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Reader Deals: Saving on Home Repair

Renovating your kitchen? Sprucing up for spring? Here are big discounts on kitchen cabinets and appliances, new windows, carpet cleaning, and more.

You can save as much as $10,000 on appliances with an offer from the Kitchen Guild. Photograph courtesy of the Kitchen Guild.

Save on Appliances

Looking to remodel your kitchen? New appliances can be a big chunk of a renovation budget. The Kitchen Guild, a 58-year-old local firm that’s a one-stop shop for kitchen and bathroom projects–it sells tile, lighting, and more–is offering this reader special: Undergo a complete kitchen design/remodeling with the company and it will sell you any new appliances at cost, with no markup. Given typical appliance costs for Kitchen Guild projects, the savings would range from $500 to $10,000. To get the deal, mention The Washingtonian and sign a contract by April 30.

The Kitchen Guild, DC, 202-362-7111; Fairfax, 703-323-3900; McLean, 703-893-8900; Alexandria, 703-518-5006;

Bathroom Bargains

Remodeling a bathroom involves dozens of decisions, and the number of choices–from tile to faucets–can be overwhelming. BathExpress tries to make the process easier by offering predesigned packages, with all materials and labor, as well as designers to help walk you through the choices. Sign up for a complete bathroom remodeling by April 30, mention the magazine, and BathExpress will throw in a free shower-jet system and a granite countertop upgrade, a value of up to $1,250.

BathExpress, DC, 202-362-2284; Fair-fax, 703-978-2284; McLean, 703-827-2284; Alexandria, 703-548-2284;

Cutting Cabinet Costs

Ravensworth Custom Home Improvements handles all sorts of residential repair, remodeling, and new construction–including patios, porches and decks, replacement windows and doors, and kitchen and bath remodeling. Sign a contract for a kitchen renovation by August 31 and Ravensworth will offer any of its regular cabinet lines–which include KraftMaid, Medallion, Decorá, Aristokraft, and Kemper–at its contractor’s cost. That’s a savings of as much as 45 percent off suggested retail. The firm is also offering up to $3,500 worth of kitchen design for free when customers use one of Ravensworth’s preferred designers.

Ravensworth Custom Home Improvements, Occoquan; 571-721-9840;

Spring Cleaning

Have any carpeting, rugs, tile, or upholstery cleaned in-home by Ayoub Carpet Service this spring and save. Ayoub, one of the area’s best carpet-cleaning firms, is offering $50 off cleaning charges over $350, $80 off cleaning over $400, and $125 off cleaning over $500. This offer can’t be combined with other specials; mention The Washingtonian when booking. Expires May 15.

Ayoub Carpet Service, Chantilly; 703-255-6000;

Seeing Clearly

Hammer and Nail Exteriors in Rockville, a Marvin Windows and Doors retailer, is offering a special deal on replacement windows. Mention The Washingtonian and get 25 percent off when you order a minimum of seven windows. Based on standard installation of seven 35-by-55-inch windows, that’s a total savings of about $2,500.

The offer is good through April 30 to the first 25 customers who schedule an in-home consultation. It may not be combined with other offers or prior purchases.

Hammer and Nail Exteriors, 5528 Nicholson La., Rockville; 888-736-5464;

If you have a store or business and are interested in offering a reader deal, e-mail Sherri Dalphonse at

This article appears in the April 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.

Editor in chief

Sherri Dalphonse joined Washingtonian in 1986 as an editorial intern, and worked her way to the top of the masthead when she was named editor-in-chief in 2022. She oversees the magazine’s editorial staff, and guides the magazine’s stories and direction. She lives in DC.