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DBI specializes in high end architectural residential work, both traditional and contemporary. Our main body of work originates from a group of successful local architects where we bid or negotiate jobs as general contractors. We are also frequently asked to provide design services. We may do interior renovations in house, but usually and always for additions with a street presence we retain an architect. On larger jobs, we suggest the client work with an architect independently who we know

will be a good fit. We are not a typical design/build firm in this regard. We then team up during the design process for pre-construction services: cost estimating – existing house survey – sub-contractor infrastructure input, etc. We feel this procedure can most benefit the client to control costs and result in a thoughtful and successful result. There is more time to “hone” the numbers and research alternate infrastructure and designs than in a fast track bidding process.

DBI specializes in high end architectural residential work, both traditional and contemporary. Our main body of work originates from a group of successful local architects where we bid or negotiate jobs as general contractors. We are also frequently asked to provide design services. We may do interior renovations in house, but usually and always for additions with a street presence we retain an architect. On larger jobs, we suggest the client work with an architect independently who we know will be a good fit. We are not a typical design/build firm in this regard. We then team up during the design process for pre-construction services: cost estimating – existing house survey – sub-contractor infrastructure input, etc. We feel this procedure can most benefit the client to control costs and result in a thoughtful and successful result. There is more time to “hone” the numbers and research alternate infrastructure and designs than in a fast track bidding process.

about us

Principals Jim Boyd and Dave Flumer met in 1974 working as carpenter-superintendents on several brownstone renovations on Washington Circle in the District Of Columbia. We became tool belt, working friends and formed Design/Build Inc in 1976. Jim’s resume includes a BA in English literature from Antioch college, and Dave’s a BS in Health and Human Development from Penn

State. Jim worked his way through college building theater sets, and after graduating, spent a year as the theater’s technical director. Dave worked on capitol hill renovations. In our early years, we dug footings, poured concrete, framed and trimmed, and mixed commercial work with residential. Both of us became skilled carpenters, and ran our jobs from an inside, hands on perspective.

Principals Jim Boyd and Dave Flumer met in 1974 working as carpenter-superintendents on several brownstone renovations on Washington Circle in the District Of Columbia. We became tool belt, working friends and formed Design/Build Inc in 1976. Jim’s resume includes a BA in English literature from Antioch college, and Dave’s a BS in Health and Human Development from Penn State. Jim worked his way through college building theater sets, and after graduating, spent a year as the theater’s technical director. Dave worked on capitol hill renovations. In our early years, we dug footings, poured concrete, framed and trimmed, and mixed commercial work with residential. Both of us became skilled carpenters, and ran our jobs from an inside, hands on perspective.

publications

Home & Design Magazine – 2010
An Artful Approach
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Inform Architecture & Design – 2002

Rennovation Style – 1997
Family Addition

Architectural Digest – 1997

Washington Home Magazine – 1997, 1984

House and Garden – 1993

Decorating Remodeling – 1988
Mr. Lemle Builds his Dream House

awards

Washington Residential Awards Program
American Institute of Architects
Award of Excellence Residential
May 2002

Inform Awards – 2002
Award of Honor

contact

1310 Noyes Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910

301-587-6800
301-587-6803 (Fax)

designbuildinc@verizon.net
jimboyd-dbi@verizon.net
davedbi@verizon.net