Ilex Construction & Woodworking, Northwest DC; 202-360-4387; other locations in Baltimore, Easton, Middleburg, and Hot Springs, Va.; ilexconstruction.com. Doug Croker leads this company, whose staff of more than 150 craftspeople specializes in historic renovation.
Landis Construction Corporation, Northwest DC; 202-726-3777; landisconstruction.com. The Landis brothers—Ethan, an MBA, and Chris, an architect—do high-end additions and facelifts. They have one LEED-accredited designer on staff and are working on a LEED Platinum residential project in Georgetown with solar electricity, solar heating, and sustainable landscaping.
Levine Group Architects & Builders, Silver Spring; 301-585-4848; thelevinegroup.com. Jerry Levine has more than 30 years of experience as a builder and remodeler. His design/build firm specializes in midsize to large projects and provides architectural, construction, and interior-design services. The firm is renovating the historic embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Lofgren Construction, Laytonsville; 301-948-3277; lofgrenconstruction.com. In business more than 20 years, Mike Lofgren’s eight-person firm specializes in high-end construction of both modern and traditional houses. In 2007, the company started its House Husband program, a service designed to provide seasonal, preventive-care maintenance.
Madden Corporation, Rockville; 301-881-6669; maddencci.com. Mike Madden, a carpenter and cabinetmaker, started his firm in 1981; it’s grown to a 15-person operation with an average job of $500,000. Madden’s team does everything from ultra-contemporary to traditional, mostly in Arlington, Northwest DC, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and Potomac.
Mark IV Builders, Bethesda; 240-395-0400; markivbuilders.com. Engineer Mark Scott, who is a NARI green-certified professional, and his ten-person team work mostly in Montgomery County, upper Northwest DC, and Arlington. The design/build firm does lots of “contempolonials,” or Colonial exteriors paired with contemporary interiors. The firm strives for efficiency—its average project is $350,000 and is completed in 13 weeks.
Mauck, Zantzinger & Associates, Northwest DC; 202-363-8501; mauckzantzinger.com. Michael Mauck and Richard Zantzinger teamed up in 1991 to form a company specializing in large- and medium-size renovations and additions as well as custom homes in Northwest DC, Chevy Chase, and Bethesda. They recently renovated a Georgetown Federal-style home in which they merged the kitchen into a 600-square-foot greenhouse.
McNamara Brothers, Silver Spring; 301-589-3767. Robert and Michael McNamara work closely with architects on high-end renovations and additions mostly in Northwest DC, Bethesda, and Chevy Chase. In business more than 25 years, the firm also does historic preservation; instead of tearing down a historic Chevy Chase house to make way for a larger one, they moved and restored it.
Merrick Design and Build, Kensington; 301-946-2356; remodelwithmerrick.com. David Merrick, who has an architecture degree and has worked in construction and engineering, founded this company 20 years ago. He says his 11-person team is very conscious of working within a client’s budget.
M.T. Puskar Construction Company, Flint Hill; 540-675-1510; mtpuskar.com. Michael Puskar and Christopher Stanton formed this design/build firm in 1990. Their 15-person team specializes in custom homes and residential renovations and additions. Their renovation of a farmhouse in Washington, Virginia, won five AIA awards and was featured on HGTV.
O’Neill Development, Gaithersburg; 301-840-9310; oneilldev.com. Brendan O’Neill’s 34-year-old contracting firm takes on everything from small renovations to new construction, working mostly in Northwest DC, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and Potomac and on the Eastern Shore. The 18-member staff includes a LEED-accredited project manager and a Green Advantage–certified estimator. O’Neill’s team recently reassembled a 150-year-old barn from Pennsylvania on the Eastern Shore.
Peterson and Collins, Northwest DC; 202-234-4500; petersonandcollins.com. Ted Peterson and George Collins teamed up more than 30 years ago; their 28-person team, which comes highly recommended by area architects, specializes in high-end houses, renovations, and additions in styles from traditional to ultramodern.
Potomac Valley Builders, Bethesda; 301-656-9422; potomacvalleybuilders.com. With more than 50 years of experience between them, Daryl Landis and Gerald Witmer lead a team that does work in Montgomery County, Northwest DC, and Northern Virginia. Recent projects have included adding a rounded metal barrel roof to a house in Bethesda and completely renovating a 90-year-old farmhouse in Middleburg that retained its original roof and stone walls.
SBR Construction Company, Silver Spring; 301-388-2320. In business 35 years, Mike Baker specializes in high-end remodeling for medium and large projects in Montgomery County, Northwest DC, and Fairfax County. Last spring, Baker’s team built an addition that included an octagonal home theater.
Schroeder Design/Build, Fairfax; 703-449-1700; schroederdesignbuild.com. This family-run design/build firm specializes in additions—including kitchens, baths, and family rooms—in Northern Virginia.
Sun Design Remodeling Specialists, Burke; 703-425-5588; sundesigninc.com. In business 21 years, this design/build firm works in Northern Virginia and specializes in additions and major remodeling of kitchens, baths, basements, master suites, and outdoor spaces. It recently built an indoor soccer court in a finished basement in Haymarket, a project that won a national award.
We Design Build, McLean, 703-288-3090; Northwest DC, 202-333-3422; wedb.com. Owner Kaya Biron, an architect, leads a team of 20 that specializes in high-end traditional houses. The 19-year-old company also has three other architects on staff.
Wentworth, Chevy Chase; 240-395-0705; wentworthstudio.com. Architect Bruce Wentworth specializes in remodeling older urban homes. His 23-year-old design/build firm won six local and one national 2009 Contractor of the Year awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
Winchester Construction Company, Millersville; 410-987-5905; winchesterconstruction.net. Bert Winchester works on custom homes and renovations mostly in Chevy Chase and Northwest DC as well as on the Eastern Shore and in Annapolis. The company’s 70-person staff includes one LEED-accredited project manager.