunt for yard sale treasures or you have a few unused antiques of your own, a great DIY project is painting an old chandelier and giving it new life.

A painted chandelier can give a room both a modern feel with color and a nod to classic taste in one look. These pieces extenuated home offices, walk-in closets, smaller bathrooms, and teenage bedrooms.

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What will be your DIY project this weekend? Keep an eye on our blogs for the newest in home trends and to get ideas for your home design.

Contact Moss at 703-961-7707 or to get started on anything from kitchen remodels to home services.


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by Madeline Pillow on September 16, 2014

Meet Moss is our new series where we introduce an employee bi-weekly.  We’ll describe what they do here at Moss as well as some fun and interesting facts that you may have never guessed!  We’ll also share a photo so that you can put a face to the facts and get more familiar with our employees.

This Week’s Meet Moss Employee is Rick Register

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Our newest Meet Moss is Home Services technician, Rick Register! While on the job, Rick likes to see the results of a completed project come together to create a great end product for a client.

His hobbies include anything outdoors and everything DC sports. A fun fact about Rick is that one of his eyes is two different colors.Rick grew up in Sterling and has also lived in Tennessee, Maryland, Arizona, West Virginia and Florida. The most interesting place he has been is Viva Las Vegas!

Here’s what customers say about Moss:

“Rick did a highly professional job to install a new, over-the-range microwave. He was laid back, confident, and installed it quickly.”~Veena


Check out some of our other Meet Moss employees with the links below.

Meet Stan

Meet Blake

Meet David Keys

Meet Alex 

Meet Jenn






Meet Moss: Stan Stevens

September 16, 2014

Meet Moss is our new series where we introduce an employee bi-weekly.  We’ll describe what they do here at Moss as well as some fun and interesting facts that you may have never guessed!  We’ll also share a photo so that you can put a face to the facts and get more familiar with our employees. This Week’s Meet Moss Employee is Stan Stevens Stan is a Senior Service Tech who has been in the industry for over 30 years. His enjoyment in his work is not only the journey towards the finished project but also the satisfaction he receives when a client is pleased in the quality of work. In his off time, Stan’s hobbies include camping, billiards, and ice hockey. A fun fact about Stan is his sense of humor. Stan says that he tends to see humor in everything: “Go figure, maybe I should be in stand-up.” Stan grew up …   
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My Favorite Moss Blogs

September 12, 2014

By – Jeannine Miller ( As much as I like to pretend I’m the blog goddess at Moss, it simply isn’t true. Several of my very knowledgeable co-workers blog about all things home improvement and it’s really good stuff. I’d like to share a few of my favorite posts on some of the most popular rooms to remodel. Basement Remodeling Basement Remodel in Oakton, VA Goes Trendy shows how basements can be so much more than just the kids’ playroom. Bathroom Remodeling Bathroom Vanities: Trending Organization and Technology proves that high-function and high-style do not have to be mutually exclusive.  Kitchen Remodeling  Kitchen Remodeling in Arlington, VA demonstrates how beautiful Universal Design can be.   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 …   
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Tips to Start the Fall Season Right in Northern Virginia 

September 11, 2014

    By – Jenn Zschunke ( While it certainly felt like the summer was short this year, it would be hard to find a parent who wasn’t a little pleased with the start of school. Northern Virginia counties are among the last to start school, and so, now that the kids are back in session and the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting ANOTHER cold winter, Moss Home Services is ready and prepared to help you begin checking items off your home “to do” list .Below are some tips to start on your home maintenance. Home Improvement Tips for Northern VA Homeowners Paint Interior Rooms Moss Home Services suggests that you take advantage of the moderate fall temperatures and have any interior rooms painted. You do not want to paint in the winter when the windows and doors all need to be shut – and the summer can definitely be too …   
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Home Design with a Northern VA Contractor 

September 10, 2014

An Inside Look at Home Renovations in Northern VA Renovating your home whether it’s an addition or bumping out your kitchen are projects that can include more decisions than a homeowner might expect. Though choosing to move ahead with a major renovation seems like the only hurdle to pass through, it can be the little details in your project that can make all the difference. Our Remodeling Process at Moss Building & Design In previous blog posts we’ve discussed the remodeling process at Moss and the movement from initial consultation to a formal proposal. Our process allows you to be stress-free especially when a large renovation might seem overwhelming or you are unsure where to start. The Selection Process for your Home Addition or Renovation Once you sign up with Moss and approve the proposal which includes a fixed-cost so that you can be assured of the end price, you …   
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Basement Bars in Northern VA: Adding An Element of Fun

September 2, 2014

By – Jenn Zschunke ( When considering a basement remodel, many of our Northern Virginia clients have a basic list of needs that they decide on – most importantly, though, they have to decide on the functionality of the basement. Whether that includes a media room or a playroom, a gaming area or an extra bedroom, there are more choices than you can imagine. One of the more popular ways that our clients individualize their basements is by adding a wet bar – turning a basement remodel up a few notches and creating a fun space for family and friends to both gather and play. The designs of basement bars these days are countless and can be individually unique. Basement Ideas: Why Limit Your Entertainment? By adding a wet bar to your basement remodel, you can guarantee that your guests are fully entertained. As seen in the photo below from …   
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The days are long, the years are short…

September 2, 2014

By – Jeannine Miller ( I will never forget the first time I heard that line. I was standing in the grocery store checkout with a preschooler begging for candy, a toddler in the cart and a newborn in the Baby Bjorn. At least three of us were crying when a kind older woman behind me distracted the toddler and preschooler with funny faces and uttered those words to me. I nearly kidnapped her and made her come live with us. When my kids were little, I thought about that sentiment many times and of just how true it was.  Even now with my munchkins in elementary and middle school, it still applies.  As summer break comes to a close and the bickering is at an all-time high, I keep reminding myself how quickly these years are going and I get a little verklempt. And then I see my favorite …   
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Choosing The Right Windows for Your Addition

August 29, 2014

Tips For Choosing the Right Windows for Your Home Addition When making an investment like adding an addition to your home, there are several things to keep in mind which range from how it will impact your landscape to choosing the right windows. An article on highlights considerations when choosing windows for your new addition. Things to Consider When Choosing Windows for Your Addition  Layout- when building an addition you’ll want the new windows to match the size, height and spacing of the windows on the existing home. Efficiency- todays windows are really efficient and there is no need, in many climates, to upgrade to higher efficiency Looks- match the exterior and interior window trim that’s on the existing home Maintenance- one of the biggest improvements in windows, in addition to efficiency, is the ease in which you can clean them. Check out the article from to learn …   
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Basement Remodel in Oakton, VA Goes Trendy

August 28, 2014

Northern Virginia Basement Renovation with a Transitional Design There are so many things you can do to make your basement a functional, beautiful space.  Too often, a basement goes unfinished and becomes a catch-all for storage items such as old toys, décor that you’ll never use again, and so much more.  But who says it can’t be a lovely space for everyone in your home to enjoy? This basement remodel in Oakton, VA was unfinished and then transformed into a beautifully designed space. Basement Design Inspiration This basement renovation included a media room, entertainment area/family room with wet bar and game area, bedroom, full bathroom and exercise room. We worked closely with Another Eye Design in Oakton, VA to deliver the design and renovation that the homeowners wanted. The homeowners taste is traditional throughout their entire house.  They wanted the basement to be different and a little more trendy.  They …   
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