by Leora Kahn on October 25, 2016

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By: Jenn Zschunke (

Patchin’ Mamma

Three boys.

Two trips to the emergency room.

Two holes in our walls.

Considering the first statistic, I would have assumed I’d have more of the latter two. Fortunately, that is not the case. Since I am not a doctor, I didn’t personally fix those injuries that sent us to the hospital. But the walls? Well, that’s a different story. I have zero excuses to not patch those holes, considering I have been setting up MOSS’ HandyMOM 101 workshops for over three years – and one of our most popular workshops is “Patch It.” The intent of the workshops, of course, is to educate and empower women to tackle home improvement projects, like patching holes in walls caused by, say, errant toys or children’s heads. I set my nerves aside, put on my imaginary hard hat, and set to work!

The holes in the walls (the source of the holes will not be named for privacy reasons) were superficial in nature. Meaning, they were in drywall that was not being used for hanging anything heavy nor would need to be repaired with more support behind them. So, that told me that the fix was one of the easier ones.

I gathered my materials from Lowe’s, including joint compound (referred to as drywall “mud”), mesh patch squares that adhere to drywall, a metal joint knife (plastic is less expensive but not as effective), a sanding wedge, primer, paint, and drop-cloths!

Patching Dry Wall

Step #1: I made sure the holes didn’t have anything sticking out from them, and sanded them a bit to make them smooth.

Dry Wall Patch

Step #2: I (and my son) pressed the mesh square on the holes and made sure they were sticking well.

Patching a Hole

Step #3: I used my joint knife to apply the joint compound to the wall on and around the mesh square location – and this is important! – I made sure to go a good distance around the original square. Then, I feathered it out so it blended in well. This step is really crucial to making sure that your patch is easily covered up and looks seamless with your primer/paint. It doesn’t have to be thin or thick at this point – just make sure that you can’t see the mesh lines.

Patching Holes in Wall

Step #4: After letting the joint compound dry, I sanded it – this is messy – and ran my hands over the holes to make sure it was pretty smooth. Then, I did another layer of the joint compound. Again, you don’t have to use a ton, but you need to use enough to cover the mesh lines. Applied smoothly, and then when sanded, you won’t be able to see anything at all of the mesh square.

Patching a Dry Wall

Step #5: After letting layer #2 dry, I sanded the walls again. This is the part that always worries me. But I tried to use common sense (and my education from the HandyMOM 101 workshops) to sand to the point that the wall felt smooth on my hands and couldn’t see any of the mesh square. I was reassured by the professionals at our office that I was doing it right, and that after the priming and paint it would be fine!


Step #6: Primer! I put primer on the walls and made sure it covered all the sanded joint compound as well as even farther out on all sides. Even though the holes weren’t huge, it’s important to prime and paint a pretty large area/almost the entire wall – again, you want your repair to look as seamless as possible. Let the primer dry.

How To Patch Walls

Step #7: Primer round #2. Dry.

Let the Primer Dry

Step #8: Paint layer 1. Dry.

Let Paint Dry

Step #9: Paint layer 2.

Painted Walls Finish

Step #10: Congratulated myself with a nice glass of wine and stared at the walls.

Northern VA Handyman

Actually, step #10 should be that I felt incredibly proud of myself for fixing the walls. The empowerment that MOSS  teaches to the local community came back to me, ten-fold. And the cost was minimal. If I can do this, anyone can. And now, I’m contemplating becoming a Tilin’ Mama, and installing my own kitchen backsplash.

Jenn Zschunke is part of Moss Building & Design’s Community Relations Department. If interested in planning a HandyMOM 101 or HandyGirl 101 workshop programs, contact her at 


by Leora Kahn on October 24, 2016

Refer Three Friends and Receive a Free Handyman

What do the following phrases have in common?

  • “Where can I get a good burger around here?”
  • “Where do you go to clean your duvet cover?”
  • “I love your shoes, where did you get them?”

Each phrase begs the question, “Will you please give me your best recommendation based off of your experiences?” When your good friend asks you for advice on where to spend their hard-earned money, they expect you to provide your honest opinion!

You will get rewarded for being a reliable friend when you refer them to Moss Building & Design.

Our Enhanced Referral Program

When you refer three people to MOSS for an addition, kitchen, bathroom or basement remodel and they attend an appointment with a MOSS Sales Consultant, you will immediately receive a FREE handyman for a day.

Simple as that. No strings attached.

You can finally get everything checked off of your ‘honey-do’ list! All you have to do is recommend Moss Building & Design to your friends who are considering remodeling their addition, kitchen, bathroom or basement.

It’s good to be rewarded for being a great friend.

Referring a Friend is Easy with the MOSS App

Our MOSS app is an easy way to refer your friends.

You can download the app to your smartphone here!

MOSS Phone App

Click ‘Refer a Fried’ and fill out your contact information and the name and contact information of the person you want to refer!  Don’t have three people to refer at once?  No problem!  You can come back to the MOSS app time and time again to submit as many referrals as you’d like!

MOSS Referral Program

No app? No problem! You can always call us at 703-961-7707 or e-mail at When the person you referred schedules an appointment, we will keep track of your referrals for you.

Northern Virginia’s Best Contractor

You have trusted MOSS for all of your home improvement needs, it’s time your friends trusted us too! Feel free to refer as many friends as you want! There is NO limit on how many FREE handymen you can get!  We pride ourselves on being your one trusted company that can take care of all of your home improvement needs. We at MOSS continue to put our customer’s wants and needs first. Now we want you to share your positive MOSS experience with the rest of Northern Virginia!



Kitchen Bump-Out Additions

October 20, 2016

By: Zaiba Hasan ( Create the Kitchen Addition of Your Dreams Close your eyes and imagine this scene.  The fireplace is crackling, children are bustling and joyously laughing, smells of Turkey roasting and apple pie baking. These are the delights of the holiday season and they are slowly coming upon us.  Now open your eyes….children are running amok, the Turkey is burnt and you spilled the gravy on your mother-in-law because there really are too many “cooks in the kitchen.” This is the reality of cooking the holiday meal in your kitchen that is WAY too small for your family’s needs.  The great news is with Moss Building & Design, Northern Virginia’s most trusted kitchen remodeler, we have a multitude of affordable renovation options that will not only visually create space but also physically add space without breaking the bank! Turn Your Kitchen Into a Living Space If you aren’t ready to commit to …   
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Kitchen Islands, a Place to Escape?

October 17, 2016

By Pam Kopiak ( Kitchen Remodeling in Northern Virginia When you hear the word “island,” you probably picture yourself  on a sandy beach somewhere with a fruity drink in hand.  Not me! When I hear “island” I immediately think of kitchens and how wonderful kitchen islands can be.  They can add such versatility to a space! Between function and aesthetics there’s something for everyone. Small Kitchen Islands Think of this as more of a private island.  If you don’t have a huge kitchen, that’s OK!  Kitchen islands can be as big or as small as you’d like nowadays.  This kitchen remodel in Fairfax, VA has a gorgeous kitchen island that suites the space well.  This fairly narrow island has enough space for storage while functioning as a breakfast nook. Big Kitchen Islands If you have the space, take advantage of it! Go all out with a large kitchen island.  I’m talking Gilligan’s Island, where multiple …   
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Guest Blogger: Liz Jones of Dulles Moms Reviews MOSS’ Handyman For a Day

October 13, 2016

By: Liz Jones ( Best Handyman Services in Northern VA As a mom, wife, professional, I feel that my time is stretched thin. I often feel like I have this looming to-do list over my head and I’m constantly tasking my husband with a honey-do list of his own. His list often consists of things around the house that need to be fixed, tweaked, replaced….you name it. They often include a ladder, a power tool, a trip (or three) to Home Depot. However, we decided in the past year to invest not just in our home, but in the quality of our lives by freeing ourselves up from our never ending house list. We haven’t ignored the list, we just gave it to someone else. I often joke about Brian being my second husband. Brian, my Moss Building and Design Handyman For a Day, visits me quarterly to tackle a huge variety of things that …   
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Is Hurricane Matthew Coming to Northern Virginia?

October 7, 2016

By: Leora Kahn ( Is Matthew Going to Make an Appearance? No, no, not Matt LeBlanc. And sadly no, not Matt Perry either. While the weather forecast is always changing, it doesn’t look like Hurricane Matthew will be making it’s way to Northern Virginia after all. There is also the possibility that this won’t be our last Hurricane threat this season.  Here are some home tips from the Matts and your friends at MOSS to keep in mind during the hurricane season. How to Prepare the Inside of your Home for a Hurricane Adhere to these tips to ensure your safety during a hurricane: Make sure you have enough extension cords to run from the generator to any appliances you’ll need. Have a flashlight near by along with some extra batteries. Buy a battery-powered or hand-crank radio. Have a first-aid kit in the house fully stocked along with any medications or medical items …   
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Fall Trends with the Top Bathroom Remodeler in Northern Virginia

October 4, 2016

By: Zaiba Hasan ( The Top 5 Fall Trends in Bathroom Remodeling The kids are back in school, football season has begun, and there is a slight crispness to the early morning hours. Whether you love it or hate it, Pumpkin Spice is back in town. All of these things scream, “FALL is here.”  Now is the perfect time to check off some of your never ending items on your “honey-do” list.  It’s a good thing I work for the top Northern VA contractor, Moss Building & Design, so that we can get a jump start on our annual holiday home maintenance projects! This year at the Z house we are looking to give our powder room a face-lift. While doing my research, I discovered the top 5 fall trends in bathroom remodeling, and thought I’d share them with you! Heated Bathroom Floors The leaves are beginning to turn, bringing with it the …   
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This Mercury In Retrograde Thing May Be For Real

October 4, 2016

By: Jeannine Miller ( What Just Happened? September is brutal.  Who knew the beautiful month that brings us Fall and magic numbers in baseball would become such a complete drain to my system?  Having three kids in three different schools about did me in last month.  I have an idea with regard to Open Houses and Back To School nights…let’s pick one.  ONE.  EITHER/OR.  I want to meet the teacher and let him/her know I exist and I’m pretty sure that’s all said teacher wants from me as well.  I have no capacity to retain info about the spring project or what the SOLs will cover.  I spend most BTSNs thinking the teachers should get to be at home resting for the upcoming school year marathon while they can, not fielding questions specific to how she plans to keep little Johnny challenged, given his above-average intellect and all. Let’s not forget …   
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MOSS- Your Northern Virginia Home Improvement Superhero

October 3, 2016

By: Leora Kahn ( We are Already Your Go-To Northern VA Remodeler You’ve always relied on us for your home remodeling needs. At MOSS, we care about you and your home. From additions, to kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and more, we’ve been with you through it all. But did you know that we are equipped for the little things too? Your Home Improvement One-Stop Shop At MOSS, we are your one stop shop for ALL of your home services needs. All of them. Anything you need tackled in your home, we’ve got it covered! No project is too big or too small! Circuit broke? Our electricians will fix it. Kids elbowed a whole in the wall? Our drywall experts are on it. Little Jimmy flushed his sister’s Barbie down the toilet? Our plumbers will rescue her in no time. Tile, siding, windows, doors, you name it, we fix it. Just think …   
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Basement Remodel Must-Haves

October 3, 2016

By: Zaiba Hasan ( 5 MUST-HAVES in your Northern VA Basement Remodel As the morning air becomes crisp and the days become shorter, “winter is coming,” is ominously whispered all over town!  As much as I love the cozy fireplace cuddles and yummy holiday food (I promise I’ll start that diet in the new year), I do not look forward to the rambunctious unspent energy that playing indoors brings.  Remember I have four amazingly active and crazy energetic children, (insert eye roll emoticon here).  If you have ever thought of remodeling your basement in Northern VA, NOW is the time to get on that! As you know winter is indeed coming. Here are the 5 must-haves you need in your basement remodel: 1. Add a play space to your basement Nothing says, “GET IN THE BASEMENT” better than providing a fun, imaginative place for the children to be banished to, I mean …   
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