Archive for the ‘Additions’ Category

The Merrick Designers and You

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

When you consider a home remodeling project, you have a lot on your mind. Not only will you be thinking about the re-design of your space, but you’ll also be focusing on your budget, material selections, time frames and a host of other things.

The Merrick Design and Build designers work with you to uncover the reasons (big and small) why your home remodel is important to you and your family. We assist you in defining your reasons for doing your remodel and the problems your remodel will solve. You’ll receive ideas on which designs will work for your space and which ones won’t. Your product and material selections will be supported through our knowledge of the “tried and true” and the new and innovative. Workflow in your space will also be resolved and designed to fit your needs. And, regarding the money questions, we will work to create the best solution at the best price. Essentially, you’ll be able to see how your design will work and then cut your budget “into a pie” and designate certain amounts of money towards certain parts of your project.

Your project’s success is our constant focus and clear goal. We invite any and all questions regarding your design, material selections, workflow and your project investment.

To learn more about the “big picture” design/build process, please click here.

Questions? Comments? Reach me today at (301) 946-2356 or dmerrick@mdbi.us.

David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build

Complimentary Design Consultation

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Thinking about remodeling? We know the feeling!

Here’s a limited-time offer to enjoy:

Get a complimentary design consultation for your kitchen, bath, addition or other home remodeling project. The consultation includes measurements of your home, two hours of consulting in our office with one of our designers and a preliminary design to keep. This consultation is valued at $300 dollars and is offered at no charge for a limited time.*

So, if you’d like to take part, don’t delay. Contact me today at (301) 946-2356 or dmerrick@mdbi.us.

David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build

 

* Offer expires on 12/31/2011. Valid only for Patch.com readers. Please mention the Patch.com website where you viewed our ad. Not valid on existing contracts or with any other offers. Certain restrictions apply.

“Check local rules on egress windows before beginning renovations”

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Recently, the Washington Examiner wrote a story about the importance of checking local rules on egress windows before beginning renovations. Egress windows are: “windows that big enough and low enough so that occupants can escape through the opening in an emergency, such as a fire. In the United States, exact specifications for emergency windows in bedrooms are given in many building codes. Vehicles, such as buses and aircraft, frequently have emergency exit windows as well.” (Wikipedia)

I’m quoted in the article by the Examiner and state a few points that homeowners should be aware of. To read the article, click here.

If you’re planning a basement renovation, which may include adding a bedroom in this space, you’ll need to consider whether an egress window will be part of your project. Merrick has worked with many homeowners on this issue, guiding them them through this part of the process and the rest of their successful basement renovations.

If you have questions on the use of egress windows or other renovation questions, please contact me at (301) 946-2356 or dmerrick@mdbi.us.

David Merrick

What Changes Might I Notice in My Newly Remodeled Spaces?

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

After your remodeling project is complete, you may feel relief, excitement and renewed pride in your renovated home. And, after the dust has settled (literally) and you begin to live your remodeled space, you may notice some of the following items. Many of these changes occur due to seasonal changes, fluctuations in your home’s temperature and the materials’ response to the environment (natural elements like wood can swell with moisture). Many of these items occur in most remodeling jobs, so Merrick offers “tune ups” to ensure your project continues to look and feel its best.

 

Some of the changes you may notice include:

Settlement Cracks and Nail Pops – You may notice small cracks in the drywall, which often appear in the corners of the room. Cracks may appear within a few months or within a year because of temperature and humidity changes. Nail pops can occur anywhere, but happen most often in ceilings.

 

Small Separations and Paint Lines – With crown molding and painted panel doors, you may observe small separations and paint lines due to changes in the seasons and humidity.

 

Loose Cabinet Doors and Door Knobs – For your cabinet doors and door knobs that get a lot of use, loosening and changes in alignment may occur.

 

Color Changes and Minor Cracking in Grout – New grout in kitchens and bathrooms may change color due to wear and tear. Signs of aging and minor cracking may appear where tile meets another surface (sometimes, the adherence of grout to materials other than tile can be inconsistent).

 

For more information or to discuss scheduling a tune up, please contact us today at (301) 946-2356 or dmerrick@mdbi.us.

David Merrick

Build an Addition or Buy a New Home?

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

In their lifetime, one of the big questions many homeowners face is: Should we build an addition or buy a new home? Life changes, which include growing families, the desire to accommodate aging parents or a wish to expand or improve a home often prompt this question.

What are a few pros and cons of an making an addition to your home?

  • PRO: There’s often a high cost to value ratio and, at resale, homeowners often recoup what they put in.
  • PRO: It’s less expensive than purchasing a new home.
  • PRO: Working with your design build firm, you can create space you want and will love.
  • CON: You may still lose money when you sell. As we’ve seen with our current economy, there are no guarantees with anything.
  • CON: Additions can bring increased costs in heating, cooling and with other items.
  • CON: Additions can use up yard space.

Do you have questions about the feasibility of making an addition to your home? Call me anytime at (301) 946-2356 to discuss them. I’ll give you straight answers and share insight from my 20 years in the remodeling business.

David Merrick