Archive for the ‘Handyman’ Category

A Testimonial About a Wall Repair

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Here’s a testimonial for a small project we recently received:



We wish to thank you and your fine team for the quick, excellent repair of our living room wall. The work was finished in time for the holiday season, for which we also thank you. That you were under no legal obligation to do the work, makes you efforts all the more deserving of thanks.


We wish you and the Merrick Design and Build team all the best in the New Year,
Amb. Thomas E. McNamara and Mrs. Emma McNamara”


We’re honored and touched when clients send us their comments and remarks and are always glad to assist them with their needs.


Do you have a small project that’s nagging you? Reach us today at (301) 946-2356 or

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 today. And, for more info, visit our Handyman page.


Have a good spring,

David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build

New Year’s Resolutions

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

I usually avoid making New Year’s resolutions. It’s not that I’m against the concept, it’s just that I spend a good part of the day trying to be better than I was the day before, so daily resolutions are more my speed.

Interestingly, many homeowners that we’ve spoken with recently are resolving to make small, medium and large modifications to their homes and habits in 2012. Here are a few of their ideas to consider in the coming year:


Stay Safe: By replacing smoke detectors, adding grab bars and better lighting and fixing the damage in your homes, you’ll be protecting yourself and your family members.


Winterize Your Home: Now that cold weather has arrived, don’t put off winterizing your home. Seal up cracks and repair the weather stripping around your windows and doors and remember to cover outside faucets, bring in potted plants and drip faucets when the temperatures go below freezing. It’s also a good time to add additional insulation to your attic, which can save you money on your heating and cooling bills.

Save Energy: Resolve to turn down your thermostat this winter when you’re at work or sleeping. Better yet, replace it with a programmable thermostat that remembers to adjust the temperatures for you. Also, install energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs to help reduce your carbon footprint while you save money.


Go Green: Make an effort to start recycling and properly dispose of old electronic equipment such as televisions, computers and cell phones. Take steps to save water and repair dripping faucets and fix running toilets. Also, consider installing low-flow showerheads and replacing old water guzzling toilets with new water saving or dual-flush models. When purchasing new appliances or electronic equipment, be sure they bear the federal Energy Star seal.


Maintain Your Home: Making a resolution to change the air filter on your central system every month or two will save energy and allow your system to run more efficiently. Draining your hot water tank once a year removes any sediment buildup. Cleaning your gutters regularly is another important home maintenance project that’s easy to overlook and avoid. Neglected gutters can lead to rotting eave boards, as well as damage to basements and foundations.


Resolutions, whether daily, weekly, monthly or yearly can have a big impact on your home and your life.

We wish you happy holidays and a wonderful New Year. If you have any questions or comments, reach me today at (301) 946-2356 or

David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build

Got Nagging Handyman Projects?

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Do you have nagging handyman projects that need to be done around your home? You’re not alone. Today, many homeowners suffer from a “poverty of time” that perpetually hinders them from completing small home repair projects.

Additionally, as homes age, they require more repairs (like cars and people!). In 2007, it was estimated that more than half of the homes in America were older than 25 years.

Projects offered by handyman service providers can include:


  • caulking
  • cabinets
  • update countertops
  • new sinks & faucets


  • replace/add cabinets
  • countertops
  • new flooring
  • update appliances


  • drywall
  • flooring
  • shelving
  • moulding
  • repair steps


  • replace screens
  • update windows
  • repair door


  • repair and replacement of deck materials
  • staining
  • new railings

A few years ago, Merrick Design and Build began to develop our handyman division to assist clients with small home projects. To get your nagging handyman projects done, please click here or contact me at (301) 946-2356.

David Merrick