by Carly on July 31, 2015

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There was a time, not so long ago, when the term “wallpaper” brought fear to homeowners’ hearts.  For some, it still does.  For others, wallpaper is making its way back in style.  The reason being?  Wallpaper is a quick way to add pizzazz to a space.  It could be just an accent wall with some wallpaper (as I have seen in several of my friends’ homes lately) or maybe an entire bathroom.   For those of us (me included) who are still worried about the hassle of installing/removing wallpaper, there is an alternative to get the same effect.

Bold Color Choices for Your Bathroom Remodel

If you are considering a bathroom remodel or just want to change up your bathroom, think about incorporating a bold color in your design.  The most popular colors for bathrooms are white, cream, beige and taupe colors so anything outside of these colors might be a place to start.

We’ve been seeing more and more bathrooms with bold colors, some more extreme than others.  However, all of them compliment the bathroom design and show off the homeowners personal style.

A basement remodel in McLean, Virginia included a bathroom.  The homeowners went with a soft purple paint for the room.  It gives it a soft look and goes great with the bathroom vanity and shower tile.

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The bathroom remodel pictured below was part of an addition in Oakton, VA.  It’s a master suite bathroom so it is a space shared by the homeowners.  They went with a yellow paint color in the bathroom.  It’s a nice neutral color that isn’t too feminine or masculine.  Paired with the bathroom vanities and bathroom lighting (check out that gorgeous chandelier) the color worked for their design.

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Want to take it a step further?  If you are into more of a contemporary design you could consider contrasting bold paint colors.  The hall bathroom in this Fairfax Station Addition paired bold blues and golds with a contemporary bathroom vanity.

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MOSS Tip: If you’re looking to make a bold contrast statement, adding trim to the wall or crown molding around the ceiling is an easy way to accomplish a bold contrast.

Would you be up for trying a bold color in your bathroom? Afterall, it is just paint.  If it turns out you don’t love it as much as you thought you would, there is always a million other colors to choose from.  Show us your bold bathrooms by using the hashtag #MOSSGoesBold!

If you are looking to remodel your bathroom and just don’t know where to start, the professionals at Moss Building and Design are always available to answer questions and share ideas.  If you would like to discuss your remodeling plans or have general questions call MOSS at 703.961.7707 or email


by Carly on July 29, 2015

Kitchen Remodel Oakton VA

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By – Jeannine Miller (

I’m so happy to finally post the beautiful pictures taken of our remodeled kitchen.  We are beyond thrilled with the result and enjoying the new space very much.  When we started the remodeling process, I was focused on which kitchen cabinets, kitchen countertops and appliances I wanted.  MOSS pushed us to look beyond those tangible items and specifically identify what we didn’t like about the feel of our old kitchen.  I am certain that this process of naming and addressing the below concerns is what took our kitchen from good to great.

Issue: The bulkhead and soffits made us feel closed in.

MOSS Solution:  Re-rout the HVAC system so the bulkhead and soffits could be removed.

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Issue: The kitchen always felt dark, no matter how many kitchen lights were on.

MOSS Solution:  Maximize natural light in the kitchen with a larger custom window.  Use many small LED lights in zones and on dimmers to control light in all areas.

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Issue: The view of the kitchen from the entry foyer was unattractive.

MOSS Solution:  Move the dishwasher, sink and kitchen island to the left so the view is less cluttered.

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Issue: There was no flow between the kitchen and eating area.

MOSS Solution:  Remove the peninsula and use extra space for a larger kitchen island.

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Issue: Our washer and dryer were crammed in the entryway from the garage to the kitchen so there was hardly room to walk much less a place for kids’ things.

MOSS Solution:  Take the space from an underutilized walk-in pantry and create a laundry room.  Turn the old HVAC ductwork space into a laundry chute – BONUS!

laundry chute


And that, folks, is a wrap.  Thanks for following my kitchen remodel via this blog — I hope you’ve learned a bit about the remodeling process along the way.  For more pictures of my kitchen remodel or others MOSS has done, please check out our kitchen portfolio.

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 is a member of Moss Building & Design’s Community Relations team.


Arlington Contractor: Where to Start With Your Home Office Design

July 29, 2015

Tips for Designing your Home Office   By Pam Kopiak ( If you do ANY work from home or perhaps if you just don’t enjoy the living room coffee table being the home for your laptop, you probably have considered creating an office space somewhere in your Northern Virginia home.  There are a few things you should consider before moving forward.  Think about these tips from Arlington’s top contractor when considering an in home office: How much space will be required for your home office design How much space you will need will depend on the function of the office.  Consider the following:  Are you going to be meeting with clients or is this space just for yourself?  What about storage for your files or accessories?  One of the most common mistakes people make when setting up their home office is not creating enough storage space.  It is important to think …   
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Top Northern VA Contractor Celebrates 14 Years in the Home Improvement Industry

July 23, 2015

Moss Building and Design continues to exceed customer expectations in Northern Virginia as they celebrate their 14 year anniversary The journey began in July of 2001 when Moss Building & Design was founded by Pete Hampel and his son Jason Hampel. The name MOSS has a special meaning, as ‘Moss’ was Pete’s father’s nickname. The nickname was given to Moss by his four children and it was derived from the fish “mossbunker” that was used as bait on family vacations. While originally offering residential remodeling including, additions, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, and basement remodeling, in 2010 MOSS expanded their offering with the addition of Moss Home Services. Moss Home Services was created to meet the countless requests MOSS received for handyman services. Moss Home Services offers handyman, plumbing, electrical, roofing & siding, tile, and other home improvement services. With the addition of Moss Home Services, MOSS is equipped to help …   
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Understanding Building Permits with Northern VA Contractor            

July 15, 2015

 Home Improvement FAQs   By- Madeline Pillow ( The remodeling industry can be a confusing one even before you make it to picking your selections and materials. If you’ve ever been curious about building permits, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the process.   Q: Who schedules the home inspections? A: You don’t have to schedule the inspections, your MOSS Project Manager will schedule them for you. Q: How long will the inspection last? A:  It doesn’t take long, it can typically take anywhere from 15 minutes to 30 minutes to conduct the inspection. Q: What kind of inspections will be needed? A: Footings: You have to dig down an average of 24” and hit solid ground. This is also to get below the frost line so your concrete doesn’t freeze. Framing: This is to make sure everything is structurally sound. Electrical: They check to make sure things have the …   
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Home Improvement Tips: Storage Ideas

July 15, 2015

Tips to Take the Clutter Out of Your Storage By- Madeline Pillow (   Humans. We are creatures that are capable of great achievement in mathematics, the arts, and exploration. We also are capable of our baser animal instincts. I’m talking about hoarding like a squirrel for winter. We’ve all seen or heard about the shows that examine people with extreme hoarding habits. Habits that include anything from food to treasures from a yard sale. As a result, hoarders are unable to function normally in their homes or with their families. While most of us are not on our way to this scale of hoarding, let’s admit it, there are more than a few things in your home that function just to take up space. Houzz put together some great tips that can help you identify what should stay and what should go.  1.  Does it work?  Don’t let your basement …   
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Design Trend: Carrara Marble Countertops

July 13, 2015

    By – Jenn Zschunke ( Recently, our MOSS team has noticed a trend among our Northern Virginia clients making selections for their kitchen countertops: clients are choosing to install beautiful Carrara marble. Carrara marble, which has been used since Ancient Rome for sculptures and building décor, is white or blue grey in color. While many options exist for countertops (including granite, silestone, stainless steel, etc.), the timeless appeal of this natural stone, quarried in Northern Italy, is being used to complete the look of our clients’ elegant and upscale kitchen remodels.  Carrara marble countertops, like anything, can have positives and negatives associated with it. MOSS encourages our clients to be fully educated about their selections and weigh options when choosing countertop materials, especially considering the amount of space that can be taken up with them. Pros: Carrara marble, like all marbles, is cool to the touch. It is a great …   
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Kitchen Remodeling: Selecting Lighting For Your Kitchen Design

July 10, 2015

Understanding the Function of Your Kitchen Lighting By-Madeline Pillow (   There are many aspects to kitchen remodeling and lighting may be an aspect that you consider at the latter end of your design plan. But this in no way diminishes its importance in your kitchen. A modern kitchen is used for many tasks. To meet those varied needs, the space can’t rely on just one light source or one type of light. The most effective lighting for your kitchen is a blend of four types: Task Ambient Accent Decorative These layers of light allow for a look that matches your kitchen design, is conducive to social interactions and allows for utility. Some light fixtures can provide one or two of these types of lighting. During your kitchen remodel you may find a pendant light over your kitchen island — depending on the bulb and light shade — can provide both task …   
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Kitchen Renovation in Northern VA

June 30, 2015

Organizing after a Kitchen Remodel By-Madeline Pillow (   So, you’ve finished your kitchen remodel. The floors are swept clean from dust and the cabinets have that crisp, new finish that makes you feel like one smudge of your finger will ruin it. This is the time when you introduce yourself to your kitchen again even though your old friends. And as old friends, you may be more than ready to move all your items back inside. But before you do, drop that spatula and make sure you have a plan first. Any home remodeling project, including a kitchen remodel, is the perfect time to de-clutter. And the kitchen is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to the non-essential items piling up. Before putting anything back in your new kitchen, map out where everything should go, and consider the items below. The kitchen junk drawer The kitchen junk drawer …   
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Exterior Home Improvement: Decks and Porches

June 29, 2015

  By-Madeline Pillow ( In the Northern VA region, we have the joy of enjoying the changing of the seasons. This  is why creating both enjoyable indoor and outdoor living spaces is so important. Two great ways that you can expand your outdoor space is either through the addition of a deck or a porch. While both can add great value to your home, there are some slight differences between the two that, depending on how your home and family functions, could be a better choice. The Difference Between Porches and Decks Both of these structures are similar in that provide ample outdoor living space. But from here they differ. Most porches will only be featured on the first floor of homes whereas decks can function on a number of levels. A porch as well involves a roof and in some cases is enclosed with screens and/or windows which create an additional living …   
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