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How to Plan Your Northern Virginia Remodel

November 8, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Plan Your Northern Virginia Remodel

Doing your due diligence before hiring your contractor is not only smart but a timesaver. Price should not be the only factor when making the final decision on who will renovate your home.

Your home is where you spend most of your time, and you don’t want poor quality construction details staring you in the face, day after day. Make sure you take the proper steps before choosing a contractor. Check out our tips below on how to choose the right contractor for your home remodel! 

 

How to Plan Your Northern Virginia Remodel

November 8, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Plan Your Northern Virginia Remodel

Doing your due diligence before hiring your contractor is not only smart but a timesaver. Price should not be the only factor when making the final decision on who will renovate your home.

Your home is where you spend most of your time, and you don’t want poor quality construction details staring you in the face, day after day. Make sure you take the proper steps before choosing a contractor. Check out our tips below on how to choose the right contractor for your home remodel! 

 

How to Plan Your Northern Virginia Remodel

November 8, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Plan Your Northern Virginia Remodel

Doing your due diligence before hiring your contractor is not only smart but a timesaver. Price should not be the only factor when making the final decision on who will renovate your home.

Your home is where you spend most of your time, and you don’t want poor quality construction details staring you in the face, day after day. Make sure you take the proper steps before choosing a contractor. Check out our tips below on how to choose the right contractor for your home remodel! 

 

Top Questions to Ask a Builder Before Signing a Contract

October 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Top Questions to Ask a Builder Before Signing a Contract

As the economy continues to grow in a positive direction, many homeowners are looking to renovate their homes. One of the biggest obstacles for homeowners is preparing for the expense of a remodel, while crossing their fingers that their in…

Adding a Full Laundry Room to Your Northern Virginia Home

October 17, 2018 | Comments Off on Adding a Full Laundry Room to Your Northern Virginia Home

As more and more homeowners are choosing to stay in their current homes, the trend in home design includes finding ways to not only add property value, but also to include elements that will stand the test of time. One key request is a full…

Adding a Fire Pit to Your Northern Virginia Home

September 25, 2018 | Comments Off on Adding a Fire Pit to Your Northern Virginia Home

As more and more homeowners are choosing to stay in their current homes, the trend in home design is moving toward adding value to current homes. One key request is a fire pit! 
Check out these creative ways to incorporate a fire pit …

Creative Storage Solutions for Your Northern Virginia Home

September 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Creative Storage Solutions for Your Northern Virginia Home

As more and more homeowners are choosing to stay in their current homes, the trend in home design is moving toward ways to increase storage in their current living situations. For some homeowners, it simply means having better organization,…

Adding Value to Your Northern Virginia Home

September 17, 2018 | Comments Off on Adding Value to Your Northern Virginia Home

Are you looking to change the look of your home and are curious to know which renovations will add the most value to your house? Making the right choices on what to renovate within your home can make a big difference if or when you decide t…

Increasing Functional Storage Space with a New Garage

August 28, 2018 | Comments Off on Increasing Functional Storage Space with a New Garage

Adding a garage, either attached or detached, can solve just about every storage solution out there. Adding a garage not only adds value to your home, but also gives you peace of mind via decluttering your everyday living space. You may fee…

Kitchen Addition Design Planning in Northern Virginia

August 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Kitchen Addition Design Planning in Northern Virginia

The kitchen is often the hub of the home, and having a roomy and thoughtfully designed space is at the top of many homeowners’ wish lists. If you are tired of living with a cramped kitchen that doesn’t function as it should, you can afford to invest in a new space and you plan to stay in your home long enough to enjoy all the work an addition entails, then a kitchen addition may be a good project for you. A design pro can work with you to design a new kitchen that blends with your home’s overall architecture and that fits your personal style and your life.

 

How Much Is This Renovation Going To Cost?

August 15, 2018 | Comments Off on How Much Is This Renovation Going To Cost?

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“I just need a rough idea of cost for this remodeling project,

just so I can see if I can swing it…”

 

“We have absolutely NO idea how much this

renovation is even going to cost….”

 

“I don’t want to tell you what my budget is, because I want to see what ALL the contractors I’m talking to tell me it costs first.”

 

Design Planning your Northern Virginia Outdoor Space

August 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Design Planning your Northern Virginia Outdoor Space

With homeowners staying put, one of the biggest demands in recent years has been an increase in outdoor entertaining space. Homeowners are spending more time entertaining in their homes verses spending more money on vacations, which means m…

How to Find Your Remodeling Design Team

August 8, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Find Your Remodeling Design Team

It’s easy to watch DIY shows and online videos that make renovating an entire kitchen or bathroom look easy. What they don’t show you is the entire construction crew behind the scenes that’s doing 90% of the work. Hiring a qualified design …

Space Planning in your Northern Virginia Bathroom

July 31, 2018 | Comments Off on Space Planning in your Northern Virginia Bathroom

The National Kitchen and Bath Association is an excellent resource and the guide that kitchen and bathroom designers use to plan footprints and spacing in a homeowners renovation. One of the key elements in space planning is knowing where t…

Northern Virginia Master Bedroom Design Ideas

July 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Northern Virginia Master Bedroom Design Ideas

As many homeowners are making the decision to remodel verses relocating to another area, the master bedroom is becoming more of an oasis. The master bedroom is now a space where homeowners sleep, work, connect, and spend time with loved one…

Enjoy Nature – Increase Your Living Space – RELAX

July 11, 2018 | Comments Off on Enjoy Nature – Increase Your Living Space – RELAX

It’s that time of year again in Northern Virginia when enjoying the great outdoors is on everyone’s mind. Some of us love the bug-free zone of a screened in porch. Others prefer to lounge on a covered porch. And for all year round enjoyment – rain or shine – a sunroom/4 seasons room is always a favorite.

 

Northern Virginia Kitchen Design Mistakes And How to Avoid Them

July 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Northern Virginia Kitchen Design Mistakes And How to Avoid Them

As one of the most highly used rooms in your home, good kitchen design is important. It’s a multi-functional space for cooking, dining, and entertaining, and when not laid out well, it can be uncomfortable and annoying. We recommend wo…

Northern Virginia Sunroom Addition

July 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Northern Virginia Sunroom Addition

A sunroom is a great way to add additional space to your home. It creates an extra room for entertaining and relaxing and offers an “indoor-outdoor” environment where you can get the benefits of being outside without the cold, rain, or snow.

Check out our new blog featuring ways add a sunroom addition to your Northern Virginia and what goes into the process! 

 

Open Floor Plan Verses Zoned Living Spaces

June 25, 2018 | Comments Off on Open Floor Plan Verses Zoned Living Spaces

Open floor plans are all the rage in home design and they have been for some time. Many homeowners want to live in an open and airy space that feels like it has a bigger footprint than it really does, losing the closed off rooms of older, t…

Why Should I Pay For Kitchen Design?

June 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Why Should I Pay For Kitchen Design?

You’ve finally had enough of your outdated, storage deficient, prep space void, and dare I say it… “UGLY” Northern Virginia Kitchen.

How to Add More Kitchen Storage Space

June 13, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Add More Kitchen Storage Space

Most kitchens have gadgets and specialty items. Some of them we use everyday, while others only come out during special events or holidays. Normally, these items are placed on the countertop or out in the open, making your kitchen look clut…

How to Design Your Northern Virginia Kitchen Addition

June 8, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Design Your Northern Virginia Kitchen Addition

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s the place where families come together and create lasting memories. Whether your family is large or small, having enough space in the kitchen is a true stress reliever and opens many opportunities&…

How to Design a Northern Virginia Wet Bar

June 4, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Design a Northern Virginia Wet Bar

A wet bar is a great way to create an entertaining space that fits in cohesively with the design of your home. By having a designated space for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, there will be less clutter in the vital cabinet space of your…

Northern Virginia Wet Bar Design

June 4, 2018 | Comments Off on Northern Virginia Wet Bar Design

A wet bar is a great way to create an entertaining space that fits in cohesively with the design of your home. By having a designated space for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, there will be less clutter in the vital cabinet space of your…

How to Choose: Attached vs Detached Garages in Northern VA

May 29, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Choose: Attached vs Detached Garages in Northern VA

When you’re planning on adding a garage to your home, there are several considerations to keep in mind. The planning process is key in making sure that you have a smooth and successful remodel. The addition of a garage has its advantages, as it adds instant property value and creates more space for storage. 

Why to Hire a Kitchen and Bathroom Designer

May 23, 2018 | Comments Off on Why to Hire a Kitchen and Bathroom Designer

Hiring a designer may seem like a luxury for many people, but in reality trained design professionals can actually save you money when it comes to your renovation. Not only are designers extensively trained, they also have years of experien…

Top Tile Trends of 2018

May 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Top Tile Trends of 2018

Finding a way to incorporate tile into the bathrooms of your home can be challenging, especially if you prefer bold patterns and colors. It’s important to choose a style of tile that you enjoy, but that will also not send potential buyers r…

How to Design a Stunning Master Bathroom

May 9, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Design a Stunning Master Bathroom

It’s easy to get lost in design photos of master bathrooms, so much so that knowing what you really want and what’s important to you can come into question. Thinking about functionality and beauty should be at the forefront. Having a beauti…

How to Convert or Build a Garage for More Living Space and Storage

May 3, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Convert or Build a Garage for More Living Space and Storage

Many of the homes in Northern Virginia were built with a formal living plan that separates each room out with a specific purpose. This can mean small rooms with limited storage. By converting a garage or building a new garage, you can add a…

Perfecting the Entryway of Your Home

May 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Perfecting the Entryway of Your Home

Many of the homes in Northern VA were built decades ago, with most homes being model or ‘track’ homes that were built in neighborhoods to accommodate a booming economy. Usually this meant that entryways were built just big enough to house a…

Northern Virginia Home Addition: Building Options

April 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Northern Virginia Home Addition: Building Options

Many of the homes in Northern VA were built decades ago when common home layouts and sizes were much different. If you are finding that you don’t have enough functional living space in your home, it might be time to add an addition. This space can include a guest room, a master suite, a playroom, a family room, or whatever is most advantageous to for your family. By building up (adding a second story) or out (a ground floor addition), you’ll add a lot of new space to your home.

Before starting, here are some considerations to keep in mind:

  1. Is there room for an addition? For example, is your yard large enough to accommodate an addition to your home?
  2. What are you missing in your home? How will this new space meet your family’s needs?
  3. How feasible is it to make the changes you’d like to make? Would you need to make significant changes to your home in order to do so?
  4. What are you comfortable spending on this project?

Design Tips for Creating an Open Floor Plan

April 23, 2018 | Comments Off on Design Tips for Creating an Open Floor Plan

Taking down walls to create an open floor plan can be an exciting endeavor. Spacious kitchens, custom built-ins, and center islands fill our dreams with design inspiration of what could be for our home remodels, but knowing what to do with …

Northern Virginia Top Laundry Room Design Ideas

April 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Northern Virginia Top Laundry Room Design Ideas

A laundry room is sometimes the most overlooked room in the house, but similarly to the kitchen it’s where you spend a large of amount of your time. Your laundry room does not have to be drab, and in fact if the space is visually appealing,…

Aging in Place: Top Reasons to Add an Addition in Northern Virginia

April 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Aging in Place: Top Reasons to Add an Addition in Northern Virginia

Many homeowners today are considering aging in place. With home values on the rise there is incentive to stay in one place, especially if the location meets all of your needs. Another option families are considering is the in-law addition, …

Aging in Place: Top Reasons to Add an Addition in Northern Virginia

April 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Aging in Place: Top Reasons to Add an Addition in Northern Virginia

Many homeowners today are considering aging in place. With home values on the rise there is incentive to stay in one place, especially if the location meets all of your needs. Another option families are considering is the in-law addition, …

Where to Hang Open Shelves in Your Kitchen

April 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Where to Hang Open Shelves in Your Kitchen

Open shelving in the kitchen is not for everyone, but as more and more homeowners are stepping outside their design comfort zone, they are starting to see the benefits of open shelving in their kitchens.
Check out our tips below for the b…

Building an Addition in Northern Virginia

April 4, 2018 | Comments Off on Building an Addition in Northern Virginia

Building an addition is a popular remodeling project for personal comfort and enjoyment. A term that you may be hearing a lot lately is “en suite.” En suite refers to a bathroom adjoining a bedroom. A master en suite may include a king size bed, multiple dressers, walk-in closets, a bath with spa features, a walk-in shower, a free-standing tub and other amenities. If space for a master en suite cannot be attained by making interior changes, many homeowners will opt to build an addition.

Adding a Garage for Maximum Storage Space

April 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Adding a Garage for Maximum Storage Space

Adding a garage, either attached or detached, can solve just about every storage solution out there. Adding a garage not only adds value to your home, but also gives you peace of mind via decluttering your everyday living space. You may fee…

Adding a Garage for Maximum Storage Space

April 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Adding a Garage for Maximum Storage Space

Adding a garage, either attached or detached, can solve just about every storage solution out there. Adding a garage not only adds value to your home, but also gives you peace of mind via decluttering your everyday living space. You may fee…

How to Choose the Right Kitchen Cabinets

March 26, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Choose the Right Kitchen Cabinets

Choosing the right kitchen cabinet style can be daunting. With today’s cabinet making technology, the possibilities are almost endless in terms of cabinet design. Not all cabinets are created equal, so knowing how to spend your renovation d…

How to Jazz Up White Kitchen Design

March 23, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Jazz Up White Kitchen Design

All white kitchens have been on trend for a very long time, with a resurgence in trying to incorporate classic design with modern elements. Although many all-white kitchens are lovely and inviting, some can appear a bit bland without h…

Northern Virginia-Wet Bar Design Styles

March 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Northern Virginia-Wet Bar Design Styles

A wet bar is a great way to create an entertaining space that fits in cohesively with the design of your home. By having a designated space for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, there will be less clutter in the vital cabinet space of your…

Hardwood Flooring Options: Pros and Cons

March 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Hardwood Flooring Options: Pros and Cons

Planning the remodel of your home can be overwhelming, but one of the common overlooked design elements is flooring. You have picked out your cabinet color and backsplash, but the flooring doesn’t mesh well with the new design materials. Th…

Best Ways to Add Value to Your Northern Virginia Home

March 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Best Ways to Add Value to Your Northern Virginia Home

Are you looking to change the look of your home and are curious to know which renovations will add the most value to your home? Making the right choices on what to renovate within your home can make a big difference if or when you decide to…

Cabinet Door Design: Pros and Cons

March 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Cabinet Door Design: Pros and Cons

Choosing the right cabinet finish can be a daunting task. You aren’t just choosing a color, you are choosing the overall base of your kitchen design, the main focal point everyone will see. Staying knowledgeable on the pros and cons of each…

Deck Design Options for your Northern Virginia Home

March 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Deck Design Options for your Northern Virginia Home

As Spring quickly approaches, it causes us to look forward to times where we can enjoy our outdoor space once again. Good weather should be enjoyed to its fullest extent, but if your home lacks an enticing outdoor living space, there’s little incentive to venture out. 

Check out our featured deck design options for your Northern Virginia outdoor living space! 

What Designers Want In Their Northern Virginia Kitchens

March 7, 2018 | Comments Off on What Designers Want In Their Northern Virginia Kitchens

Have you been considering remodeling your kitchen but are unsure of where to start? In today’s market there are so many brands and styles to choose from when making selections, that it can be overwhelming to know what will be the best …

An Occoquan Kitchen Transformed, Before, During, and After

March 1, 2018 | Comments Off on An Occoquan Kitchen Transformed, Before, During, and After

No one with a beautiful, functional Kitchen calls us to remodel their space. The “Before” pics we take at the beginning of every Kitchen remodeling project always remind us WHY we were called on and how much the space was transformed – from the initial designs to the last drawer pull installed. This Occoquan VA project was no exception. The older, split level home sits in the gorgeous town of Occoquan Virginia – near the water and the beautiful Old Town area of shops and restaurants. The Home Owner came to us with a very closed in first floor plan, an extremely outdated Kitchen, and big hopes for opening up the flow of his new home to create the ideal floorplan for entertaining and every day enjoyment.

Northern Virginia Master Bathroom Design Tips

February 23, 2018 | Comments Off on Northern Virginia Master Bathroom Design Tips

Are you considering remodeling your Master Bathroom? It’s easy to look up photos online to gain inspiration, but having an actual designer work with you on your project makes all the difference in terms beauty, timelines, and managing your …

Adding Radiant Heated Floors to Your Remodel

February 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Adding Radiant Heated Floors to Your Remodel

Radiant heat, also known as an in-floor heating system, can be a luxurious-feeling solution for a cold space in your home. It’s an often-requested upgrade for new homes and existing remodels for not just bathrooms, but kitchens and whole house flooring. 

Check out our new blog below explaining the different types of radiant heating, the estimated cost and where it can be installed! 

 

Tips for Hiring a Northern Virginia Contractor

February 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Tips for Hiring a Northern Virginia Contractor

Doing your due diligence before hiring your contractor is not only smart but a timesaver. Price should not be the only factor when making the final decision on who will renovate your home.

Your home is where you spend most of your time, and you don’t want poor quality construction details staring you in the face, day after day. Make sure you take the proper steps before choosing a contractor. Check out our tips below on how to choose the right contractor for your home remodel! 

 

Picking The Right Wet Bar For Your Northern Virginia Home

February 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Picking The Right Wet Bar For Your Northern Virginia Home

A wet bar is a great way to create an entertaining space that fits in cohesively with the design of your home. By having a designated space for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, there will be less clutter in the vital cabinet space of your…

Design Tips to Make a Small Bathroom Seem Bigger

February 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Design Tips to Make a Small Bathroom Seem Bigger

Designing around a small bathroom can seem like a daunting challenge, especially when storage is extremely limited. There may be light at the end of the tunnel in terms of new bathroom designs that will help cure the cabin fever effect…

Design Tips to Maximize a Small Kitchen

January 25, 2018 | Comments Off on Design Tips to Maximize a Small Kitchen

Most homes in the Northern Virginia area are not naturally designed to have an open floor plan, unless they were built in the last 5 years. As more and more homeowners lean towards adding an open floor plan to their home, sometimes cha…

Design Tips to Maximize a Small Kitchen

January 25, 2018 | Comments Off on Design Tips to Maximize a Small Kitchen

Most homes in the Northern Virginia area are not naturally designed to have an open floor plan, unless they were built in the last 5 years. As more and more homeowners lean towards adding an open floor plan to their home, sometimes cha…

Finishing a Basement for Year Round Use

January 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Finishing a Basement for Year Round Use

For most homeowners, the basement is a much needed living space that serves many purposes. Whether it’s a quiet place to read, a rec room for the kids or something special to fit your special interests-a basement can add living space t…

Screened In Porches, Outdoor Kitchens and Huge Decks In Northern Virginia

January 18, 2018 | Comments Off on Screened In Porches, Outdoor Kitchens and Huge Decks In Northern Virginia

After the last month of ridiculously cold temps, black ice on the roads, and snowstorms (OK, flurries), I think most of us long for the days of comfortable outdoor living. And what could be better than a combination screened in porch, covered outdoor kitchen, and huge deck to enjoy? Just ask our clients in Manassas who we just finished this beauty for. They can’t wait for Spring, and who can blame them? With plenty of space to entertain, a place for grilling and storing food and beverages under roof, and a gorgeous screened in area to relax, anyone would wish winter away.

 

Adding a Garage for Maximum Storage

January 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Adding a Garage for Maximum Storage

Adding a garage, either attached or detached, can solve just about every storage solution out there. Adding a garage not only adds value to your home, but also gives you peace of mind via decluttering your everyday living space. You may fee…

Adding a Kitchen Banquette

January 8, 2018 | Comments Off on Adding a Kitchen Banquette

As homeowners question the functionality of their kitchen design and the use of their everyday spaces, a kitchen banquette continues to pop up as an alternative seating option. While the carpentry work is more expensive than just putting in…

How to Maximize Kitchen Storage Space

January 3, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Maximize Kitchen Storage Space

Most kitchens have gadgets and specialty items. Some of them we use everyday, while others only come out during special events or holidays. Normally, these items are placed on the countertop or out in the open, making your kitchen look clut…

Popular Kitchen Island Design Ideas for 2018

December 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Popular Kitchen Island Design Ideas for 2018

Planning your kitchen can be one of the most stressful design decisions you can make, as the internet can overwhelm with you every possible style combination available. Check out our top kitchen island design ideas for 2018 to gain a g…

Attached vs Detached Garages in Northern VA

December 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Attached vs Detached Garages in Northern VA

When you’re planning on adding a garage to your home, there are several considerations to keep in mind. The planning process is key in making sure that you have a smooth and successful remodel. The addition of a garage has its advantages, as it adds instant property value and creates more space for storage. 

How to Add More Living Space to Your Home

December 13, 2017 | Comments Off on How to Add More Living Space to Your Home

Do you love your neighborhood but are in dire need of more space? Are you planning or growing your family or moving aging relatives into your home? If so, consider renovating your attic into a whole new living space, or remodeling your…

How to Add More Living Space to Your Home

December 13, 2017 | Comments Off on How to Add More Living Space to Your Home

Do you love your neighborhood but are in dire need of more space? Are you planning or growing your family or moving aging relatives into your home? If so, consider renovating your attic into a whole new living space, or remodeling your…

The Pros and Cons of Kitchen Flooring Materials

December 8, 2017 | Comments Off on The Pros and Cons of Kitchen Flooring Materials

If you’re planning to revamp your kitchen floors, knowing the strengths and weaknesses of hardwood, tile, travertine, laminate and vinyl can be very useful. Check out our tips for helping pick the flooring types that are right for your family and lifestyle. 

 

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Top Christmas Decorating Tips

December 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Top Christmas Decorating Tips

Have you been looking for a way to redesign Christmas this year? Putting up the same decorations year in and year out can become cumbersome. Check out these tips from Houzz on how to transform your holiday decorating this year! 
While…

Haymarket Portico Remodel- In Progress

November 29, 2017 | Comments Off on Haymarket Portico Remodel- In Progress

We were recently contacted by a client in Haymarket, VA who was looking to remodel their Northern Virginia home. The clients wanted to add dimension to the exterior facade of the home, while maintaining the architectural style of their…

Top Design Tips for Renovating Your Northern Virginia Basement

November 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Top Design Tips for Renovating Your Northern Virginia Basement

Fall is the perfect time to renovate your basement. While you are busy on the main floor prepping for the holiday season, your contractor can be working away from the busy areas of your home. 
If you have an unfinished basement, a ba…

Smart Design Options for Your Northern Virginia Bathroom Remodel

November 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Smart Design Options for Your Northern Virginia Bathroom Remodel

Renovating a bathroom can be challenging, especially if it is a small space or if it has no natural light. Take a look at the design tips listed below to see how you can transform your bathroom remodel to make the most of every square inch …

How to Make Your Kitchen Ready for the Holiday Season

November 17, 2017 | Comments Off on How to Make Your Kitchen Ready for the Holiday Season

Do you have chef dreams, but think you can never make them happen due to the current state of your kitchen? Quick access and smart storage, can mean the difference between a baking delight or a well intentioned blunder. Follow the…

5 Kitchen Design Mistakes And How to Avoid Them-Northern Virginia

November 15, 2017 | Comments Off on 5 Kitchen Design Mistakes And How to Avoid Them-Northern Virginia

As one of the most highly used rooms in your home, good kitchen design is important. It’s a multi-functional space for cooking, dining, and entertaining, and when not laid out well, it can be uncomfortable and annoying. We recommend wo…

Popular Northern Virginia Bathroom Floor Tiles

November 8, 2017 | Comments Off on Popular Northern Virginia Bathroom Floor Tiles

Tile is ever-changing, and today’s latest trends, driven in part by new manufacturing methods and printing technologies, are opening up a whole new world of covetable looks. We’re seeing a push toward new and innovative ways of combining different products, using tiles to create bold geometric shapes or to evoke an understated luxury with soft, organic lines and nature-inspired textures. 

Popular Northern Virginia Bathroom Floor Tile Patterns

November 8, 2017 | Comments Off on Popular Northern Virginia Bathroom Floor Tile Patterns

Tile is ever-changing, and today’s latest trends, driven in part by new manufacturing methods and printing technologies, are opening up a whole new world of covetable looks. We’re seeing a push toward new and innovative ways of combining different products, using tiles to create bold geometric shapes or to evoke an understated luxury with soft, organic lines and nature-inspired textures. 

How to Create a Kitchen Work Triangle

November 7, 2017 | Comments Off on How to Create a Kitchen Work Triangle

If you’re about to undertake a kitchen remodel, odds are you’ve heard a lot about the kitchen work triangle. Although it’s often hailed by designers as the best way to set up a kitchen, the concept of the kitchen work triangle can be tricky…

Popular Cabinet Door Styles for Your Kitchen and Bath

November 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Popular Cabinet Door Styles for Your Kitchen and Bath

Your cabinet door style can be one of the most important factors in your kitchen’s new design. Not only are cabinet doors one of the most visible design elements in a kitchen, but they can also be one of the most expensive. From the elabora…

Adding an Addition to an Older Home

October 25, 2017 | Comments Off on Adding an Addition to an Older Home

Adding space to your home can be invaluable if you live in an older home in a great neighborhood. Mature, tree-lined streets and architectural charm are what captivates many when it comes to older homes, but there are also things you must c…

How Much Will My Remodeling Project Cost?

October 20, 2017 | Comments Off on How Much Will My Remodeling Project Cost?

Maybe price isn’t your only deciding factor when considering a home improvement project to your Northern Virginia home – but most of us want to know what we can expect to spend when it comes to a big ticket item like an addition or large scale remodeling project. How would you know what to expect if you don’t do this regularly? You can ask your neighbors, talk to friends who’ve had similar projects done – but you’ll probably get a pretty broad range of experiences – from “We just hired the neighborhood handyman” to “We went with a very reputable design/build firm”. So how do you REALLY know what to expect cost-wise?

How To Design A Better Kitchen

October 13, 2017 | Comments Off on How To Design A Better Kitchen

As a certified Kitchen & Bath Designer, I love the guidelines the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has provided us for the most efficient, functional, and safe Kitchens. This article from www.kitchens.com highlights the NKBA guidelines, specifically “Thirty-One Ways To A Better Kitchen”.

http://www.kitchens.com/design/layouts/nkba-guidelines/nkba-guidelines

 

I’m going to focus on FIVE of the thirty one they’ve mentioned – giving them my own real world experience spin.

Planning Your Northern Virginia Master Bedroom and Bathroom Addition

October 11, 2017 | Comments Off on Planning Your Northern Virginia Master Bedroom and Bathroom Addition

A master bedroom and bath addition is a popular remodeling project for personal comfort and enjoyment. A term that you may be hearing a lot lately is “en suite.” En suite refers to a bathroom adjoining a bedroom. A master en suite may include a king size bed, multiple dressers, walk-in closets, a bath with spa features, a walk-in shower, a free-standing tub and other amenities. If space for a master en suite cannot be attained by making interior changes, many homeowners will opt to build an addition.

Making the Most of Unused Space in Your Northern Virginia Home

October 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Making the Most of Unused Space in Your Northern Virginia Home

We’ve blogged about making use of ALL the unused space in your home in the past – but have you ever thought about turning your attic into usable living space? A guest room? A media room? A study? 

Siding Options your Northern Virginia Remodel

October 3, 2017 | Comments Off on Siding Options your Northern Virginia Remodel

Have you been thinking about replacing your exterior siding, or are you considering adding an addition to your home, but are unsure of which siding product to choose?
Knowing the pros and cons of exterior siding options can be an invaluabl…

Key Elements to Designing your Northern Virginia Patio

September 28, 2017 | Comments Off on Key Elements to Designing your Northern Virginia Patio

As we head into the Fall season, with the weather becoming considerably more comfortable outside, it’s time to think about your outdoor patio space. Most customers think that having their patio done in the summertime is the best time to rem…

Kid Friendly Design in your Northern Virginia Remodel

September 25, 2017 | Comments Off on Kid Friendly Design in your Northern Virginia Remodel

Have you been wanting to remodel your kitchen or potentially add an addition, but are looking for a way to incorporate all of the items that come along with raising children? Take a peak at some of the ways you can incorporate kid frie…

Range Hood Design for your Northern Virginia Home

September 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Range Hood Design for your Northern Virginia Home

Choosing a range hood is an opportunity to create a dramatic focal point in your kitchen — or, if you go for a subtler style, a way to support the overall look of your kitchen. With the potential styles of range hoods — from oversize to barely there — nearly limitless, it’s helpful to know some basics so that you get the range hood right. 

First, it’s important to remember that a range hood is a kitchen appliance, with an important job to do. Read on for a summary of what you need to know about power, noise and sizing before you pick a model. And then we’ll look at some fun range hood options to fit a variety of decor styles. 

Baking Up Some Fun In Your Northern Virginia Kitchen

September 14, 2017 | Comments Off on Baking Up Some Fun In Your Northern Virginia Kitchen

As much as it pains me to see the pool season end, it looks like Fall is creeping up on us. The long, sunny days will soon be replaced with cooler temps and falling leaves. Fall always makes me think of pumpkin bread (slathered in butter, of course), chocolate chip cookies, pecan pie, brownies…. OK, so basically anything sweet, yummy, and fresh out of the oven. The good news for those bitten by the “Baker’s Bug” is that many cabinet companies have a wide array of cabinetry, accessories, and add-ons to make the perfect Kitchen for a Home Owner who loves baking.

Our favorite cabinet line, Yorktowne Cabinetry, (www.yorktownecabinetry.com) does not disappoint with several choices a baker would LOVE in their new Kitchen. Here are the three most popular – which one is your favorite?

Northern Virginia- Kitchen Countertop Selection Guide-2017

September 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Northern Virginia- Kitchen Countertop Selection Guide-2017

When it comes to choosing countertops for your kitchen, there are advantages and disadvantages to each material. There is no “correct” choice, but there are ways to determine which type of countertop is right for you and your home. In this …

Moving Into the Design Phase Of Your Addition Or Remodeling Project

September 8, 2017 | Comments Off on Moving Into the Design Phase Of Your Addition Or Remodeling Project

So you’ve selected a Design/Build firm for your home addition or remodeling project, and it’s time to move into the “design phase”. It might seem like a daunting task, and you may not completely understand what this actually involves. However; it’s the most important part of your project – the planning and design.

At Lensis Builders, we like to tell our clients that we’ll be designing their project “with them”. Even though we’re the ones working with the CAD program, it’s still a very interactive process. It has to be. It’s YOUR home, and no one knows how you use it and want it to ideally be for your family better than YOU.

So what can you expect when you’ve signed off on a design proposal for your project? With our firm, you would have been given an “Opinion of Probable Cost” with your design proposal – which is essentially a rough estimate range we will work toward while designing your project. Our design fee is 3% of the total estimated cost, and is credited toward the cost of our construction – so you’ll see it come right off the top of your official construction proposal. But let’s put the horse before the cart. We can’t do an official construction proposal based on no design, and no finish materials selected. We want to take step one – which is to start planning and designing every detail of the improvements.

What is included with a set of architectural drawings? What do they look like? Will I be able to see what it looks like in 3D?

Our designs provide excellent visual communication, to include a detailed, 3D design model. They also include an “existing layout” page – which details your existing home as is for comparison, a “proposed layout” page – which shows our idea for the new floorplan and/or addition, “perspectives” of the existing layout and proposed layout, “elevations” of any cabinetry or architectural features, and of course everyone’s favorite part – “3D full color views” of how the proposed space will look if you were standing in the room.

Recently Completed Project – Detached Garage in Oakton VA

August 30, 2017 | Comments Off on Recently Completed Project – Detached Garage in Oakton VA

Seems like everyone wants and needs more storage space at their homes, and garages are definitely one of our most popular addition requests. How many of us actually have two cars in a two car garage? Or is a “one car, one lawnmower, four bikes, one weed-whacker, six lawn chairs, thirteen pool noodles, two trashcans, a snow-blower, and sixteen boxes of holiday decorations” scenario more familiar?

We recently designed and built a gorgeous detached, two car garage in the Northern Virginia town of Oakton – and the Home Owners couldn’t be happier with the final results.

One of the biggest challenges with a garage addition, whether it’s attached or detached, is aesthetically tying it in perfectly to the existing home. No one wants to drive up to a beautiful home with what appears to be a boring, unappealing box slapped on. With this Oakton garage, a lot of attention was paid to the details that make it a perfect match for the beautiful home.

Northern Virginia-Porch Remodel Before & After

August 29, 2017 | Comments Off on Northern Virginia-Porch Remodel Before & After

This time of year is perfect for remodeling your outdoor space with a covered porch, a screened in porch, or a combination of both! As the seasons begin to change and the weather starts to cool down, taking advantage of the outdoors is on everyone’s mind. We recently completed a screened in porch addition at a client’s home in Vienna, VA. The results were amazing! Take a peak below to see the stunning transformation! 

WHAT IF MY METALS DON’T MATCH!?!?!

August 24, 2017 | Comments Off on WHAT IF MY METALS DON’T MATCH!?!?!

One of the smaller details of a new Kitchen remodel can actually cause many people a lot of stress and concern. Matching metals. Does my new faucet need to match my cabinet hardware? And what about my stainless appliances? My new light fixt…

Northern Virginia-Storage Ideas for Your Kitchen Island

August 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Northern Virginia-Storage Ideas for Your Kitchen Island

A lot of attention goes into selecting the right storage for an island’s main base cabinetry. But don’t forget about the ends of the island. Depending on which way your island faces and how much space you’ve got in relation to the drawers and cabinets you select, you’ve got plenty of options for display and storage. Here are some creative ideas on how to maximize the storage potential of your new island.  

Why Select A Builder/Remodeler With A Showroom?

August 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Why Select A Builder/Remodeler With A Showroom?

I’m a big fan of all forms of shopping, with the exception of grocery shopping. Honestly, I find purchasing bananas, toilet paper, and coffee K-cups annoying, tedious, and exhausting. Then there’s the torturous music that inspires running into the parking lot. How many Air Supply songs can one person be forced to endure?

But I LOVE shopping for everything else. Handbags? Yes, please. New Fall boots? At least two pair every year. Not that I’m opposed to online shopping. But I LOVE being able to see, touch and carry my desired items around like a baby if I please. In person shopping is the best.

This applies to selecting items for your remodeling project as well!

 

Re-Thinking Subway Tile

August 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Re-Thinking Subway Tile

When most of us think about subway tile, we picture a solid white tile, laid like brick. It’s basic. It’s clean. It’s simple. Some might say “ho hum”. But what if you could kick that “ho hum” up a notch without losing the clean, simple look of a subway tile? You can! There are so many patterns a standard 3” x 6” subway tile looks fabulous in!

 

Northern Virginia- Farmhouse Sinks 101

August 7, 2017 | Comments Off on Northern Virginia- Farmhouse Sinks 101

The traditional farmhouse sink is generally a lot deeper than modern stainless steel under mount or top-mount sinks. Its design enables the user to stand directly in front of the basin, with no cabinets or countertop in between. This feature made the farmhouse sink more comfortable to use at a time in the past when women would spend a large part of their day there — preparing food and washing dishes, clothes and even babies. 

Is There Hidden Space In Your Basement?

August 2, 2017 | Comments Off on Is There Hidden Space In Your Basement?

Most of us have used our basements as a household “catch all”. An unseen storage area. Out of sight, out of mind. Right?

When my son was younger, I used to refer to our basement as “The Museum Of Brightly Colored Plastic Toys”, and you’d have to clear a path to get from one side to the other at your own risk.

Think about how much space you have in your unfinished basement. Now think about what you could actually DO with this space with the proper planning, design, and construction!

Wet Bars, Media Rooms, Extra Guest Bedroom, Full Bathroom… these are ALL great uses of basement space. But what ELSE can this space be used for? 

 

Northern Virginia Remodeling – How to Prepare Your Home for a Remodel

July 31, 2017 | Comments Off on Northern Virginia Remodeling – How to Prepare Your Home for a Remodel

It has happened to the best of us. We accumulate a lot of STUFF! As consumers we make purchases, such as exercise equipment, new kitchen gadgets, and clothes, that we have the best intentions of using. But over time, those items that seemed…

Trendy & Traditional – How To Have BOTH

July 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Trendy & Traditional – How To Have BOTH

Remember the 80’s? My hair certainly does. How did you decorate your home? Did you have hunter green and burgundy everywhere? Track lighting? Gigantic stereo speakers? How about a wallpaper border? And let’s NOT forget mirrored walls.  I did. I admit it. * Shudder * Apologies for the flashback, but I’m leading up to the point of this blog.

New Moen Kitchen Faucets For 2017 – Which Style Do You Prefer?

July 21, 2017 | Comments Off on New Moen Kitchen Faucets For 2017 – Which Style Do You Prefer?

As an authorized Moen dealer we love their products, and install them in almost all of our remodeling and addition projects. They are reliable, beautiful, and offer a wonderful array of styles and finish options.

Fun fact!  One evening in 1937, Al Moen went to wash his hands using an old-fashioned, two handle faucet. The hot water burst out of the spout, causing him to jump back in alarm. It was this unpleasant surprise that inspired him to invent the single handle faucet. Ten years later, production began on Moen’s single lever faucets.

 

This year, Moen has introduced two new Kitchen faucets to their product line. One is a new twist on modern, and the other is timeless and traditional. Which one would you prefer in your home?

Your Pets & Your Remodeling Project

July 14, 2017 | Comments Off on Your Pets & Your Remodeling Project

One of the many issues we address at our Pre-Construction meetings is the pets in the home. We think it’s extremely important to protect ALL members of your family during the remodeling process! Our process for Home Owners who are Pet Owners includes a Lead Carpenter “meet and greet” at our Pre-Construction meeting for you AND your pet(s). This eases a little of the tension of the “first day, noisy stranger” day. 

I Hate Lazy Susan Cabinets

July 7, 2017 | Comments Off on I Hate Lazy Susan Cabinets

I’m a Kitchen Designer. And I hate Lazy Susan cabinets. Yeah, I said it.

I lovingly refer to them as “Spinning Trash Cans” or “The Vortex Of Nothing”. Maybe it’s just my lack of patience or inability to correctly place items on my own. I’m sure there are countless people in the world who LOVE theirs, and don’t understand why I cringe when I have to use mine. My excuse for having one? I didn’t design my own Kitchen 15 years ago. I had NO idea. None.

But what choice do we have? I mean, it’s corner space, right? How many options can there be? The short answer is – more than you think!

Yorktowne Cabinetry, our cabinet company of choice, and its sister company, Medallion Cabinetry have several corner base options – and these are my three favorites:

What Questions Should Your Kitchen Designer Be Asking YOU?

June 28, 2017 | Comments Off on What Questions Should Your Kitchen Designer Be Asking YOU?

I think we’ve all read plenty of articles and blog posts about “How To Select A Kitchen Designer”. You consider their credentials, review their portfolio, talk to some references, and generally decide whether your personalities “mesh” well enough to move forward with the design process. Simple, right?

But what questions should the right Kitchen Designer be asking YOU? The reality is, you AND your Kitchen Designer will be designing your Kitchen. Done correctly, it’s a very interactive process with no surprises when construction begins. Your Designer should ask you as many questions as you asked them in the beginning for the best approach from start to finish – to include:

 

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Building an Addition: Expanding Up or Out

June 26, 2017 | Comments Off on Building an Addition: Expanding Up or Out

So you love your neighborhood, that short commute to work, the tree lined streets? If only, you could add another 1,000 sqft, you would never leave. Well, you can! The process of adding an addition to your existing home may be easier than y…

Northern Virginia Remodeling – The Floating Shelves Trend

June 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Northern Virginia Remodeling – The Floating Shelves Trend

Floating shelves are seemingly everywhere these days – and they bring a clean and chic look to almost every room in the house. We love this trend, and are happy to see it continue to grow in popularity!

Our cabinetry company of choice, Yorktowne Cabinetry, provides floating shelves in a variety of wood species and hundreds of color and stain options that mount directly to the wall – no brackets, no visible clips, no fuss. They’re a fun and modern alternative to upper wall cabinets, a unique way to display decorative items, AND a great way keep everyday items easily accessible.

Check out some of Yorktowne Cabinetry and their sister company, Medallion Cabinetry’s floating shelf options:

 

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Remodeling in Northern Virginia-From Design to Construction-Our Process

June 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Remodeling in Northern Virginia-From Design to Construction-Our Process

Are you considering an addition or a remodeling project at your home? Finding a contractor to discuss your ideas with is the easy part. But what comes next? Not all contractors have the same “process”, and it’s important to have a thorough understanding of what you can expect. 

At Lensis Builders, we have our own way of taking our clients from the initial meeting to the beginning of construction.

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Top Kitchen Design Trends for 2017

June 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Top Kitchen Design Trends for 2017

 Even though we are halfway through 2017, the top kitchen design trends are in full swing. Take a look at the top kitchen design trends for 2017 to see if they are in line with your design vision. 
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Design Planning: Wants vs. Needs in Your Renovation

May 31, 2017 | Comments Off on Design Planning: Wants vs. Needs in Your Renovation

It’s easy to get lost in the beautiful pictures on websites and in design magazines, and it can be hard to distinguish between wants verses needs in your renovation. See our tips on how to make your dreams a reality, no matter what you…

Top Questions to Ask During a Pre-Construction Meeting

May 26, 2017 | Comments Off on Top Questions to Ask During a Pre-Construction Meeting

Based on conversations with clients, friends, family, and experts in the field, the contractor you choose is the single most important factor in determining how smooth (or stressful) your remodeling project goes. Selecting the right contrac…

Tips to Make Your Renovated Bathroom Look Bigger

May 23, 2017 | Comments Off on Tips to Make Your Renovated Bathroom Look Bigger

Renovating a bathroom can be challenging, especially if it is a small space or if it has no natural light. Take a look at the design tips listed below to see how you can transform your bathroom remodel to make the most of every square inch …

Kid’s Bathroom Remodel: Designing for the Long Term

May 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Kid’s Bathroom Remodel: Designing for the Long Term

If you are considering remodeling a child’s bathroom, but are worried about spending money on a heavily used space, take a look at the options below on how to get ideas to maintain durability and design, all while protecting your investment.

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Backsplash Tile Trends- Northern Virginia

April 18, 2017 | Comments Off on Backsplash Tile Trends- Northern Virginia

It’s easy to look at pictures of renovated kitchens and find something that catches your eye, but how can you tell what style of backsplash fits your kitchen. Knowing how to explain your specific style helps leaps and bounds when working wi…

The Color Gray Is So Hot-Northern VA

March 8, 2017 | Comments Off on The Color Gray Is So Hot-Northern VA

 

Our Favorite Wet Bar: Before & Afters of 2016

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  We love taking a drab, unusable area and turning it into a place to entertain and kick back with friends and family. These two Northern Virginia wet bar remodels are our favorites for 2016!   http://info.lensisbuilders.com/blog/our-favorite-wet-bar-before-and-afters-of-2016-0

Our Favorite Wet Bar:Before & Afters of 2016

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Bathroom Remodeling 2017

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Bathroom Remodeling in 2017

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Timeless White Kitchens For 2017

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Northern Virginia Kitchen: Remodel Dreams, Not Nightmares

November 29, 2016 | Comments Off on Northern Virginia Kitchen: Remodel Dreams, Not Nightmares

Remodeling magazine featured an article about an ongoing Kitchen ordeal in Maryland: 

A Maryland couple saves their pennies for years to build their dream Kitchen. They hire Lowe’s for the job to save money, but still end up handing over $64K+ and enduring nine months of missed deadlines, damaged deliveries, cabinets in the wrong color and door style delivered multiple times, and NOTHING to show for it NINE MONTHS later.

Budgeting Tips for Your Remodeling Project

November 23, 2016 | Comments Off on Budgeting Tips for Your Remodeling Project

Budgeting for a home improvement project is – understandably – an anxiety provoking process. When it comes to construction, there are often unforeseeable obstacles that can make your project more expensive than you expected. As a result, remodeling projects simply cost more than one would expect.

Northern Virginia: Festive White Kitchen Ideas

November 21, 2016 | No Comments »

  Are you in full-scale panic mode over Thanksgiving, trying to get the house and the meal in order for guests? Didn’t remodel your kitchen this year? Maybe 2017 is the year to take the plunge! We can help you create a beautiful and functional new white kitchen for next year!  In the meantime, here are some really Keep Reading…

Northern Virginia: Festive White Kitchen Ideas

November 21, 2016 | Comments Off on Northern Virginia: Festive White Kitchen Ideas

Are you in full-scale panic mode over Thanksgiving, trying to get the house and the meal in order for guests? Didn’t remodel your kitchen this year? Maybe 2017 is the year to take the plunge! We can help you create a beautiful and functional new white kitchen for next year!  In the meantime, here are some really cool ideas for making your home fun and festive.

5 Kitchen Design Mistakes And How to Avoid Them

November 18, 2016 | No Comments »

  As one of the most highly used rooms in your home, good kitchen design is important. It’s a multi-functional space for cooking, dining, and entertaining, and when not laid out well, it can be uncomfortable and annoying. We recommend working with a professional kitchen designer (see the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s reasons to hire Keep Reading…

5 Kitchen Design Mistakes And How to Avoid Them

November 18, 2016 | Comments Off on 5 Kitchen Design Mistakes And How to Avoid Them

As one of the most highly used rooms in your home, good kitchen design is important. It’s a multi-functional space for cooking, dining, and entertaining, and when not laid out well, it can be uncomfortable and annoying. We recommend wo…

Northern Virginia: Adding A Wine Cellar

November 16, 2016 | No Comments »

  Northern Virginia: Adding A Wine Cellar. Take a look at key points to consider prior to installing a wine cellar in your home, including refrigeration systems.   http://info.lensisbuilders.com/blog/northern-virginia-adding-a-wine-cellar

Northern Virginia: Adding A Wine Cellar

November 16, 2016 | Comments Off on Northern Virginia: Adding A Wine Cellar

Have you been considering installing a wine cellar in your home, but are unsure of the steps to consider before moving forward. Take a look at the key points listed below to determine the next steps in your renovation. 
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Adding an Addition to Your Northern Virginia Home

November 15, 2016 | Comments Off on Adding an Addition to Your Northern Virginia Home

Making any change to your home is exciting. Once that decision has been made, you’ve decided what projects to take on, what your budget is, and you have some inspiration. It’s important, however, to have some expert knowledge before you start the process. In our new series, “Advice from the Experts,” we give some tips about particular projects based on what we’ve seen in the past. This week we’re talking about home additions.

Northern Virginia: Top Kitchen Design Options

November 14, 2016 | No Comments »

It’s easy to look at pictures of renovated kitchens and find something that catches your eye, but how can you tell what style of kitchen fits you. Knowing how to explain your specific style helps leaps and bounds when working with a design professional. It saves time and energy by doing your research ahead of Keep Reading…

Northern Virginia: Top Kitchen Design Options

November 14, 2016 | Comments Off on Northern Virginia: Top Kitchen Design Options

It’s easy to look at pictures of renovated kitchens and find something that catches your eye, but how can you tell what style of kitchen fits you. Knowing how to explain your specific style helps leaps and bounds when working with a design …

9 Home Improvement Projects Perfect for Winter

November 11, 2016 | No Comments »

The winter months can be chaotic with prepping for the holidays, hosting guests, and traveling. But once those things are finished, it’s also a good time to make small changes to your home. It’s cold outside and you’re likely spending more time than usual in your home, so why not make some simple upgrades? Click Keep Reading…

9 Home Improvement Projects Perfect for Winter

November 11, 2016 | Comments Off on 9 Home Improvement Projects Perfect for Winter

The winter months can be chaotic with prepping for the holidays, hosting guests, and traveling. But once those things are finished, it’s also a good time to make small changes to your home. It’s cold outside and you’re likely spending more time than usual in your home, so why not make some simple upgrades?

Northern Virginia: Wet Bar Design Options

November 10, 2016 | No Comments »

A wet bar is a great way to create an entertaining space that fits in cohesively with the design of your home. By having a designated space for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, there will be less clutter in the vital cabinet space of your kitchen and a inviting place for guests to congregate. http://info.lensisbuilders.com/blog/northern-virginia-wet-bar-design-options

Northern Virginia: Wet Bar Design Options

November 10, 2016 | Comments Off on Northern Virginia: Wet Bar Design Options

A wet bar is a great way to create an entertaining space that fits in cohesively with the design of your home. By having a designated space for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, there will be less clutter in the vital cabinet space of your…

Northern Virginia: Fall Home Checklist

November 9, 2016 | No Comments »

Fall is officially here, and with Thanksgiving fast approaching, it’s time to make sure your home is in tip top shape. Follow these steps below to ensure for a safe and happy holiday season. If you find anything awry, contact us for more information on how to remedy any issues that are found. http://info.lensisbuilders.com/blog/northern-virginia-fall-home-checklist

Northern Virginia: Fall Home Checklist

November 9, 2016 | Comments Off on Northern Virginia: Fall Home Checklist

 Fall is officially here, and with Thanksgiving fast approaching, it’s time to make sure your home is in tip top shape. Follow these steps below to ensure for a safe and happy holiday season. If you find anything awry, contact us fo…

Pros and Cons of Open Shelves and Upper Cabinets

November 4, 2016 | No Comments »

  Deciding whether or not to have upper cabinets in your new kitchen design can be a daunting task. There are several advantages to going with uppers, but there’s also a lot to say about open shelves or nixing both entirely. To help you decide on what’s right for your kitchen, here’s a guide to the most Keep Reading…

Pros and Cons of Open Shelves and Upper Cabinets

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How to Maximize Space in Your Bathroom Remodel

November 2, 2016 | No Comments »

  Whether you are planning a master bath or a powder room, there are many ways you can use the space you have. Here is a list of our suggestions about how to best use your space. http://info.lensisbuilders.com/blog/how-to-maximize-space-in-your-bathroom-remodel

How to Maximize Space in Your Bathroom Remodel

November 2, 2016 | Comments Off on How to Maximize Space in Your Bathroom Remodel

Whether you are planning a master bath or a powder room, there are many ways you can use the space you have. Here is a list of our suggestions about how to best use your space.

Traditional Bathroom by Minneapolis Architects &a…

Client Testimonial from Lake Ridge, VA

November 1, 2016 | No Comments »

  We’re always humbled and thrilled to receive such thoughtful comments from our clients. Here’s a letter we received from a client that is having the bathrooms of her home renovated in Lake Ridge, VA. We had previously handled her kitchen renovation and a  garage addition. She loved the craftsmanship of our work so much, that she Keep Reading…

Client Testimonial from Lake Ridge, VA

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We’re always humbled and thrilled to receive such thoughtful comments from our clients. Here’s a letter we received from a client that is having the bathrooms of her home renovated in Lake Ridge, VA. We had previously handled her …

Home Addition: Build Up or Out?

October 28, 2016 | No Comments »

  Many of the homes in Northern VA were built decades ago when common home layouts and sizes were much different. If you are finding that you don’t have enough functional living space in your home, it might be time to add an addition. This space can include a guest room, a master suite, a Keep Reading…

Home Addition: Build Up or Out?

October 28, 2016 | Comments Off on Home Addition: Build Up or Out?

Many of the homes in Northern VA were built decades ago when common home layouts and sizes were much different. If you are finding that you don’t have enough functional living space in your home, it might be time to add an addition. This space can include a guest room, a master suite, a playroom, a family room, or whatever is most advantageous to for your family. By building up (adding a second story) or out (a ground floor addition), you’ll add a lot of new space to your home.

Before starting, here are some considerations to keep in mind:

  1. Is there room for an addition? For example, is your yard large enough to accommodate an addition to your home?
  2. What are you missing in your home? How will this new space meet your family’s needs?
  3. How feasible is it to make the changes you’d like to make? Would you need to make significant changes to your home in order to do so?
  4. What are you comfortable spending on this project?

Designing Your Wet Bar- Northern Virginia

October 27, 2016 | No Comments »

Typically built in the basement, a wet bar is a great addition to any living area in your home. Wet bars provide a convenient space to grab a drink, relax, and even heat up some popcorn or pizza to watch during movie night. They add a touch of comfort and convenience while entertaining friends and Keep Reading…

Designing Your Wet Bar- Northern Virginia

October 27, 2016 | Comments Off on Designing Your Wet Bar- Northern Virginia

Typically built in the basement, a wet bar is a great addition to any living area in your home. Wet bars provide a convenient space to grab a drink, relax, and even heat up some popcorn or pizza to watch during movie night. They add a touch…

How to Style Your Bath Renovation-Northern Virginia

October 25, 2016 | No Comments »

    Have you been looking to renovate your bathroom, but are not sure how to make it a showstopper? Swapping out a plain wall mirror or medicine cabinet in favor of something with more presence is a great way to make over the bathroom or powder room. From chunky and rustic to intricate and refined, take Keep Reading…

Project Planning For Attached vs Detached Garages in Northern VA

October 21, 2016 | No Comments »

  When you’re planning on adding a garage to your home, there are several considerations to keep in mind. The planning process is key in making sure that you have a smooth and successful remodel. http://info.lensisbuilders.com/blog/project-planning-attached-vs-detached-garages-northern-va

Project Planning For Attached vs Detached Garages in Northern VA

October 21, 2016 | Comments Off on Project Planning For Attached vs Detached Garages in Northern VA

When you’re planning on adding a garage to your home, there are several considerations to keep in mind. The planning process is key in making sure that you have a smooth and successful remodel. The addition of a garage has its advantages:

Creative Ways to Hide Your Laundry Room

October 18, 2016 | No Comments »

  Have you been wanting to renovate your main floor to create an open living space, and are trying to figure out what to do with the laundry room? Take a peek as these tips below for suggestions on how to handle the task.   http://info.lensisbuilders.com/blog/creative-ways-to-hide-your-laundry-room

Creative Ways to Hide Your Laundry Room

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Maximizing Storage in Shared Bedrooms

October 14, 2016 | No Comments »

  A shared bedroom is often a necessity. One of the most challenging goals in designing a shared bedroom is finding enough storage space to accommodate more than one person. Read below to see how you can maximize even the smallest space when it comes to storage. http://info.lensisbuilders.com/blog/maximizing-storage-in-shared-bedrooms

Maximizing Storage in Shared Bedrooms

October 14, 2016 | Comments Off on Maximizing Storage in Shared Bedrooms

A shared bedroom is often a necessity. One of the most challenging goals in designing a shared bedroom is finding enough storage space to accommodate more than one person. Read below to see how you can maximize even the smallest space …

Your Fall Home Checklist- Northern Virginia

October 11, 2016 | No Comments »

  Now that Fall is quickly approaching, there are many tasks on our Fall home to do list. With the weather getting cooler and the days getting shorter, take haste in getting these items done before Old Man Winter makes his annual visit. http://info.lensisbuilders.com/blog/your-fall-home-checklist-northern-virginia-0  

Your Fall Home Checklist- Northern Virginia

October 11, 2016 | Comments Off on Your Fall Home Checklist- Northern Virginia

Now that Fall is quickly approaching, there are many tasks on our Fall home to do list. With the weather getting cooler and the days getting shorter, take haste in getting these items done before Old Man Winter makes his annu…

Kitchen Trends for 2016 & Beyond

October 3, 2016 | No Comments »

  With 2016 coming to close, we look back to the most common kitchen trends for the year. These trends have dominated designer magazines and showrooms, as the most requested wish list items from homeowners looking to renovate. Take a look below to see if this years tops trends are in line with your tastes.   Keep Reading…

Kitchen Trends for 2016 & Beyond

October 3, 2016 | Comments Off on Kitchen Trends for 2016 & Beyond

With 2016 coming to close, we look back to the most common kitchen trends for the year. These trends have dominated designer magazines and showrooms, as the most requested wish list items from homeowners looking to renovate. Tak…

Which is Best? Walk-In or Cabinet Pantry

September 28, 2016 | No Comments »

  If you have been trying to decide what type of pantry fits your lifestyle, take a look at the comparisons below. Walk-in pantries require more space, but cabinet pantries provide clever efficiency in design. Take a peek below to see which one fits your needs. http://info.lensisbuilders.com/blog/which-is-best-walkin-or-cabinet-pantry

Which is Best? Walk-In or Cabinet Pantry

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Fireplace Refresh: Getting Ready for Fall

September 21, 2016 | No Comments »

As you begin to wind down summer, refocusing on your interior design can be a wise investment. Before you open your doors to entertain, take a second look at the eye-catching focal point of your home- the fireplace. There are many ways to update the look, but still maintain it’s function.   http://info.lensisbuilders.com/blog/fireplace-refresh-getting-ready-for-fall

Fireplace Refresh: Getting Ready for Fall

September 21, 2016 | Comments Off on Fireplace Refresh: Getting Ready for Fall

 

Pet Hideaways: How to Fit Them Into Your Renovation

September 14, 2016 | No Comments »

Our pets are an extension of our families. They live with us, age with us, and change with us. Is it not fitting to make the perfect spot for them? Check out the information below for ideas on renovating your home to incorporate the perfect that perfect hideaway. http://info.lensisbuilders.com/blog/pet-hideaways-how-to-fit-them-into-your-renovation

Pet Hideaways: How to Fit Them Into Your Renovation

September 14, 2016 | Comments Off on Pet Hideaways: How to Fit Them Into Your Renovation

Our pets are an extension of our families. They live with us, age with us, and change with us. Is it not fitting to make the perfect spot for them? Check out the information below for ideas on renovating your home to incorporate the …

What to Consider Before Remodeling Your Bathroom?

September 7, 2016 | No Comments »

Functionality is as equally important as elegance when it comes to a bathroom renovation. Having the necessary storage can make or break the design. See below for tips on how to maximize your design plan, before you start tearing down walls. http://info.lensisbuilders.com/blog/what-to-consider-before-remodeling-your-bathroom

What to Consider Before Remodeling Your Bathroom?

September 7, 2016 | Comments Off on What to Consider Before Remodeling Your Bathroom?

Functionality is as equally important as elegance when it comes to a bathroom renovation. Having the necessary storage can make or break the design. See below for tips on how to maximize your design plan, before you start tearing down walls…

How to Make Your Kitchen Bake Worthy

September 1, 2016 | No Comments »

    Do you have chef dreams, but think you can never make them happen due to the current state of your kitchen? Quick access and smart storage, can mean the difference between a baking delight or a well intentioned blunder. Follow these tips to get your kitchen bake worthy. http://info.lensisbuilders.com/blog/how-to-make-your-kitchen-bake-worthy  

How to Make Your Kitchen Bake Worthy

September 1, 2016 | Comments Off on How to Make Your Kitchen Bake Worthy

Do you have chef dreams, but think you can never make them happen due to the current state of your kitchen? Quick access and smart storage, can mean the difference between a baking delight or a well intentioned blunder. Follow the…

The In-Law Addition

August 26, 2016 | No Comments »

  Like most families in the sandwich generation, we have aging parents who no longer need their large home. Your mom or dad may be fit and active, but you want to keep them close by, or it may just make economical sense to combine households. If you have a home like most homes in Keep Reading…

The In-Law Addition

August 26, 2016 | Comments Off on The In-Law Addition

Like most families in the sandwich generation, we have aging parents who no longer need their large home. Your mom or dad may be fit and active, but you want to keep them close by, or it may just make economical sense to combine households….

How to: Master Bath with Magazine Style

August 23, 2016 | No Comments »

Do you have magazine aspirations for your new master bathroom remodel? We can help! Here are some ideas for what to do before & after your remodel to maintain the quality designer look you’ve been dreaming of. http://info.lensisbuilders.com/blog/how-to-master-bath-with-magazine-style

How to: Master Bath with Magazine Style

August 23, 2016 | Comments Off on How to: Master Bath with Magazine Style

Do you have magazine aspirations for your new master bathroom remodel? We can help! Here are some ideas for what to do before & after your remodel to maintain the quality designer look you’ve been dreaming of. 
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Two-Tone Kitchen Cabinets? Fad or Forever?

August 17, 2016 | No Comments »

The look of two-tone cabinetry can be appealing to the eye with proper design. Have you considered trying this design feature? This trend has been ongoing for some time, and does not look to be slowing down. When done tastefully, the two-tone cabinet look will stand the test of time. See the color combinations below for Keep Reading…

Two-Tone Kitchen Cabinets? Fad or Forever?

August 17, 2016 | Comments Off on Two-Tone Kitchen Cabinets? Fad or Forever?

The look of two-tone cabinetry can be appealing to the eye with proper design. Have you considered trying this design feature? This trend has been ongoing for some time, and does not look to be slowing down. When done tastefully, the t…

Renovate to Create Master Bath Storage

August 9, 2016 | No Comments »

Create Master Bath Storage by renovating your existing bathroom to maximize every inch of space. Most bathrooms are easily cluttered by products we use everyday, and it can be difficult to maintain a tidy bathroom, even with storage bins under the sink. Check out these innovative ways to create more storage in your master bathroom. http://info.lensisbuilders.com/blog/renovate-to-create-master-bath-storage

Renovate to Create Master Bath Storage

August 9, 2016 | Comments Off on Renovate to Create Master Bath Storage

Create Master Bath Storage by renovating your existing bathroom to maximize every inch of space. Most bathrooms are easily cluttered by products we use everyday, and it can be difficult to maintain a tidy bathroom, even with storage bi…

How to Use White Right?

August 4, 2016 | No Comments »

  White and Off-White have been the top color trend for several years. White walls give you the opportunity to showcase art and decor that may not necessarily match the same color scheme. By having white or off-white walls, you allow yourself to have uninhibited freedom with your design. http://info.lensisbuilders.com/blog/how-to-use-white-right

How to Use White Right?

August 4, 2016 | Comments Off on How to Use White Right?

White and Off-White have been the top color trend for several years. White walls give you the opportunity to showcase art and decor that may not necessarily match the same color scheme. By having white or off-white walls, you allow you…

Kitchen Addition Design Ideas

July 26, 2016 | No Comments »

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s the place where families come together and create lasting memories. Whether your family is large or small, having enough space in the kitchen is a true stress reliever and opens many opportunities to entertain. A growing trend has been the kitchen addition. http://info.lensisbuilders.com/blog/kitchen-addition-design-ideas

Kitchen Addition Design Ideas

July 26, 2016 | Comments Off on Kitchen Addition Design Ideas

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s the place where families come together and create lasting memories. Whether your family is large or small, having enough space in the kitchen is a true stress reliever and opens many opportunities&…

What’s Your Wet Bar Style?

July 19, 2016 | No Comments »

  A wet bar is a great way to create an entertaining space that fits in cohesively with the design of your home. By having a designated space for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, there will be less clutter in the vital cabinet space of your kitchen and a inviting place for guests to congregate. http://info.lensisbuilders.com/blog/whats-your-wet-bar-style  

What’s Your Wet Bar Style?

July 19, 2016 | Comments Off on What’s Your Wet Bar Style?

A wet bar is a great way to create an entertaining space that fits in cohesively with the design of your home. By having a designated space for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, there will be less clutter in the vital cabinet space of your…

How To: Plan for Storage in Your Home

July 15, 2016 | Comments Off on How To: Plan for Storage in Your Home

No matter where you live, storage is a hot commodity in any home. Storage space fills up quickly and can be difficult to empty, especially when personal possessions are difficult to get rid of.
There are two cardinal rules for planning goo…

How To: Find Your Personal Decorating Style

July 13, 2016 | Comments Off on How To: Find Your Personal Decorating Style

Since everyone’s personal style is different, each individual interior space will also differ. When designing and decorating your home, it’s ideal to have one coherent overall style rather than it seeming like each space is a new style of i…

Porch Dreams: Rebuilding Outdoor Spaces

July 11, 2016 | No Comments »

  Have you thought about redoing your outdoor space? If you are lucky enough to have a deck or porch, or are wishing you could add on to your existing outdoor space, take this wonderful porch rebuild as inspiration. Turning Drab to Dreamy is not far from reach.   http://info.lensisbuilders.com/blog/porch-dreams-rebuilding-outdoor-spaces

Porch Dreams: Rebuilding Outdoor Spaces

July 11, 2016 | Comments Off on Porch Dreams: Rebuilding Outdoor Spaces

Have you thought about redoing your outdoor space? If you are lucky enough to have a deck or porch, or are wishing you could add on to your existing outdoor space, take this wonderful porch rebuild as inspiration. Turning Drab to Dream…

Porch Dreams: Rebuilding Outdoor Spaces

July 11, 2016 | Comments Off on Porch Dreams: Rebuilding Outdoor Spaces

Have you thought about redoing your outdoor space? If you are lucky enough to have a deck or porch, or are wishing you could add on to your existing outdoor space, take this wonderful porch rebuild as inspiration. Turning Drab to Dream…

How To: Assess Energy Used in Your Home

July 8, 2016 | Comments Off on How To: Assess Energy Used in Your Home

By making your home more environmentally friendly, you help both yourself (financially) and the environment. It’s a win-win. However, in order to know what types of changes to make, it’s important to assess the energy that your home is usin…

Which Countertop Fits your Lifestyle?

July 7, 2016 | No Comments »

Asking yourself what type of kitchen countertop fits your lifestyle may sound easy. Granite or Marble, yes please! But, considering the cost of your kitchen renovation, you may find that your budget doesn’t allow for custom cabinetry and exotic stone countertops. Check out the options below to see what countertop fits your home. Comment on Keep Reading…

Which Countertop Fits your Lifestyle?

July 7, 2016 | Comments Off on Which Countertop Fits your Lifestyle?

Asking yourself what type of kitchen countertop fits your lifestyle may sound easy. Granite or Marble, yes please! But, considering the cost of your kitchen renovation, you may find that your budget doesn’t allow for custom cabinetry and ex…

How To: Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

July 6, 2016 | Comments Off on How To: Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Whether you are selling your home or just looking to make some minor improvements, curb appeal matters. First impressions are important, and curb appeal is essentially someone’s first impression of your home. When you spend time designing a…

The Pros and Cons of Using Wallpaper

July 1, 2016 | Comments Off on The Pros and Cons of Using Wallpaper

Wallpaper is a great way to bring colors, textures, and patterns into any space. Depending on the style you choose, it can truly be a standout element of any room. However, there are advantages and disadvantages to using wallpaper. Here are…

Is 3-D Design Worth the Cost?

June 30, 2016 | No Comments »

  You may be questioning the cost of 3-D design and if it’s really necessary. The wonderful thing about having the 3-D design plans are that you get confirmation that what you asked for is what you will actually receive when the work has been completed. It confirms you and your contractor are on the Keep Reading…

Is 3-D Design Worth the Cost?

June 30, 2016 | Comments Off on Is 3-D Design Worth the Cost?

You may be considering an update to your Master Bath or Kitchen. In your mind, you can see the beautiful white marble backsplash, custom cabinetry and new flooring, but what about everyone else? It can be difficult to convey exactly wh…

All White Bathrooms: Do or Don’t?

June 29, 2016 | Comments Off on All White Bathrooms: Do or Don’t?

When designing a bathroom, deciding on a color scheme can be a tough decision. Many people take advantage of bathrooms (especially small powder rooms and half baths) and use them as a space to experiment with color, pattern, and texture. On…

Maximizing Kitchen Storage Space

June 27, 2016 | No Comments »

Today’s modern cabinet design allows for ways to maximize storage space without making your kitchen seem as complicated as a Rubik’s cube. Check out these design ideas below for inspiration for your new kitchen. Reach out to our design associates to turn your cluttered kitchen into a showstopper.   http://info.lensisbuilders.com/blog/maximizing-kitchen-storage-space

Maximizing Kitchen Storage Space

June 27, 2016 | Comments Off on Maximizing Kitchen Storage Space

Most kitchens have gadgets and specialty items. Some of them we use everyday, while others only come out during special events or holidays. Normally, these items are placed on the countertop or out in the open, making your kitchen look clut…

Our Top 5 Interior Design Don’ts

June 23, 2016 | Comments Off on Our Top 5 Interior Design Don’ts

In any interior space, there are some design faux pas to watch out for. When you are your own interior decorator, it can be challenging to balance space, color, textures, and other design elements so your spaces are beautiful and cohes…

How To: Design a Kid-Friendly Bathroom

June 16, 2016 | Comments Off on How To: Design a Kid-Friendly Bathroom

It’s always beneficial to have a separate space for kids’ bathrooms in your home. If you’re able to do it, it provides comfort and utility for your entire family. However, when designing a bathroom for children, you will have different cons…

Additions: Expand Up or Out?

June 16, 2016 | Comments Off on Additions: Expand Up or Out?

So you love your neighborhood, that short commute to work, the tree lined streets? If only, you could add another 1,000 sqft, you would never leave. Well, you can! The process of adding an addition to your existing home may be easier than y…

What’s Your Kitchen Style?

June 13, 2016 | No Comments »

It’s easy to look at pictures of renovated kitchens and find something that catches your eye, but how can you tell what style of kitchen fits you. Knowing how to explain your specific style helps leaps and bounds when working with a design professional. It saves time and energy by doing your research ahead of Keep Reading…

What’s You Kitchen Style?

June 13, 2016 | Comments Off on What’s You Kitchen Style?

It’s easy to look at pictures of renovated kitchens and find something that catches your eye, but how can you tell what style of kitchen fits you. Knowing how to explain your specific style helps leaps and bounds when working with a design …

How To: Hire Professionals for Your Bathroom Remodel

June 9, 2016 | Comments Off on How To: Hire Professionals for Your Bathroom Remodel

The process of hiring people to work inside your home is an important one. They will work closely with you about your design goals, budget, and timeline. They will also be inside your home for what is sometimes an extended period of time (d…

Clever Ways to Dress Up Support Columns

June 7, 2016 | No Comments »

  The unsightly structural support column in the middle of your beautiful open floor plan is a common tale of woe. The engineer says it has to stay, the homeowner says it has to go, but the designer says, “How can make it work?”. See our tips below for dressing up a support column in Keep Reading…

Clever Ways to Dress Up Support Columns

June 7, 2016 | Comments Off on Clever Ways to Dress Up Support Columns

The unsightly structural support column in the middle of your beautiful open floor plan is a common tale of woe. The engineer says it has to stay, the homeowner says it has to go, but the designer says, “How can make it work?”. See our tips…

Our Top 7 Home Organizing Tips

June 2, 2016 | Comments Off on Our Top 7 Home Organizing Tips

We’ve noticed that from our office space to our home spaces – no area is impervious to clutter. Unfortunately, items build up and the result is usually aesthetically unappealing. There’s nothing like a clean, organized, and thoughtful space. Perhaps surprisingly, there are some strategies you can use to help you organize your home. Here are some our favorite – and most helpful – tips when it comes to de-cluttering.

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We Love Getting “Love Letters”!

June 1, 2016 | No Comments »

We love hearing from happy clients!! Check out this lovely testimonial on a recently completed home renovation. http://www.lensisbuilders.com/we-love-getting-love-letters/      

Ways to Refresh Your Fireplace

May 27, 2016 | No Comments »

As you finish your spring cleaning and sip your way into summer, refocusing on your interior design can be a wise investment. Before you open your doors to entertain, take a second look at the eye-catching focal point of your home- the fireplace. There are many ways to update the look, but still maintain it’s Keep Reading…

Ways to Refresh Your Fireplace

May 27, 2016 | Comments Off on Ways to Refresh Your Fireplace

As you finish your spring cleaning and sip your way into summer, refocusing on your interior design can be a wise investment. Before you open your doors to entertain, take a second look at the eye-catching focal point of your home- the fire…

Looking to Bring the Outdoors In? Consider an Addition!

May 24, 2016 | No Comments »

  It’s that time of year to open your doors and windows to let nature in. Setting up the grill and removing patio furniture covers makes it’s way on the to-do list. If you’ve been looking for extra space within your home, consider an addition. It’s an easy way to stay in the neighborhood you Keep Reading…

Looking to Bring the Outdoors In? Consider an Addition.

May 24, 2016 | Comments Off on Looking to Bring the Outdoors In? Consider an Addition.

It’s that time of year to open your doors and windows to let nature in. Setting up the grill and removing patio furniture covers makes it’s way on the to-do list. If you’ve been looking for extra space within your home, consider an addition…

Smart Steps to Take Before Buying Any Material

May 19, 2016 | Comments Off on Smart Steps to Take Before Buying Any Material

Before buying any material – from surfaces like countertops and flooring to pain colors – it’s important to take some steps to make sure you’re making the best choice for your style and needs. Here are three steps to take before commit…

Color of the Year for 2016: Off-White

May 17, 2016 | No Comments »

  It’s the time of year when many paint manufacturers and color forecasters release their picks for top shades for the coming year. And while these selections typically vary widely from company to company, one emerging trend for 2016 is what some would call a colorless color: white or, more specifically, shades of off-white. Check Keep Reading…

Color of the Year 2016: Off-White

May 17, 2016 | Comments Off on Color of the Year 2016: Off-White

It’s the time of year when many paint manufacturers and color forecasters release their picks for top shades for the coming year. And while these selections typically vary widely from company to company, one emerging trend for 2016 is what some would call a colorless color: white or, more specifically, shades of off-white. Here are four major paint brands’ achromatic color picks. 

Your Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

May 12, 2016 | Comments Off on Your Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

The warmer months provide a great opportunity to keep your home (both its interior and exterior) clean, safe, and beautiful. There are many projects that can be completed during the summer months, including the following suggestions:

After The Remodel…One Year Later

May 10, 2016 | No Comments »

  We love hearing from happy clients – at any time. But when a happy client contacts us a year after the project is complete, and invites us over for wine and hor d’oeuvres to say thank you – we LOVE it even more. Check out our blog post to see more Before & After Keep Reading…

After The Remodel…One Year Later

May 10, 2016 | Comments Off on After The Remodel…One Year Later

We love hearing from happy clients – at any time. But when a happy client contacts us a year after the project is complete, and invites us over for wine and hor d’oeuvres to say thank you – we LOVE it even more.

How to Make Your Living Room More Inviting

May 6, 2016 | No Comments »

Is your living room functional but not as inviting as you’d like? No need to fret. Here are several simple ways to make it feel more like a room you actually want to hang out in. – See more at: http://info.lensisbuilders.com/blog/how-to-make-your-living-room-more-inviting-0

How to Make Your Living Room More Inviting

May 6, 2016 | Comments Off on How to Make Your Living Room More Inviting

Is your living room functional but not as inviting as you’d like? No need to fret. Here are several simple ways to make it feel more like a room you actually want to hang out in.

Essential Questions to Ask Any Designer or Contractor

May 5, 2016 | Comments Off on Essential Questions to Ask Any Designer or Contractor

Whether you are looking into getting a new car, a new pair of jeans, or a new kitchen or bath, it is beneficial to be an informed consumer. When you are taking on a remodeling project, be sure to come prepared to any meeting with a list of questio…

Strategies for Keeping A Clutter Free Home

May 3, 2016 | No Comments »

  It happens to all of us. You come home from along day at work, and instead of going through the mail, or putting away the shopping bags, you put your items on the kitchen table, counter-top or floor. You may try to clean your house and rearrange items, only to find that you are Keep Reading…

Strategies for Keeping A Clutter Free Home

May 3, 2016 | Comments Off on Strategies for Keeping A Clutter Free Home

It happens to all of us. You come home from along day at work, and instead of going through the mail, or putting away the shopping bags, you put your items on the kitchen table, counter-top or floor. You may try to clean your house and rear…

Flooring 101: Options for Your Home

April 29, 2016 | Comments Off on Flooring 101: Options for Your Home

Choosing flooring materials for your home is an important task, as you typically want whatever you choose to be long lasting. It’s important to consider both the quality and durability of the material, as well as its aesthetic in your home. It is often…

Our Guide to Choosing Flooring Materials

April 28, 2016 | Comments Off on Our Guide to Choosing Flooring Materials

When it comes to flooring, there are many options to choose from. Some prefer to choose simply based on aesthetics, while others are concerned with long-term sustainability of their flooring materials. Overall, flooring sets a background fo…

A Guide to Picking Shower Floors

April 19, 2016 | No Comments »

While it may be easy to get hung up on your space’s style and color palette, it’s a detail for which function is important. Not knowing the cost, slip resistance and upkeep of what you’re buying can send your investment down the proverbial drain. To help you decide on the best option for your shower, Keep Reading…

A Guide to Picking Shower Floors

April 19, 2016 | Comments Off on A Guide to Picking Shower Floors

While it may be easy to get hung up on your space’s style and color palette, it’s a detail for which function is important. Not knowing the cost, slip resistance and upkeep of what you’re buying can send your investment down the proverbial drain. To help you decide on the best option for your shower, here are six common types of shower floors at a glance. 

How to Choose the Right Rug for Your Home

April 18, 2016 | No Comments »

Rugs offer one of the easiest ways to add color, warmth and texture to a space. Choose wisely, however, because a rug also has the power to completely change the look and feel of a room. What’s more, what your rug is made of will determine where it’s best used. Check out our blog post to Keep Reading…

6 Decorating Tips for Spring and Summer

April 7, 2016 | Comments Off on 6 Decorating Tips for Spring and Summer

Transitioning from winter to the warmer months is a great opportunity to make some minor changes to your home. We love that you can change as little or as much as you like — and changes in decoration can help your spaces feel fresh an…

New Construction vs. Remodeling

March 31, 2016 | Comments Off on New Construction vs. Remodeling

Deciding whether to remodel an older home or build a new home is a huge decision. Both require time, effort, and financial contributions. This is especially relevant in Northern Virginia, an area that is fortunate to have so many older…

How to Choose the Right Rug for your Home

March 30, 2016 | Comments Off on How to Choose the Right Rug for your Home

Rugs offer one of the easiest ways to add color, warmth and texture to a space. Choose wisely, however, because a rug also has the power to completely change the look and feel of a room. What’s more, what your rug is made of will determine where it’s best used. Consider these options listed below.

A Guide to Selecting Materials in Your Home

March 25, 2016 | Comments Off on A Guide to Selecting Materials in Your Home

It can be challenging to decide on materials to use on walls and ceilings in your home, primarily because there are so many options. Materials come from a variety of sources (natural and fabricated). They can be rigid or hard, soft, or flex…

Your Spring Home To Do List

March 17, 2016 | Comments Off on Your Spring Home To Do List

Now that spring is quickly approaching, there are many tasks on our spring home to do list. With the weather getting warmer and longer days, the spring is the perfect time to refresh and revamp your home (on the inside and outside). Here ar…

5 Benefits of Open-Concept Floorplans

February 25, 2016 | Comments Off on 5 Benefits of Open-Concept Floorplans

Open concept has been a buzz word in the remodeling and design world for a while now, but what does it mean? 

How To: Plan for Your Master Suite

February 19, 2016 | Comments Off on How To: Plan for Your Master Suite

A master suite is usually the largest bedroom in the home. It consists of the bedroom and other adjoining rooms such as a master bathroom, closet, or sitting area. Many people (typically couples) like the idea of having part of the home that is se…

Our Favorite 2016 Color Trends

February 9, 2016 | Comments Off on Our Favorite 2016 Color Trends

 

5 Bathroom Design Trends in 2016

February 2, 2016 | Comments Off on 5 Bathroom Design Trends in 2016

Making choices about any remodeling project can be tricky – it’s usually a balance of integrating trendy and classic design elements. Here are five bathroom design trends that we love for 2016.

Basement Remodel in Haymarket, VA

January 28, 2016 | Comments Off on Basement Remodel in Haymarket, VA

We’re excited to share another before and after video of a recently completed basement renovation in Haymarket, VA.

5 Painless Changes for a More Eco-Friendly Home

January 20, 2016 | Comments Off on 5 Painless Changes for a More Eco-Friendly Home

There are plenty of large scale changes you can make to create a more eco-friendly home, but sometimes it can be challenging to make them. By starting small, you can make your home more green — all while seeing the effects on a daily …

Before and After Kitchen Remodel Video in Manassas, VA

January 13, 2016 | Comments Off on Before and After Kitchen Remodel Video in Manassas, VA

We love sharing videos of our remodeling projects, and this stunning kitchen in Manassas, VA is no exception!

5 Ways to Protect Your Home from Winter Weather

January 6, 2016 | Comments Off on 5 Ways to Protect Your Home from Winter Weather

Farmhouse Porch by Portland Architects & Building Designers Whitten Architects

Many people don’t realize the damaging effects of winter weather on their homes. Whether it is snow, sleet, rain, or extreme cold, your home …

What Is An Estimate?

December 17, 2015 | Comments Off on What Is An Estimate?

Do you really know the difference between an estimate and a construction proposal? A lot of contractors will promise you a “FREE ESTIMATE” after an in home consultation. But what does this mean? What are they really giving you for free? We’ve seen how many home owners are taken advantage of with the promise of a free estimate.

Our 5 Tips for Choosing the Right Kitchen and Bath Colors

December 10, 2015 | Comments Off on Our 5 Tips for Choosing the Right Kitchen and Bath Colors

When you’re remodeling (or simply repainting) there are endless options when it comes to layout, style, and especially color. Some might choose neutral colors like whites, greys, and beiges while others choose colors that pop like jewel ton…

Our Northern Virginia Before and After Videos

December 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Our Northern Virginia Before and After Videos

We love sharing before and after photos, and especially videos, of projects we’ve completed. Be sure to visit (and subscribe) to our YouTube channel!

Client Testimonial from Lake Ridge, VA

December 3, 2015 | Comments Off on Client Testimonial from Lake Ridge, VA

We’re always humbled and thrilled to receive such thoughtful comments from our clients. Here’s a letter we received from a client we are building an addition for in Lake Ridge, VA.

Progress on Addition in Burke, VA

December 1, 2015 | Comments Off on Progress on Addition in Burke, VA

We can’t believe it’s already December, and we’ve been working hard to get this 1,000 square foot addition in Burke, VA enclosed as the cold weather approaches. 

5 Kitchen Design Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

November 19, 2015 | Comments Off on 5 Kitchen Design Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

As one of the most highly used rooms in your home, good kitchen design is important. It’s a multi-functional space for cooking, dining, and entertaining, and when not laid out well, it can be uncomfortable and annoying. We recommend wo…

Your Home Winter Weather Checklist

November 17, 2015 | Comments Off on Your Home Winter Weather Checklist

It’s not quite winter yet, but the cold weather is approaching quickly. We referenced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to gather some tips for preparing your home and family for the colder months. 

Our Tips for Planning a Great Laundry Room

November 12, 2015 | Comments Off on Our Tips for Planning a Great Laundry Room

With laundry being a daunting task to begin with, there is nothing worse than a laundry room (or lack thereof) that doesn’t meet your needs. Maybe your laundry isn’t conveniently located in your home, the space is too small, or you don’t ha…

Our Tips for Planning a Great Laundry Room

November 12, 2015 | Comments Off on Our Tips for Planning a Great Laundry Room

With laundry being a daunting task to begin with, there is nothing worse than a laundry room (or lack thereof) that doesn’t meet your needs. Maybe your laundry isn’t conveniently located in your home, the space is too small, or you don’t ha…

Our Tips for Planning a Pet Friendly Home

November 11, 2015 | Comments Off on Our Tips for Planning a Pet Friendly Home

Do you own pets? Whether you have a family dog or cat, or smaller animals like fish or reptiles, it’s important to consider your pets in your home design. Planning for your pets helps improve their quality of life just by making some small …

Our Tips for Planning a Pet Friendly Home

November 11, 2015 | Comments Off on Our Tips for Planning a Pet Friendly Home

Do you own pets? Whether you have a family dog or cat, or smaller animals like fish or reptiles, it’s important to consider your pets in your home design. Planning for your pets helps improve their quality of life just by making some small …

Everything You Need to Know About Remodeling Your Kitchen

November 5, 2015 | Comments Off on Everything You Need to Know About Remodeling Your Kitchen

Are you planning a kitchen remodel? Whether you’re right in the middle of renovating or just thinking about it, here’s everything you need to know about upgrading your kitchen.

Traditional Kitchen by Madison Kitchen & Ba…

The Latest Kitchen Remodeling Trends

November 3, 2015 | Comments Off on The Latest Kitchen Remodeling Trends

Remodeling trends are always changing no matter what project you take on. It can be challenging to balance both trendy and classic design as you complete your kitchen. Here are 3 trends we’re loving right now, which could easily be incor…

Everything You Need to Know About Remodeling Your Bathroom

October 29, 2015 | Comments Off on Everything You Need to Know About Remodeling Your Bathroom

Over the past few years, we’ve written many blog posts about remodeling your Northern Virginia bathroom. Are you considering a bathroom remodel? Regardless of where you are in the process, here are some helpful “how to” posts…

Everything You Need to Know About Remodeling Your Bathroom

October 29, 2015 | Comments Off on Everything You Need to Know About Remodeling Your Bathroom

Over the past few years, we’ve written many blog posts about remodeling your Northern Virginia bathroom. Are you considering a bathroom remodel? Regardless of where you are in the process, here are some helpful “how to” posts…

5 Bedroom Decorating Trends for Your Northern Virginia Home

October 22, 2015 | Comments Off on 5 Bedroom Decorating Trends for Your Northern Virginia Home

Bedrooms can be easy places to forget about when it comes to decorating. With all the time spent in them, there is a lot of potential to create warm and inviting spaces that are also stylish. Here are 5 of our favorite current bedroom decor…

Top 10 Best Uses of Space in Your Bathroom

October 20, 2015 | Comments Off on Top 10 Best Uses of Space in Your Bathroom

Whether you are planning a master bath or a powder room, there are many ways you can use the space you have. Here is a list of our suggestions about how to best use your space.

Traditional Bathroom by Minneapolis Architects &a…

Top 10 Best Uses of Space in Your Bathroom

October 20, 2015 | Comments Off on Top 10 Best Uses of Space in Your Bathroom

Whether you are planning a master bath or a powder room, there are many ways you can use the space you have. Here is a list of our suggestions about how to best use your space.

Traditional Bathroom by Minneapolis Architects &a…

Our Favorite Websites for Your Home Remodeling Project

October 15, 2015 | Comments Off on Our Favorite Websites for Your Home Remodeling Project

Whether you’re pinning away with inspiration for your next remodeling project or you’re in the middle of a renovation right now, some online resources are more helpful than others. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite websites to help y…

Assessing Your Northern Virginia Home’s Energy Efficiency

October 12, 2015 | Comments Off on Assessing Your Northern Virginia Home’s Energy Efficiency

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. It’s also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance.

Assessing Your Northern Virginia Home’s Energy Efficiency

October 12, 2015 | Comments Off on Assessing Your Northern Virginia Home’s Energy Efficiency

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. It’s also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance.

Interior Design Style 101: Part I

October 8, 2015 | Comments Off on Interior Design Style 101: Part I

How would you define your personal design style? Not sure how to describe it? Luckily, it’s not necessary that you adhere to just one style – it’s often the most fun to mix a few different interior styles that best represent your personalit…

Northern Virginia Bathroom Remodeling Costs: A 2015 Update

October 6, 2015 | Comments Off on Northern Virginia Bathroom Remodeling Costs: A 2015 Update

In the past, we wrote a blog post about how much Northern Virginia bathroom additions and remodels cost based on the Cost vs. Value Report in 2014. Knowing how much you’re investing in a project is one of the most common questions we receiv…

5 Simple Steps to a Safer Home

October 2, 2015 | Comments Off on 5 Simple Steps to a Safer Home

Our blog posts often discuss ways to make your home more comfortable, energy efficient, cost effective, and beautiful. However, safety is also a huge component when it comes to planning for a new home, remodeling, or even just making simple…

Our Fall Home Checklist

September 28, 2015 | Comments Off on Our Fall Home Checklist

It’s that time of year again – the fall is a great time to make some updates to your home. In preparing for winter, making small changes will take you a long way. Here are our suggestions for easy changes and updates you can do right now.

5 Changes for a More Eco-Friendly Kitchen

September 24, 2015 | Comments Off on 5 Changes for a More Eco-Friendly Kitchen

When transitioning to a more environmentally friendly and “green” lifestyle, there are many changes that can be made. We love the idea of starting in the kitchen, which is the area of the home where most people spend the majority of their t…

How To: Plan for Your Home Office

September 23, 2015 | Comments Off on How To: Plan for Your Home Office

Today, home office space has become a priority for many individuals. Between managing home-based businesses, telecommuting, managing personal finances, and having a space for children to do homework, the home office has many functions. Like…

Our Top 10 Picks for Bathroom Fixture Amenities

September 17, 2015 | Comments Off on Our Top 10 Picks for Bathroom Fixture Amenities

Bathrooms today have the potential to be beautiful, relaxing, and luxurious. Function is still the most important consideration when planning your bathroom; however, that doesn’t mean you can’t have high quality fixtures like toilets and ba…

How To Plan for Children’s Spaces in Your Northern Virginia Home

September 14, 2015 | Comments Off on How To Plan for Children’s Spaces in Your Northern Virginia Home

While there are fewer children living in each home today than did so a generation ago, there is still a strong emphasis on making a child’s space an imaginative, practical area. Children’s bedrooms, playrooms, and even bathrooms are still p…

How To Plan for Children’s Spaces in Your Northern Virginia Home

September 14, 2015 | Comments Off on How To Plan for Children’s Spaces in Your Northern Virginia Home

While there are fewer children living in each home today than did so a generation ago, there is still a strong emphasis on making a child’s space an imaginative, practical area. Children’s bedrooms, playrooms, and even bathrooms are still p…

Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Remodeling Contractor

September 8, 2015 | Comments Off on Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Remodeling Contractor

Based on conversations with clients, friends, family, and experts in the field, the contractor you choose is the single most important factor in determining how smooth (or stressful) your remodeling project goes. Selecting the right contrac…

Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Remodeling Contractor

September 8, 2015 | Comments Off on Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Remodeling Contractor

Based on conversations with clients, friends, family, and experts in the field, the contractor you choose is the single most important factor in determining how smooth (or stressful) your remodeling project goes. Selecting the right contrac…

How About a Reference from Someone Who Didn’t Hire Us?

September 3, 2015 | Comments Off on How About a Reference from Someone Who Didn’t Hire Us?

It’s not surprising that we typically receive reviews from individuals who chose to work with Lensis Builders, Inc. as their remodeling firm. This review if unique in that it comes from a previous client (home performance and attic sealing)…

How About a Reference from Someone Who Didn’t Hire Us?

September 3, 2015 | Comments Off on How About a Reference from Someone Who Didn’t Hire Us?

It’s not surprising that we typically receive reviews from individuals who chose to work with Lensis Builders, Inc. as their remodeling firm. This review if unique in that it comes from a previous client (home performance and attic sealing)…

10 Simple Steps for Planning Your Bathroom Remodel

September 1, 2015 | Comments Off on 10 Simple Steps for Planning Your Bathroom Remodel

As soon as you decide to remodel or add another bath to your home, there is some crucial research and planning that shoud be done. It’s important that you’re informed, you know exactly what you want, and you know how much you are willing to…

Color Psychology: How to Use Color in Your Home

August 27, 2015 | Comments Off on Color Psychology: How to Use Color in Your Home

Interior designers use color as a tool, which can fulfill the needs of his or her clients. The psychology of color, or how particular colors make you feel, can truly set the tone for any space. When planning for a remodeling project, simply re…

Basement Remodel as Entertainment Space: A Few Options

August 25, 2015 | Comments Off on Basement Remodel as Entertainment Space: A Few Options

When completing a basement remodeling project, you have many options when it comes to how to utilize your space. Depending on your personal needs and wants, you may opt to use your basement as a bedroom suite, additional living space, media ro…

3 Things to Know About Budgeting for Your Remodeling Project

August 21, 2015 | Comments Off on 3 Things to Know About Budgeting for Your Remodeling Project

Budgeting for a home improvement project is – understandably – an anxiety provoking process. When it comes to construction, there are often unforeseeable obstacles that can make your project more expensive than you expected. As a result, remodeling projects simply cost more than one would expect.

The Benefits of an Energy Efficient Home

August 20, 2015 | Comments Off on The Benefits of an Energy Efficient Home

We recently read an article about the importance of holding high standards in building in order to promote healthier lifestyles. When building or renovation a home, most companies will say that the most important factors are location, the floor plan, and the price. These basic components tend to be at the top of any customer’s wish list – and they are right to focus on them.

Current Progress – One Story Addition in Fairfax Station, VA

August 19, 2015 | Comments Off on Current Progress – One Story Addition in Fairfax Station, VA

We are excited to share some photos of a one story home addition we are completing in Fairfax Station, VA. This addition includes:

Current Progress – One Story Addition in Fairfax Station, VA

August 19, 2015 | Comments Off on Current Progress – One Story Addition in Fairfax Station, VA

We are excited to share some photos of a one story home addition we are completing in Fairfax Station, VA. This addition includes:

Our 5 Tips for Planning a Family Friendly Bathroom

August 6, 2015 | Comments Off on Our 5 Tips for Planning a Family Friendly Bathroom

Many of our clients plan their bathroom remodels to be family friendly. However, we know that bathrooms can be a point of contention – whether you’re sharing the space with your child or you have multiple children sharing one bathroom. Bathroo…

How To: Plan for Your Indoor-Outdoor Space

August 4, 2015 | Comments Off on How To: Plan for Your Indoor-Outdoor Space

Fortunately, in Northern Virginia the climate and seasons offer an ideal place to spend time connecting with friends and family – and it’s right in your backyard. Outdoor spaces like decks, porches, large lawns, and patios are optimal for ente…

Our Top 7 Tips for Styling a Smaller Bathroom

July 31, 2015 | Comments Off on Our Top 7 Tips for Styling a Smaller Bathroom

While we complete many master bathroom remodeling projects, we also complete many smaller bathroom remodeling projects. Technically, a bathroom with a shower but no tub is called a three-quarter bath. Many homeowners opt for three-quarter bath…

The Top 5 Surface Trends in Northern Virginia Bathrooms

July 28, 2015 | Comments Off on The Top 5 Surface Trends in Northern Virginia Bathrooms

When remodeling your bathroom, choosing materials is an important part of the process. Unlike choosing paint colors, selecting finishing materials can be more complicated. Color can easily be changed (see our color guides – Part I, Part II, and Part II…

3 Bathroom Remodeling Trends We’re Seeing in Northern Virginia

July 24, 2015 | Comments Off on 3 Bathroom Remodeling Trends We’re Seeing in Northern Virginia

When completing a bathroom remodeling project, making design decisions (along with decorating) is one of the most fun parts of the process. While it’s important to choose a theme that is cohesive, it’s also largely up to preference and what works well for you and your family. Here are 3 of the most popular bathroom remodeling trends in the Northern Virginia area right now.

Kitchen Remodeling: Smart Storage Part II

July 14, 2015 | Comments Off on Kitchen Remodeling: Smart Storage Part II

We recently looked at some of Yorktowne Cabinetry’s add-on features for kitchen cabinets. Yorktowne Cabinetry is a company we’ve used for many years, and they offer options that help maximize organization, storage, and comfort in your kitchen. Below are some additional options, including the advantages of adding them.

Kitchen Remodeling: Smart Storage Part II

July 14, 2015 | No Comments »

We recently looked at some of Yorktowne Cabinetry’s add-on features for kitchen cabinets. Yorktowne Cabinetry is a company we’ve used for many years, and they offer options that help maximize organization, storage, and comfort in your kitchen. Below are some additional options, including the advantages of adding them. 1. Cutting Board Door Rack Cutting boards are Keep Reading…

Kitchen Remodeling: Smart Storage Part I

July 2, 2015 | Comments Off on Kitchen Remodeling: Smart Storage Part I

Are you considering a kitchen remodeling project for your Northern VA home? The cabinetry line we offer, Yorktowne Cabinetry, offers optional baking and cooking storage in their cabinetry as add-ons. You can easily opt to have any of these fea…

Common Kitchen Problems and How to Solve Them

June 26, 2015 | Comments Off on Common Kitchen Problems and How to Solve Them

Over the years, we’ve seen common problems in the kitchen come up repeatedly. Whether you have outdated cabinetry, poor “flow”, or need for storage space, it’s our job is to create solutions for these issues. Here’s a list of the most common kitchen problems and how they can be solved with kitchen remodeling.

Common Kitchen Problems and How to Solve Them

June 26, 2015 | Comments Off on Common Kitchen Problems and How to Solve Them

Over the years, we’ve seen common problems in the kitchen come up repeatedly. Whether you have outdated cabinetry, poor “flow”, or need for storage space, it’s our job is to create solutions for these issues. Here’s a list of the most common kitchen problems and how they can be solved with kitchen remodeling.

Fantastic Review from a Repeat Client in Fairfax Station, VA

June 25, 2015 | Comments Off on Fantastic Review from a Repeat Client in Fairfax Station, VA

We recieved this fantastic review from one of our repeat clients in Fairfax Station, VA!

Kitchen Remodeling: Kitchen Island Extras

June 18, 2015 | Comments Off on Kitchen Remodeling: Kitchen Island Extras

Kitchen islands provide extra counter space, dining areas, and storage space to a room. Here are some great “extras” you may choose to add, all of which have added benefits of functionality and visual appeal.

Home Cabinetry Ideas and Options

June 12, 2015 | Comments Off on Home Cabinetry Ideas and Options

Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, or just updating your cabinetry, there are several options to choose from. Adding custom decorative inserts to your cabinets create both visual interest and functionality to your kitchen.

There are four types to choose from, which are:

  • Glass
  • Mirror
  • Decorative (“Art Glass”)
  • Mullions

Home Additions: Should I Build Up or Out?

June 4, 2015 | Comments Off on Home Additions: Should I Build Up or Out?

Many of the homes in Northern VA were built decades ago when common home layouts and sizes were much different. If you are finding that you don’t have enough functional living space in your home, it might be time to add an addition. This space can include a guest room, a master suite, a playroom, a family room, or whatever is most advantageous to for your family. By building up (adding a second story) or out (a ground floor addition), you’ll add a lot of new space to your home.

Before starting, here are some considerations to keep in mind:

  1. Is there room for an addition? For example, is your yard large enough to accommodate an addition to your home?
  2. What are you missing in your home? How will this new space meet your family’s needs?
  3. How feasible is it to make the changes you’d like to make? Would you need to make significant changes to your home in order to do so?
  4. What are you comfortable spending on this project?

Ideas and Costs for Attached and Detached Garages in Northern VA

May 21, 2015 | Comments Off on Ideas and Costs for Attached and Detached Garages in Northern VA

When you’re planning on adding a garage to your home, there are several considerations to keep in mind. The planning process is key in making sure that you have a smooth and successful remodel. The addition of a garage has its advantages:

Whole House Remodeling Costs

May 15, 2015 | Comments Off on Whole House Remodeling Costs

Front Porch Ideas for Virginia Homes

May 7, 2015 | Comments Off on Front Porch Ideas for Virginia Homes

Front porches make a connection from the interior to the exterior of your home. You have lots of options when renovating or adding a porch to your home, ranging from small and simple to large, wraparound spaces. As transitional spaces, front…

Adding a Wet Bar to Your Northern Virginia Home

April 23, 2015 | Comments Off on Adding a Wet Bar to Your Northern Virginia Home

Typically built in the basement, a wet bar is a great addition to any living area in your home. Wet bars allow you and your family to enjoy an area to grab a drink, relax, and even heat up some popcorn or pizza to watch during movie night. The…

Video: Kitchen and Dining Room Remodeling Project in Nokesville, VA

April 15, 2015 | Comments Off on Video: Kitchen and Dining Room Remodeling Project in Nokesville, VA

Before and after videos give us an overall idea of the remodeling process. If you are considering improving your home, you may be wandering what to expect. You may have questions such as, what will my home look like during a remodel? And may…

Northern Virginia Remodeling Project Costs

April 13, 2015 | Comments Off on Northern Virginia Remodeling Project Costs

 

The Top 5 Home Improvement Projects for Spring

April 3, 2015 | Comments Off on The Top 5 Home Improvement Projects for Spring

We’re excited that it’s finally starting to feel like spring! As the weather warms up and the days grow longer, there are many projects that you can start this spring. From adding a screened in porch to avoid bugs to putting a new coat of finish on your deck, these projects will leave your home feeling fresh and renewed. Here are five projects we’re looking forward to starting this spring:

Types of Additions for Your Home

March 27, 2015 | Comments Off on Types of Additions for Your Home

When adding an addition to your home, there is no shortage of options. You can opt to add a sunroom, an entire second story, a bathroom, or a master suite. You could do something small like adding a guest bathroom, or you could add lots of squ…

A Guide to Successful Additions and Large Remodeling Projects in Northern Virginia

March 18, 2015 | Comments Off on A Guide to Successful Additions and Large Remodeling Projects in Northern Virginia

Last week, we shared some elements of our kitchen and bath eBook. This week we’d like to take you through the process of completing a large remodeling project, such as an addition or whole house remodel. This is just a short preview of what our e-book has to offer and you can get all of the information by clicking here to download. Don’t miss out on insider knowledge of what to expect throughout the remodeling process, written by the owner of Lensis Builders.

E-Book Preview: Kitchen, Bath and Interior Remodels

March 11, 2015 | No Comments »

We’re excited to share that we recently published an e-book! When undertaking a new remodeling project, it’s helpful to know exactly what each type of project entails. The first section of our e-book is entitled Six Steps to a Successful Kitchen, Bathroom, or Interior Remodel, and we are excited to share some of its main Keep Reading…

A Guide to Successful Kitchen, Bath and Interior Remodels in Northern VA

March 11, 2015 | Comments Off on A Guide to Successful Kitchen, Bath and Interior Remodels in Northern VA

eBook-teaser-kitchen-bath-interior-remodelWhen undertaking a new remodeling project, it’s helpful to know exactly what each type of project entails. The first section of our e-book is entitled Six Steps to a Successful Kitchen, Bathroom, or Interior Remodel, and we are excited to share some of its main points with you. You can download your free copy here.

Popular Remodeling Projects for Northern Virginia Homes

March 4, 2015 | No Comments »

When it comes to home improvement projects, every area has its own set of unique needs and wants, and Northern Virginia is no exception. With so many options to choose from, here’s a roundup of the most commonly requested home projects in our area: 1. Additions Additions are one of the most popular projects we Keep Reading…

Popular Remodeling Projects for Northern Virginia Homes

March 4, 2015 | Comments Off on Popular Remodeling Projects for Northern Virginia Homes

When it comes to home improvement projects, every area has its own set of unique needs and wants, and Northern Virginia is no exception. With so many options to choose from, here’s a roundup of the most commonly requested home projects in our …

Adding a Sunroom to Your Home: The Basics

February 27, 2015 | No Comments »

A sunroom is a great way to add additional space to your home. It creates an extra room for entertaining and relaxing and offers an “indoor-outdoor” environment where you can get the benefits of being outside without the cold, rain, or snow (especially in the winter in Northern Virginia this year!). Here are some things Keep Reading…

Adding a Sunroom to Your Northern Virginia Home: The Basics

February 27, 2015 | Comments Off on Adding a Sunroom to Your Northern Virginia Home: The Basics

A sunroom is a great way to add additional space to your home. It creates an extra room for entertaining and relaxing and offers an “indoor-outdoor” environment where you can get the benefits of being outside without the cold, rain, or snow (especially in the winter in Northern Virginia this year!).

To help you plan for your upcoming project, we’ve outlined average sizes and features, pricing, resale value, and design tips for the Washington Metro area.

Everything You Need to Know About Basement Remodels

February 20, 2015 | No Comments »

Adding a finished basement to your home is by far the most economical way to increase living space and value in your home. It can also be one of the quickest ways to add living space and value. What does a typical basement remodel entail? The lower level of the house is finished to create Keep Reading…

Northern VA Basement Remodeling: The Cost, Resale Value, and Schedule

February 20, 2015 | Comments Off on Northern VA Basement Remodeling: The Cost, Resale Value, and Schedule

Basement remodeling, or finishing your basement, is by far the most economical way to increase living space and value in your home. It can also be one of the quickest ways to add extra space since it is already part of your home.
We looked at…

The Most Popular Kitchen Design Layouts

January 30, 2015 | No Comments »

When designing a kitchen, there are several options when it comes to selecting a layout. Some things to consider include looking at the original space that you’re working with as well as what you envision the functionality of your kitchen to be. If you’re designing a new home or addition, you are free to choose Keep Reading…

9 Home Improvement Projects Perfect for Winter

January 21, 2015 | No Comments »

The winter months can be chaotic with prepping for the holidays, hosting guests, and traveling. But once those things are finished, it’s also a good time to make small changes to your home. It’s cold outside and you’re likely spending more time than usual in your home, so why not make some simple upgrades? Below Keep Reading…

Tips for Selecting the Right Contractor

January 6, 2015 | No Comments »

You’re ready to begin a remodeling project in your home. You’ve set a budget, you have ideas for inspiration, and you’re ready to go. But how do you select the right contractor? With many qualified firms to choose from, this can be a daunting process. Here are some great tips on how to get started. Keep Reading…

Common Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes To Avoid

December 4, 2014 | No Comments »

Going through the process of designing and building so many spaces, we’ve seen a lot of bathrooms with poor layouts, ventilation, and other concerns. Here’s a roundup of our top eight most commonly overlooked considerations when remodeling a bathroom. 1. No windows. Dark, damp bathrooms with poor circulation aren’t the ideal places to spend time. Keep Reading…

Client Testimonial: Basement Remodel in Reston, VA

November 26, 2014 | No Comments »

Experience reviews from our clients are important because they let us know what we are doing right and point out any areas that may need improvement. We love receiving reviews from our clients so we were thrilled when a client left this one on our Google+ page. This basement remodeling project was located in Reston Keep Reading…

Addition and Garage Remodels: How Much Will It Cost?

November 26, 2014 | No Comments »

Are you considering adding an addition, sun room, or garage to your home in Northern Virginia? If so, it’s helpful to know how much it will cost, as well as how much value it will add to your home. Any new addition or remodel to your home will add value to it. It also adds Keep Reading…

How Long Will My Kitchen Remodel Take?

November 20, 2014 | No Comments »

This week, we’re continuing our guide to outlining a general length of time for different remodeling projects. Kitchen remodels definitely vary depending on the extent to which you are remodeling your kitchen. In general, if you’re doing an addition to your home, that’s going to take longer than if you’re simply replacing a few components Keep Reading…

How Long Will My Bathroom Remodel Take?

November 11, 2014 | No Comments »

Any remodeling project takes a considerable time investment. Depending on the project, you could be looking at from couple of weeks to several months. We want to give a typical outline of how long it will take to complete a few different types of projects. First, let’s take a look at a bathroom remodel.  Keep Keep Reading…

How Much Does A Kitchen Remodel Cost?

November 4, 2014 | No Comments »

Last week we covered how much it typically costs to remodel or create a bathroom addition, and this week we’re doing the same with kitchens. Of all the remodels you could do in your home, the kitchen may have the greatest impact. Kitchens are arguably where people spend the majority of their time – whether Keep Reading…

Addition with Kitchen Remodeling in Fairfax, Virginia

October 28, 2014 | No Comments »

  We recently revamped this kitchen in Fairfax, Virginia. Like many other homes in the Northern Virginia area, it was constructed with a small kitchen and a separate dining area. Larger, more open kitchens are now in high demand and most of our kitchen remodels involve tearing down a wall or two. Combining the dining Keep Reading…

How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost?

October 28, 2014 | No Comments »

When you’re thinking about making changes to your home, one of the biggest factors to consider is how much it will cost. As a homeowner, you’re making an investment when you choose to undergo a remodeling project. It’s important to know how much you’re willing to spend, whether you have any flexibility with your budget, Keep Reading…

Bathroom Remodeling Trends: Part Two

October 23, 2014 | No Comments »

Here’s our second roundup of bathroom remodeling trends – all design ideas that are currently popular, but will sustain their functionality and aesthetic in your home over time. 6. Remote-Controlled TV, Stereo or Windows Traditional Bathroom by Beverly Interior Designers & Decorators Siemasko + Verbridge Electronics that work at the touch of a buttom make Keep Reading…

Bathroom Remodeling Trends: Part One

October 17, 2014 | No Comments »

With trends in remodeling changing so often, it can be difficult to make decisions when designing any space in your home. Bathrooms in particular are great spaces to express your personality, experiment with color, and overall, create a space that is comfortable. While trends can be viewed as transient, we think that the ones we’ve Keep Reading…

NKBA Remodeling Tips: “Do’s and Don’ts to Help Manage Your Kitchen or Bath Remodel”

October 14, 2014 | No Comments »

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) has invaluable information about remodeling your kitchen and bath. As the premiere association for kitchen and bath professionals, they have a wealth of insider knowledge available to homeowners. Follow the link below to read their informative “Do’s and Don’ts to Help Manage Your Kitchen of Bath Remodel“! To Keep Reading…

Ask the Experts: Ceramic vs. Porcelain Tile

October 3, 2014 | No Comments »

We’re often asked for recommendations when it comes to what type of flooring to put down in our clients’ homes. One of the most common questions is: ceramic or porcelain tiles? While these choices may bring bathroom flooring to your mind first, ceramic and porcelain tiles are viable (and recommended!) options for virtually every space Keep Reading…

How To: Arrange Your Furniture Like a Pro

September 26, 2014 | No Comments »

Furniture is just one component when putting together a cohesive, beautiful room in your home. There are lots of things to consider – the size of the room, the size of your furniture, color schemes, plus many other elements. We’ve rounded up a list of ten tips and tricks to help you optimize your space Keep Reading…

Advice from the Experts: Adding an Addition to Your Home

September 19, 2014 | No Comments »

Making any change to your home is exciting. Once that decision has been made, you’ve decided what projects to take on, what your budget is, and you have some inspiration. It’s important, however, to have some expert knowledge before you start the process. In our new series, “Advice from the Experts,” we give some tips Keep Reading…

How To: Light Your Home Properly

September 12, 2014 | No Comments »

Something like lighting isn’t always viewed as a huge priority, but good lighting in your home has many advantages: You’ll save money on your electric bills Improve safety Create the mood you want in every room Minimize headaches and eyestrain while reading and doing other activities Prevent a distracting glare on TV and computer screens Keep Reading…

How To: Choose Colors (And Know What They Mean)

September 5, 2014 | No Comments »

While choosing a color to paint your walls isn’t necessarily a life-changing decision (wall colors can always be changed), sometimes  we want to set a mood or evoke an emotion when decorating our homes. For example, it would be smart to paint your bedroom blue because for most people it symbolizes calmness and tranquility. Painting Keep Reading…

How To: Rethink Energy in Your Bathroom

August 27, 2014 | No Comments »

While bathroom design isn’t as complex as kitchen design, many of the same principles apply. Be sure to consider these two things first: Your family’s needs over time (babies now, then teenagers, and eventually aging) Functionality of the room and how dated/worn fixtures are If you’re creating a new bathroom, you can definitely compensate for Keep Reading…

Recent Fairfax Kitchen Remodel

August 21, 2014 | No Comments »

With every remodel, there are specific design goals that we set out to accomplish in order to create a space that is both functional and stylish. One of our design goals for this cramped kitchen was to open it up and create a more spacious, modern room. In order to do this, we had to Keep Reading…

How To: Rethink Energy in Your Kitchen

August 20, 2014 | No Comments »

We want to talk about upgrading rooms in your house. For example, the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room are often the most poorly functioning part of a home (especially an older one), so there are great ways to make both functional and energy efficient improvements. What can upgrading these spaces do for you? Make the Keep Reading…

A Beginner’s Guide To: Renewable Energy

August 15, 2014 | No Comments »

Depending on your climate and how energy efficient your home is, you may be able to save 20% to 100% on your utility bills. Before you invest in technology, it’s a good idea to assess your home’s current level of efficiency. For example, is your home properly insulated? Are you using energy efficient appliances? (Tip: Keep Reading…

Have You Joined Us Yet?

August 11, 2014 | No Comments »

We are waiting for you to join us on all of your favorite social networks!   FacebookOur Facebook page is packed with helpful advice, before and after comparisons, and project photos. We post home remodeling articles from all across the web every week, as well as blogs from our website. Like our page to make Keep Reading…

How To: Display Art Like a Pro

August 6, 2014 | No Comments »

Artwork is a fantastic way to display your personality and style at home. So you buy this great painting or photograph, but now what? It can be tricky to decide where to display it, what kind of frame to put it in, and how to integrate it into the décor you already have. While there Keep Reading…

Our 10 Favorite Eco-Friendly Decisions for Your Home

July 30, 2014 | No Comments »

Small changes can make a big difference when it comes to choosing energy efficient, eco-friendly products for your home. From larger items like appliances to smaller decisions like shopping locally, we created a list of ways we think a home can be more environmentally friendly. It’s great for the environment, and in most cases these Keep Reading…

8 Ways to Avoid Mistakes when Remodeling Your Kitchen

July 23, 2014 | No Comments »

Kitchen remodels (or any remodeling project, for that matter) can be stressful. There are a lot of moving parts all happening at the same time, and everything needs to come together in order for you to get the kitchen you’ve been planning for. We’ve been in the remodeling game for quite some time now, and Keep Reading…

A Beginner’s Guide to Home Energy Audits

July 16, 2014 | No Comments »

When talking about a home energy audit (also called an energy assessment), we usually associate it with the words efficiency, comfort, and cost-effective in respect to the home. But what exactly does an energy audit entail? Here’s the breakdown of what they do, what the options are, and how much they cost. First, home energy Keep Reading…

Top 10 Summer Energy Saving Tips

July 11, 2014 | No Comments »

We all know that high temperatures in the summer can take a toll on your comfort as well as your wallet. We’ve compiled a list of tips about how to stay comfortable during the summer months without increasing your energy costs. 1. Use your windows to get cool air and keep heat away. On days Keep Reading…

Client Testimonial – Kitchen Remodel in Woodbridge, VA

July 9, 2014 | No Comments »

We just received this wonderful testimonial from a recent client! Many thanks to our client for sharing her experience! “It was a pleasure to return to Lensis Builders for my kitchen remodeling project. I especially appreciate the way the lay out of cabinets and appliances maximizes the efficient use of space and the aesthetic appeal. Keep Reading…

A Guide To Getting Your Home Ready for Summer

June 13, 2014 | No Comments »

After such a long winter, you’ve been ready for summer for awhile. But what about your home? Here are our suggestions for how to make your home summer ready. 1. Paint for your home’s exterior – If you’re thinking about re-painting the exterior of your home, the summer months are the time to do it. Whether you Keep Reading…

8 Tips for Choosing Colors for Your Bathroom

May 30, 2014 | No Comments »

Choosing colors for your home can be an intimidating process, as not all color schemes work in every space. It’s important to find the right combination of colors that work well for you and your room. To help with the process, here’s a list of tips to consider to ensure a “no regrets” color scheme Keep Reading…

Types of Bathrooms for Your Home

May 16, 2014 | No Comments »

If you’re considering a bathroom remodel, it’s important to know what your options are in terms of the types of bathrooms are available for design in your home. Depending on the amount of space you have and the location of the room, there are a few options. Our outline gives you an idea of what Keep Reading…

Current Project – Two Story Addition in Vienna

May 12, 2014 | No Comments »

We are currently working on this two story addition in Vienna. The top floor will include a Master Bedroom and Bathroom and the bottom floor will include a full basement. As you can see from the photos below, we are making significant progress and the addition has taken shape. The photos below are set up Keep Reading…

How To: Add Simple Updates to Your Kitchen

May 9, 2014 | No Comments »

If you’re looking to revamp your kitchen, but you’re not quite ready to take the leap into a full-blown kitchen remodel, there are some easy (and inexpensive!) ways to update your space. Here’s a roundup of some things that you can do to make your kitchen look like new. 1. Open shelving – Create a Keep Reading…

Gorgeous Kitchen Remodel in Fairfax, VA

April 11, 2014 | No Comments »

Kitchens have become the heart of the home, the central hub of activity and a meeting place after a long day. Remodeling allows us to turn uncomfortable, hard to navigate kitchens into a place to unwind and bond over a good meal. When one of our past clients contacted us to remodel their kitchen, we Keep Reading…

“We would not hesitate to recommend this company…”

April 7, 2014 | No Comments »

We just received a lovely testimonial from one of our repeat clients here in Manassas! Over the past year, we have worked closely with this client to improve her home in many different ways. We are thrilled to hear how happy she is with our services! “We are completely satisfied with our dealings with Richard. Keep Reading…

A Guide to Choosing Flooring in Your Kitchen

April 4, 2014 | No Comments »

If you’re remodeling your kitchen, or simply just putting in new flooring, making a decision about what type of flooring to choose can be overwhelming. With so many options, how can you choose what will look the best integrated into your space, and what will be most functional for you? Well, there’s no single correct Keep Reading…

A+ Testimonial!

March 25, 2014 | No Comments »

When we start working with new clients, we are usually tackling only one project in their home. However, over time the relationship grows and so do the number of projects. We pride ourselves on the fact that our clients love us and we become their one and only contractor. For these particular clients, we have Keep Reading…

Current Project Update: Front Porch in Fairfax

March 12, 2014 | No Comments »

These photos reveal the ongoing transformation of this project in Fairfax, VA. Our talented crew has completely transformed this porch, as well as the appearance of the house. What do you think? We can’t wait to share the “after” photos with you!  

Your (Exterior) Spring Cleaning To-Do List

March 7, 2014 | No Comments »

With spring just around the corner, here’s part two of our spring cleaning to-do list. We have some recommendations about how to prepare the exterior of your home to ensure that it’s spring and summer ready. 1. Clean your exterior windows. Winter storms can leave a nasty residue all over that glass, much like the Keep Reading…

Your (Interior) Spring Cleaning To-Do List

February 24, 2014 | No Comments »

With spring just around the corner (we hope!), we’ve come up with a checklist of ways to prepare your home for the spring. These tips apply to your interior – making sure your home is clean, comfortable and efficient. Stay tuned for an exterior spring cleaning to-do list! 1. Deep clean your carpets and rugs. Keep Reading…

Guide to Painting – Part II

February 7, 2014 | No Comments »

Here’s Part II of our painting guide. We’re outlining 10 easy steps for preparation, as well as a few tips for safety. Enjoy! How to prepare 1. Be sure to remove everything from your walls (including electrical faceplates, and all HVAC registers, grilles, etc.) 2. Clear the room of all furniture and decorations. If there Keep Reading…

Testimonial from Another Happy Client

February 4, 2014 | No Comments »

Here is a wonderful testimonial we received from one of our clients during the Christmas season. Many thanks to our clients for providing insight into their remodeling experience. “At this season when we recall and give thanks for all blessings we include our remodeled master bath and closet. Hardly a day goes by when we Keep Reading…

How To Paint Interior Spaces: Part I

January 27, 2014 | No Comments »

If you’re thinking about taking on a painting project (either yourself or by hiring a professional), here are some important tips for getting the best result. There are two things to take into consideration when preparing to paint your walls – First is paint color, and second is the type of finish you use. As far Keep Reading…

Kitchen Cabinetry Styles

January 10, 2014 | No Comments »

Remodeling your kitchen gives you an opportunity to express your creativity and personality. Your kitchen cabinets can help reinforce the theme or style you choose, so here’s a guide to some common types of cabinetry based on their characteristics and advantages. Traditional Traditional Kitchen by Manassas Design-Build Firm Lensis Builders, Inc. Characteristics: Tend to be constructed Keep Reading…

Beautiful Screened In Porch in Fairfax, VA

January 6, 2014 | No Comments »

We recently converted a deck into a gorgeous screened in porch in Fairfax, VA. The deck was suitable but needed upgrading to include outdoor living and entertainment essentials. It was also very important that the porch blended in naturally with the home and its current appearance . As you can see, we accomplished that goal. Keep Reading…

No Regrets Remodeling: A Focus on Comfort

January 3, 2014 | No Comments »

It is no surprise that home improvement can be stressful, especially if you planning on taking on a larger project like a kitchen or bathroom remodel. “No regrets remodeling” means that you are a well-informed consumer and ultimately you are creating a comfortable, energy efficient and durable home. Unfortunately, it is possible to go into Keep Reading…

Lensis Builders, Inc. Earns Esteemed 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award

December 20, 2013 | No Comments »

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service. Lensis Builders, Inc. has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013. “We are ecstatic to know that our clients are happy and enjoying their remodeling experience with Keep Reading…

How To: Save Energy This Winter

December 13, 2013 | No Comments »

We all want to make sure we’re making the most of our heating systems in the winter, but there are things that can interfere with keeping our homes comfortable. This guide will ensure that your home warm and energy efficient during the winter months. 1. Adjust the temperature When you’re at home, set the thermostat Keep Reading…

Wonderful Client Feedback!

December 5, 2013 | No Comments »

We are thrilled with this awesome review we recently received from one of our clients! It is great to know we are reaching our goals and creating great remodeling experiences. “First and most importantly, is the connection that I made with Rich and his men. Totally comfortable. We were never told that this is an Keep Reading…

Join Our E-Newsletter!

November 14, 2013 | No Comments »

We are happy to announce that we will be sending e-newsletters to our circle of clients and friends. We hope to use this newsletter to stay in touch and provide updates on what we’ve been up to. We will feature articles on various home and remodeling issues, pictures of recently completed projects, and before and Keep Reading…

Five Easy Home Decorating Tips

November 12, 2013 | No Comments »

Looking for a way to decorate or revamp your home? Here are some quick (and easy!) tips for decorating – whether it’s in a new space or you’re looking for ways to update spaces that already exist. 1. Top it off with an area rug Layering any texture (like rugs) adds dimension to a space. Keep Reading…

Wonderful Testimonial

October 29, 2013 | No Comments »

We are celebrating this wonderful feedback we received earlier today! This feedback is the result of a bathroom remodel located in Fairfax Station! “Dear Richard and Stacy, Just wanted to thank you for the wonderful job you did on our bathroom. It was truly a pleasure working with you. All of the workmen who came Keep Reading…

Tips for Making Your Home Safer: Part II

October 28, 2013 | No Comments »

Here’s part two of our tips for making your home a safer, more comfortable place. 1. Poisoning Be sure that all of your medications out of reach and/or in a cabinet that is locked. Additionally, household chemicals and cleaners should be out of reach of children. It’s also best practice to have the Poison Control Keep Reading…

Covered Porch and Deck Project In Progress

October 23, 2013 | No Comments »

We are currently working on a covered porch and deck project located in Centreville, VA. We have been documenting this project each step of the way and have compiled an overview of the progress. If you are thinking about adding a deck to your home, or remodeling it in any way, this overview illustrates the Keep Reading…

Tips for Making Your Home Safer: Part I

October 4, 2013 | No Comments »

It’s human nature to forget small things like locking the doors and turning the oven off, but keeping these small things in mind can prevent injuries and dangerous situations from occurring. Here are five tips for ensuring safety in your home. 1. Fire extinguishers Fire extinguishers can help to control a fire before it spreads, Keep Reading…

Styles for Your Home

September 13, 2013 | No Comments »

Whether you’re building new construction, remodeling, or decorating there are several different aesthetic approaches to consider. In this week’s post, we’ve gathered some of the most popular styles and outlined their origins, materials used, and color schemes. While some look for modern and simple, others want a more traditional, nostalgic aesthetic. Either way, each of Keep Reading…

A Guide to Choosing Kitchen Countertops: Part II

September 11, 2013 | No Comments »

In part two of our guide to choosing kitchen countertops, we’re outlining the pros and cons of four different materials. We’ll discuss solid surfacing (typically known as Corian) and tile, and two more unusual choices, soapstone and butcher block (wood). Whether you prioritize your budget, design, or functionality, each material has something unique to offer. Keep Reading…

A Guide to Choosing Kitchen Countertops: Part I

September 3, 2013 | No Comments »

When it comes to choosing countertops for your kitchen, there are advantages and disadvantages to each material. There is no “correct” choice, but there are ways to determine which type of countertop is right for you and your home. In this guide, we found several of the most frequent countertop choices and outlined their pros Keep Reading…

EPA Lead Safe Certified Firm

August 21, 2013 | No Comments »

If your home was built before 1978, or your children attend a school building that was built before then, you should know what federal guidelines are in place to prevent lead contamination. Additionally, federal law requires that contractors doing work in any place built before 1978 adhere to these guidelines. Here’s what the Environmental Protection Keep Reading…

Color 101: A Step By Step Color Consideration For Your Next Remodeling Project (Part III)

August 9, 2013 | No Comments »

Now that you have some of the necessary steps to choosing the right colors for your home, here are some final tips and tricks for choosing color schemes that work well for you. 1. Look for inspiration! Pinterest is a great place to start. You can create boards with your favorite colors, design trends, and Keep Reading…

Custom Yorkie Washing Station and Kitchen Remodel in Manassas, VA

August 2, 2013 | No Comments »

One of our clients is the proud owner of 3 Yorkshire Terriers and a beautiful Golden Retriever. We recently remodeled her laundry room and added a very unique feature…a sink just for bathing cute Yorkies! This custom bathing station has a faucet with an extendable nozzle to make bath time even easier. The cabinetry underneath Keep Reading…

Color 101: A Step By Step Color Consideration For Your Next Remodeling Project (Part II)

July 26, 2013 | No Comments »

First, select which color will dominate and set the tone of the space. Will you choose warm, dominating colors or cool, subordinate colors? Next, select accent colors and check the overall relationships of the dominant color and accent colors. You’ll want to adjust the color combinations until they appear harmonious. Tips for selecting color combinations: Keep Reading…

Gorgeous Kitchen Remodel in Springfield, VA

July 23, 2013 | No Comments »

Here are some pictures of a beautiful kitchen we remodeled in Springfield, VA. This kitchen has tons of space for cooking and storage. The extra seating makes it a wonderful spot for socializing with friends and family over a great meal. The pictures below exhibit the ample space built into the kitchen. There is cabinet Keep Reading…

Your House As A System: The Whole House Approach

July 17, 2013 | No Comments »

When you build a new home or remodel your existing one, there are several ways to optimize energy efficiency. A holistic approach considers the house as an energy system with independent parts, each affecting the performance of the entire home. When you alter one of these parts, or add a new one, it is important Keep Reading…

Built-In Bookshelves and Storage

July 12, 2013 | No Comments »

We receive many requests for custom, built-in bookshelves which are popular choices for family rooms, basements, and bedrooms. Built-in shelves add a custom look to any room and provide storage without taking up floor space. Avid readers may only fill their shelves with books but built-ins can also be used to display family heirlooms, art Keep Reading…

Why Build Green?

July 5, 2013 | No Comments »

We’ve all heard the buzz about “going green.” The ubiquitous “green” and its variations like “greening” and “green technology” draw a lot of attention, but what do they really mean?  In the realm of green building, there are ways to assess your home and its energy and cost-efficiency and there are multiple benefits in doing Keep Reading…

Color 101: A Step By Step Color Consideration for Your Next Remodeling Project

June 26, 2013 | No Comments »

During a remodeling project, homeowners are faced with tons of decisions. Cabinetry and countertops are just the beginning. Many of these decisions are based on one very important factor: color. The color of each of these components will greatly contribute to the overall style and feeling of the room. This series is a step by Keep Reading…

Our Showroom and Selection Center

June 21, 2013 | No Comments »

Did you know we have a Showroom and Selection Center? Located at our office in Manassas, it has endless options you will want to see in person when considering or planning your next remodeling project.  Yorktowne Cabinetry, Bertch Cabinets, tile samples, countertop samples, faucets and hardware are among the different materials you will find and Keep Reading…

Best Bath Before and Afters

June 12, 2013 | No Comments »

Before and after photos capture the unlimited possibilities and results of remodeling. When great ideas, accessories, paint and layouts come together, the results are amazing! This Old House has compiled a huge gallery of extraordinary bathroom makeovers. Even better, each photo has a story behind it with great ideas to help you with your next Keep Reading…

Recently Completed Two Car Garage in Vienna, VA

May 31, 2013 | No Comments »

We recently completed a detached, two car garage in Vienna, VA. Since this home already had an attached garage for 2 cars and the homeowner needed extra space, it was our job to make sure the new addition matched the original home and fit in naturally.  This is a common challenge when building additions and garages Keep Reading…

Master Bathroom Testimonial in Vienna, VA

May 29, 2013 | No Comments »

We recently finished a Master Bath project in Vienna, VA and here is what our wonderful clients had to say: “This is a great company to work with. They did quality work, were very clean, and everyone was very pleasant to deal with. I wouldn’t hesitate to refer business to them–in fact, I already did—or Keep Reading…

We are now on Pinterest!

May 24, 2013 | No Comments »

Lensis Builders, Inc. is now on Pinterest! We are ready to start exploring all of the information and inspiration Pinterest has to offer. Most importantly, we are excited to share all of our remodeling stories! Are you already on Pinterest? Let us know so we can follow you! Everyone is invited to follow us and Keep Reading…

Guild Quality Testimonial in Manassas, VA

May 17, 2013 | No Comments »

Today we received an outstanding Guild Quality testimonial we are excited to share with everyone! Many thanks to our wonderful client for her feedback. “Richard had a better vision for our kitchen than we did! We had several ideas, most of which would have involved more extensive remodeling than we actually completed. Although very willing Keep Reading…

Master Bathroom Testimonial in Manassas, VA

May 9, 2013 | No Comments »

Here is another wonderful client testimonial after a master bathroom remodel in Manassas! “I was very impressed with their organizational skills. He waited for all the material to come in before he started my project. They left my house clean every day. The people he sent out were so personable. I could have conversations with Keep Reading…

Before and After: Kitchen Remodel in Manassas, VA

May 2, 2013 | No Comments »

We recently completed a beautiful kitchen remodel in Manassas, VA. We are thrilled with the outcome and excited to share the results! This home was built in 1937 and the kitchen layout had some room for improvement. We designed a new layout that created more room for kitchen users as well as more cabinet space Keep Reading…

Kitchen Testimonial in Manassas, VA

April 26, 2013 | No Comments »

Spring is in full swing and we are staying super busy with all types of projects. We recently finished a kitchen remodel in Manassas and are proud to share a few highlights from the testimonial we received. You can read more client testimonials at our GuildQuality site by clicking here or on our “Client Testimonials” Keep Reading…

Master Bathroom Testimonial in Haymarket, VA

April 16, 2013 | No Comments »

Many thanks to our wonderful client for their feedback! We work hard to make the remodeling process smooth and easy for our clients. “From expert design and materials selection assistance to customer service and high quality workmanship, Lensis exceeded our expectations in every way. We were overwhelmed by the number of decisions and are also Keep Reading…

Bathroom Testimonial in Fairfax, VA

April 4, 2013 | No Comments »

Here is a small snippet from a wonderful client testimonial we recently received. We love making our clients happy! “Great experience. Prompt to respond to request for proposal. Price was right in line with where we wanted to be and well under that from another company I had used in the past. Work was done Keep Reading…

Make Your Bathroom Extraordinary

March 21, 2013 | No Comments »

Here is an article from Houzz.com featuring 10 great products you may want to consider installing in your current bathroom or incorporating in your upcoming remodel. 10 Amenities to Make Your Bathroom Extraordinary Houzz– Kitchen Remodel, Bathroom Remodel and More »

Sneak Peek: Addition in Fairfax Station, VA

March 15, 2013 | No Comments »

We are currently working on a very large addition project located in Fairfax Station, Virginia. This addition includes a garage with a trophy room on the second story above. It also features an art studio and a full bath. We are very excited about this project and would love to share our progress. Let us Keep Reading…

Our Process: The 7 Steps of a Successful Remodel

March 14, 2013 | No Comments »

We understand that the remodeling process can be a little intimidating at first. In order to help everyone understand what to expect when beginning a building or remodeling project, we have broken the entire process down into 7 different steps. We hope these easy to follow steps provide a clear understanding of the separate stages Keep Reading…

How To: Choosing a Vanity For Your Bathroom

February 26, 2013 | No Comments »

Here is another great article from Houzz.com. This article explains everything you need to know about choosing the right vanity for your bathroom. This extensive guide covers materials, size and the benefits of a custom vanity. Bathroom Design: How to Pick Out a Vanity Houzz– Kitchen Remodel, Bathroom Remodel and More »

Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy

February 22, 2013 | No Comments »

When Hurricane Sandy hit Northern Virginia, many homes were extremely damaged and left without power. Although our entire area prepared for the worst, trees and powerlines didn’t stand a chance against powerful high winds. Many people were still scrambling to repair the damage several weeks after the storm. We recently received a testimonial from one Keep Reading…

Top 10 Tips for Choosing Shower Tile

February 13, 2013 | No Comments »

Picking shower tile can be a little daunting. You want to pick something you can visually enjoy for years but is also cost effective, safe and long lasting. Houzz features a fantastic article that covers all these issues and lends some insider advice only a pro would know. Enjoy! Top 10 Tips for Choosing Shower Keep Reading…

We are now a GuildQuality Guildmember!

February 4, 2013 | No Comments »

We are proud to announce that we have recently become a GuildQuality Guildmember! GuildQuality provides customer satisfaction surveying and independently seeks ratings and feedback from past clients. Click the link below to visit our Guildmember page and see the fantastic feedback we have received from recent customers.

Before and After: Bathroom Remodel in Fairfax Station, VA

January 22, 2013 | No Comments »

Here are some photos of a bathroom we recently completed in Fairfax Station. This charming bathroom combines convenience and style. It features a unique corner vanity with built in shelving from Yorktowne Cabinetry. The vanity, closet and tall cabinet provide ample space for organization and storage. We also did the flooring of the entire lower Keep Reading…

Impressive and Inspiring Basement Renovations

January 21, 2013 | No Comments »

Do you have a basement that is only used for storage or barely used at all? Here are some great examples of how basements can be transformed into a wonderful office, family space or play area! Click below to read the article from Houzz.com! 5 Awe-Inspiring Basement Renovations Houzz– Kitchen Remodel, Bathroom Remodel and More »

Beautiful Kitchen in Reston, VA

January 15, 2013 | No Comments »

We recently completed a fantastic kitchen in a Reston condo. This compact kitchen has plenty of organization, counter space and storage. Lensis Builders takes pride in being able to design and build a maximum kitchen in a minimum space. Not an inch was wasted and our client is happy and enjoying the wonderful results. Here Keep Reading…

Master Bathroom Testimonial in Haymarket, VA

January 10, 2013 | No Comments »

Our clients wanted to upgrade their outdated master bath. The space was inconvenient to their lifestyle and didn’t have key safety features that were important to them. For example, their huge tub was a waste of space and a hassle to clean. Their large closet area wasn’t usable and needed to be more practical. Our Keep Reading…

Falls Church has the first ‘passive house’ in Fairfax County

December 11, 2012 | No Comments »

A Passive House minimizes energy loss and can reduce the energy consumption of buildings by 90%. Now, the first Passive House in Fairfax County is being constructed in Falls Church, VA. Energy Masters of Virginia is involved with testing the house for energy loss and air flow. Currently, the house has passed all tests and Keep Reading…

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