Choosing The Right Contractor For Your Northern VA Home

July 25, 2012
By: Carly
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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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Remodeling Q&A From A Homeowners Perspective

March 1, 2011
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The Remodeling Process When a potential client first contacts Moss for their home improvement, we schedule an initial consultation to look at the space and talk with the client about what they want to change and why.  We discuss possible design options and the benefits or drawbacks of particular choices.  I tell them about Moss and describe the stages in the design and construction process.  Then I take measurements and return to my office to develop a design that will be presented as a proposal and ultimately become the signed contract.
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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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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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The Girl Next Door

February 22, 2010
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Moss Building & Design Launches New Blog So by now you know that Moss Building & Design has launched 2 blogs. He Cares & She Cares.  We hope you will enjoy hearing about the remodeling work that we do from two perspectives. I like to think of She Cares as the obvious and rational side, but then, what would life be without the male perspective to spice things up?! Introduction My name is Valerie Irons, and I started working for Moss two years ago after they remodeled my basement. Moss did such amazing work in my home, that I jumped at the opportunity to become part of their organization. Because of my background in realty and home staging along with a life-long passion for design and customer service, it was a perfect fit to start working for Moss as a Kitchen and Bath Design Consultant. It definitely helps to have personal experience on both sides of a remodeling project, but also as a busy working Mom of three, I know how hectic our lives get.  If you’re considering a home remodeling project, it is much more to you than just adding a new room, removing a wall or adding fresh appliances.  The renovation has to reflect your family’s unique lifestyle and budget and I approach every project with that in mind.
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