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The NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) has just published their predictions for the “Top 10 Kitchen trends” of 2016. They have based their predictions on popular trends from 2015 that they think will continue to increase in popularity over the upcoming year. Here at Merrick we have found that most of these trends are right…read more


The word “process” has a bad rap. “Creativity,” on the other hand, sounds exciting and free. Yet, when bound together, these two efforts make a beautiful marriage.   They balance and support each other and make for smooth, yet exciting remodeling projects. Don’t we all long for that?   During the next several months, we’ll…read more

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Does that sound like your kitchen? Then ask yourself these questions to redesign a Beautifully Wonderful and Delightful Kitchen for the next Holiday Season. Although your kitchen made it through Thanksgiving, it’s time for those Hanukkah Latkes, followed by the Christmas Goose, Kwanzaa Mazoa, and many more of your family’s traditional holiday favorites.  It seems…read more

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Follow these simple 9 steps to an easy worry free bath remodel Find your Design Style What do you want your new bathroom to look like, traditional or more contemporary? What specific elements do you like, mosaic tile, antique brass fixtures, or maybe a free standing vanity? Creating an idea book on (free membership) is…read more

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Don’t rip your hair out, let Merrick’s Handyman team help you get organized this season. Starting with this list! 1. Give your entry a face lift Replace your front door. It’s the first thing your guests see and a new door will help to keep out the winter drafts. An added bonus, replacing your entry…read more

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Be Sneaky!   Contact a licensed reputable Design Build team, like Merrick Design and Build, Inc., via email or telephone. Meet with your design team during regular business hours 9-5, Monday through Friday. At this time your family should be conveniently occupied with other activities.   Develop a plan! This will be easier than it…read more

Occasionally homeowners change their minds and sometimes Designers make mistakes. After all, each of us is human! But when that happens, Merrick is usually left with an extra fixture. They clutter up our warehouse and dig into our cash flow. So bi-annually we donate these items to Community Forklift, a local non-profit organization that helps to recycle construction…read more

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The Pros and Cons of This Popular Design Feature By: Neil Parsons If your browse the Internet for just a few minutes, you can find some absolutely stunning bathroom designs that use river rock pebbles. They’re a great way to emphasize the connection to nature, they can be used in connection with rustic, as well as…read more

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A Detailed Guide to Kitchen Cabinets by: Addie Merrick-Phang If you are looking into a kitchen remodel you may have done one of two things; scanned through ideas on the internet or visited a cabinet showroom. More than likely you have encountered fancy terms that are challenging to comprehend. Who has ever heard of a European…read more


It is All About the Work Zones! by Addie Merrick-Phang    The standard in kitchen planning has been “The Triangle” for decades, and it has served us well! Keeping the placement of the fridge, sink and cook top just a pivot away has cut down on foot traffic in kitchens without most chefs even realizing…read more