by Madeline Pillow on February 27, 2015

Finished Basement in Northern VA

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Basements are an area that often aren’t as family-functional as they could be and, therefore, are a great place to start when you are looking for more space in your home.

This Old House gives some great tips when getting started remodeling your basement.

You want to first think of your basement as the pieces of a puzzle.  A living area can act as one puzzle piece, a kitchenette another, and so on. In most cases, a basement can have more than enough room to function in at least 2 major ways.

As the puzzles pieces are put together in the article, you’ll want to arrange the pieces with these things in mind:


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a) Put the main socializing area in a spot that gets the best natural light, to draw people in.

b) Bedrooms need a window for egress, so they’ll need to be located at the perimeter.

c) The TV-viewing zone can be in a darker spot, to reduce glare and create a home-theater feel.

d) Store snacks and beverages in an area you can access without crossing in front of the TV.



This planning process will help ensure that you know what the primary functions should be in your basement. From there, you can decide what steps will be necessary to make your basement come together.

The article also gives more detail and tips about basement remodeling especially what to look for before your start any work. This includes checking for moisture which later on will help to determine what kind of flooring would be best for the space.

To read more from this article, check out This Old House.


Finish Your Basement with Top Northern Virginia Contractor

At MOSS, our consultative approach takes you from your initial ideas all the way to completion of the smaller details.

To get more ideas about our basements, check out our portfolio. To get started with your plans, contact 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 February 24, 2015

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Jenn Zschunke, Moss Community RelationsByJenn Zschunke (

Choosing a siding color can be a daunting task. Our clients have to take into account their personal preferences, neighborhood association rules (if they exist), and other factors before making a decision about their James Hardie siding color. Fortunately, there are numerous guides for choosing a siding color at, which includes looking at a color wheel, thinking about the seasonal variances of your home, and more.

Choosing Hardie Plank Colors

As the old adage says, “opposites attract.” This is very true with regards to choosing colors for your home’s siding.

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If you want to create the most vibrant and contrasting color scheme, you would choose complementary colors, such as red and green. If you want something close to this (but not as stark), you would choose a red and then, for example, the two greens or shades of green on either side of the chosen red’s direct opposite. This is called a triad of colors – the colors complement one another, but in a calmer way. Analogous colors are those, typically in combination of three, that are right next to each other on the color wheel. This method works well when you want the least amount of contrast – creating a soothing and calm color environment.

Warm vs. Cool Colors

Another method for choosing the right color for your James Hardie siding involves the use of warm vs. cool colors (as pictured at the top). Reds, yellows and oranges make up the warm side of the spectrum, evoking excitement. When paired near their cooler counterparts, they appear larger and more prominent. Oppositely, cooler tones such as blues, purples and greens evoke calm and relaxation. While not written in stone, warmer tones are used primarily in the south while cooler ones are more typical in the north.

Choices, Choices!

In addition to choosing the main body color for your siding, it’s important to consider the trim and other accenting features (including your roof). White trim draws the eye to a home’s architectural features and shows contrast. Darker trim can blend well and create a fluid canvas.

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James Hardie provides a vast array of color choices for their siding and via its website, allows clients to play with their colorful ideas to make their homes truly beautiful and personal. At MOSS, we can also help you with these decisions from giving you the benefits of James Hardie to what colors would best suit your home.

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Contact the experts at Moss Home Services to learn more about the benefits of James Hardie which include durability, a realistic wood-grain look, and a low maintenance benefit. Call us today to learn more at 703-961-7707 or to schedule a free at-home estimate!

Jenn Zschunke is a part of the Community Relations department.  She plans HandyMom 101 workshop programs for Moss and coordinates philanthropic activities in her local community.


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Patching Up with our Home Improvement Workshop, HandyMOM 101

February 23, 2015

By -Pam Kopiak ( If you ever have some frustration that you just need to let out, you may want to consider joining us for one of our HandyMOM 101 workshops.  We let our moms throw the hammer and then patch up the hole they made! On Wednesday, February 11th,  MOSS was invited to be the speaker for the MOMs Club of Fairlington. Greg, a MOSS project manager, did a great job of walking the ladies through the process of repairing those pesky dings and holes in the wall. He answered questions specific to some of those older Arlington homes.  Nail pops in the wall?  Ok.  Nail pops in the stairs? Wow!  Now that is some good information to have.  Gotta love our “sturdily built” homes we have here in Arlington. What makes our workshops so fun is when our moms get involved. Above, one mom creates a hole so that Greg can demonstrate how …   
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Remodeling Questions & Answers from a Customer Care Manager

February 16, 2015

Cabinet, Tile, and Other Remodeling Selections    By- Madeline Pillow (MPillow@MossBuildingandDesign,com)   There are a lot of choices to be made during a remodel. Whether it’s tile for your bathroom or cabinets for your kitchen remodel, you want a look that is cohesive and fits your family’s style. At MOSS, we try to make this process as easy as possible. During the selection process, your Customer Care Manager will help you make these selections. They will even go with you to different vendors to help make sure your design is cohesive. Below are some common questions you may have when considering the selection process answered by one of our Customer Care Managers, Kristen Corbett.  Home Remodeling Questions Q: What is a way for clients to get ideas for their remodel? A: They can take a look at the portfolios on our website. We have portfolios for our additions, kitchens, bathrooms, and …   
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Winter Tips for your Northern VA home

February 16, 2015

  By – Jenn Zschunke ( Do you know how many different ways that heat loss can occur in your home during the winter? Check out this graphic:     This graphic illustrates the many ways you can be losing heat from your home. During the winter, this becomes something you will notice more than the summer months. But Moss Home Services can show you how best to save on your next heating bill. Home Maintenance Tips Turn Down Your Thermostat Probably the quickest way to save on your heating bill, turning down your thermostat to below 70 degrees and adjusting it to be even lower while you’re out of the home for long stretches of time, or asleep, can save you up to 10% on your next bill. Most thermostats have programs where you can set them to automatically adjust to your schedule. Seal Air Leaks Leaks can occur at …   
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Top Virginia Contractor Receives Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014

February 13, 2015

Five-time Consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner We are excited to announce that Moss has won the Super Service Award from Angie’s List for the fifth consecutive year in a row! The award  is given to less than 5%of companies on Angie’s List who have met strict eligibility requirements. These requirements include maintaining an overall “A” on Angie’s List, staying in good standing with Angie’s List and abiding by Angie’s List guidelines.The award also symbolizes our efforts towards our customers and their satisfaction. Jason Hampel, co-owner of Moss, is proud of Moss’ consistency and quality exemplified through winning the award: “It’s an award that recognizes the customer focus and quality of our employees in the Northern VA region. We appreciate the feedback we receive from customers on this public forum to help our company keep improving and providing excellence in the remodeling industry.” Angie’s List Northern VA Contractor Moss Building …   
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Home Improvement Workshop: Power It

February 6, 2015

Because power tools are fun!   By – Jeannine Miller ( Rolling out new workshops is so exciting!  Not only do we get to offer something fresh to the community, but a new home improvement workshop also has a way of energizing the offerings we already have in our pocket.  This is just what has happened with our most recent installment in the HandyMOM 101 workshop series…Power It. In the Power It workshop, Northern Virginia women will learn the ins and outs of using power tools for their home improvement needs.  Do you want to learn how to properly hang heavy pictures, mirrors and curtain rods?  The Power Drill/Driver workshop will get you on your way.  How about adding architectural interest to your home with new crown moulding and trim?  We can teach you how to make that happen in our Miter Saw workshop. To bring a good concept into …   
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Master Suite Additions with Northern Virginia’s Top Contractor

January 29, 2015

By- Madeline Pillow ( What is a Master Suite? A master suite addition is the ultimate version of home escapism. It is a retreat from stress and can be your oasis of relaxation. Master suites often include a master bedroom, bathroom, walk-in closet, and a lounge area. The culmination of all these features is what equals a relaxing feel as there are additional spaces in your room for a number of tasks. For instance, don’t bring your work into bed with you! With the addition of a lounge area or office space, you can mentally keep your work separate and get better rest in the process! A master suite bathroom will give you and your other half enough room for separate toiletries and the ability to get ready in the bathroom at the same time if necessary. The suite will also provide ample storage and closet space that you might be …   
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Kitchen Ideas for Your Home

January 27, 2015

Northern VA Contractor Gives Kitchen Design Tips By- Madeline Pillow ( The kitchen is a room in your home that needs to help you run the rest of your home like a well-oiled machine. Often for homeowners this is not the case. Below are some ideas to make your kitchen more usable and accessible in 2015.  Kitchen Storage Ideas Cookbook Storage If you have some classic cookbooks that need a better place to be stored look for unused spaces in your kitchen. An end cabinet or somewhere on your island are perfect ideas.   Measure the cabinet or space you are looking to use to ensure it will suit your needs. Typically, any cabinet can be used for this purpose by removing a cabinet door. In-counter Knife Storage (Under Cabinet Knife Storage)   This is a great idea if you want your kitchen knives to be in an organized place …   
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How To Choose Your James Hardie Siding Color

January 22, 2015

By – Jenn Zschunke ( Choosing paint colors for your home can be a daunting decision. Choosing a paint color for your home exterior siding is even more overwhelming because of a larger surface area and the visibility to your neighbors and community. While some communities maintain guidelines about siding colors as a way to establish a specific look and feel for neighborhood homes, others allow more freedom of choice. Below are some tips from James Hardie, a siding company known for its quality and long-lasting durability, on how to choose a color that fits your home as well as some trends for 2015. Color Siding Tips from James Hardie  Respect your home’s architecture: Gray-blue shades on shingled Cape Cods are classic. Opt for stylish and easy colors. Think about our Northern Virginia weather and landscape and pick colors that complement our changing seasons: green colors are a great choice for neighborhoods …   
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