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WOW – We feel just like Beyonce….

….we climbed onto the stage so many times last night at the NARI awards banquet.

At the gorgeous and huge new Bethesda Marriott Conference Center, in front of all of our peers, we won four Grand Awards and one Merit Award. In spite of the snowstorm, the room was full, the food was great and everyone looked wonderful in black tie and evening dress.  Although we have been a fixture in the remodeling community for 16 years, we are new to NARI and as newcomers we were given a warm welcome.  I will say that long time NARI members approached our table throughout the night to put a face on a well known name.

NOW – re-accepting credit cards

After discontinuing our merchant account last year as a result of exorbitant fees. Fees that we were reluctant to pass along to our clients. We have found a new option for those of you that would like to pile up the rewards miles (or points).

We have established a merchant account with PayPal. There are some real values to this approach.

  • We can accept all cards
  • Same fee for every card type (no pesky upcharge for AmEx)
  • Invoicing and payment done securely though Paypal (no exposing your credit card number to anyone)
  • If you have an email address, we can bill you

For all of 2010 we are splitting our normal 3% charge with any client that wishes to use the new service. Only an additional 1.5% to get all those miles!

Attention – we’re a CotY winner

We just got  the heads up from NARI Metro DC – we’ve placed in five of the CotY (Contractor of the Year) award categories that we had entered. This is huge as this is our first year as NARI members and this contest has a reputation of being the toughest judged one around. Now NARI doesn’t let it’s winners know where they placed (Grand, Merit or Finalist) within a specific category, we just have to wait for the awards banquet in January!

2009 Fall Open House

Our next open house showcases a kosher kitchen in the Upper 16th St. neighborhood. Please join us on Sunday November 8th.

Big win in Master Design Awards

Wow, five awards from Qualified Remodeler Magazine in their Master Design Awards contest. A big night for us. A special thanks to the designers, project managers and clients of all these wonderful works of ART.

Two Golds:                                                          One Silver:

Kitchen $50,000-$100,000  Room additions over $100,000  Room remodel

Two Honorable Mentions:

Bathrooms over $50,000  Whole house $200,000-$500,000

2009 Spring Open House

Our next open house is a fantastic whole house remodel in a West Bethesda neighborhood. Please join us on Sunday May 17th and see our best kitchen this year.


After all these years we join NARI

NARI memberfrom the NARI website:

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) was created to encourage and promote ethical conduct, sound business practices, professionalism as well as be a resource for consumers. NARI members are among the most knowledgeable and dedicated professionals in the remodeling industry. Membership in NARI assures consumers that they are choosing a licensed and insured professional with years of experience, dedication to ongoing training and adheres to the highest standards of ethical conduct.

So why did we decide now after 16 years? Well, we liked their philosophy about ethics and in the midst of the downturn there were all sorts of people trying to pass themselves off as contractors. We hate to see perspective clients taken in by bottom-feeders with low prices. We always believed that doing good work for a fair price and then standing behind our warranty will produce the best client experience. We admire NARI’s commitment to continuing education, probably the most valuable asset we’ve received since joining. All of our project managers and designers are enrolled in NARI certification programs.

Latest Kitchen From A.R.T. Design Build

We just completed this kitchen this spring. Check out our multiple images. We used a glass backsplash tile and a new kind of flooring. This kitchen was featured on the cover of Woman’s Day Kitchen & Bath.

2008 Fall Open House

Our fall open house is a wonderful whole house remodel in East Bethesda. Please join us on Sunday November 12th and see our best bathroom of the year.

2008 fall invite front           2008 fall invite back

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