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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 | 1 Comment »

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 | 1 Comment »

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 | 2 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…

Local woman wins $3K for energy efficient improvements

December 11, 2012 | No Comments »

A local woman recently won $3K for energy efficient improvements. Ann Dorman and her husband, Rich, won a Home Energy Makeover contest sponsored by the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP). Partnering with Dominion Resources, Alexandria City Hall and Commonwealth One, LEAP also awarded $10,000 and $5,000 to the first and second place winners. The winnings Keep Reading…

Kitchen Testimonial in Reston, VA

December 10, 2012 | No Comments »

We wanted to share yet another fantastic client testimonial. This is a review for a kitchen remodel in Reston. Here are a few excerpts from the testimonial: “I received three estimates and decided to go with Lensis because of their professional manner.” “It was a pleasure to deal with all of the employees, especially Kenny, Keep Reading…

Lensis Builders & Habitat for Humanity

November 20, 2012 | No Comments »

Lensis Builders was selected to assist with a Habitat for Humanity project in Woodbridge, VA. We were ecstatic to be able to take part in this great community effort. Drywall work, painting, carpentry work and counter top installation are just a few examples of the work we completed. Many Habitat volunteers, television host Steve Thomas Keep Reading…

Excerpts from an Excellent Client Testimonial

November 15, 2012 | No Comments »

It’s easy for any contractor to say they will do fantastic work and bring your ideal remodel to life. But what do actual clients think?  We take pride in our work and are only satisfied when our clients are as happy with their remodel as we are. Here is a testimonial that proves we don’t Keep Reading…

All About Granite!

November 6, 2012 | No Comments »

Everything you ever wanted to know about Granite! Costs, availability and what to avoid when choosing this stone countertop. Kitchen Counters: Granite, the Go-to Surface Choice Houzz- Kitchen Remodel, Bathroom Remodel and More »

Have you seen us on Facebook?

October 22, 2012 | No Comments »

Have you “Liked” us on Facebook yet? Our Facebook has tons of project photos and inspiration. We also post great articles from some of our favorite remodeling websites to bring you information you need to know. We post Before & After articles, Remodeling Do’s & Dont’s, as well as tips on choosing and working with Keep Reading…

Kitchen Testimonial in Manassas, VA

October 19, 2012 | No Comments »

We wanted to share this fantastic client testimonial we recently received. This project consisted of a kitchen remodel as well as an addition which serves as a laundry room. Here are some excerpts from the testimonial: “Richard Lensis worked with us through several stages of planning and design, was willing to help us modify our Keep Reading…

How To: Setting Up Your Kitchen for Maximum Efficiency

October 17, 2012 | No Comments »

Here’s a great article on kitchen efficiency and how to design your kitchen for maximum convenience! It explains the concept of the “Kitchen Work Triangle” and how this general rule can help your kitchen be more comfortable and easier to work in. How to Set Up a Kitchen Work Triangle Houzz- Kitchen Remodel, Bathroom Remodel Keep Reading…

Great Screened-In Porch Idea

October 5, 2012 | No Comments »

This is an example of a fantastic screened-in porch! It was hard to say goodbye to the warm nights of summer but a great screened-in porch lets you enjoy the outdoors a little longer. Enjoy the crisp autumn air with family and friends over brunch or a cozy dinner. The pillows on the swing are Keep Reading…

Sneak Peek: Addition in Manassas, VA

September 28, 2012 | No Comments »

Lensis Builders is happy to be jumping right into the Fall season with many wonderful projects. One of our current projects is an addition located in Manassas. We have taken a few photos to update our customers and benchmark our progress. These photos also display the enormous transformations remodeling can produce. The first phase of Keep Reading…

Need Some Inspiration?

September 26, 2012 | No Comments »

If there is one thing that is sure to inspire, it is before and after pictures. Before and after pictures of baths, kitchens and additions show a range of possibilities. Different styles and sizes are shown in this article, which has 40+ before and after examples. You are sure to find something that will help Keep Reading…

Remodeling = Return on Investment

September 21, 2012 | No Comments »

Not only can remodeling help to create a better environment for your family, but it also increases the value of your home. Here’s a great infographic from RemodelCrazy.com that explains the value increases you can expect from different remodeling projects. For more great information, here is a link to their original blog post: Remodeling ROI Keep Reading…

How To: Turning Your Basement Into a Great Office

September 19, 2012 | No Comments »

Here is another Houzz.com article with some great advice on turning that unused basement into a great office. They show some really great examples for some major inspiration. How to Turn Your Basement Into an Office Houzz- Kitchen Remodel, Bathroom Remodel and More »

The Kitchen is the New Living Room

September 18, 2012 | No Comments »

This article from Family Disney points out just how integral the kitchen is to the home. We all spend so much time in the kitchen, it should be full of things we really need and want. We all know the importance of great, safe appliances that get the job done. But what about often overlooked Keep Reading…

The 4 Things Home Buyers Really Want in Kitchen Cabinetry

September 17, 2012 | No Comments »

Another great article from Houzz.com! The 4 Things Home Buyers Really Want in Kitchen Cabinetry Houzz- Kitchen Remodel, Bathroom Remodel and More »

Finished Basement in Fairfax, VA

September 13, 2012 | No Comments »

We recently finished this great basement located in Fairfax, VA. This project was a complete overhaul and the result is a totally new atmosphere to play, explore hobbies and relax. This basement features a bathroom, two entrances from the backyard pool area and multiple large storage closets. There is also a wet bar for entertaining Keep Reading…

Master Bathroom with Beautiful Closet in Haymarket, VA

September 12, 2012 | No Comments »

Here are some photographs of a stunning master bathroom we completed in Haymarket, VA. This spacious bathroom has tons of storage and double sinks. The closet area that connects the bathroom with the master bedroom has been remodeled with both organization and style in mind. One side of the closet area has 2 large closets Keep Reading…

Beautiful Kitchen in Fairfax, VA

September 6, 2012 | No Comments »

Here are some photos of a kitchen we completed in Fairfax, Virginia. This kitchen looks gorgeous and mixes convenience with great design. The best part is that the clients love it and find it more and more useful as time goes on. Click on the photos below to check out the rest of the Kitchens Keep Reading…

How To: Choosing Countertop and Cabinet Finishes

August 29, 2012 | No Comments »

We just found this great Houzz.com article that explains how to choose kitchen countertop and cabinet finishes. Having so many options is wonderful but can get a little overwhelming at times. Click here to get valuable advice on those essential kitchen decisions! 3 Steps to Choosing Kitchen Finishes Wisely Houzz- Kitchen Remodel, Bathroom Remodel and Keep Reading…

Two Room Addition in Manassas, VA

August 27, 2012 | No Comments »

Here are some new photos of a past project in Manassas, VA. We added two rooms to this home which now serve as a home gym and sunroom. Since we completed this addition, the homeowners have added beautiful landscaping. The landscaping creates a space that seems worlds away from the hustle and bustle of Manassas. Keep Reading…

Finish That Basement!

August 23, 2012 | No Comments »

Are you ready to turn your unfinished basement into a great space for entertaining and relaxation? Here is a great article with some good advice on contractors, planning and financing! Click here to read the article now!

How To: Working With a Remodeler

August 22, 2012 | No Comments »

Thinking of remodeling? This Houzz.com article provides great insight in choosing and working with a remodeling company. How to Work With a Remodeler Houzz- Kitchen Remodel, Bathroom Remodel and More » Browse Outdoor Products on Houzz- For Example: Bird Feeders · House Numbers · Outdoor Fountains · Outdoor Playsets · Outdoor Rugs · Outdoor Swingsets · Outdoor Tables · Swimming Pools And Spas ·

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August 21, 2012 | No Comments »

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Gorgeous Finished Basement in Manassas, VA

August 15, 2012 | No Comments »

We just completed a gorgeous basement in Manassas that is perfect for entertaining. This basement features a wet bar, media room, bathroom and tool room. It is spacious enough to also include room for a pool table and 10 player poker table! This was one of our favorite projects to work on and we are Keep Reading…

Master Bathroom in Manassas, VA

August 9, 2012 | No Comments »

Here are some pictures of a recently completed Master Bathroom in Manassas, Virginia. Double doors swing open to reveal a spacious and beautiful bathroom. A very unique layout offers functionality with a focus on relaxation! There are two separate vanities with matching mirrors and light fixtures. The toilet is in a smaller room within the Keep Reading…

Two Car Garage Addition in Woodbridge, VA

July 27, 2012 | No Comments »

We are happy to announce that we just completed a garage in Woodbridge, VA! The 2 car garage fits in beautifully with the home and everyone involved is excited about the final product. To see more photos of our addition projects go to our Additions and Remodeling gallery by clicking the photos below!     Keep Reading…

We are now on Houzz!

June 11, 2012 | No Comments »

We are very happy to announce we have recently joined Houzz.com. Houzz.com is a dynamic, image-driven collection of everything and anything related to home design. You can browse by style and space or search for products and brands. Wondering how remodeling could improve your home? Stop by our page over at http://www.houzz.com/pro/lensisbuilders to get inspired Keep Reading…

Beautiful Sunroom Addition in Fairfax, VA

May 16, 2012 | No Comments »

Here are some photographs of a completed sunroom addition located in Fairfax, Virginia. The windows, plants, lighting and beautiful decorating all come together to create a very cozy and relaxing atmosphere. This sunroom is connected to the kitchen and family room, with a door leading out to the deck which overlooks the pool area. This Keep Reading…

Patio and Deck Ideas for Summer

May 8, 2012 | No Comments »

Now that the weather is getting warmer, it is time to head outdoors! Many of us will take advantage of the weather by spending time with friends and family at picnics and barbecues or simply enjoying a cup of coffee on a sunny patio. Would you like to host a fun get-together in your backyard? Keep Reading…

Gorgeous Kitchen in Vienna, VA

April 9, 2012 | No Comments »

We are very happy to report that we have recently completed a beautiful kitchen project in Vienna, Virginia. We are excited and proud to show you the stunning results! This kitchen includes Maple Yorktowne cabinetry, granite countertops, a Moen Vestige faucet and a Blanco undermount sink. This kitchen also features new recessed lights, under cabinet Keep Reading…

Sneak Peek: Garage in Manassas, VA

March 29, 2012 | No Comments »

Here are some photo updates on one of our current projects. This two car garage is being built in Manassas, VA and will make a beautiful addition to this home. One important aspect of adding a garage, or any other addition, is to make sure it is in balance with the existing structure of the Keep Reading…

A+! Our Better Business Bureau Rating

March 21, 2012 | No Comments »

The Better Business Bureau is a public service that helps to promote ethical business practices by informing individuals of the quality of local businesses. Their goal is to create a better community by encouraging fair practices and trust between businesses and consumers. BBB Accredited Businesses are proud to be involved with the BBB because they Keep Reading…

Lensis Builders earns the Angie’s List Super Service Award!

March 6, 2012 | No Comments »

We have been awarded the Angie’s List Super Service Award! Angie’s List presents this award to all businesses that have maintained a superior service rating. Only 5% of businesses on Angie’s List meet these requirements. We reached our goal of happy clients and exceptional results in 2011 and we will be working hard throughout 2012 Keep Reading…

Happy 17th Year in Business!

January 19, 2012 | No Comments »

Happy 17th Year in Business! 2012 marks our 17th year in business. What an achievement! We would like to thank our wonderful clients, community and staff for making each year an exciting and fulfilling endeavor. We are ready to take on 2012 and are looking forward to many more years of successful projects and happy Keep Reading…

Sneak Peek: Addition in McLean, VA

January 6, 2012 | No Comments »

Here is yet another update on one of our current addition projects! This addition is in McLean, VA and consists of multiple new rooms, hallway and an expanded closet. The main level of the addition features a large family room with a row of windows which lets a ton of light in. This room will Keep Reading…

Sneak Peek: Second Story Addition in Herndon, VA

January 3, 2012 | No Comments »

Happy New Year to all of our visitors and customers! We hope your holidays were relaxing and filled with fun. We have been keeping very busy with projects throughout the winter season and right into the New Year. One of our current projects is a second story addition in Herndon. This addition features 3 bedrooms, Keep Reading…

Home Addition in Centreville, VA

October 28, 2011 | No Comments »

Fall is in full swing and Lensis Builders, Inc. is keeping busy with many new projects. We’ve just uploaded new photos of a current addition project in Centreville, VA. This project is coming along beautifully and we are excited to show you our progress. I’ve included a sneak peek of this project below. You can Keep Reading…

Ask The Remodeler!

September 12, 2011 | No Comments »

We know you have a ton of questions regarding remodeling. There are important questions that need to be answered throughout  the remodeling process. Whether you have questions about designing, construction or ways to make your home more energy efficient, you have come to the right place. We now have a page where you can ask Keep Reading…

Welcome!

September 2, 2011 | No Comments »

Welcome! Welcome to our newly renovated website and thank you for stopping by! Our new website boasts many new features and information. We’ve added galleries devoted to different remodeling projects that show potential customers and visitors beautiful examples of our work. For your convenience, we’ve listed some key pages and features that are not to Keep Reading…

VA Home Efficiency Rebate Program

August 30, 2011 | No Comments »

VA Incentives NEW: Home Efficiency Rebate Program To Open on June 20, 2011 Summary: Because of unclaimed and unreserved funds remaining from the first two rounds of the Energy Efficiency Rebate Program, approximately $5 million will be available for a new Virginia Home Efficiency Rebate Program to make existing homes more energy efficient. Energy efficiency Keep Reading…

Come visit our showroom!

August 26, 2011 | No Comments »

Sometimes, simply viewing pictures of kitchens and bathrooms just isn’t enough for you to truly discover how you feel about a certain color or faucet. Come to our showroom in Manassas, VA to see a wide variety of examples up close. At our showroom you can compare and contrast, weigh your options and talk it over Keep Reading…

Let’s change the way we build!

August 26, 2011 | No Comments »

Why do we need to change the way we build? We need to change the way we build because we need to make our homes safe, comfortable, more efficient, healthier to live in and much more durable. Many of our homes do not work well due to the lack of basic building science physics of Keep Reading…

The Case for Green Building

August 25, 2011 | No Comments »

The Case for Green Building This segment will show how building science principles fit into the growing trend toward green building. Participants will learn that the same measure taken to improve energy efficiency and building durability are recognized by the leading green building programs. Applying Building Science to Green Building Programs Green Building Programs Engineered Keep Reading…

What about Mechanical Systems and Conditioning the Indoors?

August 25, 2011 | No Comments »

What about Mechanical Systems and Conditioning the Indoors? This portion provides everyone with important information about properly sizing and selecting heating, cooling, ventilation and hot water heating systems. With better envelope insulation, air sealing and better windows, furnaces and AC units can get smaller. Equipment options and advancements will be shown that will allow builders Keep Reading…

Our 5-Star Remodeling Services

August 25, 2011 | No Comments »

Here at Lensis Builders, we use a 5-Star system. Each star represents another point of our services that sets us apart from other companies. Please click here to read an in-depth description of each star and learn why Lensis Builders is the top choice for your designing and building projects. *STAR 1 – No Sales People *STAR Keep Reading…

High Performance Homes Include…

August 25, 2011 | No Comments »

What are the elements of a high performance home? Tight Construction Improved Insulation Systems High Performance Windows Efficient Heating & Cooling Equipment Tight Ducts (Heating & Cooling Distribution) Efficient Water Heating Intentional Ventilation Effective Lighting & Energy Efficient Appliances High Performance Homes Meet the Definition of “Green Buildings”

What about Foundations?

August 24, 2011 | No Comments »

This segment will cover a thorough review of the physics of foundations and how to make them work better. Given homeowners’ expectations for more livable basements it is important for builders to turn those cold, dark, damp storage spaces into warm, dry living space. Appropriate water management strategies, insulation alternatives and advanced foundation alternatives should Keep Reading…

Changing the Building Process

August 22, 2011 | No Comments »

This segment of the Houses That Work program will show how to take advantage of building science principles to find more cost effective methods of building–including alternative building systems. Changing the Building Process Who will be responsible for change Who needs training Creating a plan to move forward will enable you to have a home Keep Reading…