When Kent Baake isn't scaling rock formations in Yosemite or shooting for another world record in roadskating, the Metro Gutter & Home Services, Inc. founder can often be found devising energy-efficient ways to protect clients' rooftops, doing everything from sealing leaks to repairing gutters. Baake began the company in 1989, taking on each gutter job with only one truck and one ladder. His crew has since expanded, and the trucks have hatched eggs of their own, resulting in a fleet that carries the exterior specialists to counties throughout Virginia, Maryland, and DC. While restoring damaged home exteriors or preparing houses for harsh seasons, the team cleans, repairs, and replaces roofing, gutters, siding, windows, and doors. They also offer attic ventilation and insulation, as well as home energy audits, weatherization, and solar design services.
You can’t blame Gust Renovations’ pros for not knowing where to start when they set foot in a house with broken sinks, peeling walls, and chipped floors. That’s because the workers specialize in just about every facet of home renovation, from repairing plumbing problems to constructing outdoor sheds for storing mattress receipts. With 30 years of experience, the renovation veterans also paint walls, remodel bathrooms, and power-wash grimy siding.
Owners Timothy Foster and Simone Davey bring more than 20 years of brush-wrangling experience to their roles as leaders of Tim’s Tidy Touch Painting, guiding their team with the know-how that helped them win the Best of Alexandria award in the U.S. Commerce Association's 2011 Painting Contractors category. Guided by a philosophy devoted to open communication, surpassed expectations, and highly personalized service, team members help homeowners select the most flattering colors and cloak interior and exterior surfaces in new hues with detail-oriented execution. Though painting is Tim’s Tidy Touch Painting's specialty, the team’s home-mending services include remodeling, repair, and re-sewing the giant buttons that attach houses to lawns.
When it comes to keeping your home clean, there's only so much you can do alone. After the sinks have been scrubbed and the pile of laundry has been conquered, there may still be dust lurking somewhere sinister—in the vents that run through your home. Thankfully, that's where All Services Pro comes in. The family-owned company's licensed technicians have an average of 10 years of experience, so they know exactly what to do when they come across dust, mold, and ghostly apparitions. Their job only just begins inside the walls, though. After they're done removing allergens and particles, they can head outside to pressure-wash the exterior, clean the chimney, and remove leaves from gutters.
The team at Platinum Touch Design Studio, Inc. advises just as expertly on residential designs as it does on office layouts. The services run the gamut from plans for these types of spaces to more specific advice on window treatments, upholstery, and furniture choices.
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.