Murphy's Design

It's about home and family.



What are you looking for in your upcoming home project? Is it fixing poorly laid out space plans, creating a place for you and your loved ones to recharge each day, a home that welcomes family and friends?  That's exactly what John and I do.

The majority of our work is working side by side with you and planning well thought out, beautiful and personal kitchen's that become family living spaces  and bathroom's that are your personal retreats. 

Clients don't call us because of the end result, they call us because they don't want to keep their existing Kitchen or Master Bathroom, more specifically they don't want to live with the miserable feeling they get from broken appliances, outdated cabinets, terrible floor plans and leaky fixtures.

"You want creative solutions to common problems that can only come with years of hands on experience in both the design and the building.  That's hard to get because great designers don't install and great installers don't design.  John and I work together, as only a husband and wife team can, entertaining yes but also very effective in delivering the best solution possible. ."

From the beginning, we decided that Murphy's Design would be unique; as a Kitchen and Bath Designer and Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler I would guide the planning stages and John as the General Contractor would lead the installation, together we would be your team.  

And there it began, our mission was simple; help you solve your problems, install beautifully designed kitchen spaces and retreat bathrooms, so you can get on with feeling safe and happy in your home.   

Voted Best Kitchen and Bath Design and Contractor  2017 and 2018  by Northern Virginia Magazine



The Beginning

Early in the development of Murphy's Design we had the honor of completing work for my elderly parents.  My family home was in need of updating and my Dad could no longer navigate the two levels.  It meant the difference of moving from the home they raised their children, welcomed grand children and even great children or being able to stay.  With an eye to their changing needs and understanding that they didn't want it to look like they needed help we worked helped them work through their challenges.  We got to experience many more years with them in that home, at family gatherings, and grand children came to know the house as a place of great love and happiness.

They have since passed but during this difficult time of change in their lives they trusted us to modify our family home so they could age in place. Both John and I got great satisfaction in knowing that they had the trust and confidence that we would guide them with honesty about their needs and the cost.  We realized then that the  work we are doing is more than the products that we install, it's about the gathering of family and friends, it's about your daily comfort, safety and the peace that comes from the result of the work that we are doing. It's because your home is both an emotional and financial investment and everyone deserves to feel safe and happy in their home.  

Make things Easy.

When talking with our customers we began to understand that craftsmanship in what we do is important and it's assumed.  It's the #1 reason they call us in the first place.  We found three important qualities that are also equally important in your satisfaction;

1) Communicating. You know what problems need solving and you want to be part of the planning. You know what you really want and you know what this project will mean to you and your family.  By asking the right questions and listening intently I can collaborate and visually communicate what I am hearing from you.  No guesswork.   

2) Managing and guiding the project. You want creative solutions to common problems that can only come with years of hands on experience in both the design and the building.  As the designer, I am your advocate, you get to watch while I negotiate the hurdles making sure the details don't get lost in translation.  What's special is you have total access to us, both John and I, we are working with you every step of the way.  

3) Timing and Schedules.  You like knowing what's happening next.  You love seeing the big picture of how the project will come together.

Today, our lives are filled with new friends and families of projects we have completed.  By specializing in Kitchen spaces we get to tackle structural changes and really transform how you feel and live in the heart of your home. 

"We realized then that the  work we are doing is more than the products that we install, it's about the gathering of family and friends, it's about your day to day comfort, safety and the happiness that comes from the result of the work we are doing."   Cynthia Murphy, CKBR


John Murphy

You will find John leading the job site, working side by side to deliver a beautiful finished project.  He's soft spoken and takes seriously your investment in your home and your overall comfort during the construction phase.  

As a Master Craftsman John, is active in all the details of the final installation.  Cabinetry, trim, tile and accessories are laid out with careful consideration.  He has refined his eye for exceptional detail over decades of fine finish and custom carpentry work.

As the General Contractor John sets the example for everyone on our team to follow. Cleanliness is key. It's not enough to say that we keep your home clean, we don't just clean at the end of the day but take extra care while working to protect your home and keep things comfortable for you.  

John's also your Project Supervisor, his personality makes the time during  construction enjoyable and he works to make sure that you are kept involved in any decisions that may come up during the construction phase.  Another Unique feature of working with Murphy's Design.

You have complete access to John, he is never too busy to stop and explain or review what's happening in your home.


Cynthia Murphy

Kitchen and Bath Remodeling is a team sport.  I lead the design, making sure your personality and voice comes through in the final product. Our business is set up so that we work together from the first meeting to the finished room.  It takes time and attention so we keep Murphy's Design small.  I have always been a student of home design and spend my free time seeking out new ways to update outdated floor plans and transform them to fit our current lifestyles.  I am a creative at heart and always have several knitting or art projects in the works, I find it keeps me engaged in texture and color.

You want someone who looks beyond the trends and delivers timeless value.

Your project needs to reflect your life, your family and your needs, today and in the future.  My "superpower" is listening closely then guiding you to the best decision for your project.  I love how the rooms come together, one layer at a time, first with the walls, removing and adding, then with the cabinets to define the function and space.  The finishes become the wardrobe and lighting becomes the jewels.

Years of experience makes me uniquely qualified to guide you through:

  • Spacial planning and reorganization
  • Structural modification
  • Budgeting and Cost evaluation
  • Cabinetry and Trim Design and Selection
  • Tile Specification and layout
  • Lighting design and selection
  • Plumbing specification 
  • Plus, all the curated details that the space unique to you.

Together we visit local showrooms, meet at our studio in the heart of the Mosaic District or in your home, crafting every detail of your new space, working wherever is more efficient and convenient. for you.

You want open and honest discussions about cost and value.

My unusual role as both the designer, planner and business owner gives me more insight into the costs of the decisions we are making during the design phase.  The close relationship that John and I maintain also is an advantage in remaining transparent about cost.  I start the design process with a target budget based on our early conversations.  As we move through the selections we are able to discuss if decisions are impacting that target.   This saves both time and money as we can work together to create solutions without having to wait until the end of the selection process. You are able to give thoughtful consideration and make necessary adjustments in real time. 

 Not every remodeler has a Kitchen and Bath Designer, and Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler guiding every step of the planning process; another unique feature of working with Murphy's Design.



Lauren Murphy

Lauren has worked with Murphy's Design since 2013, with a stylist and photographer's eye she has managed all of our visual branding, job site photography and selection guidance.   In mid 2017 when we felt the need to maximize Lauren's talent it was only natural for Lauren to get her Home Staging and Interior Redesign Certifications. With an understanding and empathetic personality, not to mention a strong eye for interiors and a photographer's vision, Lauren was the perfect fit for the job. If you're looking to have a space ready to sell or begin a re-design for your own enjoyment you'll be working hands on with Lauren.   

 Lauren loves real estate and is always eager to get into a new space and get to work. Her fresh design perspective and young energy has always been beneficial to Murphy's Design and we're thrilled to be able to offer her services to our clients!  When not working on styling and photography projects Lauren is finding the perfect tile, mirror or lighting for you project.

Some of Lauren's design influences are Joanna Gaines, Kate Arends, Sarah Sherman Samuel, Nate Berkus, Jonathan Adler, Beth Kirby and Genevieve Gorder. She looks to Dwell and Domino Magazine for inspiration and her favorite places to find home decor are Target, West Elm, Home Goods, and Terrain. Her favorite podcast is Clever, she can't live without her dog, Rory or a good candle and a good book. She's currently looking into purchasing an A-Frame Cabin and is addicted to Real Estate sites and re-designing what she finds for fun. 

What sets us apart from other kitchen and bath design and remodeling firms is that our focus isn't on the products that we will use but on how you will feel every day once we leave . 


The Future


John and I agreed early on that we had no interest in building a big corporate remodeling company.  In a time when things seem to be getting less and less personal we like getting to know our customers and keeping in touch.  We keep it small.  Its a great complement when we get a follow up call from you asking for our advice or input on a problem in your home.  We want to help by passing along our years of experience and become a lasting resource.  Consider us family, because from the moment we start to work with you that's how you will be treated.  It's no surprise our customers are sad to see us finish, pack up to go, it's sad for us too; until the next time.

We hope that you can feel, from our words, our clients feedback and testimonials that your happiness with the process from start to finish, not just the finished project is important to us.  John and I believe that working with you, being easy to work with, doing it right, and making everything in our process easier on you will be the difference you need in creating a home that brings you personal joy and happiness for years to come.


-Cynthia & John Murphy