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 we will always call if we are running late.

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 fits between your neighborhood handyman and the large General Contractor.

Lenny has had many years of hands-on experience with repair and remodeling projects. His resume of projects include building tile showers, window seats, deck work, lighting, crown molding, 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

Our focus is on remodeling projects that fit 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.

We are not staffed for the smaller handyman repairs such as drywall repair, swapping out a light fixture, etc. Our remodeling projects are typically several days to eight weeks in duration. As a general rule our projects start around $7,500.

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


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

From Listing to Settlement: HandyMensch Home Remodeling is by your side.

Sometimes you walk into a listing appointment and the first thing that comes to mind is "Oy Vey!". The house has good bones, is in a great neighborhood, but really needs a facelift to show its best. You are faced with the challenges of remodeling the home plus coordinating multiple trades - paint, carpet, hardwood, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, roofing, HVAC.... the list goes on and on and on. What to do with that difficult kitchen or bathroom? Will buyers find the house appealing when they come for a tour or will they cast it aside with the flick of a finger or the click of a mouse?

That is why top Realtors use HandyMensch Home Remodeling to get their clients' homes ready for sale. Unlike your average contractor, we approach each listing from the same viewpoint as you and your client: What does it take to get this house ready for listing and what does it take to get it through settlement?

We focus on whole house facelifts rather than just a single task. If you need a company that can remodel a client's house then give us a call!

11700 Plaza America Drive
Suite 150
Reston, Virginia 20190

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