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Differences Between Luxury Condo Renovation and Home Renovation

by Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

You’ve been in your condo for a few years now. Or maybe you just moved in. Yet some of the compromises you made - the not quite perfect kitchen, maybe an owner’s bedroom layout that was suboptimal - are wearing on your nerves. It is time to make some...

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Benefits and Risks of Converting a Spare Bedroom into a Walk-in Closet

by Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

It’s an empty nest! The house is finally all yours again. Your youngest child got the hint when they found you measuring the dimensions of what had, up to this point, clearly been their bedroom. Now they are out on their own, doing great -...

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Simple Dos and Don’ts When Designing an Open Floor Plan

by Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

There is an undeniable sense of place, a charm, and specificity that you often feel in a well-maintained older home. On the other hand, older homes often were built for different times – times with less efficient heating, cooling, and with thermal...

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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 especially with a kitchen addition. Utilitarian brick houses were built after WWII, and while they worked for post-war families that first...

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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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