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Home improvement in Montgomery County and NW Washington, DC

Secret Kitchen

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

thresholdless shower

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

Home owner & contractor meeting

What you need to review with your Contractor before construction begins by Addie Merrick-Phang   A remodel can, at the very least, be stressful. At its worst it can be a complete nightmare but there’s good news, it does not have to be! Having open communication with your contractor from the very start will eliminate…read more

red oven

A 1920 DC Bungalow Before and After By, Addie Merrick-Phang   Not everyone is dying to take on a fixer upper, but Jarid’s 1920’s Bungalow in NW DC wasn’t just any old house. This home had been passed down from generation to generation. His childhood memories centered around the home and he wanted his children…read more

home owners DIY fail

“The Highs and Lows of the 3 Most Popular DIY projects for your Remodel” DIY, or Do-It-Yourself, is a popular approach that is sweeping the renovating industry. Like most things, DIY projects have their positive highs and the negative lows. The DIY trend is motivating and encouraging many homeowners to take action and improve their…read more


10 Things You Need to Know About Cambria Maintenance Cambria backs each surface with a lifetime warranty. For customer support contact: 1-866-CAMBRIA Maintaining Cambria counter tops is easy. Simply wash with a soft cotton cloth and warm water, using a mild soap if desired. Facts about Cambria Cambria is pure natural quartz. Variation in the…read more


“What to Expect When you are Expecting to Remodeling” Remodeling projects seem to have some common high and low points for many owners. If you are a seasoned remodeling veteran, you may already know what to expect and may not need to read this letter. If you have not lived through a remodeling project before, however,…read more