Falls Church Kitchen Renovation

Lately I’ve been focusing a lot on old bathrooms, but Denny and Gardner is not a one trick pony. We also turn out some of the most custom kitchens around. This month brings about a nice sized custom kitchen remodel in the Falls Church area. I will give you the full back-story on the designer, and lead carpenter who are making this dream kitchen a reality. In the meantime enjoy some ongoing work photos. Stay tuned for the big reveal of the DC concrete bath redo, and this very kitchen!!!

Concrete Bathroom 101: Part 3

Even though I’m a blog-master now…I seem to be getting these photos and my story a bit out of order. This week brings a finish line for D and G’s D.C. Double concrete bath remodel. After the demo and build out came the tile install.  It’s starting to look like a modern space. Believe it or not this bathroom is loaded with hidden safety features (we’ll discuss that later). For now enjoy these photos.

shower floor

Good bye concrete, hello modern (huge) shower

Concrete Bathrooms 101: Project Progress

This is one of my favorite shower niches made by Hydro-Ban.  It’s great for keeping the shampoo and soap from mingling.

Another one of D and G’s concrete remodels happening at the moment.  Nice double niche!


Concrete Bathroom 101 Part 2

This week brings great progress on the dual concrete bathroom project.  We removed a total of 70 contractor bags of concrete walls and floor fill, that’s a grand total 3500 lbs of material.  The joist work was as expected (crooked and warped) requiring every joist to be sistered prior to the subfloor installation.  As an added measure for noise reduction all of the walls were foam core and fiberglass insulated before the closed up. Insulation was even added around the new PVC waste lines to silence audible water flow.  Being quite is about the only advantage to residential cast-iron plumbing (in my opinion).  We are gearing up for tile installation, but as we do…. let these photos be a reminder, preparation is EVERYTHING!  Thanks for looking. Hall bath, tub set

Good bye closet, hello big shower stall!

Big R-factor in a small space.

Concrete Bathrooms 101

If you are a homeowner in the Washington Dc area chances are good that your home was built in a time before drywall, plywood, and definitely before tile was set on products like hardibacker and durock.  So what did the old school builders of past install that pink and green tile to? CONCRETE, that’s what, and a lot of it.  On average a pre 1970 bathroom in our area is constructed from about ¾ of a ton of the heaviest, dustiest and potentially home damaging concrete around.  Prior to USG Concrete’s invention of durock in 1970, home-builders would simply fill up lath and joist cavities with concrete to have an acceptable surface to tile upon.  Concrete so difficult to remove that in the early 50’s companies such as Sears created tile-over-tile cover up kits for homeowners wanting to remodel their outdated spaces.  These kits came in a variety of colors that quickly became outdated, pink and green being among my favorite.


Follow along as I document Denny and Gardner’s latest concrete bath renovation.  With over 150 concrete bathroom remodels under our belt in the past decade, D and G remains the undisputed champ in concrete bathroom renovation.



Brandon Butler (fun fact provider and Partner)

Denny and Gardner




after the concrete removal

The Beginning

Jason, Norm, and Norm Sr.

Our first blog post. This is a big deal for us and we’re very excited about it. At Denny + Gardner, we have a one-word philosophy about our clients and remodeling projects: RESPECT.

We will respect your:

  • Time – you will know what to expect and when to expect it
  • Wallet – no surprises or hidden costs
  • Health – you will literally breathe easier
  • Intelligence – the more you know, the stronger our partnership
  • Investment – home improvements done right can pay off in a very real way

And we want to add one more bullet…we will respect your time as a reader. We will fill this blog with educational information and other news you can use. We know there are a lot of remodeling blogs out there, so we are determined that you can count on our blog to provide information you can’t find elsewhere.

Our initial plans include interviews with leading professionals in related fields, like green architects, local designers, and even an expert who can help you expedite your inspection certificate.

Okay, we might brag a little about the projects we are working on, but we promise to make those blogs educational as well.

So please feel free to email us with any questions or suggestions you have and we look forward to starting an online dialogue with you.

Here’s to the first day of the rest of our blogs.