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Smart Ways to Maximize Your First Floor Layout

by Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

Is your first-floor layout everything you want it to be? Maybe that long, narrow entryway is really starting to bother you. And you love having a first-floor laundry room, but it’s really more of a laundry closet. Entertaining is fun, but guests are...

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Should I Remodel My New House Before Moving In, or Wait?

by Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

The decision has been made. You are selling your home and purchasing a new one here in the metropolitan Washington DC area. The whole family is excited about the new chapter that is about to unfold. Separate bedrooms for the kids, the...

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The Evolution of the Floor Plan in American Home Design

by Scott Sowers

If you live in the Cleveland Park DC neighborhood and are considering a major home renovation project, you may have the opportunity to transform the way it feels to move through the rooms of your home by adjusting the floor plan. Depending on your...

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What's the Cost of a Home Addition In Washington DC

by Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

Cost Per Square Foot: Home Addition vs New Home Sometimes a prospective client will ask "what's the cost per square foot for building a home addition."  Our standard answer is: We'll find out after we've built it--when we divide the finished square...

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Home Renovations and Project Managers - An Essential Relationship

by Scott Sowers

Thinking about renovating your kitchen, converting an attic for a home office, or in need of a home addition for a master suite or family room? If so, we have some advice about why having an active project management component integrated into the...

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How to Gain a Mudroom and Powder Room When You Build a Kitchen Addition

by Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

It is not uncommon for owners of older homes in places like Arlington and NW Washington to crave more space. Utilitarian brick houses were built after WWII, and while they worked for post-war families that first lived in them, they don’t provide the...

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How to Prepare Meals for Your Family while Renovating Your Kitchen

by Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

A remodeling project is the perfect way to create your ideal kitchen, tailored to your family’s specific requirements. But a full kitchen renovation can take 10 to 12 weeks to complete. Our clients are often concerned about how this restricted...

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Consider a Home’s Age when Planning to Remodel in the Washington DC Area

by Jennifer Sergent

If you live in Washington, DC, or its close-in suburbs in Maryland and Virginia, your house is probably old. And if you’re looking to buy? You’ll be looking at old houses. According to a recent housing profile by the Department of Housing and Urban...

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What’s the Right Size for a Home Addition? Not Too Big and Not Too Small

A Bigger Home Addition Is Almost Never Better Ideally, the size of a home addition is driven by its planned use within limits of the property size. Families with young children tend to be averse to the idea of sacrificing their backyard play space--so...

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Why Investing in Home Additions is Better Than Buying New

The Cost of Home Additions vs Buying New Homes Sometimes a prospective client will ask, “What’s the cost per square foot for home additions?” We can give you a reasonable idea of the average cost of a home addition because we design and build so many...

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