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  • Custom Home
  • Bonner Addition
  • Kitchen Remodel
  • Cooke Night 116
  • Exterior Garden
  • Cabin Remodel
  • Basement Remodel

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“When we were deliberating whether to buy an intriguing 15-year-old home in Darnestown, we met with a representative from Hopkins and Porter to discuss the possibilities of remodeling it to fit our family's needs. We were immediately attracted to what we recognized as an important optimistic realism from H&P's Ken Hurdle. He was remarkable at listening, hearing and being careful to understand exactly what we were trying to achieve. He was never intimidated by the craziness of our ambitions but, at the same time, he was never hesitant to give us his honest professional outlook as to what those crazy dreams would factually entail. Over the following months, we learned we could completely trust the H&P team either to figure out ways to transform our visions into reality or to help us adjust our expectations into financial feasibility. Unexpected challenges that arose along the way - as happen in every remodeling project - hardly seemed to phase our H&P team. They almost welcomed them as interesting challenges and launched in to find creative solutions. We feel that the end product of our extended remodel job is a resounding success. The unfinished basement has been transformed into a combination of recreation rooms, bathrooms, sound-insulated bedroom, and a mahogany office of the most meticulous detailed craftsmanship. The new addition of a connected three-car garage with guest apartment was so masterfully built and with such careful matching of rock, paint, trim, etc. that it's nearly impossible to tell that it's not part of the original home. The H&P team stopped at nothing to make sure every detail of our project was completed to our full satisfaction. They demonstrated the highest standards of professional integrity and became lifelong friends to our family in the process. We couldn't give Hopkins and Porter any higher recommendation. Contact us and we'll gladly tell you more!”

- Peter and Heather Germantown, MD

Home Builders & Remodelers

HOPKINS & PORTER is a residential architecture design/build firm serving Northwest Washington, DC, Southern Montgomery County and select areas in Virginia. Our recognized designs have been transforming the way people live since 1977. Our expert staff of architects, remodelers and home builders work to fulfill your dreams while respecting your budget throughout the process. We also have Handymen to maintain your property in shipshape condition.

The ‘New Formal’ in Custom Built Homes

The ‘New Formal’ in Custom Built Homes

Real estate experts have noted that the young Millennial home buyers are not as concerned with having a formal living room or dining room. Custom homes today don't exclude formal living spaces at all. According to an article by D Home magazine, the formal living and dining rooms have not been completely eradicated from custom homes. Rather, they function in a new way. When hiring a design-build contractor to construct your custom built home in Maryland or Virginia, consider how you will use new formal living spaces. 

Tech-Free Zones in Custom Built Homes

Formal living rooms are no longer elegant parlor rooms perfect for serving biscuits and tea to guests. In fact, they are now used in the opposite way. Experts say today's formal living space is more of a getaway room. In many cases, people want to get away from televisions, laptops, and everything techie and digital. Homeowners often use the space as a multi-functional room or "flex space," with a wet bar or old-fashioned library to house a book collection. Most homeowners still need a place to showcase their more formal furniture and antiques handed down for generations. 

Custom Built Homes Make the Formal Dining Less Formal 

When it comes to the formal dining area, the space is still highly coveted by most homeowners. However, instead of having a very formal place to dine, today's formal dining rooms can accommodate casual parties. In addition to a dining area for hosting Thanksgiving dinner, the majority of people who want custom homes built want the popular eat-in kitchen area. Eat-in kitchen areas with French doors off to decks or outdoor livings spaces are especially appealing. Expansive picture windows or sliding glass doors make it possible to watch the leaves change colors or the snow falling while eating breakfast in a Maryland or Virginia home. 

A design-build contractor serving Maryland and Virginia customers since 1977, Hopkins & Porter can help you renovate the formal living and dining rooms in your current home or design and build a custom home with modern spaces to reflect today's living patterns. For more information on the services we provide, please contact us.

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What our clients say...

“Hopkins & Porter's service was very responsive to our requirements, on budget, and extremely well executed; Hopkins & Porter was a pleasure to work with because they listened and responded to our needs and concerns, brought the job in on budget, and their work and the finished product exceeded our highest expectations."
Bill & Laura P. - Potomac, MD

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