Reno of the Month: Reston home selected as the Pro Remodeler 2021 Model ReModel

Mina & Mark Fies, Synergy Design & Construction

By Mina Fies, Founder & CEO, Synergy Design & Construction

After nearly 13 years of helping Reston homeowners renovate happy, it’s finally our turn! My husband, Mark, and I have always loved Reston and bought our new-to-us home in a Lake Anne neighborhood in 2020. The midcentury house felt like home the minute we saw it. However, although it was much loved and cared for by the previous owner, it was ready for complete transformation from top to bottom.

As the owners of Synergy Design & Construction, we’ve always dreamed of undertaking a whole home remodel for ourselves. Mark and I moved consistently throughout our childhood and our professional careers, and we were finally ready to settle down in Reston for the long-term. The prospect of turning an older house with great bones into a contemporary home while showcasing the work of our talented Synergy team made it an easy decision for us. We knew it was going to be a big undertaking, but we were ready to create our little piece of home to share with family and friends.

Our enthusiasm must’ve been catching because upon hearing our story, Pro Remodeler Magazine contacted us and selected us to be their 2021 “Model ReModel”! Each year, Pro Remodeler selects a house that is undergoing a complete remodel and follows the progress from demolition all the way through to the big reveal of the totally remodeled home. We were thrilled to be chosen as this year’s featured home! The Pro Remodeler team has been working closely with the Synergy Design & Construction team, documenting every step of the process. Our Reston home was the perfect choice as many of the original 1960s features were still in place from the time the house was built.

See what’s planned for the primary suite as I take you behind the scenes!

Work on the remodel began back in April. As we are remodeling the entire home, we knew we needed to allow time for a detailed design process before construction started. Although Mark and I have been in the remodeling business for many years, we’re finding ourselves experiencing the same things our clients do from debating design preferences and picking out appliances to budgeting and living in a construction zone! We’ve also learned a lot about ourselves (and each other) with the conflicting demands of managing a whole home remodel and a business at the same time!

Even as seasoned home remodelers, we still get excited about appliances! Read more here.

There will be a special feature of our newly remodeled home at the end of the year in Pro Remodeler Magazine. However, we’re delighted to announce it will also be featured on the Reston Home Tour this year. We invite you to purchase tickets and come take a tour! We’ll be there with a warm welcome and look forward to showing you around.

Follow our journey on Synergy’s YouTube channel and at

Reston Home Tour tickets go on sale soon! Check the Reston Historic Trust and Museum website for updates.

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