Generation Genius, If You Ask Me

June 1, 2017
By: Jeannine
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Northern VA Company Wins Best Contractor Award

June 2, 2015
By: Madeline Pillow
Readers of Virginia Living Recognize Moss Building & Design We are pleased to announce that we received the "Best Contractor" award from the readers of Virginia Living Magazine!
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Make Your Gallery Wall Decorating Dreams A Reality...

January 15, 2014
By: Madeline Pillow
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Moss Building and Design, Top Northern VA Contractor, Builds Addition in Oakton, VA

December 6, 2013
By: Madeline Pillow
Moss Home Addition Series: Addition in Oakton, VA In our Home Addition Series this week, we will look at a house in Oakton, VA.  The homeowners wanted to add additional space and to overall update their home.  After buying their house, they decided to do all of the home improvements at once.
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Living Out Loud

June 12, 2013
By: Carly
It's Not For Everyone
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Choosing The Right Contractor For Your Northern VA Home

July 25, 2012
By: Carly
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Moss Building & Design's Got A New Blogger In Town

February 16, 2012
By: admin
Meet Moss' Jeannine Miller After spending the last decade as a stay-at-home mom to three rambunctious adorable children, Jeannine has joined Moss  Building & Design as a community liaison of sorts, bringing  DIY sessions known as HandyMOM 101 workshops to moms groups in northern VA and reaching out to the local community at large.  In addition to her guest blog with DC Metro Mom, Jeannine will be posting a monthly blog giving her unique perspective as a member of the Moss team and as a busy Mom on a variety of remodeling and home-related topics.  Questions, comments, and advice are not only welcomed, but ENCOURAGED and should be submitted to Jeannine.
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Remodeling Ideas For Entertaining In Your Northern VA Home

January 18, 2012
By: admin
Skip the Peninsula And Go For The Island The holidays are a time when many homeowners entertain –whether it’s a small group of family members or a big New Year’s Eve bash.  If your house is set up for entertaining, it makes the whole process more enjoyable and easier on your nerves.
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Things Homeowners Should Check For After The Earthquake

August 25, 2011
By: admin
This week, Virginia experienced the strongest earthquake on the East coast since 1944 The Geological Survey put the quake in its yellow alert category, meaning there was potential for local damage but relatively little economic damage.
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Remodeling Q&A

March 25, 2011
By: admin
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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