Tatari Construction began life in 2005 as a kitchen-and-bath remodeler. Founded by Ali Tatari after four years of hands-on construction experience in his uncle’s business, the company took off immediately. By 2008, four staff members had increased to 30, and Tatari launched a second enterprise, Tatari Design Center, a large kitchen-and-bath showroom in Lorton, Virginia. “We were completing 130 to 150 projects a year until 2011,” Tatari recounts. “That’s when we changed our model and began doing custom homes and renovations.”
Today, Tatari Construction completes a total of 20 custom homes and whole-house renovations a year. The big drop in volume is more than offset by the size and scope of the projects the company now tackles. “We don’t accept any jobs with a budget of less than $250,000,” Tatari says. “And we only work with clients who are willing to move out during construction.” This last requirement is not only for convenience, but it also provides a gauge of how extensive a project the client is envisioning.
Tatari and his team take pride in the speed and efficiency of their building process. “Our biggest strength is finishing projects on time or sooner, and always on the budget,” Tatari says. “We try to complete high-quality projects quickly.” A software program, updated daily, gives clients constant access to everything regarding their project, including permitting, scheduling, material orders, inspections and coordinating with subcontractors. “It’s a completely transparent system,” Tatari comments. “It includes open-book estimates so they can see there are no hidden fees.” Clients continue to have access to their project data after the project is complete, so if they need to replace something, later on, the relevant information remains at their fingertips.
While 70 percent of its projects are located in Northern Virginia, the rest are in Montgomery County, Maryland, and DC—where Tatari Construction is often tapped to convert row houses into condominiums, leaving the front façades intact and adding two or three stories to the rear to accommodate separate apartments.
While Tatari most enjoys building custom homes, he recognizes that, due to zoning restrictions, it is sometimes better to work with what’s already there. No matter what the project, the goal remains the same. “We want to be the most reputable building company in the DC area,” he says. “We want to grow with the quality work we do.”
FACTS & STATS
Tatari Construction has a staff of 30, with three project managers and four on-site supervisors.
Custom homes account for 70 percent of the work; the rest is large-scale additions and whole-house