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H&P's Ray Hornsby Judges 2015 Skills USA Regional Competition

Ray Hornsby at Thomas Edison HSFeb. 11, 2015—Ray Hornsby was a judge in the Carpentry competition in the 2015 Skills USA Regional Competition held at Thomas Edison High School of Technology in Silver Spring on Feb. 11.

More than 130 students competed in categories that included carpentry, plumbing, culinary arts, and computer maintenance. Students from Montgomery and Prince George's County participated and finalists earned the chance to compete in the state finals later this year.

Hopkins & Porter has had a long relationship with Thomas Edison, first when we lost two of our carpenters Chris Haddad and Don Wheatley to become teachers in the Carpentry program at Thomas Edison HS of Technology, and then subsequently hiring several of their graduating students.

The February 11th competition asked students to build two walls at a 90-degree angle, one with a window rough opening and the other with a door rough opening. They needed to construct a rafter for a roof on top and a set of stairs coming out the door. For a full description and video click here. Ray enjoyed his experience, "It is a really good program. Carpentry is a dying trade. I think we need to help the kids along, or we will have no carpenters in 10 years to work on our houses."

Bathrooms of Bliss

July 9, 20143—A bathroom makeover by Hopkins & Porter was recently reviewed in the Connection Newspapers.


top kitchen designTop Designs of 2013

January 8, 2014—Local builders look back on their most impressive spaces in an article in the Connection Newspapers. Guy Semmes, of named a whole house renovation that resulted in a clean, modern space as one of Hopkins & Porter’s top jobs. The remodel included a white kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Read more...

Hopkins & Porter Construction, Inc. Recognized as a 2013 Guildmaster!

Guild QualityApril 30, 2013—The Guildmaster Awards celebrate service excellence in the building, remodeling, contracting, and real estate professions. Each year, GuildQuality gives special recognition to the companies that demonstrate an ability to deliver a consistently superior customer experience.

In granting awards, GuildQuality considers two primary metrics for each candidate: the percentage of customers who would recommend and the percentage of customers who responded. In order to receive a Guildmaster Award, a member must achieve a recommendation rate of 90% or greater. In the home building, remodeling, and real estate industry, the average customer recommendation rate for businesses is approximately 70%.

For the award, GuildQuality reviewed more than 14,000 surveys. Because of their high ranking in customer satisfaction, Hopkins & Porter has earned recognition as a Guildmaster!

See the GuildQuality's survey of Hopkins & Porter's customers.

A Finishing Touch

October 17, 2012—Local designers share tips for choosing finishes when remodeling a kitchen. Hopkins & Porter's Lea Allen, chimes in. Read more....

Hopkins & Porter Featured in the Washington Examiner

The March 25, 2010 issue of the Washington Examiner featured a Hopkins & Porter project in their Home & Garden section in an article entitled "temporary addition unifies indoors with out in Damascus." Read the article or view more of this project in our Portfolio.


Hopkins & Porter Wins 2010 NARI "Grand Prize in Creative Design"

01/31/10—The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Metro DC Chapter awarded Hopkins & Porter Construction, Inc. of Potomac, Maryland Contractor of the Year (CotY) Grand Award for their design and construction of a sweeping rear addition to a local home. This coveted recognition was celebrated during NARI’s 2009 Capital CotY Awards ceremony on January 30, 2010, at the Marriott in North Bethesda, Maryland. The judges chose from among almost 200 entries, projects submitted by the DC area’s top remodeling and design-build firms. In the past 10 years that Hopkins & Porter has had its own Architecture Department, they have won the Grand Award for Creative Design every year they have submitted an entry in this category. This is particularly a tribute to in-house architect Kai Tong AIA whose winning designs have received 5 of these awards, one for each of the years since he began working for Hopkins & Porter.

The winning project, a rear addition to a traditional home in Damascus, Maryland, opened up cramped and dark interiors to a beautiful backyard. The final product included designing and building a living room expansion, a new family room with arced balcony, a mid-level landing, and a lower flagstone patio with stone fire pit. The design succeeded in unifying the kitchen, family room, and living room spaces which had previously felt isolated from each other and from the outdoors and natural light. The arc of the floor to ceiling rear glass wall and curved roof, which pitches upwards to the clouds, offers an ever changing panoramic painting of the great outdoors. The owners say a new energy has enlivened their entire home. A semicircular balcony cantilevers over the yard and reinforces the addition’s overall curved geometry. A separate intermediate deck transitions to the lower flagstone patio.


Gathering for the check presentation are, from left to right, Josh Jeffries of the Rotary Club of Potomac; Brian Yong of PolyTech Roofing & Siding; John Paukstis, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, and Guy Semmes, principal of Hopkins & Porter Construction, Inc.


Habitat for Humanity Receives Big Check from Hopkins & Porter

(7/25/09) Hopkins & Porter partnered with its associates, sub-contractors, and suppliers and the Rotary Club of Potomac for the 7th year to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County (HFH-MC). H&P staff, Habitat volunteers and families, and Rotary Club members gathered at the Big Train Baseball in Cabin John Park for a pre-game picnic (the game was called because of heavy rains and thunderstorm).

Read article in the Potomac Almanac

Washington Spaces Cover and Feature Article

Washington Space Magazine Cover Jan/Feb Issue 2009

(01/01/09) Hopkins & Porter has been published in the January/February 2009 Issue Washington Spaces Magazine for a renovation done on 100 year old cabin. (See photos and job progress).

The concept and design of the renovation was by Hopkins & Porter's resident architect, Kai Tong, AIA, and built by Hopkins and Porter's craftsmen, led by Don Lowery and Ray Hornsby.

Go to Spaces Magazine, to read the full article or to see more photos.

Adopt-A-Road Clean-up Day

2009 Adopt-A-Road Program Democracy Blvd.

Left to Right: Todd McPhee, Mike Wilkenson, Corey Janis, Joe Leonard, Jimmy Jackson, Ray Hornsby, Kai Tong and Lea Allen (not shown).


(01/08/09) Hopkins & Porter is part of the MC Adopt-a-road program. We maintain the section of Democracy between 7-Locks and Newbridge. This is a volunteer commitment with the county to schedule 4 clean ups of your section of the road each year, and to notify them of any major trash violations or dumping. We usually take care of these interim problems ourselves.

Visit Montgomery County adopt-a-road program to learn more.