by Haley Johnston on July 28, 2016

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Mortgage refinances hit new highs following the ‘Brexit’ earlier this month. According to this Yahoo Finance article, mortgage refinances surged to 11%– the highest level in three years. “Mortgage rates dropped again last week to their lowest level in more than 3 years, as investors continued to seek safety in US assets given the global turbulence following the Brexit vote.”

So what does this mean for Northern Virginia homeowners? Now is the time to remodel your home.

The Best Interest Rates for Remodeling

Because interest rates are coming down, refinancing with the lower rates can allow you to take money out to remodel without dramatically increasing your monthly payment. Homeowners are looking to refinance to save money on their monthly payment, and rather than looking to buy a new home, many are taking advantage of the interest rates to invest in their own home. These homeowners are looking to strike while the iron is hot and get more bang for their buck.

A Promising Climate for Renovation

One of the main benefits of acting on these low interest rates to refinance is the appeal of keeping those monthly payments low. Borrowing money to renovate a home with these interest rates means more money into savings for many families in Northern Virginia.  Why not take advantage of this and use that extra cash towards investing in your home? These current rates are the lowest rates in 3 years, so there’s no surprise that many Americans are looking to renovate their home in the current climate.

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Remodeling Payment Options by MOSS

Once you’ve realized that now is the time to take advantage of these interest rates, there are many options available to pay for your remodel.

  1. Credit Card
  2. Cash or Check
  3. Construction Loan
  4. Home Equity Line
  5. MOSS Proprietary Financing Option (Up to $45,000)

Read more in-depth about all of your remodeling payment options. 

The Take-Away

If you have been thinking about up-sizing your home but don’t want to leave your neighborhood or local friends and family, there are many ways to improve your existing home. Whether it is a kitchen bump-out addition or remodeling your small master bathroom, now is the time to look for ways to improve your home. Find a general contractor you can trust like Moss Building and Design in Northern Virginia to capitalize on the current climate and take that first step towards your dream home.

More Resources

Mortgage refinances surge 11%, as rates drop to three-year low by Yahoo Finance

Mortgage rates are up again but remain below norms  by the Washington Post

Should we be worried about record low interest rates? by Forbes




by Haley Johnston on July 26, 2016

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After a freak accident involving a Costco-sized Tide container, my hubby, and a malfunctioning washing machine…. it was time for me to begin my quest in designing the perfect laundry room. I loved researching all of the laundry and mudroom ideas I could find, and with a new washing machine and dryer in my sights, I began my quest in searching for ideas that would make the perfect laundry room.

Choosing the Right Washer and Dryer

For me choosing what type of machine is probably the MOST fun of the entire process.  As someone who literally does 3-4 loads of laundry a day, the right equipment can make or break your laundry routine.  Whether you choose front-loader vs. top loader, HE vs. traditional, steam vs. non-steam or any of the combination above.  Researching what is the best value that can accommodate your family’s needs starts with perusing Consumer Reports.

washer / dryer

Planning Out Your Laundry Room

Being mindful of your space perimeters (big/small) you can carve out an appropriate space to fulfill all your laundry needs.  Some questions to consider:  How am I using this space? Is this a multi-use room? Mud-room/laundry room combinations are both common and practical if you don’t have the space for both. I unfortunately am limited in the fact that I have more of a laundry closet vs. a laundry room.  However, with the help of MOSS I was able to come up with appropriate inspiration to get the job done!!

Addition, Kitchen and Bathroom Remodels in McLean, VA
Stunning laundry room, mud room & dog shower

Mudroom Ideas

Incorporating strategically placed design features can really add that WOW factor to the most-used room in the house. These laundry rooms also incorporated mudroom storage and cabinetry to make the space feel warm and inviting, as well as practical.

Kitchen and Mudroom Remodel in Fairfax, VA
Birmingham mud/laundry room, MI

My laundry room project is slowly coming to conclusion.  I ended up going with an LG top loader, steam washer/dryer (can you read the excitement in my “voice?”).  I have quite literally cut my laundry time in half!!  As a result, I now have more time to spend with the lovely people who GENERATE that said laundry!!  Win/Win for all.


Until next time,





15 Years of MOSS

July 21, 2016
p>Today Moss Building and Design is excited to celebrate 15 years of being in business. Since 2001 our vision has been to improve the quality of our customers’ lives in their homes. Throughout our 15 years of being one of the Top Northern Virginia contractors, we have been able to service our customers with the high quality craftsmanship and customer-focused service that has been ingrained in us from the beginning. We have been fortunate to not only improve our customers’ homes, but get involved in our community and the local causes that are dear to our hearts. We have not only grown our business, but our relationships with the many organizations we have been lucky to partner with through the years. Have a look at ‘MOSS Through the Years’ and see how far we’ve come since our start.     
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Remodeling Trends: Galley Kitchens

July 15, 2016

The History of the Galley Kitchen Galley Kitchens refer to the design of kitchens where space is maximized with minimum movement required between units. This means that galley kitchens typically have units in two facing lines, but can also refer to U-shaped designs. Galley kitchens increase their storage space by working vertically, with hanging pots, dish racks, and typically ceiling-hung cabinets. One of the first mass-produced galley kitchen designs was known as the Frankfurt kitchen, in 1926 for a Frankfurt housing estate. 10,000 units were installed in Frankfurt, and it was the most successful and influential kitchen of the period. Galley Kitchens as Space-Savers Galley Kitchens are perfect when you don’t have as much space to work with for your kitchen remodel. That doesn’t mean that you have to completely ignore it! If you don’t have the space to expand your kitchen or you simply want to upgrade your kitchen to reflect your tastes, galley kitchens are easily updated and can …   
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Remodeling Trends: Tile Edition

July 12, 2016

 by Zabia Hasan ( I am in the preliminary stages of a bathroom remodel, also known as the “I’m still trying to convince my hubby that we NEED our bathroom remodeled.”  The great news for me is that one of the major perks of my employment with one of Northern Virginia’s top remodeling company’s is that I have the experts at my fingertips!  Beginning my research for bathroom tile I turned to Haley Johnston, a regular contributor for Angie’s List “Experts Contributor Program” (and who also happens to be my office-mate) for advice.  After reading her article  Shopping for Bathroom Tile on Angie’s List, I was energized and ready to begin this project.  In choosing the perfect tile I discovered that there were 5 current tiling trends that I thought I would share with you. The following examples were pulled from Houzz and Pinterest. Engineered Tile Though one can dream about having …   
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Cool your Home for Summer

July 7, 2016

Summer is here and if you’ve been swatting away  your kids from the thermostat, it might be time to give in. No one likes a hot house in the summertime. If you’ve had problems with keeping your home cool in the past, it might not just be your A/C unit. Here are some things to look out for to keep your home cool this summer. See some of our past tips for beating the heat this summer. Inefficient doors and windows Caulk around doorframes and windows to ensure no air is leaking in or out of these areas. This will keep the loss of precious A/C down to a minimum. Air leakage to the attic Air that escapes through the attic is a common problem both in winter and summer. Ensuring your home is not leaking air can save you big $$ in the long run. Insufficient attic insulation Even if your cool …   
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Open House: Kitchen Reveal in Reston, VA

June 29, 2016

 By – Jeannine Miller ( Remodel in Reston So much of today’s business is done online.  While there is certainly a place for e-commerce, the best way to determine whether you want to hire a company is to meet their employees in-person and actually see and touch the company’s product.  Add in the ability to talk candidly with previous customers and you can truly make an informed decision. MOSS believes an Open House is the perfect opportunity for you to do all of the above.  On Thursday evening, June 30th from 7-9 pm, we would like to show you a lovely first floor remodel in Reston, VA.  Our customers were an active family of four who really liked their neighborhood and wanted to their home to better accommodate their busy lifestyle and love of casual entertaining.  Below is a little preview of what you will see at the Open House. Register for …   
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Unhandy Mom: The Love of Lowe’s

June 24, 2016

 by Zaiba Hasan (  Come in a little closer my dearies.  I have a confession to make.  I work for one of the leading home renovation and remodeling companies in Northern Virginia and I literally do not know how to hammer a nail into a wall.  Seriously.  Thankfully, BECAUSE I work for one of the leading home renovation and remodeling companies I don’t really have to.  MOSS Home Services anyone?  I only tell you this, because I honestly have no idea what ever possessed me to march into our local Lowe’s with a list an arms-length long and think I would have ANY clue where to even start.  Transport me to a Target in Wichita, Kansas and I will be able to knock out my list with a screaming toddler and one hand tied behind my back! Sadly, my shopping powers do not translate to hardware stores. Help for an Un-Handy MOM …   
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Summertime: The Art of Working from Home

June 23, 2016

By Pam Kopiak ( It’s coming and I am afraid.  VERY afraid.  The last day of school is approaching fast and so stretches out the endless summer of my kids being bored at home, fighting with one another while I try to keep sane AND get some actual work done (heaven forbid).  Here are some of the ways I will attempt to distract my children during summer vacation, if even just for a tiny bit each day. Bring out the Devices Kindles that is.  And actually, we didn’t buy them but they were gifted to the kids for birthdays but I digress.  We truly TRY to limit screen time during the day (way easier said than done) but sometimes you just need to let them play a good old game of Minecraft, Jelly Splash, Sky Whale, ___ (insert name of hot new app) just so that you can have a …   
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Limited-Time Referral Program!

June 20, 2016
p>Last week MOSS was voted second in the Small Business Category for the Top Workplaces in DC. We are celebrating this achievement by offering an enhanced referral program! See what CEO Jason Hampel had to say about  MOSS winning Top Workplaces in DC. Our Offer Anyone who refers a friend that schedules an appointment will receive a $100 Moss Home Services gift certificate! All they have to do is mention your name when they call to schedule the appointment. As another token of our appreciation for your referral, when they sign a contract* you’ll receive a FREE Handyman For A Day *Contract must be valued at a minimum of $5,000 Share this post with a friend to help us celebrate our Top Workplaces win, and to help you start your Summer Honey-Do list!     
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