Michael Nash

The Whole Deal with Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes

-Liesel Schmidt


With more than three decades backing the name, Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes has become an area leader for home remodels and additions, creating changes that are both functional and beautiful. As their website says, “Our culture has been shaped by the personal needs of local homeowners, who have consistently challenged us to expand our capabilities, and who have, likewise, honored us with their confidence in our ability to satisfy their always-evolving requirements.”

For the owners of a home in Ashburn, those requirements meant changing almost everything about their single-family house, updating the outdated and cramped spaces to meet their needs. The couple had used the team at Michael Nash for previous projects in the bathrooms, and their next step in the multi-phase process was the kitchen. “[The homeowners] felt cramped in the outdated kitchen, and a big closet was taking way too much real estate out of the kitchen space,” says Sonny Nazemian, founder and CEO of Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes. “We removed the load-bearing wall to the adjacent family room in order to expand the kitchen and accommodate a massive island with [a] sink, dishwasher and microwave. The gas line and a new 48” professional stove was relocated to the west wall, where we also installed a long run of floor-to-ceiling cabinetry. The north wall where the closet used to be now houses a large refrigerator and freezer as well as pantry space, along with a double-stacked conventional and steam oven.”

Additional features to the space included wide plank espresso hardwood flooring that flows into the other spaces of the home to unify it, as well as new lighting that includes gorgeous pendant lights hung above the center island. The traffic flow has also been improved, allowing large gatherings. A chevron tile backsplash behind the range adds visual interest to the white space and breaks up the traditional offset pattern of the subway tile. Thick white quartzite countertops finish out the space.

Moving to the master bath, the space was enlarged to accommodate more shower space and a free-standing tub. Floating, wall-mounted vanities with vessel sinks keep the area from feeling cluttered and add sleekness to the space. Large-scale Carrara-look porcelain tiles on the floor and shower walls offer elegance. In the hall bath, a bathtub was converted to a walk-in shower, complete with wood-look porcelain tile and pebble tile flooring.

The backyard was also within the scope of the project. Two feet of land was excavated to allow for a retaining wall bench surrounding a newly-installed patio. A combination of large-scale flagstone and stacked stone gives the space natural beauty.

With so much done to transform the home, there’s little wonder that Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes won awards for the project, including the NARI 2021 Regional CotY Winner Award for Region 2 Southeast for the Entire House Under $250,000 and the 2021 Chrysalis Award for Outdoor Living Under $75K as well as the Whole House Under $300K.