Making the Most of Unused Space in Your Northern Virginia Home

October 05, 2017 | 0 Comments »

We’ve blogged about making use of ALL the unused space in your home in the past – but have you ever thought about turning your attic into usable living space? A guest room? A media room? A study? 

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Siding Options your Northern Virginia Remodel

October 03, 2017 | 0 Comments »

Have you been thinking about replacing your exterior siding, or are you considering adding an addition to your home, but are unsure of which siding product to choose?

Knowing the pros and cons of exterior siding options can be an invaluable resource when it comes time to make that decision! Take a look below to see which exterior siding choice is best for your home remodel!

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Key Elements to Designing your Northern Virginia Patio

September 28, 2017 | 0 Comments »

As we head into the Fall season, with the weather becoming considerably more comfortable outside, it's time to think about your outdoor patio space. Most customers think that having their patio done in the summertime is the best time to remodel an outdoor space, but the reality is that that's what everyone else is thinking and most companies are overwhelmed with requests! By planning your outdoor patio space in the Fall, it allows you more time with your designer and the opportunity to have the work done well before the cold air of winter blows in. 

Take a look at these different types of patio materials to decide what best fits in within your design plan, budget and style. 

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Kid Friendly Design in your Northern Virginia Remodel

September 25, 2017 | 0 Comments »

Have you been wanting to remodel your kitchen or potentially add an addition, but are looking for a way to incorporate all of the items that come along with raising children? Take a peak at some of the ways you can incorporate kid friendly design into your remodel. 

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Range Hood Design for your Northern Virginia Home

September 19, 2017 | 0 Comments »

Choosing a range hood is an opportunity to create a dramatic focal point in your kitchen — or, if you go for a subtler style, a way to support the overall look of your kitchen. With the potential styles of range hoods — from oversize to barely there — nearly limitless, it’s helpful to know some basics so that you get the range hood right. 

First, it’s important to remember that a range hood is a kitchen appliance, with an important job to do. Read on for a summary of what you need to know about power, noise and sizing before you pick a model. And then we’ll look at some fun range hood options to fit a variety of decor styles. 

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Baking Up Some Fun In Your Northern Virginia Kitchen

September 14, 2017 | 0 Comments »

As much as it pains me to see the pool season end, it looks like Fall is creeping up on us. The long, sunny days will soon be replaced with cooler temps and falling leaves. Fall always makes me think of pumpkin bread (slathered in butter, of course), chocolate chip cookies, pecan pie, brownies…. OK, so basically anything sweet, yummy, and fresh out of the oven. The good news for those bitten by the “Baker’s Bug” is that many cabinet companies have a wide array of cabinetry, accessories, and add-ons to make the perfect Kitchen for a Home Owner who loves baking.

Our favorite cabinet line, Yorktowne Cabinetry, ( does not disappoint with several choices a baker would LOVE in their new Kitchen. Here are the three most popular - which one is your favorite?

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Northern Virginia- Kitchen Countertop Selection Guide-2017

September 12, 2017 | 0 Comments »

When it comes to choosing countertops for your kitchen, there are advantages and disadvantages to each material. There is no "correct" choice, but there are ways to determine which type of countertop is right for you and your home. In this guide, we found several of the most frequent countertop choices and outlined their pros and cons, as well as their price ranges. So whether your priorities are around design and aesthetics, practicality, or price, there is diversity in the types of countertops you can choose for your kitchen.

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Moving Into the Design Phase Of Your Addition Or Remodeling Project

September 08, 2017 | 0 Comments »

So you’ve selected a Design/Build firm for your home addition or remodeling project, and it’s time to move into the “design phase”. It might seem like a daunting task, and you may not completely understand what this actually involves. However; it’s the most important part of your project – the planning and design.

At Lensis Builders, we like to tell our clients that we’ll be designing their project “with them”. Even though we’re the ones working with the CAD program, it’s still a very interactive process. It has to be. It’s YOUR home, and no one knows how you use it and want it to ideally be for your family better than YOU.

So what can you expect when you’ve signed off on a design proposal for your project? With our firm, you would have been given an “Opinion of Probable Cost” with your design proposal – which is essentially a rough estimate range we will work toward while designing your project. Our design fee is 3% of the total estimated cost, and is credited toward the cost of our construction – so you’ll see it come right off the top of your official construction proposal. But let’s put the horse before the cart. We can’t do an official construction proposal based on no design, and no finish materials selected. We want to take step one – which is to start planning and designing every detail of the improvements.

What is included with a set of architectural drawings? What do they look like? Will I be able to see what it looks like in 3D?

Our designs provide excellent visual communication, to include a detailed, 3D design model. They also include an “existing layout” page - which details your existing home as is for comparison, a “proposed layout” page – which shows our idea for the new floorplan and/or addition, “perspectives” of the existing layout and proposed layout, “elevations” of any cabinetry or architectural features, and of course everyone’s favorite part – “3D full color views” of how the proposed space will look if you were standing in the room.

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Recently Completed Project – Detached Garage in Oakton VA

August 30, 2017 | 0 Comments »

Seems like everyone wants and needs more storage space at their homes, and garages are definitely one of our most popular addition requests. How many of us actually have two cars in a two car garage? Or is a “one car, one lawnmower, four bikes, one weed-whacker, six lawn chairs, thirteen pool noodles, two trashcans, a snow-blower, and sixteen boxes of holiday decorations” scenario more familiar?

We recently designed and built a gorgeous detached, two car garage in the Northern Virginia town of Oakton – and the Home Owners couldn’t be happier with the final results.

One of the biggest challenges with a garage addition, whether it’s attached or detached, is aesthetically tying it in perfectly to the existing home. No one wants to drive up to a beautiful home with what appears to be a boring, unappealing box slapped on. With this Oakton garage, a lot of attention was paid to the details that make it a perfect match for the beautiful home.

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Northern Virginia-Porch Remodel Before & After

August 29, 2017 | 0 Comments »

This time of year is perfect for remodeling your outdoor space with a covered porch, a screened in porch, or a combination of both! As the seasons begin to change and the weather starts to cool down, taking advantage of the outdoors is on everyone’s mind. We recently completed a screened in porch addition at a client’s home in Vienna, VA. The results were amazing! Take a peak below to see the stunning transformation! 

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