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The Best Design Build Firms in Washington, DC

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For everyday individuals and families, foodies and sports enthusiasts, young professionals and digital nomads, Washington, DC is a perfect location to live. Whether you’re relocating to DC from across the country or from overseas, you’ll be able to appreciate all that comes with living in the area.

This list contains Washington’s top design-build contractors that can create beautiful houses while providing various services. Our team chose these firms based on their previous projects, accolades, industry affiliations, and media coverage.


Anthony Wilder Design/Build

7913 Macarthur Blvd., Cabin John, MD 20818

Anthony Wilder Design/Build, Inc. (AWDB) is a fully integrated architecture, construction, and interior design company for discerning people passionate about their homes and expecting a quality product and experience. Specializing in custom homes and remodeling, AWDB prides itself on building client relationships beyond the duration of the project. Since 1990, the firm has been consistently recognized within the industry and by The Wall Street Journal, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and many other local and national publications.

Anthony and Elizabeth Wilder lead the team to create custom architecture with an artful flair. Years of experience in architecture and construction complement the studio’s mission of building unique structures that are decidedly different because they reflect individual identities.

AWDB is proud to be affiliated with various industry organizations, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).


BOWA

7900 Westpark Dr., Suite A180, McLean, VA 22102

BOWA specializes in luxury renovations, including kitchens and owners’ suites to whole-house and condo remodels, emphasizing exceptional client experiences and outstanding client advocacy. BOWA’s design-build professionals take homeowners through every stage of the renovation process, from the initial concept of the project through architecture and construction and beyond. More than 80% of the firm’s projects each year come from returning clients and referrals, which it believes speaks to the experience of working with BOWA.

Its client-first approach to remodeling has earned BOWA an unprecedented level of loyalty and trust. It proudly serves clients throughout the Greater Washington area and Virginia’s Horse Country and is recognized by NARI, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association.


Case Design/Remodeling

1327 14th St. NW., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005

Since 1961, Case Design/Remodeling has inspired homeowners in the Washington, DC metro area with its services ranging from design-build, general remodeling, kitchens and baths, remodeling, to additions. The studio handles design ideas, material selections and project construction as a design-build firm. Its in-house team of project developers, designers, project managers, and skilled artisans work together to create a project unique to every homeowner. After completing the work, it stands behind it with an industry-leading five-year transferable warranty.

Case Design/Remodeling has design studios in Washington, Bethesda, Falls Church, and Alexandria, as well as a portfolio of awards for design, artistry, and business. Its most recent recognition is being among the 2022 Top 500 Remodelers presented by Qualified Remodeler. But most importantly, the company has designed and built projects for thousands of delighted clients. Moreover, the firm is affiliated with NARI and NAHB.


Glickman Design Build

15757 Crabbs Branch Wy., Rockville, MD 20855

Glickman Design Build (GDB) specializes in creating beautiful and highly-functional home designs and home remodels. GDB focuses on signature design and accessible design. The firm focuses on upscale design and remodeling for the signature design division, with projects including single and multi-level additions, kitchen additions, expansions, renovations, and bathroom additions. GDB’s accessible design section focuses on “upscale invisible visit-ability” for families with special needs children and aged individuals with mobility issues.

Glickman Design Build’s founder and principal, Russ Glickman, has over 33 years of expertise in designing and renovating houses. Mr. Glickman is deeply committed to helping the special needs and aging adult populations, mainly because he is the parent of a special needs kid and has lived with and cared for an aging parent.

Some of GDB’s works have piqued the interest of the press and were featured by Connection, Washington Post, Tysons Magazine, Fairfax Times, Remodeling Magazine, Qualified Remodeler Magazine, Potomac Almanac, Bethesda Magazine, Alexandria Gazette, and Washingtonian.


Carnemark

7550 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 120, Bethesda, MD 20814

Since 1987, Washington, DC-area clients have enjoyed the award-winning combination of practicality and beauty the firm has helped bring home. Carnemark creates design-build solutions that flow, meeting practical needs in modern life through a client-responsive and environmentally sensitive approach. The company’s step-by-step process ensures clients have an accessible, accountable professional leading every stage of their remodel, from start to finish.

Carnemark specializes in whole-house, kitchen, addition, master suite remodels, master bathroom, renovations, remodeling, building, construction, architecture, and design. Currently leading the team as founder and owner is Jonas Carnemark, a Certified Remodeler (CR), Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) and Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP). Lauded as a top designer and builder, Jonas has been a judge at national remodeling competitions, such as the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Annual Design Awards, and has been regularly recognized as one of Home & Design magazine’s Portfolio of 100 Top Designers.


Wentworth Studio

8401 Connecticut Ave., Suite 310, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Wentworth, Inc. is a design-build firm specializing in residential remodeling. The company provides architecture, interior design, and construction services to homeowners in the Washington, DC, metro area. Its staff excels in a collaborative approach to design and construction that produces highly successful projects for homeowners.

Bruce J. Wentworth, a well-known remodeling architect who has worked in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region for over 20 years, founded Wentworth. He has created hundreds of his ideas, ranging from simple bungalows to grandiose luxury estates. Wentworth’s method, which combines delicate renovation with integrated aesthetics, has resulted in his and his creative team’s work being featured in House Beautiful, American Bungalow, The New York Times, and HGTV. His commitment to home design and construction is shown in his vast articles and featured projects in Architecture DC, Washingtonian, Luxury Homes, and other publications. He has received project honors from NARI, Qualified Remodeler, Professional Remodeler, and Remodeling Magazine.


Landis Architects & Builders

7059 Blair Rd. NW., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20012

Since 1990, Landis Architects & Builders has been helping people create their dream homes. As one of Washington, DC’s top renovation companies, it has the architectural and construction experience for its clients’ total home remodeling needs, including additions, whole-house renovations, historic homes, kitchens, bathrooms, interior design, and more. Founded by brothers Chris and Ethan Landis, the company was created with a commitment to quality, service, and innovation. Over the years, much has changed as the firm has grown in size and reputation, but its dedication to its original commitments remains the same.

Ethan Landis previously sat on the District’s Construction Code Coordinating Board, helping the city establish green construction codes. He served two terms on the Mayor’s Green Building Advisory Board that helps oversee DC’s Green Building Act, and is also a Rock Creek Conservancy board member. Under his watch and with the help of the seasoned experts behind the firm, it has been recognized as the 2021 Guildmaster Award Winner and was also the recipient of the 2020 NARI Grand Award for Residential Bath Under the $50,000 to $75,000 Category.


Sun Design

6862 Elm St., Suite 330, McLean, VA 22101

At Sun Design, understanding the intrinsic beauty of natural light is at the heart of what it does and has been since the company was founded over three decades ago. The company applies years of experience to every home renovation project, creating unique, personal solutions for every client. Whether homeowners desire a comfortable spot to enjoy the Sunday paper or a great space to entertain, it is steadfast in its dedication to bringing their vision to reality.

Craig Durosko launched Sun Design Remodeling in 1988 to help people with their homes. He has been instrumental in growing a one-person sunroom repair and deck-building shop into a successful architectural design-build company with more than 50 employees. Craig has been on the NARI’s Metro DC chapter board and has served as its education chairperson for several years. He has received two Image Awards and the President’s Award from NARI.


Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes

8630A Lee Hwy., Fairfax, VA 22031

Michael Nash Custom Kitchens and Homes is a local Northern Virginia remodeling company focusing on remodeling kitchens, baths, additions, and extensions. The firm was launched in 1985 and serves Fairfax, Sterling, Arlington, Clifton, Falls Church, McLean, Merrifield, and beyond. It currently runs under the leadership of CEO and president Sonny Nazemian.

Michael Nash Custom Kitchens and Homes has been consistently lauded by industry organizations and press members for its exceptional work. It has been honored as the 2022 NARI CotY National Winner for Universal Design and also holds affiliations with NARI, the NAHB, NKBA, and the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association.


Bowers Design Build

6715 Whittier Ave., Suite 200, McLean, VA 22101

Bowers Design Build is one of Northern Virginia’s most renowned design-build firms, inside and outside the industry. Whether clients want a whole house remodel, major addition, a new master suite, or a rejuvenated kitchen, Bowers has the time-tested processes and relationships it takes to make the remodeling experience the best in the business.

Leading the Bowers team is founder and CEO Bruce Bowers, who has been in the construction business for most of his life. His grandfather and father were construction experts, and he opened his first construction company at age 18. Bruce works alongside John Coburn, Jr., who serves as the firm’s president. John is the past president and chairman of the board of the Professional Remodeling Organization (PRO) Mid-Atlantic Chapter, a professional industry association. His management background with several large corporations is a tremendous asset to Bowers’ clients.

Under Bruce and John’s watch, Bowers Design Build has appeared on the pages of Arlington Magazine, Remodeler Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, Washington Spaces, Professional Remodeler, and Washingtonian.


TriVistaUSA

925 N. Garfield St., Suite 106, Arlington, VA 22201

TriVistaUSA is a family-owned boutique design-build firm headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Founded in 2005, the company was tested early on by the economic climate of 2008. Owners and founders Michael and Deborah Sauri built the company as a team around the central mission of providing high-quality and creative designs with an aesthetic yet practical flair woven into their client’s lifestyle needs. Not only did Michael and his team stay afloat, but they also flourished, gaining attention, accolades, and over 40 related awards, including being voted Best Builder by the readers of Arlington Magazine in 2021. Michael Sauri has recently been named the President of The Professional Remodeling Organization, Mid-Atlantic chapter (PRO Mid-Atlantic).

TriVistaUSA holds affiliations with various industry organizations, including NARI, NKBA, the ASID, Remodelers Advantage, and GuildQuality.


FineCraft Contractors

104 Summit Hall Rd., Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Since 1985, FineCraft has been developing houses, additions, kitchens, baths, and the whole gamut of home improvement for families. Its legacy is happy homeowners enjoying the newly-created spaces it has built for them decades after the completed project. The company not only strives for perfection with each project but also embraces a collaborative approach to every home improvement project. FineCraft encourages homeowners and architects alike to adopt the philosophy that any project is as successful as the team players working with each other and for each others’ satisfaction and well-being.

Leading FineCraft is owner George Papaheraklis. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor in Architecture in 1983. In 1985, George decided to establish a construction company since he enjoyed building the structures more than drawing them. His specializations include home additions, renovations, remodeling, floors, decks, patios, porches, kitchens, bathrooms, and sunrooms.

Author

  • Jake Gustafson

    Jake has served as Senior Editor at DC Architects and brings a wealth of experience rooted in his passion for building. Holding a degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University, he actively engaged in industry-related activities, including membership in the Associated General Contractors of America student chapter and participation in the Associated Schools in Construction student competition. Previously, Jake served as a project engineer for a prominent general contractor in Portland, where he played a pivotal role in various aspects of construction projects, from pre-construction to subcontractor management. His expertise extends to working on innovative projects, such as North America's largest CLT commercial building. Expertise: Commercial Construction, Commercial Remodeling, Home Design and Build Key Highlights: Editor at DC Architects, Project Engineer for Portland-based general contractor, Field Engineer for the largest CLT commercial building in North America Education: Oregon State University, Degree in Construction Engineering Management