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    Renovation Articles | Home Additions

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    August 18, 2021

    A Design & Renovation Experience That Covers All the Angles

    Every time Lisa Kristiansen and Steve Robinson looked out their french doors to nowhere, they knew they had work to do. Those doors were supposed to lead to a deck - or something - but a previous renovation had fizzled ...

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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

    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

    September 13, 2018

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

    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: ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    August 28, 2018

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

    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 ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    June 26, 2018

    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 ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    June 19, 2018

    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 ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    June 12, 2018

    How to Get More Room in the House as Your Family Grows

    Updated by: Kevin Gilday Home Addition Plans: Exploring the Most Practical Options You’ve got problems with your home. The kitchen isn’t big enough. Your clothes and shoes won’t ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    April 28, 2016

    Why was this Kitchen Addition Remodeling Necessary?

    According to one of the homeowners, the old kitchen was ugly! A previous home remodeling at this Chevy Chase residence had made room for a breakfast area and powder room.  But ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    January 16, 2015

    Home Addition Plans: What Are Your Options?

    Exploring the Most Practical Options for Home Additions The Tudor style of this two story home addition in Chevy Chase mimics the architectural style of the main house.   The ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    November 17, 2014

    How Porch Renovations Add Curb Appeal

    Considering Porch Design -or- How the Greeks Invented Outdoor Living Are you looking to add curb appeal to your home? You'll probably like the idea of expanding your living space ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    December 9, 2013

    Finding the Best Design Build Firm

    A home addition involves major structural changes to the home. How do you find the right design build firm to plan your home addition?     The photo (left) shows progress on a ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    November 19, 2013

    Home Additions & Remodeling in Washington DC

    Home Additions Are Still Good A Investment In Washington DC, home remodeling has evolved into a sophisticated and highly professionalized art--particularly for home additions.  ...

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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

    May 7, 2012

    Home Additions Indoors and Out

    The Great Outdoors -or- The Great After-Thought Gilday Renovations completed a two-story home addition to a Washington DC residence several years ago.   We squeezed the budget in ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    May 1, 2012

    Curb Appeal

    Something Is Missing Curb appeal. You  know it when you see it because you feel it. But, what is it exactly? 

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    April 11, 2012

    When An Addition Doesn't Add Up

    A previous owner of this Chevy Chase Maryland home had put on a very, very small breakfast room addition.  It was the right idea but didn't go far enough.  This stingy little ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    April 9, 2012

    A New Addition to the House

    Humble Beginnings New additions all look pretty much the same to me at the beginning--as do new people.  It takes time and good genes (or in this case, a sound design build ...

    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    March 21, 2012

    Home Remodeling: Design & Craftsmanship

    When we talk about the fine points of home additions we tend to make it all about the designers.  In fact, a design plan is just the beginning.  An enormous amount of thought and ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    March 16, 2012

    A Sweet Master Suite Addition

    Home Addition Adds New Space and Revives the Old This drawing shows the before and after second floor plans for a typical brick colonial in Bethesda, Maryland that received a two ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    March 14, 2012

    Aieeee! The Room Addition That Got Away

    It was around the 5th century, I believe, when the Greeks (who invented Greek Tragedy) introduced the expression:  "Aieeeeeee!"  The exclamation is wailed out by the the proud ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    March 13, 2012

    Your Home: Love It Or Leave It

    Should you move or should you stay? Should you invest in a home renovation or move to new house?  This question comes up frequently when we discuss major renovations and additions ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    March 8, 2012

    It's Only A Porch: Why Does It Cost So Much?

    First of all it isn't "only" a porch.  In custom renovation there is no "only" anything.  It is all about details--studiously conceived and finely crafted details.  All those ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    March 5, 2012

    Renovate or Relocate? The Cost of Home Renovation

    "We Don't Want To Price Ourselves Out of the Neighborhood" We hear this a lot from prospective clients. They are trying to weigh the cost/value of investing in a home renovation ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    January 30, 2012

    Home Additions That Go Against the Grain

    Prospective clients will often say “we want an addition that doesn’t look like an addition.”  People want home additions to respect the architectural character of their house. We ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    January 13, 2012

    Little Additions

    Home additions come in all sizes--some you might not even think of as additions because they are so modest in scale.  Here is a design solution that draws on the big benefits ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    December 8, 2011

    New Home Additions Blur the Line Between Indoors and Out

    In an earlier post (The New Family Room Addition Is a Porch) we talked about how the luxury porch is gaining popularity in the category of home additions.  The example here is a ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    November 30, 2011

    We Don't Want A Big Addition Taking Up Our Yard!

    So?  Get small.    Here's an example  of how home additions (this one in Bethesda Maryland) can solve a space problems beautifully without taking up a lot of backyard space.

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    November 28, 2011

    A Little Addition Makes a Big Difference

    Additions Come In All Sizes When we speak of residential additions in Washington DC, we most often ooh and ah over the wonderfully spacious family rooms and light filled kitchens. ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    November 17, 2011

    The New Family Room Addition Is... a Porch

    A new generation of porches is bringing indoor aesthetics and comfort to the great outdoors.  The screen porch has been steadily gaining the sort of popularity that the family ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    August 25, 2011

    Integrated Design: Building Your Addition Successfully

    If your home renovation dream calls for  an addition or significant alterations to existing interiors, you need to hire a specialty firm, one that is capable of  the planning and ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    May 25, 2011

    Design Build for Home Additions Is... Is... What Is It?

    In the field of home remodeling, design build is a specialty.  It is both a business model and a specific methodology. As a method, design build offers an ideal way to navigate ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    May 24, 2011

    The Kitchen Addition: When Bad Things Happen To Good Houses

    Some times bad things happen to good houses--in the best of neighborhoods! This otherwise gracious Chevy Chase Maryland residence suffered what we call a "band-aid" remodeling job ...