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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    July 21, 2021

    The Benefits of Collaboration in Design-Build Remodeling

    When a Cleveland Park family needed a kitchen redesign, they chose a company that offered a design-build remodeling approach. With an architect, interior designer, and lead carpenter available to them as collaborative ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    May 6, 2021

    How to Choose the Right Design-Build Firm for Your Home Renovation

    Maybe you’ve heard that design-build is a good way to go for home remodeling, that it is smoother and more cost-effective. That’s true. Or maybe you are just starting to ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    March 16, 2021

    Small Home Additions Can Have a Big Impact on your Life

    When young men returned from military service after WW2, homes couldn’t be built fast enough around Washington, DC and around the country. More and more families were looking for ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    June 23, 2020

    The Unique Role of the Craftsman in Design-Build Renovation

    You are thinking about a home renovation, maybe updating the kitchen and dramatically improving the flow and sightlines throughout your downstairs. You’ve been watching HGTV  well ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    January 10, 2020

    The Benefits & Challenges of Attic Renovation

    When it comes to adding livable space to your home, the most logical places to turn are the basement and the attic. In the two previous posts, we looked at the return on the ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    January 10, 2020

    Basement Renovations Challenges to Consider

    When adding new livable space in a home, the first place many people turn to is the basement. A basement can be a great choice because it does not involve adding additional ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    January 9, 2020

    Basement Renovation: Finishing Existing Space for Maximum Resale Value

    When is it a good idea to follow through with those renovation projects you’ve been thinking about? Let’s take a look at why it might be a good idea to finish off some of those ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    November 14, 2019

    How Will a Home Addition Affect Resale?

    It’s time for an addition to your home, but there are a lot of factors to weigh. Two big considerations: how long will you be there to enjoy this home addition, and how will it ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    March 26, 2019

    Looking for a Condo in DC? Start Your Search with a Wish List

    The condo market in the metro DC region is multi-faceted, to say the least. Here is another in our series on experts in residential real estate, and especially the condominium ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    March 12, 2019

    Finding the Right Condo Fit

    Condo living is an increasingly popular option for homebuyers here in the DC metro area. Having lived and worked here for 40 plus years, I’ve found that the way to assist people ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    January 16, 2019

    Tips for a Smooth and Efficient Luxury Condo Renovation Experience

    A home renovation in a condominium (or co-op) property is not like renovating a single family home. And there is more to it than simply the difference between interior only and ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    December 20, 2018

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

    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 ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    December 6, 2018

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

    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 ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    November 20, 2018

    Smart Ways to Maximize Your First Floor Layout

    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 ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    October 22, 2018

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

    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 ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    September 27, 2018

    The Evolution of the Floor Plan in American Home Design

    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 ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    September 6, 2018

    Home Renovations and Project Managers - An Essential Relationship

    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 ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    August 9, 2018

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

    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. ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    March 24, 2017

    Smart Home Technology in the Kitchen

    Smart Homes, the Internet of Things, Home Automation—all of these terms are the new vernacular for the place you call home.  Smart home technology is no longer a futuristic ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    September 2, 2016

    The Home Renovation Return on Investment: What to Expect

    Susan Liss wasn’t thinking about future resale when she hired Gilday Renovations to design and build a two-story addition to her home in Chevy Chase after husband passed away. She ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    July 6, 2016

    The Mind of a Designer, Part II

    In this second installment of our quest to find out what makes an interior designer tick, we’ve approached the top winners for residential interior design in this year’s awards ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    November 10, 2014

    Design Build: A Proven Way To Avoid Home Renovation Insanity

    Home renovations can drive you insane. There’s no denying it. It’s often a painfully chaotic process.

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    October 23, 2014

    Home Renovation: What Are You Afraid Of?

    Face Your Fear of Home Remodeling You Live in Bethesda, Maryland and you’ve just begun to think about remodeling your home. Then the dark thoughts come. People dread the thought ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    June 26, 2014

    This Old House Aint Worth It

    Love It Or Level It? Sometimes the answer is obvious. Other times, you struggle. You love a house. You say it deserves to stand, though it looks one gust away from falling down. ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    December 30, 2013

    Home Remodeling vs Tear Down

    Fix It Up or Tear It Down? This ambitious Chevy Chase, Maryland home remodeling project provides a great answer to the fundamental question many homeowners face.  The renovation ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    November 14, 2013

    How To Hire the Right Home Remodeling Contractor

    Choose the Right Contractor for Your Home Remodeling Project--Or Else Sometimes we get calls from customers who haven't identified the correct type of home remodeling company to ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    October 29, 2013

    Interior Renovation: A Cure For the "Dysfunctional" Kitchen Layout

    Make Your Kitchen Feel Bigger & Function Better: Interior Renovation & Reconfiguration This happens a lot in metropolitan Washington, DC.  We encounter older homes with floor ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    May 16, 2013

    Interior Renovation & Reconfigure

    Interior Renovation: When Better Space (Not More) Is the Solution The first thing you need to know about interior renovation is that it is usually more cost-effective than ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    May 25, 2012

    Planning A Home Addition In Chevy Chase

      If you live in Chevy Chase and you are planning to build an addition to your home, you will also have to plan a "home" for all the rainwater that the new addition is going to ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    May 24, 2012

    Home Remodeling: It's Exciting Then It Isn't Then It Is

    Home remodeling, can be a bit of an emotional roller coaster even when all goes according to plan.  We get that. The design process is exciting and gets the creative juices ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    April 13, 2012

    Condo Renovation in Glover Park DC

    Smaller and Bigger When working in an older condominium home during a condo renovation we encounter many of the same problems we find when remodeling an older single family ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    March 22, 2012

    Interior Renovations Define and Refine

    This Washington DC home remodeling  project is a great example of how carefully selected design elements can transform an interior.  The program here is to renovate the interior ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    March 13, 2012

    Your Home: Love It Or Leave It

      Sun room & master suite addition to a traditional Chevy Chase colonial style home  Should you move or should you stay? Should you invest in a home renovation or move to new ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    May 20, 2011

    Change: Sometimes It's Easy

    In 2009 Gilday Renovations made the switch and became a 100% wind powered remodeling company. Perhaps you have seen banners flying at Maryland retail businesses -particularly ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    May 13, 2011

    Top Remodelers

    Not only do they produce great works, Gilday Renovations carpenters look great doing it! In the photo: Taking a break from making magic in Washington DC: David Wilson, Jon ...