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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

David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build

What Makes Merrick Design and Build Different?

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

As a remodeling firm in the DC area, we have a lot of competition. There are a lot of people performing remodeling these days – from those who have been running small operations out of their homes, to those who recently lost their job and have entered the market, to other firms who are about our size or larger performing the range of projects we do.

So, what makes us different from other remodelers? We could say it’s our superior service, but you probably hear that phrase a lot when it comes to a host of services you buy.

Here are some tangible differences that we offer:

- As of February 5th, 2010, we extended our existing two-year remodeling warranty to a five-year warranty. We made this change to support your lasting enjoyment of your remodeling project and to display the confidence we have in our products and services. The warranty extensions are retroactive for all jobs completed within the last five years and cover all work on the project.

- We apply a teaching and learning mindset with our clients. We hope to teach you and learn from you as we work together and our staff supports a reciprocal experience for you. We provide expert advice and enjoying learning about the intangible information you share with us regarding your vision for and use of your remodeled space.

- Merrick Design and Build is an active member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) on the local and national levels. Being a part of this association provides us with a connection to those in our market and provides valuable industry information that we share with you. Several members of our team also hold certifications through NARI, which have been earned through many hours of training and hands on experience.

- Our longevity separates from many others in the market. More than 20 years of experience is at your fingertips as we work together. We encourage you to tap into our knowledge of remodeling ideas, products and regulations that we’ve gained through the years.

As always, we’re here to speak with you about your projects, questions, thoughts and ideas. Reach me today at (301) 946-2356 or

David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build

A Note of Caution: Unlicensed or Uninsured Workers and Contractors

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

When undertaking a home remodeling project, you may want to hire a “handy” friend or acquaintance or the high school kid from down the block instead of contracting with a licensed professional for the job. While this may seem like a great way to save money, doing so could also end up costing a lot of money and cause untold headaches if things go wrong.

Case 1: What if the neighbors’ son falls off the ladder while painting the exterior of your home? Since he’s not a licensed or insured contractor he (or more likely, his parents) may be entitled to sue you for his medical bills and related expenses. Chances are that not only will your homeowner’s insurance policy not cover this accident because most companies’ demand that all work is carried out by licensed personnel, but they may cancel the policy as well. When you hire a licensed and insured contractor, any injuries they incur would be covered by their worker’s compensation policy.

Case 2: You could find yourself in hot water if your “handy” friend accidentally damages someone’s property while he’s working for you. Something that seems insignificant, like accidentally chopping down a tree that appears to be on your property, can lead to a costly lawsuit and some hard feelings. Again, your homeowner’s insurance policy will not likely help because the person performing the work was unlicensed and uninsured.

Whatever remodeling project you undertake, protect yourself, your bank account and your biggest financial asset – your home – by hiring a reputable, licensed and insured contractor. It may cost more up front, but you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that you won’t be left holding the bag if something goes awry.

If you have any questions or comments, reach me today at (301) 946-2356 or

David Merrick

Customer Referrals

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Since we began our company more than 20 years ago, we’ve been the appreciative recipients of many referrals from our customers. We’re delighted that our clients are contented with our work and grateful that they trust us enough to share our name with their closest friends, family and neighbors.

When we meet with clients, we share how much we enjoy helping homeowners and that we’d like to offer our services to their contacts. We ask them to share our name with their friends and promise to protect their reputation by responding in a timely and clear manner to those they send our way.

We’d like to make the same offer to your contacts: if you know anyone who needs an experienced home improvement company for their remodeling and handyman projects, have them contact me today at (301) 946-2356 or I’m happy to speak with them about their needs.

David Merrick

Why Should Your Remodeler be a NARI Member?

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

When you hire a residential home improvement contractor, you’re “handing over the keys” to a sacred space – your home. You trust your contractor to enhance your surroundings and enjoyment of your largest asset. You also rely on their solid knowledge of building techniques, design trends and best practices.

Shouldn’t the contractors you invite into your home be up-to-date and informed industry leaders – over and above the expected requirement of being licensed, bonded and insured?

We are members of the National Association for the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Metro DC because this group represents a segment of the remodeling industry that work together to raise the standards for the projects they create, their business practices and the remodeling industry as a whole.

Before being accepted into NARI Metro DC, contractor members must be working in the remodeling industry for at least one year and pass a thorough screening and ethics review process. NARI also maintains a member-run review board to ensure consistency. Hiring a NARI Metro DC membership assures you that you have an experienced firm committed to high quality and high ethics.

Additionally, NARI is committed to educating trade professionals through a variety of formats including classroom, web and hands-on training, publications and various programs.

For the last decade, NARI’s certification programs have provided the remodeling industry with a formalized standard for expertise, knowledge and ethical conduct among professional remodelers. Prized by members who have achieved designations, NARI certifications also provide you assurance by recognizing remodelers who have undergone detailed review and testing in areas of business management, ethical conduct and technical skills.

Additionally, we and many other members of NARI Metro DC are EPA lead certified, with more obtaining their certification every day.

For more information about NARI and what it means to you as a consumer, call me today at (301) 946-2356.

David Merrick

Ask Questions

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Merrick Design and Build likes when you ask questions. Through your questions, we get to know you better and understand your perspectives, which will make your remodeling experience more productive and enjoyable.

If you don’t know what questions to ask before (or even during) your remodel, take a look at this informative article with a list of questions that’s posted on the NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) National website: Most Asked Questions of Home Improvement Contractors.

Use this information as a guide and a tool when you work with us. And, feel free to share this article with friend who may be considering remodeling.

As always, our phone lines are open for your questions. Call me today at (301) 946-2356.

David Merrick

Most Asked Questions of Home Improvement Contractors