The word oikos means “house” in ancient Greek, a fitting namesake for Oiko Systems, LLC, whose coowner Nikos is a 4th-generation contractor and native Greek himself. While Nikos’s family tends to a museum standing amid the ancient battleground of Thermopylae, he and coowner Maria ensure modern houses stand the test of time through home-improvement and remodeling services. The insured technicians specialize in everything from basement finishing and drywall installation to painting rooms to cover crayon renditions of The School of Athens by precocious toddlers.
DreamHome Remodeling's insured and experienced technicians work to create home improvements that help homeowners obtain their ideal living spaces. They offer a variety of replacement windows, ranging from sliding, to picture, to basement. They also install energy-saving attic insulation, garage doors, siding, roofing, and gutters. Additionally, they boast an on-site response within 24-hours to any problems present with their products or installations.
Sleek hardwood floors. An earth-toned tile backsplash. A stone fireplace that matches the stone floor of a refinished basement. These are just a few of the many customized remodeling options that Lofft Construction Inc. offers up to its customers. It does so by working directly with architects and each client to design new additions, update a kitchen, or make a basement a livable space for the family members who aren't ghosts.
The approach has paid off. In addition to making customers happy, the company has racked up awards, including the COTY Contractor of the Year Award in 2009, 2011, and 2013. It also gives back to the community, donating unused building materials to Habitat for Humanity and hosting meal nights to feed those without homes.
The trio of seasoned tour guides understands that being a guide is more than just being able to carry a microphone and CDL driver’s license with style. Being a guide is a great responsibility; it means safeguarding history and passing its great secrets and wisdoms on to others. Whether visiting DC’s iconic structures and memorials in the daylight or evening, they passionately share the stories of the individuals, ideals, and food-based dares that shaped the United States into what it is today. Fueled by the realization that planning a trip to the nation’s capital may be a once in a lifetime experience for some people, they put extra effort into ensuring that experience is as memorable as possible, leading all of their tours in a luxurious 2012 Mercedes bus.
Nestled between bay windows with verdigris awnings, Just Paper & Tea’s bright-red door serves as a cheery invitation to enter the store. Behind the cardinal-hued portal, happy sighs cut through the rustle of paper as patrons riffle through the shop’s hand-picked assortment of stationery accented with custom designs and elegant lettering. Perched at their workstations, calligraphers artfully emblazon blank cards with birth announcements or legally binding grocery lists, and staffers help brides- and grooms-to-be draft up dream wedding invitations. Along with lavish paper wares, Just Paper & Tea’s shelves also brim with a vast selection of teas that call to mind distant landscapes with smoky darjeeling and herbaceous green matcha.