Archive for October, 2011

National Lead Awareness Week

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Today, childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children.  Yet, one million children today are affected by lead poisoning.  Pregnant women are also vulnerable to lead poisoning.  There is a good chance that any home, building, school or daycare center built before 1978 contains lead paint.  Just a few particles of dust from lead-based paint are enough to poison a child; the effects can last a lifetime.

The disturbance of lead paint in home renovation creates lead dust.  Last year, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued lead paint rules governing the renovation of pre-1978 homes. Home renovation that disturbs lead paint should be handled by EPA-certified renovators, including Merrick Design and Build, who are trained in lead-safe work practices.  It is vitally important that you understand lead hazards and how your can protect yourself and your family from lead poisoning, particularly if you’ll be undergoing a home renovation.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is a professional trade association whose members advocate for consumer awareness and protection from lead poisoning.  As a NARI member and in commemoration of National Lead Awareness Week, which is happening from October 23-29, I would be happy to speak with you about the dangers of lead poisoning and how your can protect yourself and your family.

If you’d like more information or have any questions on this important topic, please contact me today at (301) 946-2356 or

David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build

Merrick Design and Build Promotes Addie Merrick to Pre-Production Manager

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Merrick Design and Build, Inc. is proud to announce that we’ve promoted Addie Merrick to Pre-Production Manager.

In her brief time working at our family-run business, she’s assumed a vast amount of responsibilities and tasks. We’re excited to have her on board and value her energy, enthusiasm and ideas.

If you have any questions or comments, reach me today at (301) 946-2356 or

David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build

Pepco’s Residential Energy Rebate Programs are Still Available in Maryland

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

A few years ago, residential energy rebate programs abounded. Today, many programs have come to an end or run out of funding, but the good news is that several programs are still available for Maryland residents.

Here’s a list of Pepco programs that offer money back on various remodeling improvements, appliance purchases and others home-related items:

Maryland Pepco Home Energy Audits
– Pepco is currently offering a wonderful deal: for only $100, they will perform a comprehensive energy audit of your home. Having an audit is a precondition for several rebate programs, and from a practical standpoint, it makes a ton of sense to understand how your house uses and wastes energy. I had my audit on October 10th and recommend you that schedule yours to take advantage of this limited-time offer.

After you receive your energy audit, call us to review your results. Your auditor will provide a list of recommendations and we can help make sense of their confusing report and discuss your repair and upgrade solutions. Once you complete the recommended home improvements, you can enjoy energy savings of 20% (or more) and receive up to $1200 in rebates.

Maryland Pepco Appliance Rebate Program – Save energy and money with these rebates, including a $50 refrigerator rebate.

Maryland Pepco Lighting Rebate Program – Change a lightbulb to use less energy, save more money and improve the environment!

Maryland Pepco HVAC Rebate Program – This program offers two rebates, plus ongoing energy savings, with Pepco’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) efficiency program.

Maryland Pepco Energy Wise Rewards Program Energy Wise Rewards is a new way for you to take more control over your energy usage, save money on energy costs and take a step towards a greener lifestyle.

Take advantage of these programs and don’t miss out on the free money! If you have any questions or comments, reach me today at (301) 946-2356 or

David Merrick

Merrick Design and Build

You Can Vote Twice!

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

It’s not often you hear that in your lifetime! Well, to be clear, Merrick Design and Build is participating in two contests and we’re asking for your votes:

  1. We’re running in the Remodeling Team Spirit Contest on daily5Remodel. Click here to see our photo and then fill out your ballot. It’s quick and easy, but hurry – this contest ends on 10/6/11.
  2. We’re also running in the Best of Service Alley Contest. To vote for us, click here, then login in or create your free account. There are no fees or catches, so don’t delay…this contest ends on 10/14/11.

We appreciate your support. It’s a pleasure to assist with your remodeling projects and be a part of your life.

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

David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build