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Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and Montgomery County, Maryland

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Metro’s General Contracting Services

Metro Building and Remodeling Group offers residential general contracting services for homeowners in parts of Northern Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland who wish to use their own architect to create their project’s plans.

As your project’s general contractor, Metro can manage the entire remodeling or building process from start to finish, as well as offer some additional services your architect may not.

MBRG was the General Contractor for this den remodel in Northern Virginia

Metro Offers You Choices

We offer two modes of developing and executing your project. The first mode is design-build, where we serve as your architect, designer, and general contractor for your project. The second mode is general contracting, where we work with you and your architect.

If you are not sure which approach is best for you, please contact us. We are happy to talk to you and provide you information about both approaches so you can make an informed decision as to what’s best for you and your project.

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If You Select The Architect and General Contractor Approach…

We offer you additional choices of how we can work with you and your architect.

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Client Comments

George and his team finished our basement over the 2016-17 holidays.

They were highly organized, communicated very well with my husband and me, and did a beautiful job!

I can't say enough about George's clear communication and organization. He stayed on top of every minor change so that we always knew exactly where we stood. And, his crew is great!

I would go back to MBRG in a heartbeat.
George and his team finished our basement this past June.

...they did an amazing job. We love everything about it. They were great to work with and each night ... they cleaned up.

They took their time and you can see that they really care about their work. The best part is, they helped us stay on budget.

We would highly recommend George and his Team at Metro Builders.
Charlie and Amy
Excellent Job! George and the MBRG team exceeded our expectations.

After a very difficult recent experience with a different contractor, we were definitely gun shy to move forward.

George quickly put us at ease and went above and beyond to ensure quality and make sure our needs were being met.

The process went very smooth and we are extremely pleased with the end result.

Thank you MBRG. Well done!
I had the pleasure of working with MBRG, for a deck, patio and landscaping project on our home. ... the work was outstanding, and exactly the enhancements we were looking for to our home.

George Kall and his team were first-class professionals ...

I would strongly recommend engaging with George and the MBRG team for any indoor/outdoor project needs, be it for decks, patios, basements, etc.
MBRG finished our basement a couple of months ago -and we love it. They were awesome!

They were very professional, always arrived on time and kept to schedule, and had great ideas. Plus George and the team are super nice and friendly.

I would unequivocally recommend MBRG for your remodeling needs!
I just used MBRG to finish our basement. They were awesome!

They were very professional, always arrived on time and kept to schedule, and had great ideas. Plus George and the team are super nice and friendly.

I would unequivocally recommend MBRG for your remodeling needs!

1) If Your Plans are Completed

Elevation drawings for Alexandria home addition

If your project’s plans are already prepared, as your general contractor, we will review them and provide you a cost proposal.

But we will do more. If we see something your architect specified and if we know of other options that may serve you better, we will suggest them.

Some examples:

  • Your architect may have specified a particular brand of siding for an addition. We may know another brand that is essentially the same or better and is no more expensive or less expensive.
  • We may be able to suggest alternative options for things like lighting, windows, flooring, cabinets, and the like that will work as well, look as good, and may save you money.
  • We may know that homeowners have had problems with something your architect suggested or specified, and we can suggest alternatives to you and your architect.

2) If Your Plans Haven’t Even Started (The recommended approach)

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As your general contractor, Metro can provide you the most benefit if we work with you and your architect from the very start of the design process. The benefits we can provide you by working with your architect from the beginning of your project include:

  • We will better understand what you are planning to do and why. This allows us to offer recommendations, alternative solutions, and options to you and your architect along the way, based on our years of remodeling and building projects.
  • Architects aren’t usually that familiar with current construction, product, and building material costs. Therefore, they tend to underestimate the likely cost of projects. And, sometimes, they underestimate a project’s real cost by a fair amount. This can lead to problems.
  • As your project is being designed, we can provide you and your architect with cost and other feedback at various stages of the project. This feedback can even be early in the process and include the likely cost of what is being planned. This helps prevent you from having your project fully designed and specified only to find out it far exceeds your budget or desired cost range. All too often, we find that this is the case.
  • Whenever MBRG (or any contractor for that matter) isn’t involved with a project from the beginning and isn’t providing cost input as the design progresses, architects tend to create plans based mostly on what their client desires and what they respond to positively when seeing the architect’s ideas.
  • We can provide general estimates of cost as the project begins, and during its early stages. Once the plans are firmed up enough, but not fully completed, and with your input, such as for expected product selections, we can provide you a tighter estimate, so you and your architect will know if the project is on target with your budget. Metro and our designers can also help you with product and materials selections while the refinement of your plans continues. This selection and costing process will provide you with two additional benefits.
    1. Product, material, and finish selections impact the total cost of your project. With kitchen and bathrooms, these costs can be a significant portion of the project’s end cost. So even if your architect designs a project that structurally comes in within your budget, unless you also know these non-structural costs, your project can still go over.
    2. By starting product, material, and finish selections while your architect is working on the structural plans, you can shorten the time your project takes from start to finish as well as know the realistic cost of the project, not just the structural elements.

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The Benefit of Using a General Contractor that also Offers Design-Build Services

Unlike Metro, many “general contractors” don’t offer any design services. Likewise, many design-build remodelers don’t offer general contracting services for projects they don’t design.

But Metro offers both design-build services and general contracting services for projects we don’t design. Because we provide design-build services, as your general contractor working with you and your architect, we offer benefits that general contractors usually don’t.

For example

  • Because our team is experienced in designing projects, when we review your project’s plans, we are better able to offer design-sensitive suggestions and, at times, find ways to improve your project or lower its cost compared to a general contractor that doesn’t offer design services.
  • You may want to use an architect for some portions of your project, but not all of it. For example, you may want your architect to design the structural aspects of your project but not the interior details, finishes, and product selections. In this case, Metro can provide these design services and do them concurrently while your architect is working on other aspects of your project. This can further reduce the overall timeline of your project while helping keep your project on track with your budget.
  • Additionally, many times, our designer can develop a better and more detailed overall layout and plan for your kitchen or bathroom. Their plans would be based on your needs and product selections. Your architect can then incorporate those plans into their drawings rather than having to design your kitchen or bath around the space allocated by the architect based on their less detailed idea of your kitchen or bathroom’s final design, product selections, etc.

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The Bottom Line

If you go with the architect plus general contractor or the design-build approach, Metro offers you the support, information, guidance, and expertise needed to ensure your project will be a success.

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