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Mosaic Tile Party The local design community gathered for a festive event at Mosaic Tile in Rockville, where they browsed the latest tile and stone products. Canned-food donations were collected for NourishNow.


Dulles Electric Party hosted Designer Night with author and TV personality Libby Langdon. During the evening, Langdon presented three lighting collections she designed for Crystorama.


KONST SieMatic celebrated the opening of its sleek Bethesda showroom at 7550 Wisconsin Avenue with a festive reception. Invitees were asked to wear “iconic James Bond” attire. Showroom Debut

IFDA "Take A Seat" Party Members of IFDA-DC gathered at Room & Board in DC to auction off custom chairs that were created by 15 local design teams. Home & Design was a sponsor of the event; proceeds benefited Team Red, White & Blue.

Masquerade Ball IFDA-DC held its second masquerade ball at Capitale DC. Home & Design was a sponsor of the event, which benefited Team Red, White & Blue.



Inside Look Party: H&D January/February 2015 JANUARY 13, 2015

Jan15Cvr_proof.tiffHome & Design launched its January/February issue in KONST-SieMatic’s spectacular new Bethesda showroom, which spotlights the company’s latest kitchen cabinetry in creative vignettes.


DC Design House: Before & After The 2014 DC Design House transformed a classic but dated 8,000-square-foot, stone center-hall Colonial located in Northwest DC’s picturesque Forest Hills neighborhood. The house and grounds showcased the work of 27 area design teams whose innovative ideas and creative execution imparted 21st-century style to the traditional 1929 home. Scroll through the following photographs for before and after views. After photography by Angie Seckinger; before photography by Jesse Snyder.


DECEMBER 9, 2014 Inside Look Party: Chesapeake Views November/December 2014

ChesapeakeCvr.tiffHome & Design celebrated the publication of the Fall issue of Chesapeake Views at a special reception at The Appliance Source in Annapolis.  Guests mingled and explored the showroom’s numerous kitchen displays.

Home & Design celebrated the launch of its November/December 2014 issue with a reception at ADU’s new showroom in Gaithersburg. Guests browsed displays showcasing the latest in kitchen appliances.


When the level of client interaction and attention to detail is as important as the quality of the work performed, Great Falls Construction (GFC) is an invaluable project partner. We are dedicated to the art of custom-home building, acting as advocate and advisor to educate clients on the best materials, products and cost-effective processes to maximize the value of their investment.

What should prospective clients know about your firm?
Our custom-home building approach is focused on you—we listen to your needs, goals and desires, to tailor the appropriate levels of support and guidance throughout the entire project process.

What are your goals when embarking on a custom home?
Sharing our expertise so clients can make informed decisions with respect to cost, schedule and value; maintaining communication between team members, including the owner, architect, subcon-tractors, vendors and consultants; and building a client relationship that endures beyond delivery of the project.

What’s special about your approach to a custom-building project?
We assign a project manager in the design phase to define the overall scope of work, budget and schedule and to help the client navigate the process. A project superintendent oversees daily activities, efficiency of resources and quality of work. Every project benefits from the skills and experience of this dedicated team, combined with oversight from executive management.

What inspired you to become a custom builder?
Growing up, I was always intrigued by the building process but never considered making it my career. I started on the financial side of commercial construction and have experienced every project perspective: financial underwriter, general contractor, owners representative and subcontractor. Applying that experience to the more personal involvement of working with the homeowner to fulfill their vision has been incredibly rewarding.

Price Range of Finished Projects:
Renovations: $100,000 +
New Homes: $1 million +

Year Established: 1979
Employees in Firm: 10

Great Falls Construction
10132 Colvin Run Road, Suite G
Great Falls, Virginia 22066


Bay Watch Now part of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland, the Hooper Strait Lighthouse was built in 1879 to guide ships through the treacherous shoals of Hooper Strait. Today, museum-goers are welcome to tour this traditional “screwpile” lighthouse, climb the hatch and stand watch for incoming vessels. © DAVE HARP/CHESAPEAKEPHOTOS.COM

Ask the Pros: Construction
What materials best withstand the elements in a waterfront setting?

Most traditional siding materials are suitable for waterfront homes, but the amount of maintenance varies. Natural wood requires much more upkeep than a concrete or synthetic product, while brick or stone will be more expensive initially but require less maintenance in the long run. Building science has changed dramatically. Houses are far more airtight than ever before, requiring the total wall package (insulation, sheathing, vapor barriers, etc.) to be designed very carefully. The installation of these materials is critical. Don’t cut costs on windows; spend extra money for a better window and you won’t regret it. For decks, synthetic products are popular for easy maintenance. For those who want a natural wood look, îpe is a durable, rot-resistant exotic hardwood harvested from well-managed forests. —Brad Lundberg, Lundberg Builders, Stevensville, Maryland

HOME&DESIGN, published bi-monthly by Homestyles Media Inc., is the premier magazine of architecture and fine interiors for the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia region.

The company also publishes an annual H&D Sourcebook of ideas and resources for homeowners and professionals alike. H&D Chesapeake Views is published bi-annually and showcases fine home design and luxury living in and around the Chesapeake Bay.

The H&D Portfolio of 100 Top Designers spotlights the superior work of selected architects, interior designers and landscape architects in major regions of the US.

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