Washington D.C. was founded in 1791, so it is no surprise that its landscape features some major architectural diversity. Beyond the usual Craftsman-style and bungalow houses, Washington D.C. is home to historic Victorian, Tudor, Federal, and Colonial homes, as well as a number of residential houses that are modern, artistic, and eco-friendly.
Searching for the right home improvement contractor can be daunting, whether you’re contemplating a small-scale home remodel or a brand-new home design. No matter what style of house you have, dozens of licensed contractors in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area, including Maryland and Virginia, offer construction services to enhance your home or build you a new home from scratch.
The following is a list of multiple award-winning general contractors in Washington D.C. that build custom homes and create significant additions and home remodels to single-family residences. Mainly chosen for their awards, honors, and recognitions, these Washington D.C. general contractors are also recognized for their commitment to eco-friendly building techniques, their projects featured in the media, and their many years of service on luxurious, exquisite, and often historic residences.
If you are thinking about building a custom home, we recommend checking each builder’s license with the local licensing board, speaking to past clients, and using our bidding system to get competitive quotes from at least 3 contractors. Getting multiple bids is the best way to ensure you get a fair price and that bids include the complete scope of work.
15) Anthony Wilder
7913 MacArthur Boulevard, Cabin John, MD 20818
Anthony Wilder is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Society of Designers, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).
Led by Principals Anthony Wilder and Elizabeth Wilder, this Washington D.C. general contractor offers services in architecture, interior home design, and construction on custom homes, additions, and renovations. It has been serving the metropolitan Washington D.C. area for 20 years, and its work has appeared in dozens of publications, such as Washington Magazine, D.C. Modern Luxury, The Washington Post, and Forbes. Their list of awards is long and impressive, with multiple Best Builder honors from Bethesda Magazine, and awards through the NKBA, Chrysalis, and NARI.
Some of its Contractor of the Year Awards through NARI include awards for residential historical renovations, residential baths and kitchens, additions, and whole houses. The company also earned a Custom Builder Award of Excellence for a custom transitional home over 5,000 square feet. The company has worked on homes in Washington D.C. and in Maryland’s upscale Bethesda, Potomac, and McLean.
14) KohlMark Group
5206 – B Rolling Road, Burke, VA 22015
KohlMark Group has been serving the greater Washington D.C. area for over five decades. Formed by Mark Kohler, the company is a continuation and expansion on Kohler Associates Architects, which belonged to Mark Kohler’s father. KohlMark Group is a full-service design-build firm that incorporates KohlMark Flach Architects, operated by President Thomas Flach, and KohlMark Builders, which is a class A general contractor.
Mark Kohler studied architecture at Virginia Tech and is on the board of directors for the Metro D.C. Chapter of NARI. Tom Flach studied economics and psychology at Vanderbilt University and architecture at Virginia Tech. The company promotes sustainable building practices and works on residences of all styles, including structures like detached outbuildings, carports, and boathouses. Its list of awards is extensive, with a number of Contractor of the Year awards through NARI, most recently for a 2014 custom home over $1M and a 2015 residential addition over $250k. In the last few years, the company also earned a Chrysalis Award, a Silver Award through the Professional Remodeler Design Awards, and a Qualified Remodeler Master Design Silver Award. The company serves its community by participating in Habitat for Humanity, the Fannie Mae Foundation Help the Homeless Program, and Rebuilding Together, which revitalizes houses for low-income homeowners.
13) The Levine Group
2323 B Stewart Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Founded in 1987, the Levine Group is a design-build company made up of architects, interior designers, builders, and kitchen design experts, as well as experts on environmentally friendly design, smart homes, and energy-efficient technologies. The company’s work has appeared in Kitchen & Baths Magazine, Washingtonian Magazine, Home and Design Magazine, and Bethesda Magazine.
Among the company’s many awards are Chrysalis Awards for best whole house remodel over $500k; best residential kitchen $40k-$75k; and a bathroom remodel over $60k. They have also earned multiple honors through NARI, such as Contractor of the Year awards for an entire house $500k; kitchens over $150k; and residential exteriors over $100k.
The Levine Group is versed in all architectural styles common to Washington D.C., from row houses to Colonials to Tudors. When creating a custom home, the company considers the look, flow, and function of the home design. For home additions or remodels, the company considers furniture layout, ceiling height, window style, color, and floor materials. The company also excels in outdoor living spaces, singling out porches as a primary component of mid-Atlantic homes. They make sure new porches align with the materials used for the rest of the home and with the natural landscape.
12) Bowers Design Build
6715 Whittier Avenue, Suite 200, McLean, VA 22101
Bowers Design Build is a family-operated residential contractor founded in 1990 by Bruce Bowers, who is the CEO, president, and lead designer. Bruce has been active in the building industry for the majority of his life and started his own construction company at age 18. He studied architecture at the University of Maryland and goes paddle boarding and kayaking in his spare time. The company is co-run by Wilma Bowers, the chief administrative officer and a Bowers team member since 1990. Wilma entered the building industry after acting as the head of corporate advertising and brand management with Verizon Communications for 19 years.
Bowers Design Build has finished hundreds of residential building projects throughout Virginia, with a focus on new homes, renovations, and remodels in upscale McLean. The company prioritizes green building methods by trying to use existing space to meet a client’s needs, reusing and recycling old materials, and creating a home design unique to each residence that includes space for recycling receptacles. They also use high-efficiency windows and doors, and low-water plumbing fixtures.
Their work has appeared on HGTV and has been recognized in Northern Virginia Magazine, Arlington Magazine, Home & Design Magazine, Remodeling Magazine, and Washington Spaces Magazine, to name a few. In total, the company has received more than 50 accolades and have achieved numerous NARI Contractor of the Year awards.
11) The Alexander Group
5020 Nicholson Court, #200A, Kensington, MD 20895
The Alexander Group has been serving homeowners in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area for three decades. The company was founded in 1986 by Alex Dean, an early proponent of green building practices, who studied at Punahou School in Honolulu, HI, while working as a builder and stone mason. Later, he studied architecture, energy, environmental law, business law, and management at Boston University before creating The Alexander Group in Washington D.C.
Dean served as president of the D.C. Metropolitan Chapter of NARI in 1992 and on the board of directors from 1990 to 1994. He is a NARI Green Certified Professional and a National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Certified Graduate Remodeler. The Alexander Group has earned more than 50 awards for home building and remodeling projects, including NARI awards for residential additions $100k; NARI green project recognitions for residential additions over $250k; and NARI grand awards for residential universal design. They have also earned Chrysalis awards for historic renovations. The company’s work has been featured in District Home Magazine, Bethesda Magazine, and Washington Post Magazine.
10) Commonwealth Home Design
208-A Dominion Road NE, Vienna, VA, 22180
Commonwealth Home Design is a design-build residential contractor with 30 years of experience in providing award-winning new homes, additions, and home remodeling services. They have earned more than 40 awards, including NARI Contractor of the Year awards for an entire house $500k-$1M; Chrysalis awards for best historic renovation over $250k; and multiple Outstanding Remodeler Achievement (ORA) Awards through the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association for residential projects over $100k.
The company was founded in 1986 by Susan Pierce, principal architect. Susan studied at Virginia Polytechnic Institute’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies and is an LEED Certified Professional. The company’s president is Kelvin Pierce, who worked as an aerospace engineer for the Navy and is the current president of the Vienna Rotary Foundation. Kelvin and Susan founded the Divine Child Foundation, a charity that helps orphans in the Republic of Georgia.
One of its custom homes in McLean, VA, features four floors, a cultured stone veneer, a full finished attic, and arched doorways and windows. The company’s numerous whole-house remodel projects are extensive, with gourmet kitchens, master suites, and large sunroom additions featuring wraparound mahogany decks and aerial views of the forested landscape.
7550 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 120, Bethesda, MD 20814
Carnemark offers whole-house remodels, additions, and kitchen and bath remodels. The company is a full-service design-build firm, providing environmentally and customer-focused building solutions to modern-day needs. Carnemark was founded in 1987 by Jonas Carnemark, who was born in Sweden but raised in Virginia. His grandfather owned a modernist gallery in Sweden, which inspired Jonas to appreciate visual art. After studying physics and engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz, he became a Certified Remodeler and Certified Kitchen Designer and began to focus his building projects on historic residences in Washington D.C.
The company is Lead-Safe Certified and affiliated with the US Green Building Council and the Green Building Institute. It has been named a Big 50 contractor by Remodeling Magazine and is a member of both NARI and NKBA. Its work has been featured on Good Morning America and the Food Network’s Ultimate Kitchens. Carnemark’s list of awards goes on and on, including multiple Chrysalis, NKBA, and NARI Contractor of the Year awards.
8) Superior Home Services
2164 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington D.C. 20007
Superior Home Services has been serving Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. for more than 25 years. The company offers remodeling projects and home design services, with a focus on green remodeling and historic restorations. They specialize in high-end custom homes suited to family living.
Superior Home Services has earned several NARI Contractor of the Year Awards, including a 2013 custom home under $1M; a 2014 custom home over $1M; and a 2014 residential addition over $500k. The company’s work has been featured in publications like Home & Design and Arlington Magazine, and it was named a Remodeling Big 50 by Remodeling Magazine.
The company also works not only to make houses more energy efficient, but also to make them more comfortable, improve indoor air quality, reduce material waste, conserve resources, and use environmentally safe products. Superior Home Services aims to decrease your carbon footprint while increasing the value of your home at the same time. They also use today’s best building technologies and practices to restore and renovate some of Washington D.C.’s most historic houses.
PO Box 101148, Arlington, VA 22210-4148
This boutique design-build residential contractor, based in Arlington, VA, was founded by Michael Sauri and Deborah Sauri in 2005. Michael entered the building industry with a background in music, and Deborah in graphic design.
Over the years, their company has earned more than 30 awards and accolades for residential building and remodeling projects in Washington D.C. and in Arlington, VA. Their list of awards includes a 2016 Contractor of the Year Award through NARI for an entire house $75k-$1M. In 2011, the company earned a Remodeling Magazine’s Big 50 Award.
In one of the many projects featured on the company’s website, TriVistaUSA redefined a residence to make room for a growing family. The house was cramped and lacked a master suite altogether. The company added a major addition, then remodeled the existing structure to produce more light, space, and storage. The multiracial family also wanted a home that reflected its diversity. TriVistaUSA designed a fireplace to symbolize contrasting elements coming together in one dramatic whole. They built a sleek and modern, tiled gas fireplace that came with a linear gas diffuser. The mantel was a gnarly barn beam, which added a splash of personality. The decorative tile continues into the living room and mudroom, making the fireplace appear even larger and symbolizing longlasting unity.
6) Case Architects & Remodelers
1327 14th Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20005
The president and CEO of Case Architects & Remodelers, Bruce Case, holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and psychology from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from George Mason University, and he is a Certified Lead Carpenter. He has received an Image Award from NARI and was named one of the 40 industry leaders reshaping the remodeling industry by Professional Remodeler.
The company provides high-end additions and kitchen and bath remodels. It also offers attic and basement renovations, as well as decks, screened-in porches, entryways, patios, and porticos. Case Architects & Remodelers has served the Washington D.C. area for over 50 years; in that time, the company has earned more than 100 awards for excellence in areas like design and craftsmanship, customer service, and business innovation. Among these are multiple Master Design Awards for whole house remodels between $200k-$500k through Qualified Remodeler Magazine; multiple awards for additions around $100k through NARI and through Professional Remodeler Magazine; and multiple NARI Contractor of the Year awards for residential kitchens over $100k.
Case Design created the Fred Case Awards to provide funding for smaller, promising firms in the building industry—to date, $220k.
7900 Westpark Drive, Suite A180, McLean, VA 22102
BOWA, started in 1988, is a team of luxury remodeling experts serving the greater Washington D.C. area. The construction company was founded by Larry Weinberg and Josh Baker, college friends who began their own business a few years after graduating from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.
BOWA has earned more than 200 local and national awards for home building and home remodeling. Some of the most recent include two 2017 NARI Contractor of the Year Awards for an entire house over $1M and a bathroom over $100k. In 2017, the company was ranked Home & Design Magazine’s “Design Build Firm of the Year,” and it earned #10 in a national ranking of full-service remodelers through Remodeling Magazine. It earned third place Best Home Builder through Virginia Living Magazine.
The company’s interior and exterior remodel work is exquisite, with gourmet kitchens and breakfast rooms, formal dining rooms, and luxurious master suites and bathrooms. They have also built a number of living rooms, dramatic sunrooms, bar and wine rooms, home offices, and libraries. Many of their projects have also centered around rec and entertainment areas, sophisticated fireplaces, and contemporary foyers, entryways, and staircases.
4) Glass Construction
3307 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
For nearly 20 years, Glass Construction has collaborated with architects to create award-winning and nationally recognized residences in the Washington D.C. area. This construction company offers custom, full house renovations on homes belonging to any architectural period, with a focus on historic restoration, preservation, and adaptive reuse.
President and owner Tom Glass has three decades of experience in historic preservation and fine art. With his leadership, the company has received dozens of recognitions in the media for its work, and more than 30 awards through entities like NARI, Chrysalis, and American Institute of Architects (AIA). The company has also received Washingtonian awards, Home & Design Awards of Excellence, Potomac Valley Merit Awards for Excellence in Design, and Builder’s Choice Merit Awards through the NAHB. Some of these include a 2013 Contractor of the Year Grand Award through NARI for an entire house over $1M.
In 2011, the company earned a Home & Design Award of Excellence for an entire house over $1M. This property, a deep renovation of an 1815 Federal-style residence at 3255 N Street NW, Washington D.C., was done in collaboration with Jacobsen Architecture.
7059 Blair Road NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20012
For 27 years, Landis has been one of Washington D.C.’s top design-build companies. Their team is made up of expert carpenters, project managers, kitchen and bath designers, and award-winning architects. Landis is led by principals and brothers Chris Landis and Ethan Landis, who bring to the industry impressive credentials.
Chris attended Vassar College and Columbia Architecture School. He served on the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board and is a past president of the D.C. Metro-area chapter of NARI. Ethan earned his degrees at Swarthmore College and George Washington University. He is LEED-AP Certified, a member of the Mayor’s Green Building Advisory Board overseeing D.C.’s Green Building Act, and serves on the District’s Construction Code Coordinating Board.
The company offers a range of residential construction and remodeling services, with a focus on custom homes and whole-house remodels. They are affiliated with NARI, GuildQuality, AIA, and Remodelers Advantage. Landis has earned more than 128 awards and honors for its work on residential homes, including multiple awards from Qualified Remodeler and NARI for residential kitchens over $100k; a Chrysalis National Award for an Addition over $100k; and 2011 Contractor of the Year Award through NARI for a Residential Custom Home over $1M.
2) DE-Design Architecture & Construction
4358 Argyle Terrace NW, Washington, D.C. 20011
DE-Design is a multiple award-winning, design-build construction company whose work has been recognized by local, national, and international media. In 2016, the company’s annual gross income reached $2M. The company was founded in 2004 by Damian Parsons, a fourth-generation architect born in Argentina, and it focuses on residential and hospitality projects.
DE-Design has earned multiple NARI Contractor of the Year Awards for an entire house $750k-$1M; for multiple residential interiors under $250k; and for multiple custom homes less than $1M. The company has also received multiple Chrysalis Awards for projects like kitchen remodels $40k-$75k and bath remodels $40k-$75k.
DE-Design’s projects are luxurious and contemporary, but with historic touches that honor the region’s architectural heritage. Their Brandywine residence featured on their website includes high ceilings, exposed brick, stainless steel appliances, and floor-to-ceiling windows and doors overlooking scenic gardens. Another featured project, a Bethesda, MD, residence in prestigious Bradley Hills, is a brand-new, 9,920-square-foot home. This four-story house is luxurious, with six bedrooms, 10-foot-high ceilings, and a dual-side fireplace with marble surround. It boasts a gourmet kitchen with Quartzite counters, custom cabinets, and red oak floors. The house occupies a 37,761-square-foot lot and comes with a wrap-around cedar deck and circular driveway.
1) Michael Nash Design Build & Homes
| 8630A Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031
With 30 years of experience, Michael Nash offers building services in new custom homes, additions, basements and wine cellars, and green remodeling projects to upscale residential homes. The company offers a whole range of residential construction and remodeling services with focus in whole house remodeling, multi-level additions, kitchen, bathroom, basement remodels and outdoor living spaces solutions.
During the past decade, Michael Nash has earned more awards through NARI than any other firm in metropolitan Washington D.C., winning many Contractor of the Year Southeast Regional Awards and National Awards, and their work has appeared in dozens of local, regional, and national publications. In 2015, the company won a Contractor of the Year Award through NARI; two Pulse of the City News awards; and for the fifth consecutive year, a Talk of the Town Sapphire Award. Chrysalis has recognized the firm as the second highest award-winning firm in the nation by 2016. The company strives for environmental sustainability, using bamboo and cork materials for cabinets and flooring, concrete or quartz counters, and Energy Star appliances.
The company’s 2016 NARI Capitol Contractor of the Year Grand Award-winning project was for an entire house under $250k in prestigious McLean, VA. The homeowners sought a more contemporary look, so Michael Nash added a new front door made of glass with wrought iron patterns, installed an elegant crystal chandelier in the upscale foyer, and transformed the floor into white marble. The company removed walls to create more space, installed LED lighting throughout the house, and added a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. The home is now decorated with Persian Onyx, French doors, wide-plank espresso-finish cherry wood floors, and square, modern columns.
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