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Paul and Gina Witt’s home had always been snug. This North Potomac, MD property had the usual diminutive rooms and outdated features of a 1950s home, but when their children were small, the couple simply lived with the limited space. In fact, referred to us by friends, they contacted us years ago simply to change out windows and update the exterior.

Now that their boys are teenagers, the Witts decided things inside needed to change as well. “We had these giant kids with their friends over, who just made the house seem so small,” said Gina. “And I love to entertain. When people come over, everybody lives in the kitchen. We just couldn’t accommodate what we wanted to do while we were entertaining.”

We took down three first floor walls and created a cathedral ceiling in the back of the kitchen to open up space. “It has made an amazing difference,” said Gina. “You don’t have that claustrophobic feeling now when you walk in. The kids sit at the kitchen island and do homework while we cook. We have large meals and lots of friends over.”
For the Witts, the cost was less important than a job well done. In between our two projects they had used a less expensive contractor to renovate a bathroom. “The price was lower and that’s what we thought we wanted,” said Gina. “We did not get the quality and consistency of work that we get with DGL. We learned it’s not all about the dollar. You can pay in many other ways.”

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I love to entertain. When people come over, everybody lives in the kitchen. We just couldn’t accommodate what we wanted to do while we were entertaining.”

Gina Witt