Archive for the ‘Exteriors’ Category

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

Monday, 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

5pm-7:30pm

Location:

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

Invite a friend and RSVP to Addie:

301-946-2356

amerrick@mdbi.us

Renovate Your Outdoor Spaces

Wednesday, 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 dmerrick@mdbi.us.

David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build

 

A Spring Checklist for Your Home

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Spring’s in full swing and, for many DC area homeowners, this season prompts a professional check of their homes spaces in need of inspection, maintenance and repair.

In addition to home remodeling projects, did you know that clients come to Merrick for home repair projects?  Our home repair division is dedicated to completing smaller projects for local homeowners.

If you’re not sure what needs to be checked or repaired around your home, open out this ultimate spring home maintenance checklist, (provided by HGTV) which lists many of the services clients rely on us for. We also assist clients with:

- power washing of decks and siding
- assembly of outdoor patio furniture/playgrounds
- repair for fences and gates


Why wait?
Get your home in the shape you want  by contacting us at 301-946-2356 or dmerrick@mdbi.us today. And, for more info, visit our Handyman page.

 

Have a good spring,

David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build

What is Deck Flashing?

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Decking flashing is the barrier that prevents moisture from entering the house through the openings which are created when a deck is built. Flashing is a deck building material that’s affixed to the exterior of the home where the deck meets the house and comes in a variety materials including aluminum, stainless steel, copper and vinyl.

If a deck is not properly flashed, water penetrates into the house framing, which can result in severe mold, decay, and overall serious and expensive damage. To support the goal of keeping moisture out, it’s critical to ensure deck flashing runs the entire length of the ledger board (the ledger board extends from the house and is responsible for jointly sharing support of the deck’s joists along with the deck posts). As part of proper flashing installation, silicone caulking seals the end butt joints and any places where water might intrude.

What happens when a deck is not properly flashed? Take a look at these photos to see!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions or comments about proper deck flashing, reach me today at (301) 946-2356 or dmerrick@mdbi.us.

David Merrick

Ideas for Spring Remodeling Projects

Friday, March 11th, 2011

It’s that time of year again: the warm weather is giving the DC metro residents the urge to do more around their homes and in their neighborhoods. If you’ve got the itch to make changes to your house, take a look at this short list of spring remodeling projects that can bring comfort and provide enjoyment to you and your family:

Improve Your Entryway and Windows – Adding a new door and windows can improve a tired facade (and entice future buyers if you’re selling your home). By installing ENERY STAR rated windows, you can gain as much as a 30 percent reduction in energy use and boost curb appeal.

Add Insulation – Spring and summer can bring their own brand of heat to the DC region and better insulation keeps more of your cooled air inside. And, once the winter cold returns, more heat will stay inside, too.

Fix Your Floors – Over time, floors can take a beating from human and pet traffic. Consider new types of flooring for one room or several, which can add a whole new look and feel to your spaces.

Show Your Kitchen Some Love – There are reasons why everyone congregates in the kitchen – it’s the home of two life sources (food and water) and it’s just fun to be there. If your kitchen isn’t looking or feeling its best, consider a partial or complete renovation.

Give Your Bathroom a Makeover – Tired of the tile and other outdated features in the bathroom? There are a variety of ways – from fixture replacements to more extensive remodeling – to improve this all important place in your home.

Don’t Forget the Exterior of Your Home – Winter weather can be hard on the exterior of your home. Make sure the outside is in good condition, not just for the aesthetic benefits, but also to maintain structural integrity.

As always, if you have any questions, comments or just want to say hello, contact me at (301) 946-2356 or dmerrick@mdbi.us.

David Merrick