by Haley Johnston on August 27, 2015

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So you’ve chosen your kitchen cabinets— check.  The countertop is in place— check.  Now you need to figure out which kitchen backsplash you want to use as the final piece of the puzzle in your kitchen remodel.  There are so many options out there now for kitchen backsplashes, how does one go about deciding which materials to use in their backsplash design? Here are a few things to consider.

Contrasting Textures for your Kitchen Backsplash

As Stacey and Clinton used to say on TLC’s What Not To Wear, it’s not all about patterns and colors.  You have to play with textures as well.  If you have a highly glossy or polished counter material such as granite, consider using something like a natural stone tile or ceramic tile with a matte finish.  This kitchen remodel in Great Falls shows how well a natural stone backsplash pairs with a glossy countertop.

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And this remodel in Leesburg, VA shows how the glass subway tiles provide a nice contrast to the relative low shine of their kitchen countertops.

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Reverse the Color Pattern

Hey, if the color in the countertop works for you then why not consider using the same colors in the backsplash?  If, for example, you have a granite or marble countertop that is primarily a brown color with veins of cream or white throughout, then you could consider doing a kitchen backsplash that is primarily a lighter color with darker tones throughout the design.  The backsplash in this kitchen remodel in Herndon, VA is a great example of this pairing.

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Don’t Forget the Lights

When thinking about materials for your backsplash design, remember to consider the lighting in the kitchen.  I firmly believe good lighting is not just for applying makeup.  I, for one, LOVE uplighting on the outside of a house. I just think it adds so much character.  I think the same can be said for kitchen lighting— be it pendant lighting, recessed lighting or my favorite, the under-the-cabinet lighting.  When thinking of what material to use, think of how the lighting will hit the kitchen backsplash and what sort of effect you would like to see.  This Arlington kitchen remodel shows how this can all come together for a wonderful effect.

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There are many different texture, color and lighting combinations to consider.  At MOSS, we’ll help you design your kitchen and provide additional guidance along the way.  The backsplash can be a beautiful focal point of your kitchen, so have some fun with it!

If you’re interested in a kitchen remodel, consider MOSS, Northern Virginia’s top kitchen contractor.


by Carly on August 27, 2015

Easy ways to upgrade you kitchen cabinets

Looking to upgrade your kitchen cabinets?  We have you covered!

There are several different ways you can upgrade your kitchen cabinets.  This article from covers 12 different ways you can upgrade your cabinets, and we’re going to dive a little deeper into five of them.

Update your cabinet knobs and pulls

One of the quickest ways to upgrade your cabinets is to upgrade your knobs and pulls.  You can get several different color options from Restoration Hardware.

This kitchen remodel in Fairfax Station, VA has many different knobs that are mismatched.  It is very unique in its style, it goes with the overall look of the kitchen.

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To achieve a sleek look you could also only include pulls, like this kitchen remodel in Leesburg, VA:

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Add some task lighting under your kitchen cabinets

Task lighting, which can be installed under your kitchen cabinets, is practical, and it can also change the ambiance of your kitchen.  Adding lighting underneath your cabinets will give the room a nice glow.

In addition to a full transformation, this kitchen remodel in Vienna, VA included underneath cabinet lighting.

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Add Glass Door Inserts to your Kitchen Cabinets

Refacing your cabinets can be a good alternative to replacing them altogether.  There are plenty of options to choose from including clear glass, etched, fluted, colored or patterned glass.  You can enhance this look with some interior cabinet lighting.

This remodel in Vienna, VA included glass door cabinets in various areas of the kitchen.

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Add crown molding

Crown molding enhances any design, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that it can enhance your kitchen cabinets as well.  The HGTV article states, “If you have solid but unremarkable builder-grade cabinets, the simplest route to a high-end look is adding some height with crown molding.”

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Painting your kitchen cabinets

Another simple way to update your kitchen cabinets is to paint them.  Grey is a really popular color for kitchen cabinets right now!  If you want to get creative you can paint the top cabinets and bottom cabinets different colors for a contrast.

Upgrading your kitchen

There are several ways to update your kitchen.  While some homeowners completely change the floorplan of their existing kitchen, some love their current layout and choose to keep it but install new countertops, new cabinets, and new appliances.  Sometimes you can even make smaller tweaks, like upgrading your cabinets to achieve a new look.  Try the options listed above, and read the rest of the article at

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Remodeling a Small Bathroom?

August 27, 2015

    By Pam Kopiak ( Unless you live in a mansion where every room could have its own sitting area, chances are, you have a small bathroom somewhere in your house.  Usually the master bath is reserved as an area of the home where one can retire to after a long hard day of working/parenting.  This space is, more often than not, spacious and easily made luxurious by the multitudes of designs and accessories that could occupy such a space.  The same might not be said for the bathroom down the hall. Most hall bathrooms are slightly (or more than slightly) less spacious than a master bathroom.  In these spaces, things are sometimes cramped and can feel closed in.  There are certain things you can do though in your small bathroom remodel to make it appear as if the space is larger and more luxurious than it really is.  This …   
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Remodeling Experts Share Inside Tips For Homeowners

August 13, 2015

MOSS professionals share their remodeling tips I recently came across an article on about ‘Remodeling Fails.’  It was about things people often times do incorrectly when planning their remodel.  This included things like buying the cheapest materials, not doing your remodeling homework, going too trendy, and many other things.  If you’d like to read the full list you can read the article here. This article inspired us to share some inside remodeling tips with you.  These tips came from our expert team of Designers, Sales Consultants and Customer Care Managers.  We always keep the customers best interest at the top of our priority list, and we hope these tips can serve you as you plan for your renovation. Remodeling Tip 1:  Kitchen appliances There are so many appliances to choose from, and homeowners should research and decide on appliances very early in the process.  MOSS Sales Consultant, Lisa Ladson …   
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Are you feeling blue?

August 11, 2015

And I don’t mean feeling down in the dumps.  I’m talking about the color blue. The color blue is a very popular choice among Northern VA homeowners when remodeling their home. Blue represents peace and tranquility.  It can reduce stress, and provide a sense of calmness and relaxation.  This makes it a very popular color for bedrooms, living rooms, bathrooms, and we’ve even seen it used in in-home gyms. There are so many different variations of the color blue that you’re sure to find something you’ll love for the new space in your home. Painting Your Basement Blue is a popular choice for basements.  It provides a sense of relaxation and if the space is being used to hang out and escape from the hustle and bustle that’s upstairs, then blue may be a nice color to consider. This basement remodel in Arlington, VA has blue walls.  The colors of …   
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Bathroom Ideas – A Bold Color Choice

July 31, 2015

    By Pam Kopiak ( There was a time, not so long ago, when the term “wallpaper” brought fear to homeowners’ hearts.  For some, it still does.  For others, wallpaper is making its way back in style.  The reason being?  Wallpaper is a quick way to add pizzazz to a space.  It could be just an accent wall with some wallpaper (as I have seen in several of my friends’ homes lately) or maybe an entire bathroom.   For those of us (me included) who are still worried about the hassle of installing/removing wallpaper, there is an alternative to get the same effect. Bold Color Choices for Your Bathroom Remodel If you are considering a bathroom remodel or just want to change up your bathroom, think about incorporating a bold color in your design.  The most popular colors for bathrooms are white, cream, beige and taupe colors so anything outside …   
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Kitchen Remodeling: Drumroll, please!

July 29, 2015

Check out previous blog installments here     By – Jeannine Miller ( I’m so happy to finally post the beautiful pictures taken of our remodeled kitchen.  We are beyond thrilled with the result and enjoying the new space very much.  When we started the remodeling process, I was focused on which kitchen cabinets, kitchen countertops and appliances I wanted.  MOSS pushed us to look beyond those tangible items and specifically identify what we didn’t like about the feel of our old kitchen.  I am certain that this process of naming and addressing the below concerns is what took our kitchen from good to great. Issue: The bulkhead and soffits made us feel closed in. MOSS Solution:  Re-rout the HVAC system so the bulkhead and soffits could be removed. Issue: The kitchen always felt dark, no matter how many kitchen lights were on. MOSS Solution:  Maximize natural light in the …   
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Arlington Contractor: Where to Start With Your Home Office Design

July 29, 2015

Tips for Designing your Home Office   By Pam Kopiak ( If you do ANY work from home or perhaps if you just don’t enjoy the living room coffee table being the home for your laptop, you probably have considered creating an office space somewhere in your Northern Virginia home.  There are a few things you should consider before moving forward.  Think about these tips from Arlington’s top contractor when considering an in home office: How much space will be required for your home office design How much space you will need will depend on the function of the office.  Consider the following:  Are you going to be meeting with clients or is this space just for yourself?  What about storage for your files or accessories?  One of the most common mistakes people make when setting up their home office is not creating enough storage space.  It is important to think …   
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Top Northern VA Contractor Celebrates 14 Years in the Home Improvement Industry

July 23, 2015

Moss Building and Design continues to exceed customer expectations in Northern Virginia as they celebrate their 14 year anniversary The journey began in July of 2001 when Moss Building & Design was founded by Pete Hampel and his son Jason Hampel. The name MOSS has a special meaning, as ‘Moss’ was Pete’s father’s nickname. The nickname was given to Moss by his four children and it was derived from the fish “mossbunker” that was used as bait on family vacations. While originally offering residential remodeling including, additions, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, and basement remodeling, in 2010 MOSS expanded their offering with the addition of Moss Home Services. Moss Home Services was created to meet the countless requests MOSS received for handyman services. Moss Home Services offers handyman, plumbing, electrical, roofing & siding, tile, and other home improvement services. With the addition of Moss Home Services, MOSS is equipped to help …   
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Understanding Building Permits with Northern VA Contractor            

July 15, 2015

 Home Improvement FAQs   By- Madeline Pillow ( The remodeling industry can be a confusing one even before you make it to picking your selections and materials. If you’ve ever been curious about building permits, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the process.   Q: Who schedules the home inspections? A: You don’t have to schedule the inspections, your MOSS Project Manager will schedule them for you. Q: How long will the inspection last? A:  It doesn’t take long, it can typically take anywhere from 15 minutes to 30 minutes to conduct the inspection. Q: What kind of inspections will be needed? A: Footings: You have to dig down an average of 24” and hit solid ground. This is also to get below the frost line so your concrete doesn’t freeze. Framing: This is to make sure everything is structurally sound. Electrical: They check to make sure things have the …   
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