Silver Spring

Residents of Silver Spring love the inside the Beltway lifestyle. While outsiders may think that Silver Spring is just another DC Suburb, insiders know that Silver Spring has a life all its own. We are more than just a bedroom community – with a downtown, festivals, parks.

 Its diverse neighborhoods on the end of the District have made Silver Spring a real estate gold mine. Four Corners and Woodmoor give residents the classic suburban charm. If modern living is more your thing, you will find it in The Blairs. Silver Spring has something for everyone.

As a local business, Merrick understands the value area residents place on our homes. Our homes present a picture of who we are. A quick change or a complete transformation can bring enjoyment and value to our house – and isn’t that what we all want?


Kitchen remodels are the most common improvement that homeowners choose. A kitchen can be completely redone or carefully updated. Budget and time can affect the scale and scope of the project. Regardless of time and budget, quality is non-negotiable.

Merrick’s experience in kitchen remodeling means we listen to what you want and work hard to exceed your expectations while staying within budget. Updating cabinets, installing an island, and opening up the space can transform your kitchen.

Bath Remodeling

Bathroom remodeling is a close second to kitchen remodeling – and for a good reason. We live in our homes longer, and our tastes and needs change over time. A couple’s needs in a bathroom can vary drastically from a family’s needs. Changes in age and health can make bathroom layout and accessibility an immediate concern.

These changes, known as Aging in Place, are often common sense modifications that can make the bathroom more usable for anyone. Some common modifications include:

  • Open the floor space to decrease obstruction

  • Improve lighting

  • Expand doorway width

  • Accessible showers or tubs

If you are ready to create a space that works for you, call us for a design consultation.

Home Repair and Handyman Services

Is there anything better than spending all weekend catching up on jobs around the house? Especially after a long week at work. Most people would prefer to spend their weekends relaxing and spending time with family and friends.

True, repairs are part of homeownership, and, yes, if you fix a problem early it can save you money down the line. Knowing something doesn’t always inspire us to do it. And why should it? Merrick can take care of those little jobs around the house that you’ve needed to get to but can’t find the time.

Sandy's family loved their Silver Spring home but wanted more gathering area. Adding wood beams, a stone fireplace and cathedral ceilings created a cozy space.
Joe's kitchen is a classic U-shape.  This project updated the cabinets, improved layout, and even worked in peninsula seating -- without adding any square footage.
Anne wanted a larger, open space. The kitchen and dining room were opened up, and the old mudroom was remodeled into extra living space.

See what Merrick Design and Build Silver Spring Clients have to Say

Are you ready to turn your house into your dream home? Merrick’s team of professionals is available to help you reclaim your home. We are locally owned and operated, with than 30 years of experience. We offer a 100% guarantee on all of our services. Call our Maryland office at 301-686-7323, or use our online contact form to send us a note.

Merrick Design & Build, Inc. has helped me renovate practically my entire house, both internally and externally, and I could not be more thrilled with the result. They have been true partners helping me implement my vision and actually improving on it. The process and construction were always smooth and when issues did arise, they resolved them quickly and effectively. They are true professionals and I do not hesitate to recommend them.

Alisha H.


We could not be happier with the workmanship and professionalism that Merrick devoted to our recent renovation. Their work is expensive, but we have found that the cost is definitely worthwhile. In the past, we’ve had very disappointing experiences with other contractors who cost less but made mistakes with great future cost consequences. Merrick, however, does the job right, with great care, and so it will last. We highly recommend Merrick for your renovation needs.



While Merrick hasn’t yet begun the work (it should commence in June of 2013) we wanted to write a review of the design process that we began a year ago with Lindsay. Lindsay is, with all sincerity, the sweetest, most honest, and most professional person we’ve ever encountered in the home improvement realm. We cannot imagine working with anyone else. In fact, my wife and I were so compelled to work with her we decided it would be a waste of time to get additional bids. Lindsay has, over the course of the design process, taken every one of our unusual requests with patience and consistently found a way to make them work in order achieve the effect we’re after. There was no curve ball she didn’t crush and no email she didn’t respond to and absorb. We’ve been blown away at her ability to track and integrate every single one of our off-handed requests and rapid-fire emails. She oozes a level of competence and attention to detail you just don’t expect to encounter these days. We strongly encourage anyone looking to work with a design-build firm to begin and end their search with Lindsay @ Merrick

Luke C.


Merrick completed a large renovation project for our split level home to include a new and larger first level with a new kitchen, dining room, family room with a stone fireplace and screened porch. The project went very smoothly from the design phase through completion of construction and was delivered prior to the date promised and within budget. We lived in the house during the construction with far less than expected disruption. Everyone in the construction crew was very professional, knowledgable and considerate of our needs and even went the extra mile to be sure our dog was not disrupted too much each day while we were at work. We received frequent updates on the status of the project from the foreman and always knew who to expect to be working at our house each day. The finished product exceeded our expectations in every way and we highly recommend Merrick Design Build .



Merrick Design Build is one of the best design build firms in the area. Their service is excellent as is their insallation work. I am proud to recommend them for any project in your home.

LindaRose P.


Merrick Design & Build, Inc have done 3 major jobs for me. 1. Finished my walkout basement as a gameroom, and bar with integrated sound system, high end job. Done by Mike Pirrone, who at that time was independent, but works for Merrick now and had previously. Completed in 2004 2. Designed and built a large screened in porch with skylights and wrap around outer deck, and large patio underneath. Designed and supervised by Mike Pirrone and Brian Eberhart. Completed in 2010. 3. Designed and built large stepped walled terrace to prevent erosion of yard that had been occurring for several years. Designed and supervised by Mike Pirrone. Completed in 2013. These jobs are all excellent and of high quality; we repeatedly get compliments from anyone that visits on all 3 jobs. Merrick does very good work, they are not inexpensive; but they do very high quality work with attention to detail that most people wouldn’t think of. I believe they have pictures of these jobs, and they are welcome to show them.

Henry M.


My family and I had an awesome experience with Merrick. We were looking to do a complex job of combining two condo units, including remodeling one and living in the other while the work was going on. The job required lots of planning and thinking through design, engineering and cost details to fit our desires to the building’s reality and our budget. Merrick worked with us through several iterations of developing our plans, including several online conversations and joint design sessions while we were located outside the Washington area. The company’s workers were fastidiously clean and detail-oriented. Their follow-up since the work was completed has been excellent. I have enthusiastically recommended them to friends and neighbors.

M. Hankey


I had considered adding garage space to my house for over ten years and finally decided to move forward with the project after meeting David of Merrick Design and Build. I told him my two main requirements were to get as big a garage as I could on my property and that curb appeal was paramount. He worked with me through the design process and incorporated my desires into the designs. I am very pleased with the quality of work and attention to detail that shows in the finished addition. Oh, I forgot to mention, the project included a fabulous new master suite, driveway and what my neighbors call a garage terrace (granite look retaining walls with flower beds). The project took a bit longer than I expected, but well worth the wait.

Ritchie D.


Merrick Design and Build turned our small kitchen that lacked function and style into a functional space that is beautifully designed. They removed a wall between the dining room and kitchen and reconfigured the kitchen from L-shape to u-shape. The end result is a kitchen that feels twice a big, very open, and has plenty of storage. The quality of craftsmanship is excellent. Thank you Merrick for our fabulous kitchen that exceeded our expectations!



I would highly recommend Merrick, based on our experience. From project start to finish, Merrick’s staff was responsive, thorough and conscientious. In particular, Merrick was highly attentive to our project’s budget and timeline, and kept the work on track despite a few change orders. The cost-estimates and billings were very transparent — I knew what I was paying for. I would be very comfortable hiring Merrick for another job or recommending the firm to friends and neighbors. I definitely believe that Merrick’s work added value to our home. I would also note that subsequent to the job, we have sought recommendations from Merrick for a few small projects around the house. In both instances, we have been highly impressed with the work of the contractors Merrick recommended.

Michael H.


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Owner Dave Merrick Answers Your Questions About Home Remodeling

Is it worth the investment to upgrade to fiber cement siding in Silver Spring?

Fiber cement siding is a quality upgrade that always looks beautiful; however, the cost for this upgrade is not always worthwhile. The best way to make this decision for your home is to decide how long you will be living there. If the answer is 10 + years go for it. Fiber cement holds up better than vinyl over time.

Can I include farmhouse details in my Silver Spring remodel without blowing my budget

Design details are what make a project your home. The biggest advantage of working with a design-build company is that you can explore the costs of your remodel during the design phase. While we conduct your feasibility study to pinpoint your budget we can weigh the cost of extra details, like a farmhouse sink or rustic beams, against the overall budget to determine what we can splurge on and where it would be best to hold back.

Are there any concerns with pulling a building permit in Silver Spring?

The most frequent hurtle we experience when pulling a permit in Silver spring is Trees in the public right of way. If you do not have a driveway with a curb break you will need a separate right of way permit. This will grant your contractor permission to cross the public right of way with their equipment. If there are any trees in the right of way the county will send out an arborist to provide instructions on how to protect the tree(s).

Did You Know?

Silver Spring got its name from a stream in what is now Acorn Park.  Mica was discovered there in 1840.

Silver Spring was also the inspiration for the TV Show The Wonder Years. Series creator Carol Black grew up in the city’s White Oak section.

We love Silver Spring!

Silver Spring is listed as one of the best places to live in Maryland year after year. If you love the feel of urban living, you can’t beat Silver Spring.

Ready to get started on your dream home? Call (301) 686-7378 today!