What's a Mensch?

A Mensch (pronounced men-ch) is a person with the qualities one would hope for in a dear friend or trusted colleague. In the Yiddish language (a mixture of German and Hebrew), it is used to identify someone with integrity, honor, and a sense of what is right. Being called a real mensch is the highest compliment one can receive.

What gives us the right to assume we meet the definition of a Mensch?

We get that question from time to time when speaking with a new customer about our remodeling services. It does take a bit of Chutzpah (another Yiddish word meaning audacity) to claim the title but we look at it differently. It sets a level of expectation with our customers that we have to live up to every day. This means giving you the best advice even when it means less work for us. When we come to your home, we want you to expect the best from our team. We will be professional, clean and give you the best advise (even when that means telling you NOT to spend the money on a project).

Meet the Chief Mensch

Lenny Berger- Chief Mensch

With over 35 years of business experience, including 10 years as part of the senior management team of two technology startups, Lenny has developed numerous products and services for demanding customers. He founded HandyMensch Home Remodeling in 2007 to meet the growing need for a reliable and professional residential design build remodeling firm that helps clients with the small to medium sized remodeling projects.

Lenny has had many years of hands-on experience with remodeling projects. His resume of projects include building tile showers, remodeling kitchens, structural modifications and much more. In addition, Lenny has been a house leader for the Fairfax County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity where he was responsible for supervising teams of volunteers in areas such as framing, drywall, tile, cabinetry and trim work.

Don’t be surprised if Lenny is the one knocking on your door for your sales appointment or stopping by your house during the project to check on progress and quality. He stays involved in all aspects of our business to make sure that we live up to our name.

You can learn more about how Lenny became the Chief Mensch by reading his Profile in Success Interview. An ongoing interview series of successful entrepreneurs from around the country.  

What We Do

A simple way to look at our work is that we do not add space to your house, we take the space you have and make it work for you and your family. Under your existing roof we can do a lot - opening load bearing walls, moving plumbing, electrical and duct work, new flooring and fixtures. Coupled with our award winning design team, we can transform your kitchen, bathroom or basement into the space of your dreams. There is one place we do add space - decks. We love creating new outdoor spaces and then add a french door or new windows in your house.

Our typical remodeling project fits between your neighborhood handyman and the large general contractor that does additions. This includes bathrooms, kitchens, basements, decks and structural repairs or modifications.  Our team includes an electrician, plumber, mason, custom cabinetmaker, flooring professional, tile expert, painters, carpenters, countertop technicians, structural engineers and much more. We are a design build firm that will help guide you during design and the selections process with our network of showrooms or an interior designers for a more hands on approach.

Project management and client communication are critical to a successful project. We have a full time production manager who spends each day  scheduling our projects, managing our team and communicating with each client. We always supply the materials and fixtures for our projects so we can control the flow of the project and resolve issues as they come up without burdening our client.

Our remodeling projects are typically several days to eight weeks in duration. As a general rule our projects start around $15,000.

We are not staffed for the smaller handyman repairs such as drywall repair, swapping out a light fixture, etc.

We only perform residential work - no commercial projects.

Where We Do It

Our primary service area includes the Fairfax County, Arlington County, and Northern Alexandria sections of Northern Virginia. We will go to Eastern Loudoun County or Prince William County for larger opportunities.

We do not work in DC or Maryland

Testimonials

I am a US diplomat living overseas and needed to replace my deck. I went with HandyMensch Home Remodeling because out of the companies that looked at my deck and quoted the job, HandyMensch was the only outfit that immediately noticed that my deck was not built to code. And after they explained to me why, I was shocked that other outfits hadn't see the telltale signs. Once the work was done, HandyMensch workers were polite and courteous to my tenant. I could not have been happier with the work. 5 stars.
- Byron S

HandyMensch Home Remodeling re-did my 40-year-old kitchen.The design was great. The resources he provided were excellent. He and his workers kept me informed throughout the tear-out and rebuild. Everything went together well and the final result is lovely. Along the way the workers were conscientious and polite. An excellent experience for me. Never for a moment had a doubt about Lenny's company. Again, it is a lovely room!
- Eva K.

HandyMensch Home Remodeling did a wonderful job renovating our master bath - from the design and selection of fixtures, through demolition and completion of the job. Every aspect of the work was professional and beautifully done. Lenny advised us how best to utilize the space to make the bathroom functional, but without spending a fortune. We relied on Lenny's experience to help us select the vanity, granite, and plumbing fixtures. We needed a lot of help with selecting these items, and especially selecting the tile. Lenny referred us to a wonderful tile designer, who made that process simple. The crew cleaned up carefully at the end of each work day. The finished bathroom is even better than we imagined.
- Jen C.

Realtor Relationships

Helping your clients think ahead. What is the right level of investment?

Most clients are thinking about resale value as part of their decision to remodel their home. When someone calls us to discuss remodeling a space and they plan to sell in 3-5 years, we view the project differently. We recommend finishes and designs that they can call their own but still has appeal to the largest number of buyers. When we get a call about an older deck, we can evaluate the structure to advise if it is worth updating with new boards or if current code dictates that they are better off with a complete replacement. Why wait for a home inspector to point out a new deck on the top is supported by a 20 year old structure underneath?

That is why top Realtors refer HandyMensch Home Remodeling.

As a general rule, we are not a cost effective fit for getting a home ready for immediate sale unless the situation demands a high level of project management, design work or to resolve a structural deficiency.

11700 Plaza America Drive
Suite 150
Reston, Virginia 20190
703-431-2731

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