Archive for November, 2011

The Merrick Designers and You

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

When you consider a home remodeling project, you have a lot on your mind. Not only will you be thinking about the re-design of your space, but you’ll also be focusing on your budget, material selections, time frames and a host of other things.

The Merrick Design and Build designers work with you to uncover the reasons (big and small) why your home remodel is important to you and your family. We assist you in defining your reasons for doing your remodel and the problems your remodel will solve. You’ll receive ideas on which designs will work for your space and which ones won’t. Your product and material selections will be supported through our knowledge of the “tried and true” and the new and innovative. Workflow in your space will also be resolved and designed to fit your needs. And, regarding the money questions, we will work to create the best solution at the best price. Essentially, you’ll be able to see how your design will work and then cut your budget “into a pie” and designate certain amounts of money towards certain parts of your project.

Your project’s success is our constant focus and clear goal. We invite any and all questions regarding your design, material selections, workflow and your project investment.

To learn more about the “big picture” design/build process, please click here.

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

David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build

Merrick Design and Build, Inc. is Named a Winner in the “Best of Service Alley 2011″ Contest

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Merrick Design and Build is excited to be selected as a winner in the Remodels & Additions category in the “Best of Service Alley 2011″ contest. Merrick is one of only five companies in the Washington, DC metropolitan area to be selected in this category.

Read the full story here.

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

David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build

Spray Foam Insulation

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

We recently invited a vendor to provide a brief training session to our staff  on spray foam insulation. We wanted clarity on the efficiency, durability and potential downsides of this type of insulation and learned about the details of open cell and closed cell foam insulation, including a few pros and cons of each.

Closed cell insulation, which has a tighter cell structure, is often used in walls to provide a barrier against air leakage. Closed cell insulation can be used in basements to protect against dampness, but may not provide a complete solution for all homes. It can also be be used in crawlspace walls and many other places. The disadvantages of the closed cell foam is that it’s denser, requires more material, and therefore, is more expensive.

Open cell insulation can be also used in many areas of the home, including roofs, because it’s vapor permeable. Hence, if your roof develops a leak, you’ll find out sooner rather than later. With closed cell foam, rook leakage could go undetected, allowing water to collect between the roof and the foam. The advantages of the open cell foam is that it’s lighter, requires less material, and therefore, is less expensive than closed cell insulation.

Both types of foam insulation show strong durability, although closed cell foam will generally last longer and provide better insulation. Additionally, there are both traditional and “green” spray foam products that may offer the right solution for your home. And, you might also consider other insulation alternatives, including denim insulation, made from post-consumer recycled denim scraps.

Like all insulation, foam comes with comes with potential downsides. On the website, we read that “Urethanes are non-toxic and only require protection for our operators during installations, but the finished product is completely safe and has no formaldehydes.”  Yet, some homeowners believe that out-gassing is possible and have reported reactions to it. If you have chemical sensitivities or worry about other hazards, it’s important to research this, and any potentially offensive materials that will be installed in your home.

As with any other service, installation plays a critical role in the success of your project. Buying good paint, but then having it applied by a non-seasoned painter will yield vastly different results than having seasoned painter do the job. Hiring a professional, licensed and competent foam insulation installer will ensure the best results.

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

David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build

Complimentary Design Consultation

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Thinking about remodeling? We know the feeling!

Here’s a limited-time offer to enjoy:

Get a complimentary design consultation for your kitchen, bath, addition or other home remodeling project. The consultation includes measurements of your home, two hours of consulting in our office with one of our designers and a preliminary design to keep. This consultation is valued at $300 dollars and is offered at no charge for a limited time.*

So, if you’d like to take part, don’t delay. Contact me today at (301) 946-2356 or

David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build


* Offer expires on 12/31/2011. Valid only for readers. Please mention the website where you viewed our ad. Not valid on existing contracts or with any other offers. Certain restrictions apply.