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

Wednesday, 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

The Entertaining Kitchen

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Merrick Design and Build has completed multiple kitchen remodeling projects over the years and one of the most memorable was for an “empty nester” couple living in the DC metro area. Their main focus for their kitchen was entertaining and their remodel occurred after the couple had made the conscious decision to, more often than not, stay home rather than eating out and hire a professional chef to cook for them and their guests.

Nancy, the Merrick Design and Build kitchen and bath designer, shares insight on this “entertaining kitchen” project:


Tell us about the residents in the home: They were a retired couple who entertained friends and other contacts quite often.


What prompted them to remodel? They wanted a space that would easily and graciously host their friends and provide the necessary items the professional chef would employ during his “main event” cooking at their dinner parties. They also wanted countertop space that would be used to set out and serve food.


What lifestyle changes or improvements did they hope to bring about through their project? This couple wanted to create a space where they could eat and entertain in style in lieu of going to restaurants or the country club.


How long had they been considering their remodel? They had been considering the remodel for several years and decided to make it happen after doing research on products and other contractors. They also obtained ideas from the chef who would be cooking for them regarding his needs in preparing gourmet meals.


Prior to their remodel, did they see friends’ homes where their type of project had been completed? To my knowledge, this was their own vision.


What were some of the challenges they faced during their project? It was a pretty smooth job. The existing structure was an eat-in kitchen and laundry room that was merged to create the new kitchen and the laundry room was recreated in part of the garage.


What did they like about remodeling? The really loved seeing island, the two sinks and the lighting. They were also happy to see the daily progress unfold as their new kitchen came to life.


What was their happiest moment regarding their project? Picking all of the appliances: there were two Sub-Zeros, two freezers, a wine captain, a warming drawer, a six burner cooktop and a freestanding ice maker, just to name a few!


If you have questions about your upcoming kitchen remodel, contact me today at 301-946-2356 or

David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build

Case Study: Making More Space for a Modern Kitchen

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Our clients in Kensington Heights were ready to renovate their kitchen in their 1940′s home. With two young children, the area seemed to grow smaller and smaller and wasn’t meeting the family’s needs. When they came to us, we saw that their project was both both interesting and challenging.

Prior to contacting Merrick, the homeowners interviewed several local remodelers and purchased designs from a few. After our first meeting, they researched our company, checked our references and decided to move forward. Once their design agreement was enacted, we created four designs. During the reviews, they selected a design and we listened to their needs to make sure we’d build a project they’d love. We also occasionally acted as mediators when decisions seemed challenging for the husband and wife team.

(See the before photo to the left)






  • To fully expand the space and create an eat-in kitchen with an island.
  • To also create a foyer in the space where the front door opened into the living room. The living room lacked privacy and the homeowners wanted to integrate their new kitchen with the rest of the house via changes to the overall flow.



  • To build within an existing space, which included a screened porch.
  • To improve the existing design, which restricted the circulation in the house.
  • To fit a kitchen closet in a space that was limited by stairs to the basement that could not be moved.
  • To install the heat and AC into this new space.


Solutions and Special Features:

  • Bumping out the kitchen into the screened porch space and using a flat roof.
  • Installing detailed panels underneath the windows on the exterior.
  • Adding a french door that opens to the backyard.
  • Installing special light fixtures over the island.
  • Installing a farmhouse sink with special details.
  • Using high-end appliances and creating a built-in around a standard fridge.
  • Recessing a radiator into the wall.


The homeowners, their family and friends are fully enjoying the new kitchen and renovated spaces. The final project integrates with the rest of the home and the rest of the neighborhood. (See the finished kitchen below.)










Questions? Comments? Reach me today at (301) 946-2356 or

David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build

Your Grill Could Be REALLY Useful During Your Kitchen Remodel

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Steak on the GrillI was recently interviewed for a blog article on the Washington Post about homeowners’ reliance on their grills during kitchen remodels. The story details how one of our clients got really creative with her grill during her total kitchen remodel and also describes my grilling days during my own kitchen remodel.

Smoke Signals: Grill to the rescue!

Comments? Great grilling ideas? Reach me today at (301) 946-2356 or

David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build

View Photos of the Strasser Kitchen Project in Bethesda

Monday, October 18th, 2010

The Strasser Ktichen Project entailed a complete renovation of the existing eat-in kitchen, and included the creation of a passage to the dining room and replacement of the skylights. New cabinets, countertops, appliances and lighting were installed.

View some before and after photos on our Facebook page by clicking here.

David Merrick