Archive for October, 2010

Community Spirit

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Check out the “Community Spirit” post on the “daily 5 Remodel” blog regarding our recent project with Rebuilding Together and Choice Hotels.

Thank you to Leah Thayer for posting this.

David Merrick

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

Pre-Purchase Evaluations

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

If you’re thinking about buying a new home, which may need remodeling, consider a pre-purchase evaluation.  An evaluation can clarify the feasibility of making the purchase and can help you explore:

  • if the style and overall feel of the home suits your needs and the needs of your family,
  • how it can it be re-configured,
  • how your remodel will meet building codes, comply with zoning rules and fit homeowner association guidelines and
  • how various design options can fit within your budget goals

During our pre-purchase evaluations, we discuss a range of remodeling ideas and scenarios, inspect structural conditions and provide ballpark estimates for rooms like the kitchen and baths (whole house remodels require more in-depth evaluations and number crunching).

An important item to highlight is that our evaluations do not substitute for a home inspections. You’ll still need to have a qualified home inspector poke around when you decide purchase.

And, while we’re on the subject of home inspections, I also recommend having a home energy audit prior to purchasing a home. Pepco offers information about energy audits, which can be found here.

If you have any questions about pre-purchase evaluations or would like to schedule one, contact me today at 301-946-2356 or

David Merrick

The ETA on EPA’s Delayed Lead Paint Rule

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Below is a link to a blog post regarding the new lead paint rule, which is posted on the Consumer Reports Home & Garden Blog. The writer shares information about the extended deadline for contractors who still need to receive training to be compliant with this new standard and also includes my view of what the EPA should be doing to raise public awareness on this matter.

If you have any questions about the new lead paint rule, please contact me at 301-946-2356.

David Merrick