Merrick Design and Build, Inc. Creates a Pirate Ship Playhouse for “Rebuilding Hope: The RTMC Playhouse Project”

April 24th, 2014

Merrick Design and Build is happy to announce its participation in the 2014 Rebuilding Hope: The RTMC Playhouse Project, an extraordinary fundraiser designed to help Rebuilding Together Montgomery County continue its much needed work. In keeping with the home theme, Rebuilding Hope is centered on displaying and auctioning up to 10 custom-built, beautiful and elaborate playhouses. Merrick Design and Build is creating a pirate ship playhouse for the fundraiser.

The fundraiser supports the Arc Montgomery County in continuing to provide seamless delivery of child care and early intervention services for children with and without disabilities and special medical needs who are six weeks through 10 years old.

Rebuilding Together Montgomery County is teaming up with exceptional builders to craft unique and exciting playhouses that will delight and inspire children and adults alike. From May 1, these playhouses will be proudly displayed at Wisconsin Place, at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Western Avenue N.W. Visitors can see the craftsmanship first-hand by visiting the plaza during the month of May.

On May 29th, there will be a live auction reception (a ticketed event) hosted by Wisconsin Place, where families can bid on the playhouses. Online purchasing will be available online beginning May 1.

For the past few months, the Merrick team has been excitedly working on the design and build of the pirate ship playhouse at David Merrick’s home in Kensington, MD. “This project has been a wonderful and challenging project for my team,” notes David Merrick. “We’re extremely proud to be a part of this project and support the enduring efforts of Rebuilding Together Montgomery County and Arc Montgomery County.”

About Merrick Design and Build, Inc.: Homeowners in Maryland and DC come to Merrick Design and Build when they’re tired of how their homes look, feel or function. They rely on Merrick for remodeling solutions that are practical and beautiful and replace outdated styles, eliminate cramped quarters or improve poor traffic flow with changes that honor their vision and respect their budget.

About Rebuilding Together: Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (RTMC), formerly Christmas in April, provides small and large-scale home repairs, accessibility modifications, and energy efficiency upgrades at no cost to low-income homeowners in Montgomery County. These services help our county’s most vulnerable residents live safely, securely and independently in their homes.

About The Arc Montgomery County: The Arc Montgomery County provides a seamless delivery of child care and early intervention services for children with and without disabilities and special medical needs who are six weeks through 10 years old. This unique, fully-inclusive program supports children from many different cultural, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds and leverages community resources and partnerships to help EVERY child develop to his or her fullest potential.


All the best,

David Merrick and the Merrick Team

Love Your Home & Garden Event Presented by Merrick Design and Build and John Shorb Landscaping

January 27th, 2014

Kick off the Valentine’s Day holiday by focusing on your other loves: your home and garden. Mingle with industry experts from Merrick Design and Build and John Shorb Landscaping and discuss your questions and thoughts on your upcoming projects. And, enjoy a glass (or two) of champagne and dip into some chocolate fondue.

Date and Time:

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014



Merrick Design and Build, Inc.
3923 Plyers Mill Road
Kensington MD 20895

Invite a friend and RSVP to Addie:


Fall News from Merrick Design and Build – November, 2013

November 15th, 2013

Here’s the Fall News from Merrick Design and Build


Design for Life

If you live in Montgomery County, you should know about the Design for Life Montgomery Program:

Design for Life Montgomery is the first voluntary certification program in Maryland for Visit-Ability and Live-Ability in single family attached and detached homes located in Montgomery County. Its guidelines apply to both new construction and renovation of existing homes*. Whether you are a first time homebuyer, young family, career professional, active adult, or person living with a temporary or permanent disability, your home will be enhanced by these additional design features which will meet your needs throughout your life.”

We’re excited about this program and support its implementation. We also encourage you to contact your local representatives to express your support for this initiative. For more information, click here or call us today at 301-946-2356.

*Please note: Homes built before the program was initiated can apply to Permitting Services for an Alteration Permit, for a minimal fee, and the home will be inspected by permitting staff for meeting the program requirements, and the owner will be issued a certificate for meeting the standards.

The Scoop and Specials from the Merrick Family to Yours

Get One Free Hour of Home Repair Service

With the holidays approaching, it’s time to fix those small and large projects around your house. Enjoy lower holiday stress when your looks and feels good (and you can also feel great that you didn’t spend your weekends working on these projects).

To says thanks for your loyalty, get one free hour of home repair time when you purchase two hours from now until December 31st, 2013.*

*One free hour per household. Cannot be combined with other offers or specials. Your projects must be scheduled by January 1st, 2014. Offer expires on 12/31/13.

Two New Hires at Merrick

We extend a warm welcome to Joe Dougher, our new Home Repair technician. Joe has been in the industry since the early 80′s and brings tons of experience to the team.

We also welcome Jacob Kirk, Production Coordinator. Jacob had been working in his own remodeling firm and also with other local firms for many years. As a member of our team, he’ll take our designs to production, making sure that every detail is ready to go before construction starts.

The Big Day Happened!

On September 12th, Addie Merrick and Pepe Phang were married on a windy spot on Dewey Beach, Delaware. To see photos of the wedding, click here.

Following the ceremony, they celebrated with a reception on the beach with family and friends. A few days later, they jetted off to the Dominican Republic and honeymooned at the Hotel Excellence in Punta Cana.

Congratulations again to Addie and Pepe!

“Like” Us on Facebook and Enter for a Chance to Win a Kitchen Design

From now until December 31st, we’ll be continuing our Merrick Social Media Challenge and continue to connect with our clients and friends on Facebook.

Plus, we’re offering a special incentive: Like us on Facebook and you’ll be entered to win a complimentary kitchen design to use on your upcoming remodel or to share with a friend.*

So don’t delay – like us today!

* Contest open to homeowners in Maryland and Washington, DC. Certain restrictions apply.


As always, we appreciate your support.

David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build

Vote for Merrick Design and Build in Best of Bethesda!

August 21st, 2013

“Best of Bethesda” voting is officially open! Take a few minutes and go online to vote for Merrick Design & Build, Inc as the Best Remodeling Firm!

For the voting, here are a few guidelines:

  • Voting ends September 16th, 2013.
  • Voting takes place online and you can only vote once (and once per computer, which is important to know if you share a computer with others at home).
  • You must vote for a minimum of ten categories or your vote will be thrown out.
  • It’s all fill in the blank – no multiple choice.
  • There are two builder categories this year – Best Remodeling Firm and Best Green Builder.
  • “Best of Bethesda” typically has two types of awards – Reader’s Picks, which are 100% voted for by the readers and Editor’s Picks which are selected by the editorial staff.

As always, we appreciate and thank you for your support.

David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build

Merrick Design and Build is Featured in Houzz Article – “Roots of Style: Midcentury Styles Respond to Modern Life”

July 31st, 2013

Our award-winning project featured in the Houzz article entitled “Roots of Style: Midcentury Styles Respond to Modern Life”

Houzz, the leading online platform for home remodeling and design, has featured one of our award-winning projects in the article entitled “Roots of Style: Midcentury Styles Respond to Modern Life.”

The article starts out by noting, “While the architectural profession produced several unique styles of residential design before World War II, it was not until the mid-20th century that Americans adopted new lifestyles that led to an entirely new architectural style. The war led to a housing shortage in the U.S., and Europe had to rebuild. Europeans preferred to revive their historical past, while many talented modernist architects moved from Europe to America (others had left prior to the war) and found an eager audience.”

It goes on to highlight several mid-century styles including: Minimalist Traditional, Ranch, Split Level, California Contemporary/Midcentury Modern and Contemporary Shed and concludes with a look ahead regarding the effects of conservation and market conditions.

Click here to read the whole story and as always, we welcome your comments and feedback.


David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build

“Like” Merrick Design and Build on Facebook and be Entered for a Chance to Win!

June 17th, 2013

We’re heading into the homestretch for the first ever Merrick Social Media Challenge! We’d like to stay connected with our clients and friends and local homeowners on Facebook.

Plus, we’re offering a special incentive to like us on Facebook: Once you click “Like,” you’ll be entered to win a complimentary kitchen design to use in your own home or share with a friend who’s thinking about renovating their kitchen.*

Don’t delay, the contest ends on 6/21/2013, so like us today!

David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build


* Contest open to homeowners in Maryland and Washington, DC. Certain restrictions apply. Contest ends on 6/21/2013.

Homeowners in Maryland and DC: May is National Home Improvement Month

May 14th, 2013

It’s mid May, yet there’s still time to celebrate National Home Improvement Month. If you live in Maryland or Washington, DC and have been thinking about a renovation project – large or small – now’s the time to start acting on it.

According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), “Homeowners are advised not to wait until summer to start thinking about making changes to their homes. Finding the right design, choosing a professional contractor, and securing the necessary financing for a home improvement project can sometimes take months, so NARI suggests that homeowners who want to start a project by summer start planning now.”




To kick-start your remodeling process, NARI also recommends the following:

  • “Think through your project from start to finish. Careful planning of your home improvement projects will enable you to update your home, increase the value of your investment and customize your living space-all for a lot less than the cost of a new home.”
  • “Look over your property carefully. What repairs are needed? What improvements would you like to make? Think ahead and determine your future needs. Professional remodeling contractors can help you in your planning by outlining options and discussing the improvements you can make within your budget.”
  • “Be sure to review your homeowner’s insurance policy and make adjustments for the added value of the work being done. Most homeowners can handle routine maintenance projects and cosmetic touchups, but it’s recommended they consult with qualified professionals for larger remodeling jobs and major changes to the home’s structure.”


Renovation and remodeling take time, planning and expertise, and can yield a finished product that offers a fantastic transformation of your home or a return to a more comfortable state with needed home repairs.

As always, we welcome your questions about your remodeling projects. Reach us today at (301) 946-2356 or


David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build

An endorsement from our new client, Luke C.

April 15th, 2013

We’re honored to share this endorsement from our new client, Luke C.:

“While Merrick hasn’t yet begun the work (it should commence in June of 2013) we wanted to write a review of the design process that we began a year ago with Lindsay.

Lindsay is, with all sincerity, the sweetest, most honest, and most professional person we’ve ever encountered in the home improvement realm. We cannot imagine working with anyone else. In fact, my wife and I were so compelled to work with her we decided it would be a waste of time to get additional bids.

Lindsay has, over the course of the design process, taken every one of our unusual requests with patience and consistently found a way to make them work in order achieve the effect we’re after. There was no curve ball she didn’t crush and no email she didn’t respond to and absorb. We’ve been blown away at her ability to track and integrate every single one of our off-handed requests and rapid-fire emails. She oozes a level of competence and attention to detail you just don’t expect to encounter these days.

We strongly encourage anyone looking to work with a design-build firm to begin and end their search with Lindsay @ Merrick.”


David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build

Renovate Your Outdoor Spaces

March 13th, 2013

This may come as a shock to you, but Merrick Design and Build can assist homeowners in the DC metro area in renovating their outdoor spaces. I know, I know, you may be thinking, “But you’re always talking about kitchens and bathrooms and additions.” We do work with many clients on these core types of remodeling projects, yet clients also come to us to change the look, feel and functions of their outdoor spaces.

Clients work with Merrick when they need to change their homes – inside and out. They want to feel better in the spaces they already own and enjoy more effective living.

How do we assist with outdoor space renovations? For starters, we step outside and walk the property with a homeowner. We listen to their needs and brainstorm on the possibilities. Then, if it makes sense, we talk about the next steps, which include a design agreement and a discussion on their “build.”

What kinds of projects do homeowners hire us for? Clients in Maryland and DC work with us on decks, front porches and patios, outdoor kitchens and other modifications to and around the exteriors of their homes. And, in some cases, we work alongside a landscape contractor to bring projects to life.

Are you considering changes to your outdoor spaces? We’d be happy to chat with you about your needs and mutually determine if we may be the right fit for your project.

Spring’s almost here, so reach me today at (301) 946-2356 or

David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build


Merrick Design and Build, Inc. Named NARI 2012 CotY Winner

February 7th, 2013

Addie Merrick and Julio Osuna
hold the NARI CotY Grand Award

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Metro DC Chapter (NARI Metro DC) has named Merrick Design and Build, Inc., in Kensington, MD, a 2012 Contractor of the Year (CotY) in the Grand category at its annual awards competition.

Click here to read the press release.


Comments or feedback? Reach us today at (301) 946-2356 or

David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build