syn·er·gy, n.
1) The working together of two things to produce an effect greater than the sum of their individual effects;

or in Northern Virginia –
2) A design-consulting company that operates by this dynamic principle.

“We build partnerships before we build the project.” Mina Fies, President and CEO of Synergy Design and Consulting, knows that developing strong relationships with her clients and contractors is the winning formula for a successful architectural design firm.

“This is the synergy we like to see in our work. Whether it’s a remodeling job or a custom-built home, we stay with our client through the design, bid and construction phases to be sure that what we’ve envisioned becomes a reality.”

Synergy Design and Consulting began in 2008 by Mina and her husband Mark with the conviction that building a custom home or renovating an existing home is often one of the most stressful experiences for a homeowner. They wanted Synergy D&C to be there to guide the process. “We started our company,” Mina said, “because we were passionate about making a difference and saw an opportunity to help.”

Born in Whittier, California, Mina spent her early years in several mid-west states before moving to Northern Virginia when she was nine. She started her professional career at an early age by working as a secretary for the Defense Systems Management College at Ft. Belvoir while still attending Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield and Northern Virginia Community College.

After spending several years in the retail industry, she began working in Real Estate and finally invested her experience in the design-build industry, working as a Sales and Design Consultant for two general contractors in Virginia. Her range of responsibilities included sales, marketing, vendor relationships, design consultation and client satisfaction. It didn’t take Mina long to realize that she really loved the world of bricks and boards from concept to completion.

When she is not networking on behalf of Synergy D&C or helping families upgrade their homes, Mina enjoys playing golf, biking, writing, singing, movies, and feasting on a great dinner with an even better bottle of wine. She is a Certified Green Professional (CGP) through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), is in the process of obtaining her professional certification through the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), and maintains an active REALTOR license through the National Association of Realtors.

As Synergy D&C began, Mina and her husband, Mark, were committed to the concept of partnerships as their model, both in terms of their relationship with the homeowner and the contractor.

“I saw how frustrated contractors were with architects and interior design firms,” Mina stated. “Even great contractors can get blamed when the design hasn’t been completed in advance and designed to budget. Often the contractor or builder can be at odds with the architect and the blame game begins.

“Ultimately, it is the designer’s responsibility to design to budget and help the client all the way through selections. We have an award winning architect on board and a seasoned field expert who has been the project manager on over 80+ multi-million dollar homes.

Synergy D&C involves teamwork with Mina taking care of sales and marketing while Mark is in charge of operations. The other key members are Sarah Farrell, their architect and Mike Kappel, their field expert.

Nothing gives Mina more joy than helping people build their dreams.

“There is a better way to design and renovate their home. Traditionally, people start by calling in general contractors to get pricing before they’ve even designed what they want. It’s backwards.”

“When people start with the design and selections, they can then navigate the construction phase with fixed pricing, a better construction timeline and a more stress free process altogether. You need a roadmap before you start driving and that’s what we help people create.”

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