by Madeline Pillow on October 30, 2014

Making the Most of a Basement Renovation

Basement Renovations in Northern VA

Basements are the one room in the house that get the least amount of attention. They have middle child syndrome –bad. They get stuck storing items that can’t fit elsewhere. They watch as the kitchen gets upgraded with dove-tail drawers and the master bath gets a facelift by expanding the shower and dropping the deadweight tub. And they grind their teeth and fester in their irritation.

The first step is to admit the neglect, but to also embrace the good qualities of your basement. Even if you don’t want to make your basement the glitziest one on the block, every basement has one facet that no other room in your home can boast—its versatility.

Basements can easily fit whatever use is most pertinent to your family which means they can easily grow with you over time. Whether you need a media room now or think this will be an option in the future—make sure your basement has the right structure to grow with you.

Giving your Northern VA Basement “Good Bones”

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And no, we’re not talking about anything Halloween-related. As they say, you want your home to have good bones (i.e. structure)  but why not also make sure each room, especially your basement, is structured  for success? No matter the purpose you need your basement to serve, one good rule of thumb is to act as if your basement is like any other room in your house–at least in terms of design. And it doesn’t take much. You can parallel the décor in the rest of your home to your basement just by bringing in some small detailing.

Wainscoting

This addition will definitely make your Northern VA basement feel similar to the rest of your home. It creates dimension in your space and can designate different spaces in your basement. With tall wainscoting, you can also save your drywall from extra damage. See the wainscoting in this Oakton, VA basement remodel below.

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Built-ins

Built-ins can make unused space into storage for books and other knick-knacks. You can also consider this as a way to make a small mudroom to store coats and boots. If this is positioned near the stairway, you can save space in your design as there is often unused wall space near a stairwell.

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Stairway

Make sure your stairway is easy to maneuver down. Making sure the steps are appropriately spaced out will help prevent falling accidents especially if the laundry room is in the basement and you will be carrying baskets up and down the stairs or is the space is dark.

Utility aside, a new stairway can make the basement entrance feel like part of the home especially with the use of natural wood.

Furniture

Furnishings are a great way to warm up the basement space instead of letting it become a dark room. Leather is a material that gives a warm depth and a sophisticated personality.Large sectional couches are also great pieces for family gatherings and providing enough seating for movie night or having friends over. Sectionals will help define seating spaces whether or not you keep your sectional all in one piece or divide it.

 

Best Basement Remodeler in Northern VA

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Follow along with our blog! In the coming weeks, we will share more tips for your basement remodel to help make sure it can grow with you throughout the years.

 Remodeling at Moss is a collaborative process that allows our clients to find the right design for their budget and home. This collaborative process ensures that your needs are met and the basement you are looking for becomes the end product you receive.

Moss Building & Design and Moss Home Services is a family-owned company that can understand your remodeling ideas and bring them to life. Your basement is just a few steps away with our turnkey approach to basement projects. We also offer payment options for projects up to $45,000 that could be used towards your next basement remodel.  Call us at 703.961.7707 or email us at Sales@MossBuildingandDesign.com and we’ll get you started on your home improvement.

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by Madeline Pillow on October 30, 2014

Halloween Costumes DIY

When did this happen?

Jeannine Miller, Moss Building & DesignBy – Jeannine Miller (jmiller@mossbuildinganddesign.com)

I have a question for you. When did Halloween become R-rated?  Has it always been this way and I’m just now catching on or is this somewhat new?  I’ve been shopping for a costume for myself and haven’t been able to find anything that didn’t look like I was a girl for hire.  Of course I saw plenty of devils and French maids, but those were expected.  What really cracked me up is that costume makers have found a way to make even the most benign characters sexy.

I mean, really, when you think Sesame Street, is the above photo what comes to mind?  And, my goodness, I’m guessing this isn’t exactly what the creator of Pokémon envisioned when he first set out.  I think poor Nemo would just find these high heels cumbersome.

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The other thing that seems to be extremely popular is sexy food. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not offended by it, I just don’t get it.

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Maybe I just prefer a good, old-fashioned costume contest where creativity is king.  If that’s your idea of Halloween fun, check out how Moss is celebrating.

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Just to give you a little inspiration I’ve pulled out a few oldies (but goodies) of my own.

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Moss Building and Design blogger

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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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Get Ready for Halloween with Northern Virginia’s Best Remodeler    

October 21, 2014

Halloween Decorating for your Home Halloween is a time for your kids to dress up as their favorite cartoon characters or  to pose for family pictures that will make for future embarrassment (the ultimate goal for any parent). It is also the time for school Halloween parties and home decorations. Whether you are looking for some hassle-free costumes or ideas for your party decorations, Moss’ Pinterest board may give you some ideas and we have listed a few here.  Home Decoration Ideas A popular DIY idea any time of the year is reusing wine bottles. Give your bottles some Halloween spook: Halloween Activities for Children If you need a fun activity for a children’s Halloween party, have you ever heard of pumpkin bowling? It is definitely an innovative take on a classic game with added holiday fun.  Pumpkin Decorating Of course, Halloween would not be complete without pumpkin decorations. Whether you …   
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Northern VA Contractor Gives Curb Appeal Tips

October 17, 2014

Home Improvement Just in Time for Fall Now that we are entering October it’s the perfect time, not only to get interior home improvements off your list, but also to focus on the exterior. The mixing of autumn and winter months in Northern VA in recent years has often created uncertain weather. But by creating a list of these improvements, your home will be ready for winter and maintain great curb appeal.  Some of these items may include: Mow your Lawn You’ll want to cut your lawn a final time before winter. Cut your lawn shorter to ensure that your lawn stays free of disease. It will also help with leaf accumulation as a shorter lawn will make it harder for leaves to attach. Fix Cracked Concrete Cracks in your concrete will only get worse with the colder weather in the winter months. Take a look at your driveway, walkways or …   
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Current Trends In Kitchen Cabinets

October 16, 2014

By: Jenn Zschunke Home trends are changing constantly, especially in kitchen cabinets.  Here’s a look at some current trends for kitchen cabinets that are timeless and long-lasting in their look and usefulness. With many of our Northern Virginia clients remodeling their kitchens, Moss is always working to stay with the trends to make the kitchens we work on as beautiful and appealing as possible. Kitchen cabinets are at the forefront of bringing a total kitchen look together. It is such an important kitchen feature that Moss recently announced its line of semi-custom and custom branded cabinets in conjunction with the Hampshire Cabinetry Company. Here are some cabinet trends to keep in mind for your kitchen remodel: Floor to Ceiling Kitchen Cabinets A trend that has been around for a while and will continue to be is the use of cabinets as storage. By utilizing the space up to the ceiling …   
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Adding Glamour to your Renovation

October 8, 2014

Tips to add glamour to your Northern Virginia Remodel We’ve all looked at a remodeling or design magazine and said, “I wish I had that,” or “Isn’t that beautiful, I want that.” After you’ve torn out the picture or saved it to Pinterest, it gets lost in the pile of “I will never do it” or “That could never work.” For whatever reason, whether your budget or the layout of your home, you’re unable to believe it could work in your home. Instead of automatically moving from “I want that” to “It could never happen,” first focus on what you like about these pictures. Is it the overall feel? It is a trend in kitchens? Is it a certain color? From this step, look at your own home and see how an appliance or color could be used in your own space. By separating what it is that you like and adding to …   
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Tiling - It’s A Lot Like Mopping.

October 7, 2014

Moms Club of Falls Church-South Takes On Tile Wait for it…wait for it… let me take it back for a second.  Last Friday, the MOMs Club of Falls Church –South hosted Moss’ HandyMOM 101 workshop at their monthly meeting.  They came prepared (baby carriers and all) to get hands on with a tiling demonstration. Above is the winner of our $250 gift certificate, Catina. Catina was one of the MANY ladies sporting baby carriers that day.  Impressive, right? Each participant receives a step by step guide when they come to our “Tile It” workshop.  We try to make things easy.  We tell you right up front what supplies you would need for the job and then we go step-by-step through the process to get you from contemplation to completion.  Then, when you go home to try this yourself, you have this at the ready to consult if need be.  As …   
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Meet Moss: Dave Sharp

September 30, 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 Dave Sharp   Dave Sharp, Senior Technician, is the newest Meet Moss! He has been in the industry for more than 21 years and what always excites him is meeting new people while on the job. His hobbies include going to the shooting range, hunting and ATV 4 wheeling.A fun fact about Dave is his nickname “Super Dave” because he always used to run wherever he was headed. He grew up in a military household which meant constant travel and has lived in locales such as Alabama, California, Hawaii and Germany. The …   
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The Millers are remodeling their kitchen…FINALLY!

September 26, 2014

  By Jeannine Miller  (jmiller@mossbuildinganddesign.com) You would think with all my kitchen remodeling talk that my kitchen would be fabuleux (that’s fancy talk for awesome).  Well, it’s not.  It’s the original 1986 kitchen.  When we bought the house in 2003, I made a few minor updates to get me through to a real remodel, which I thought would happen within a couple years.  Fast-forward 11 years and we’re finally remodeling.  Hallelujah! This is exciting for me, not just from a personal perspective, but from a professional one too.  Like most things in life, you cannot fully understand the process of a kitchen remodel unless you’ve gone through it yourself.  Since over-sharing writing is my therapy, I’ve decided to write an ongoing blog about the experience.  Hopefully, this will shed a little light on a process that many homeowners find mysterious.  As a bonus, I’ve convinced my boss that springing for an …   
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They Came, They Saw, They Took Care of Business.

September 26, 2014

The ladies of North Arlington, that is.  Part of a group called Mothers of North Arlington (MONA) to be exact.  They were ready to learn how to tackle their home improvements.  The topic of the evening?  Moss’ “Patch It” workshop.     (Don’t these ladies look like they are ready to take care of bid-ness?) Have you ever had a child slam a door and get a big ding in the wall as a result?  Or maybe there is an angry sibling (or adult for that matter) that kicks a hole in the wall by accident?  Sometimes it might just be that area where you are trying to hang a curtain rod for the millionth time where no screw seems to stay in the wall no matter how hard you try. Enter Moss.  Our “Patch It” workshop will walk you through all these scenarios and tell you how you can …   
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