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.

Sign up to receive your FREE Renovation Roadmap brochure along with monthly tips and tools on everything design and renovation or call us!

Meet the Team

Mina Fies

Founder & CEO

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

Program Manager

A self-confessed design and renovation habitué, Nicola experienced a few ‘renovation nightmares’ until she was fortunate to find and 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 is lucky to have become part of the Synergy team where she provides program management and integration support across all client projects.

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. In addition to project management, she 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 Northern Ireland, Nicola has lived, worked and traveled extensively in Europe, East/South East Asia and North America. Her experiences overseas influence her design aesthetic in addition to giving her an appreciation for seeing the world through a multicultural lens. Nicola is a long-time resident of Reston – a place she moved to over fifteen 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.

Tom Reineberg

Licensed Architect

With over 27 years in the construction industry, Tom has a proven track record for managing complex and challenging projects. As a residential project manager, he has successfully bid, budgeted, and constructed residences in excess of $8,000,000 in value and has personally overseen countless renovations and the completed construction of more than 40 high-end luxury homes.

Prior to joining Synergy, Tom worked for a custom home-builder for 19 years and as a staff architect for a prominent local architect, focusing on custom single-family homes. As a licensed architect, Tom truly understands the importance of well thought-out designs. Tom is responsible for our projects’ entire life cycle – from overseeing the design process to estimating construction costs to the day-to-day management and supervision of job sites. Tom has proven himself skilled and experienced in all phases of residential construction.

A Reston resident, Tom enjoys playing golf, sailing, woodworking, and experimenting in the kitchen. Tom and his wife, Kim, have been married for twenty-seven years and have two children, Katie and Daniel. Tom is also involved in several of his church’s ministry programs, his son’s lacrosse teams, and is an avid Maryland football and basketball fan.

Lisa Lockerby

Project Manager

Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Lisa has always loved the eclectic blend of modern and historical architecture of the area. Her passion for design and construction flourished while pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Virginia, where she was influenced by the innovations and architectural feats of Thomas Jefferson.

Lisa began her professional career working for a large, DC area general contractor, where she developed a deep understanding of interior construction and project management on and off the construction site. She then honed her residential skills working for a developer of high-rise, luxury condominiums. She was an integral part of the entire project life cycle from land acquisition, to design, through construction and sale of the properties. Lisa has extensive experience in managing an array of diverse projects – from fast-paced, small renovations to major, multi year, ground-up developments with budgets exceeding $80million. She has developed a vast base of expertise that she brings to every new opportunity and challenge.

As a Project Manager at Synergy Design & Construction, Lisa actively applies her construction experience, eye for detail, and organizational skills to ensure every project runs smoothly, on time and on budget, and exceeds client expectations.

When she's not in a hardhat, Lisa spends her time discovering new things to love about her hometown where she is an avid fan of live music and sporting events, an active member of her church, and a competitive participant in her family game nights.

Emily Bickl

Interior 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 simple, clean and contemporary, 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 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. While completing her Ivy League education, she worked for two small residential architectural firms performing site surveys, field measurements, drafting, and creating precise construction documents. After graduation, Emily joined Jacobs Engineering, one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of professional technical services, working on commercial and government project development.

Originally from Syracuse, Emily enjoys music and concerts, playing piano, and spending time with friends and family both here and in New York.

Liz Pharis Hawkins

Office & Client Relations 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 Manassas with her family. Liz enjoys cooking, spending time in nature, traveling, listening to classic and alternative rock on vinyl, singing karaoke, scrapbooking, and capturing the beautiful moments in life on camera.

Matt Offerman

Lead Carpenter, 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).

Shawn Breeding

Lead Carpenter

For Shawn, carpentry is a family affair. He followed in his father’s footsteps and has been working in the industry for over twenty five years. He specializes in fine finishing and believes good workmanship starts with mastering the basics. He still owns and uses a block plain and understands the importance of teaching the next generation these skills and taking pride in their trade.

As Lead Carpenter, he is responsible for all facets of the construction phase of projects as well as overseeing the on-site crew and trade partners. Shawn takes a methodical approach and demonstrates attention to detail on every project he undertakes. He takes great pride in his work and nothing gives him more satisfaction than a happy client and a beautifully finished remodel.

Shawn lives in Blue Mountain with his wife, Debra, their three daughters and Maxwell, their beloved American Akita. Shawn is a sci-fi movie buff, loves a good cookie (or three!) and is a Philadelphia Eagles fan. In their free time, there is nothing his family enjoys more than spending time together, swimming in their neighborhood lake in the summer months and enjoying the beautiful view from their back porch.

Ryan Pettit

Lead Carpenter

Ryan has worked in the residential remodeling industry for nearly 2 decades. As Lead Carpenter, he provides comprehensive site management for all aspects of projects. He has wide ranging experience from kitchens, bathrooms and basements to custom built-ins as well as larger home additions and architectural improvement. In his spare time, Ryan practices his specialty wood working skills to create beautiful custom made furniture and spiritual art.

Dedicated to high quality workmanship and happy clients, Ryan seeks to continuously improve his expertise as well as look for innovative ways to further develop the carpentry trade. He thrives on challenges and coming up with unique solutions in providing gorgeous remodeled spaces for our clients.

Ryan lives in the Aldie area with his wife, two amazing children and many other assorted inhabitants on an old Loudoun County farm. His family home schools and learning is a lifestyle they work to continue to develop, while maintaining balance as there is always something in need of fixin', feedin', cleanin' or just a tired little meow looking for a scratch on the head.

William Gregory


A native of Frederick County, Maryland, William came to us from a high-end custom home building and remodeling firm in Loudoun County.

William got his start doing multi-room renovations in southern Louisiana before moving back to the D.C. area to be closer to his family. His experience include additions, interior trim, doors and windows, decks, historic renovations, and building custom casework.

He currently lives in Reston with his girlfriend, Carrie and their cat, Meeko.

Lonnie Brown

Apprentice Carpenter

A native of our area, Lonnie is responsible for much of the heavy lifting (literally) around our projects. Lonnie assists in demolition, job-site organization, cleanliness, and basic carpentry.

Lonnie resides in Chantilly and besides his passion to grow as a carpenter; he’s an award-winning artist and avid Jeep enthusiast.

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