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:

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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.

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 Pumpkin Decorating

Of course, Halloween would not be complete without pumpkin decorations. Whether you like to try new pumpkin techniques or you have a limited time for decorating—here’s some great ideas.

This pumpkin caterpillar takes minimal time but packs an adorable punch.

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Another idea uses white pumpkins and decoupage. These white pumpkins (seen below) are for someone who wants a step up from the regular orange pumpkin color scheme. White pumpkins can be a classic tabletop decoration. Also this leaf pattern will extend your pumpkin well into the month of November.

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 DIY Halloween Projects

And, of course, don’t forget about the creepy fun of Halloween. The project below involves drying apples in order to create the look of shrunken heads. This idea would be perfect for an adult party and a good way to get rid of a few apples you may have lying around.

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Moss hopes everyone has a safe and fun Halloween and autumn season! Also go to our Pinterest page to get more Halloween ideas!

 

 Photo Credit:
http://lombardolagniappe.blogspot.com/2012/10/diy-halloween-wine-bottles-and-giveaway.html
http://www.bedifferentactnormal.com/2010/10/halloween-party-games.html
Better Homes & Gardens 
http://www.decoratingyoursmallspace.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/decoupaged-pumpkins-1013-xln.jpg
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/200269514655097522/
 

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by Madeline Pillow on October 17, 2014

Remodeling in Northern Virginia

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 concrete steps that might be showing signs of wear. You can fix these problems with caulk so just make sure the surface is dry before applying. You’ll want to be sure you allow a day for it to dry.

Trimming Plants in your Yard

A big difference in making your home exterior appealing  is cutting back foliage in your yard and getting rid of dead limbs.

During the fall, you can trim your perennial plants so that they will come back healthier in the spring. As well you can divide plants that are crowding each other. By separating these plants, you can create space for more flowers.

Dead limbs are a hazard any time of the years, but especially as winter approaches, it only takes a plunge in the temperatures and a few snowfalls for these branches to become a danger to your family, vehicles, and home. Larger branches should be dealt with by a professional, but smaller branches that are cracked or loose can be handled by homeowners.

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If you’d like to learn more about home improvements for your Northern VA home, please call Moss at 703.961.7707 for a free estimate.  We specialize in home additions, basement remodeling, kitchen remodeling and bathroom remodels.  As an established Northern Virginia contractor , we know what it takes to transform your house into the home of your dreams.   As a result of the countless requests by Moss Building & Design customers who already know and trust the Moss name, through Moss Home Services, we also offer home services including plumbing, electrical, handyman, tile, roofing & siding, structural work and much more.

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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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Preparing Your Home for Northern Virginia’s Top Handyman Service

September 26, 2014

Hint: Do not leave your home looking like the above!     By – Jenn Zschunke (jzschunke@mossbuildinganddesign.com) When our Northern Virginia clients hire Moss Home Services for home projects and services, they are asked to prepare the work area so that our teams may come in and disrupt as little of their possessions as possible. The idea is that the homeowner can feel comfortable knowing that nothing of theirs will be damaged in the process. Moss Home Services always does site protection at a client’s home before starting any work which includes covering the floors, using drop cloths to protect from dust and debris and, applying carpet-specific coverage to protect carpet. Additionally, our clients are asked to do their part in preparing their homes. Some helpful hints if you are planning to have work done around your home include the following: Kitchen Moss handymen suggest that you clear all the countertops …   
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Northern Virginia Contractor Featured on HGTV.com

September 23, 2014

Basement Remodel Featured in Man Cave Article on HGTV.com Man caves have certainly evolved throughout the years.  They’ve gotten way more fancy and include even cooler components than before!  Depending on your hobbies and interests, your man cave will be designed to fit your needs.  If you are a wine connoisseur your man cave may include a wine cellar, or if you’re into watching movies and/or sporting events then your man cave may be equipped with a bar and big screen media room.  This HGTV article features a wide variety of the coolest man caves, and we are so excited to be one of them! The basement is a great place for your man cave because there are so many things you can do to your basement, including sound proofing, to make it the ultimate escape from the everyday hustle and bustle. If you are considering remodeling your basement, call …   
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