Sandy Spring Builders has been in business for 38 years. Partners Phil Leibovitz, CEO, and Mimi Brodsky Kress, COO, and Ray Sobrino, president, spearhead a staff of 25 building custom homes and tackling large-scale renovations mainly in Montgomery County, DC, Northern Virginia and, recently, Annapolis. “We like to get involved early in the process,” Leibovitz says. “We take pride in working towards our clients’ goals with them—that means finances and budget as well as aesthetics and livability.”
Meeting clients’ goals requires flexibility. Sandy Spring Builders is a full-service firm that wears every hat, guiding the process from start to turnkey finish. The company is frequently the first stop for clients on the market for a custom home. Leibovitz and his team help find, analyze and purchase the right lot—which, in DC’s populous environs, is often a tear-down. They collaborate with clients’ architecture and design teams and can also recommend an architect who will best fit their clients’ needs and vision. Staff members with design certification or expertise are available to help with material selections or can work with an outside designer if clients prefer. And two of the team, with architecture degrees, prefer to build homes rather than just design.
Clients may also choose to implement an existing plan. “We’ve been in business so long, we have a war chest of prior projects to tap into,” Leibovitz explains. “It’s a great way to save on costs. We like to say we work for the client, not the architect or designer. We work towards the clients’ budget, whether it’s $1 million or $5 million.”
Recent projects by Sandy Spring have included architecturally designed custom homes and houses with existing floor plans customized to the client’s needs. The company builds in every style, from contemporary to traditional, and executes historic restorations and gut renovations that take a structure down to its shell.
Despite the challenges of covid, business at Sandy Spring Builders is thriving. Says Leibovitz, “I think people have realized that home is a much more important place than they might have thought. Our hundreds of homes and happy homeowners are proof that we are a reputable builder they can trust. They’re ready to invest in their homes with us.”