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Two First Place CotY Awards!

ART Design Build, COTY Award in home remodeling

We’re proud to announce that once again we have won two Contractor of the Year awards from the National Association of the Remodeling industry this year.

*First Place Creative Design
*First Place Residential Bath

To learn more about the honors we’ve received at ART Design Build from other prestigious associations and publications, please see our Honors page. To see our award-winning designs, please visit our Portfolio.


Visit A.R.T Design Build at the TW Perry Home Show

If you are considering building or remodeling or simply enjoy home improvement, join us on Saturday, April 2 at the TW Perry Home Show. Visit our booth to talk with us about all your upcoming plans and dreams and discover how we can help you with your home. At the show, you can also check out the  75 other exhibitors, join in on educational workshops, sign up for door prizes, and more. Plus, while you are learning how to improve your living space, your kids can enjoy crafts and activities designed especially for them.

A.R.T. Design Build Featured in Bethesda Magazine

A.R.T. Design Build is featured in Bethesda Magazine’s September/October issue for our “Igloo” project – our most eco-friendly build yet. We were approached to turn plans for a guest house into a truly sustainable space. Designed to use natural heating sources, the space will cost 50 to 60 percent less to heat and cool than a conventional home. See the building process from beginning to end here at our Igloo Blog.

Green Certified Professional

Green Certified Professional

Four ART Design Build team members have completed three months of course work and were certified by NARI on Dec 17 2009.

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!

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.

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ART Design Build is your Bethesda-based builder and remodeler since 1994. We specialize in kitchen and home remodeling in Washington DC.