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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 Lucks

Founder | CEO

A visionary in home remodeling, Mina creates beautiful spaces that nurture and empower clients through an intuitive, holistic and methodical approach to their home's transformation.

Using Synergy's proprietary Renovation Roadmap™ system, her award-winning team alleviates typical frustrations by choreographing all aspects of the remodeling process allowing clients to actually enjoy the remodeling journey, instead of simply surviving it. From initial design concepts to the actual construction of the vision, everything is handled in-house with a focus on client experience.

Mina’s work has been featured on a variety of well-known media networks - HGTV, NPR, BBC, Shape, the Washington Business Journal, and other national, local, and online outlets. Her own home was featured as the 2021 Model Remodel of the Year and she is also an international speaker and certified practitioner of Interior Alignment™ (Instinctive Feng Shui).

You will often find Mina hanging out in the Reston community or outside enjoying nature biking or camping or enjoying her other passions of writing, singing, and practicing yoga and meditation.

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, light and fun materials.

Emily plays a key role in Synergy Design & Construction’s pre-construction services including all phases of design and plan development. Responsibilities include documenting existing conditions, preparation of initial conceptual floor plans, design development and construction documents and 3D renderings. As projects move forward, she also provides assistance in choosing appliances as well as specifying all aspects of her special love – cabinetry! Emily is also a Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) and is skilled in creating accessible spaces for all people, including those who wish to age-in-place.

Emily earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design at Cornell University. After serving a handful of small and large, residential and commercial architecture / construction firms, 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, beautiful finishes and fantastically organized custom cabinetry.

Emily lives with her husband Josh in Ashburn and enjoys swing dancing, being outside, volunteering with her church, and spending time with family and friends locally and in her hometown of Syracuse, NY.

Maegan Hogue

Interior Designer, AKBD

Custom cabinetry and home remodeling have always been an integral part of Maegan's life. Her grandparents started a custom cabinetry business over 45 years ago and she went to work in the family business right after college. She loved being involved in all aspects of the business from project coordination to operations to kitchen and bath design for both residential and homebuilder clients.

Certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association as an Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer, Maegan loves bringing her expertise in design and client experience to everything she does. From the very first time they contact Synergy right through project completion, Maegan ensures clients love their home's transformation and feel completely taken care of along the way.

Maegan has always called Northern Virginia home. She grew up in Alexandria and now lives in Fairfax Station. Her family keeps her busy with travel softball and swim team high on the priority list for her children. When she does get some downtime, Maegan enjoys playing tennis, reading, being outdoors and loves to travel.

Barbara Doyle

Director of Production

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. Through this rare professional journey, Barbara mastered all
aspects of design, material selection, importation, manufacturing, product lines, transport,
construction and customer service from the East coast through the Midwest. In this 20-year
professional journey, Barbara 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. A country girl at heart, Loudoun strikes
a hard-to-find balance of history, nature, community and culture—an eclectic and diverse
setting. She lives in Ashburn with her husband. 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.

Matt Offerman

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.

When not at work, you can find Matt spending time with his wife, two daughters, and his beloved grandson Mattie.

Joey Culotta

Lead Carpenter

Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Joey is originally from Sterling, VA. He got his start in carpentry as helper on the weekend 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 drone photography.

David Brower

Lead Carpenter

David's carpentry career began at an early age. Growing up, he was always building and fixing things. As he got older, he worked for his childhood friend's father who owned his own remodeling company. After taking some time to gain experience in landscaping and tree maintenance, he decided to return to carpentry and has never looked back.

Seeing how a remodeling project evolves from start to finish and delivering a beautiful final product are David's favorite parts of the job. He enjoys working on the whole process and has experience in all aspects of carpentry from framing to fine finishes.

Ready to put his skills to work in his free time, David and his wife, Samantha, are currently in the early stages of building their own farm home. When not hard at work, he enjoys hiking, camping, fishing and being outdoors with family and friends.

Alex Liagouris

Lead Carpenter

Being in the construction industry since 1980 Alex has encountered all facets of residential and commercial construction. He has gained a wealth of experience in everything from painting, to brick laying and foundation work to rough and finish carpentry while building custom homes and remodeling bathrooms - and everything in-between.

Alex thoroughly enjoys problem-solving and detailed trim-work and his favorite part of the project is seeing the finished space because of the smiles it brings to our clients faces.

Born and raised in Athens, Greece, Alex moved to the US over 40 years ago. After living in Williamsburg, VA for a number of years, Alex relocated to the Northern VA area where he enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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