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Many families want to renovate several areas of their homes, but often don’t want all the work completed at once. We encourage such clients to create a long-term plan for their remodel. This way, projects are not accomplished piece-meal, and they retain a contiguous, integrated flow once all the work is finished.

Three years ago we were able to provide such a plan to Al and Laurie Mannino of North Potomac, MD. We began by updating three bathrooms in their 1970s home, dry-walling a brick dining room wall, and installing a new mantel, fireplace surround, and custom bookcases. In addition, we updated an old screened-in porch. “The porch was dark and dirty,” Laurie says. “DG Liu closed it in for us, painted it, and installed a better floor. Now we use that space so much more.” She laughs. “And I’m not afraid to go out there anymore.”

This year, the couple was ready to remodel other areas, including a kitchen Laurie describes as “…just awful. It was too small and outdated. We have growing grandchildren and we entertain a lot. So we needed more space.” We gutted the kitchen, and moved a double window to accommodate new cabinets. Granite countertops were put in, along with new lights, backsplash tiles, flooring, appliances, and a new window and island. Laurie remembers the emotional day when she began to see the results. “The first day I came back home and saw they had the cabinets in, I started crying,” she says.

To provide a more luxurious master bedroom suite, we expanded the existing office space over the dining room, and constructed a large walk-in closet with attic access. The extension allowed for a large bath to be built on the back of the house, which featured all new tile flooring, windows, granite countertops, fixtures, and lighting. During the process, we swapped out original plans for a linen closet to add more room to the shower. The result is a walk-in, tile shower with a unique glass brick window and mosaic trim inside. Its creation turned out to be a favorite for Laurie. “I get claustrophobic,” she says, “but not in this huge shower I have now. My two-year-old grandson thought it was a whole extra room.”

Satisfied with their plan’s completion, the Manninos have graciously recommended our company to others. In fact, we just finished a job for some close friends of theirs. Need a plan for your home? Call us!

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“The results are unbelievable. It’s so beautiful. We figure we’ll be in this house another 20, 30 years. And now we have a home that’s absolutely gorgeous.”