Remodeling Q&A

March 25, 2011
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Home Renovation Process At our initial consultation, we meet with a client, find out what kind of home renovation they want to have done, talk through ideas, and take measurements of the space. The next step is to provide an initial design concept and a proposal. For one couple considering extensive kitchen renovations in their Northern VA home – including moving walls – I provided two different design concepts. For each concept I gave them a basic floor plan that indicated the location of the walls, counters, cabinets, table, sink, stove, etc.  I also provided a 3-D rendering (which gave them a better idea of how the space would appear) and some pictures of specific features – such as a kitchen island – that I was recommending. The accompanying proposal included pricing information about labor costs, counters, cabinets, flooring, and backsplash. Of course, all pricing is approximate at this stage because it depends on the choices the homeowners make along the way.  But the proposal gives them a ballpark idea of what the remodeling will cost.  After the clients had a chance to review the plans and the proposal, I spoke with them about their experience. Q:  What did you first think when you saw the floor plans for your home remodel I had developed for you? A:  We thought it was great how you had captured the ideas that we’d been mulling around for years – and improved on them.  Because you took measurements, you could show us exactly how everything would fit together, and it was particularly helpful to have the 3-D version to visualize the remodel would look. Q:  Did anything surprise you? A:  We liked the various ways you worked in the seating.  We have a small kitchen, but you were able to think of two different ways we could make it an eat-in kitchen without sacrificing too much of the food prep space.  The first idea was a built-in banquette with table – which certainly takes up less floor space than a conventional table.  The other idea was to attach a “kitchen table” to one end of the island.  We’d be able to have the look and feel of a traditional kitchen table without sacrificing too much space. I didn’t even know you could build an island like that, so it was a revelation. Q:  What did you find helpful about the proposal? A:  We really didn’t have a good idea of what our concept for our kitchen renovation would cost, so it was great to get some information.  We recognize that it’s a ballpark estimate and it will change when we select specific cabinets and counters, etc.  However, it is very important to know approximately how much money we’ll need to put into it and what to plan for.  The proposal was also very specific about the various stages of demolition, construction, and finishing that the pricing covered – so we understood more about how the process worked.
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Adding An Addition To Your Northern VA Home

February 4, 2011
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Home Additions If your home is feeling crowded and cluttered, that can be a sign that you need more space. While some home improvements can free up space, only an addition can really add square footage. When we meet with you, we can talk you through the different possibilities for your home.  Below are different kinds of additions you can consider.
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Moss Building & Design: Taking Care of the Community

December 27, 2010
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Moss' Reflection As I spend the holiday season reflecting on 2010 and planning for 2011, I am tremendously grateful for the people we have had the privilege to work with over the years.  Since Moss is ultimately just a compilation of our customers, our employees, and our vendors, we are extremely fortunate to have such special individuals making up these groups.
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Moss Building & Design: Going Green Remodeling

October 21, 2010
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Going Green Home Improvement Tips I recently found an interesting website that lists a whole range of "green" changes you can make to your home and their expected return on investment. This is an important part of what "green" is all about, especially in these challenging economic times. Now is not the time to say "I'll go green when the economy improves..." It IS the time to think about small investments you can make now that will pay-off quickly: programmable thermostats, hot water heaters blankets, and compact florescent lighting. All are among the options that will pay off in less than one year.
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Kitchen Remodel: Choosing The Right Cabinets

July 22, 2010
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Not All Cabinets Are Created Equal When remodeling your kitchen, you have to make a lot of decisions from your counter top material to your paint color.  But, one of the biggest decisions you need to make relates to the cabinets you select.  It doesn't matter whether you are purchasing kitchen cabinets that are classified as semi-custom, or custom, their solid construction is important.
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Moss Building & Design Shares Valuable Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

May 14, 2010
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Kitchen Remodeling in Northern VA Kitchen remodeling offers so many ways to reflect your personality and your family's needs.  I love helping solve that design puzzle for Moss' customers during their home improvement, but having been in real estate, there are a two things that I always keep in mind when I’m working with someone who's considering a remodel:
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Home Automation Lands at the Hampel House in Oakton,VA….

April 16, 2010
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The Perks of Home Automation in my Northern VA Home Somehow I have managed to negotiate some very cool--though some might say unnecessary-- home automation into my house.  Maybe it's not "necessary" to be able to use my iPhone to control the speaker volume on the deck, but we weren't listening to music out back at all because it was such a pain to get to the equipment.
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Moss Building & Design Announces The Mystery Tool

April 7, 2010
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Mystery Tool Unveiled The mystery tool in our How Cool Is That Tool Contest was...a Biscuit Jointer!
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Moss Announces First Prize Winner

March 22, 2010
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First Prize Winner Congratulations to Jennifer Denner who is our first prize winner of the "How Cool is That Tool?" contest.  Jennifer will be receiving an iPod Touch.
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Moss Building & Design Contest Clue #3

March 15, 2010
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Clue #3 We've seen some interesting guesses - thanks to everyone who has sent them in. We're at the half-way mark and still waiting for that winning entry.  The IPod Touch is still up for grabs!
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