Archive for the ‘Windows and Doors’ Category

“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

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