A stone-and-brick luxury home with an open plan © Bob Narod
Principals Antonio and Francisca Alonso. © Julian Alonso
A kitchen with a neutral palette, large-format walnut floors and a ledger-stone veneer backsplash. © Ali Rizvi
A two-sided fireplace with ledger-stone veneer. © Bob Narod

AV Architects + Builders

AV Architects + Builders is an award-winning architect-builder of custom luxury homes and major renovations that has been in business in the Washington, DC, area since 2001. The firm offers a unique, integrated design-build process that ensures the clients’ dream stays alive through the entire build phase and is fully realized in the finished home.

What shifts are you seeing in how people use their homes?
There is a great need for homeowners to find tranquility at home. Rooms that offer relaxed entertaining, gourmet cooking and outdoor living have become must-haves in today’s modern homes. Rooms that are rarely used have become obsolete.

How do you help homeowners achieve their dream home on a budget?
Everyone has a budget. Whatever yours is, we want to maximize its potential and give you the most for your investment. We require our clients to invest in professional design services to achieve their dream home.

What qualities should an architect bring to a renovation project?
A client once called us “solution builders,” and this is very true. Renovation projects are driven by multiple problems in a home and the search for a master solution tailored to the client. The key is to solve the problems economically on paper rather than during construction when costs are high.

How does the site inform your design?
The site is everything when it comes to developing a concept plan for a home; it’s the make-or-break factor. A consideration of sun orientation, wind direction, topography and great views is fundamental to the creation of a functional and beautiful home.

AV Architects + Builders
9903 Georgetown Pike, Suite 201
Great Falls, Virginia 22066

Price Range of Finished Projects: $250,000 to $3.5 million
Year Established: 2001
Employees in Firm: 6