Our Approach

Using a design-build approach, where the same contractor that designs your kitchen renovation builds it, we help ensure your project is as you envisioned from start to finish. This approach drives single-point accountability and eliminates the hassle in identifying and selecting the right designer, builder and tradespeople for your home makeover.

After you determine your budget, we will work with you to make sure you don’t encounter the common financial remodeling and renovating pitfalls that can come with projects. We will help you every step of the way to create an open, inviting and efficient space that you can be proud of.

Our design-build team dedicates their talents to your renovation in a way that makes you stand out from similar houses in your neighborhood and gives you the relaxing, beautiful environment that will add energy to your life.

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We thought that they had the best attitude, the best presentation, and we had no idea when we chose them, how good the were going to be.

June & TerryReston, VA

They took their time and provided their expert guidance to help us navigate our way through making design decisions.

Tina & AndyLeesburg, VA

The communication was impeccable and experience was incredible. Mark and Mina genuinely cared about us and made us feel like we were their most important customer.

Bob & KristieReston, VA

Synergy’s design and construction teams absolutely blew us away with their attention to detail and customer service. It's just the way they work.

Rich & BrookeAshburn, VA

When they say they really want you to be happy with the results of their work, they mean it. Every person on staff was terrific.

Paul & DorisArlington, VA

Our Culture

At Synergy, we’re passionate about ensuring you feel completely cared for throughout your entire experience.

We offer an extraordinary journey crafting beautiful, custom-made spaces. We approach each project with the same set of values:

  • Earn trust
  • Provide remarkable, predictable results
  • Create fun
  • Redefine quality
  • Deliver on time and on budget
  • Leave lasting impressions

If you’re looking for an incredible home remodeling experience that puts you and your happiness above all else, you have found your perfect team.

The Renovation Roadmap

Your Personal Guide to an Exceptional Remodeling Experience

Have you ever wondered why renovations go wrong?

  • Contractor says your kitchen will be completed in three weeks, and two months later there’s still no end in sight…
  • You go with the “less expensive” guy, only to be given a stack of change orders that eventually cost you 40% more than what you agreed to…
  • You feel like your own project manager because no one’s on site everyday to answer the subcontractor’s questions…

We understand that the key to a great customer experience is having a clear pathway and strong synergy between the design AND the construction. We know that when there’s a clear path ahead of you, you can have a stress-free and fun renovating journey and actually Renovate Happy.

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Meet the Team

Mina Fies


Passionate about home renovations, Mina creates spaces that nurture and empower clients through a methodical and holistic approach.

Having worked in the real estate, sales, and design fields since 1994, Mina experienced first-hand the frustration and dissatisfaction of homeowners during the remodeling process. She and her husband developed a unique system (the Renovation Roadmap™), which alleviates frustration by choreographing all aspects of the remodeling process – from concept to completion.

Also a Certified Practitioner of Interior Alignment™ (Instinctive Feng Shui) and Certified Green Professional (CGP), Mina believes understanding and embracing the spaces around us is the key to living healthier, happier, and more environmentally friendly lives.

As the founder and CEO of Synergy Design & Construction, she is responsible for overseeing the design, sales, marketing, and client experience in all aspects of every renovation.

Mina speaks regularly at industry conferences and seminars and has been interviewed for national, local, and online media outlets. As Past President of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Greater DC Chapter, Mina is committed to helping women business owners take their business to the next level.

Mina is a native Virginian who lives and works with her husband in Reston. She enjoys biking, camping, yoga and is an avid writer and golfer – with the accomplishment (luck) of an 83 yard hole-in-one.

Mark Fies

Chief Operating Officer

Mark Fies has brought his extensive expertise in structure and process development into the design and construction industry. Along with his wife, Mina Fies, he helped develop Synergy Design & Construction’s unique model for design, renovations, and new construction.

Mark is no stranger to running a business. Prior to entering the design/build industry, he managed the operations of six multimillion-dollar facilities for two Fortune 500 companies, five of which were new store openings in emerging markets. He has over 18 years in retail management, including process implementation and improvement, employee management, finance, and direct customer relations.

Mark proudly served on the Board of Directors as Chairman of the Board and past President for the metropolitan area’s chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), the only independent national association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry. Mark shares NARI’s focus on professional conduct, continuing education and training, and fair and ethical treatment within the industry. As an authority in the remodeling industry, Mark was also invited to participate in Harvard's Remodeling Futures Program, part of their Joint Center for Housing Studies.

Mark is originally from northeast Pennsylvania, has extensively traveled the East Coast, and now resides with his wife in Reston, Virginia. He is an avid golfer and volunteers his time coaching golf to our area’s Special Olympics athletes.

Nicola Caul Shelley

Director of Sales & Marketing

A self-confessed design and renovation habitué, Nicola experienced a few ‘renovation nightmares’ until she found her partner with Synergy Design & Construction for a main floor and kitchen remodel. The Synergy team impressed her with their commitment to customer service, attention to detail and their “above and beyond” approach. Wind the clock forward several years and she became part of the Synergy team where she works on new client acquisition, marketing and client experience.

Prior to joining Synergy, Nicola worked in private, non-profit, governmental and consulting enterprises and brings with her over twenty years of project and program management experience. She also specializes in the implementation of key strategic programs as well as process design and process improvement. She has a track record of successful delivery of large scale projects and leading multidisciplinary teams.

Originally from Ireland, Nicola previously lived, worked and traveled extensively in Europe, East/South East Asia and North America. Her experiences overseas influence her design aesthetic and gave her an appreciation of seeing the world through a multi-cultural lens. Nicola is now a long-time resident of Reston – a place she moved to nearly twenty years ago “for a few years”. For her, the diversity of the area and the sense of community that Reston’s founder, Robert E. Simon, created and cultivated have truly made it home.

Emily Bickl

Lead Designer, UDCP

With an eye for symmetry and cohesion and a love of space planning, Emily enjoys interpreting people’s desires and creating great-looking spaces. Her personal style is cozy, homey, and fresh, and she loves to add personality to designs with color and light.

Emily plays a key role in Synergy Design & Construction’s pre-construction services including all phases of design and plan development. Responsibilities include taking field measurements and documenting existing conditions, preparation of conceptual floor plans, design development, and 3D renderings. Emily is also a Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) and is skilled in creating accessible spaces for all people, not only to those who wish to age-in-place but also families with special needs and families that are forward thinking.

Emily earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design at Cornell University. Her industry experience began working hands-on for a small home remodeler where she laid tile, hung sheetrock, painted, and constructed decks. After serving several residential and commercial architectural firms performing site surveys, field measurements, drafting, and creating precise construction documents, Emily joined the Synergy team in 2010. Since then, she's been involved in almost all aspects of nearly every renovation project, and has developed a special love for bringing spaces together with effective floorplans and beautiful custom cabinetry.

Emily lives with her husband Josh in Ashburn and enjoys camping, swing dancing, volunteering with her church, and spending time with family and friends in her dual hometowns of Syracuse, NY and Winchester, VA.

Barbara Doyle

Project Coordinator

Barbara grew up in a rural town outside Pittsburgh, PA. She spent much of her free time in the vegetable and flower gardens with her father, in the kitchen with her mother; or later, toiling away at the sewing machine or in the workshop exploring what would become her future passion; design and build. After art and interior design school, she specialized in marble tile and carved marble fixtures, custom artisanal porcelain and one-off designs that established her in the high-end design market to include renovating one of America’s Castles.

Barbara then married the love of her life and spent the next 20 years on a professional adventure that led her across the country learning regional histories, design trends and those subtle cultural design elements that turn a paper design into the embodiment of the client’s needs, wants and personality. She focused on kitchen and bath restoration, remodeling and new construction; from cottage to commercial, one-off designs and even leading design-build teams delivering 1,800 new kitchens per year. These experiences allowed her to master all aspects of design, material selection, importation, manufacturing, product lines, transport, construction and customer service from the East coast through the Midwest. She saw what worked, what didn’t and how to avoid problems while bringing the client’s vision to life.

In 2001, Barbara made Northern Virginia her home, and now lives in Ashburn with her husband. A country girl at heart, Loudoun strikes a hard-to-find balance of history, nature, community and culture. Barbara enjoys spending time in her kitchen baking and cooking, outside playing in the dirt in her flower gardens, taking quiet drives in the country exploring nature, visiting local wineries, and getting together with family and friends.

Liz Hawkins

Client Relations & Office Manager

Liz brings a high level of customer service, marketing, and operational problem solving skills to everything she does. Focused on supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs, Liz has contributed to all aspects of running and growing businesses.

In addition to her experience with startup ventures, brand consulting, and commercial construction management, Liz originated from the world of design and construction. Always having a strong appreciation and love for art, space planning, and problem solving, Liz studied and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. Not only does Liz bring structured, detail-oriented, and organized processes to our business, she also provides another layer of creativity and understanding for interiors and services required for successful projects of any kind.

Liz is originally from North Central Pennsylvania and currently resides in Gainesville with her family.

Matt Offerman

Assistant Project Manager, CRPM

As an experienced carpenter with over 20+ years of specialized carpentry experience, Matt leads our on-site field personnel. His expertise covers many facets of residential and commercial renovations as well as custom woodworking. Matt is responsible for on-site supervision, overseeing our trade partners, and managing and performing many aspects of our carpentry work.

Prior to relocating to Washington DC and joining the Synergy Team, Matt worked for a high-end custom builder in New Jersey. His diverse experience ranges from historic renovations, interior and exterior improvements, to specialty trim, decks, doors, and windows.

Matt resides in Bristow with his wife, two daughters, and frisky but friendly dog, Donner (Boxer).

David Prescott

Lead Carpenter

With over two decades of experience, David started his career in hardwood flooring before changing career paths and following in his Grandfather’s footsteps and becoming a Carpenter. Starting out as an Apprentice Carpenter, his love of the job allowed him to quickly learn how to be a skilled craftsman and master of his trade. He has extensive experience in all facets of residential remodeling from kitchens, bathrooms and basements to additions.

With a focus on results, David relishes the challenge of turning a client’s vision into reality. There is nothing he likes more than custom cabinetry and built-ins. When a project is completed, he loves to see the homeowner’s reaction to the end result of a beautifully transformed space.

David grew up in Washington, D.C, but moved to Fairfax 25 years ago when he got married. He and his wife, Rondia, have four children (two boys and two girls). In the little spare time he has between work and coaching his youngest son’s football and baseball teams, he enjoys cooking Cajun food and is an active member of his church.

Joey Culotta

Lead Carpenter

Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Joey is originally from Sterling, VA. He got his start in carpentry as a helper on the weekends for the many tradesmen in his family. He didn’t anticipate he’d follow in their footsteps, but he soon found out how much he liked the work and his love of carpentry grew from there.

Joey has worked on a variety of projects and all aspects of home remodeling in addition to carpentry, including experience in electrical, plumbing and drywall. He has a passion for trim carpentry and finish work. He takes great pride in seeing the end product of a project and knowing it is the result of his hard work. He has also worked on new construction, working on the kitchen and bathrooms of a multi-million dollar home in Leesburg. The home included a basement bowling alley and a two story library with a rotunda. It was a special project and one of his favorites as it allowed him to see all aspects of the home come together.

Joey now lives in Herndon with his wife. In his free time, he enjoys restoring and modifying his rare muscle car and loves learning auto mechanics. He and his wife also enjoy spending time outdoors camping, hiking, biking and honing his drone photography skills.

Henry Gonzales

Lead Carpenter

Originally from Bolivia, Henry has lived in Virginia for over twenty years. Although he graduated with a degree in Business Administration and began his career in the banking industry, his brother encouraged him to switch paths to the construction industry. He started out as a punch-out carpenter at the end of projects, but quickly developed and expanded his expertise in all aspects of carpentry and home remodeling including electrical, plumbing, flooring and tiling.

Prior to joining Synergy, Henry worked with 2 other well-known local home remodeling companies. His favorite part of his job is having a client think of him as a trusted friend and the satisfaction of having a project come out even better than they anticipated! He is very particular about his work area and takes great pride in keeping his job sites organized. He believes in taking care of a client's home as if it was his own.

Henry and his wife, Scarlette, have been married for over 20 years and live in Manassas with their two teenage children. Family is the most important thing to Henry. They love to spend time together going to the pool, playing tennis or watching movies. Encouraging their children to develop an international perspective and an appreciation of other cultures is a top priority and the family like to travel. In recent years, they've been to Peru, Panama and Colombia in addition to visiting friends and family in Bolivia.

Seng Sy

Apprentice Carpenter

With a background in IT and restaurant management, Seng is an artist at heart who was drawn to carpentry as he feels it is the perfect blend of math, art and science. As an Apprentice Carpenter, he works on a variety of our client projects and is learning his craft from Synergy's experienced Lead Carpenters. In addition to allowing him to be creative, carpentry also provides an opportunity to problem solve. It gives him a great sense of pride knowing he has helped to build something that has a lasting impact on the lives of others that they can enjoy for years to come.

Seng has always called Northern Virginia home and grew up in Falls Church. He now lives in Centreville with his wife and young family. He enjoys astronomy and relishes any opportunity to be outside enjoying nature, hiking and stargazing with his family. Food has also always been a passion - a love he learned from his parents who showed him how it is a way to bring people together. His artistic nature led to an interest in Japanese and Chinese calligraphy and he has a deep appreciation of the mindfulness of it as an art form. It gives him an opportunity to become centred and find a moment of zen in an otherwise hectic life!

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