Q: What is the DuBro approach to home construction and renovation?
A: DuBro is a Design + Build firm. We seek to transform space to reflect the way our clients live through Living Architecture. Through listening, observing, and understanding how our clients use the space in their homes, we develop plans and designs that combine form and function to reflect their living needs.
Q: How long have you been in business?
A: DuBro Architects + Builders is a premiere architect led master Design+Build firm operating in the Northern Virginia. The firm was started by owner/ architect Jeff DuBro in 2001. The DuBro Team – architects, builders and customer support staff – is a highly collaborative group that has been operating as a business family for many years. The tie that binds is a commitment to excellence. Together they all take part in and have fun helping clients achieve their home and lifestyle dreams.
Q: Do you have full-time employees, or do you use subcontractors?
A: We have 7 full-time staff, including 3 field employees who have been with DuBro for over 10 years each. These employees are the backbone of our company and they share our commitment to quality design and build. We also work with experienced, specialists, including structural engineers, plumbers, electricians, and building and material suppliers. Each project is lead by a DuBro Team project manager making the process seamless.
Q: What kind/size projects will you take on – new construction, additions, renovations?
A: We are open to all sizes and scopes for your project. We have build homes from the ground up, and have completed all types of renovation and addition projects. Please see our project portfolio for specific examples.
Q: If I already have architectural drawings will you take on my project?
A: We are flexible and willing to look at each process on a one-to-one basis.
Q: How do you calculate project costs?
A: Each project is individual and costs are calculated specifically for your project. We have a very detailed matrix of all items that go into a project and their costs. We meet with our clients to discuss in detail the relationship between design, materials and cost during the design process. There are no hidden costs, and no surprises.
Q: Why don’t you calculate price per square foot?
A: Project costs vary depending on design elements, materials used, and scope of the project.
Q: Do you have standard floor plans?
A: Every customer is unique therefore every design is unique. We listen to our clients and work with them to understand their daily living needs. We do not believe in the one-size-fits-all approach to design.
Q: What type of loans do you work with?
A: We have experience working with HELOC, Construction, and other types of loans. Our staff has worked with local and national banks to ensure smooth payment transactions.
Q: Can I buy my own materials?
A: While this is a collaborative effort, and we want our clients to choose products for their projects, our many years of experience have shown us that it is best if DuBro purchases your materials. This allows us to take full responsibility for any mistakes in product order/delivery. Also, we have access to outlets and products that our clients may not.
Q: Will you work with an interior decorator?
A: Yes. We have worked with clients’ decorators in the past. We have a showroom with many decoration options, and we have access to a world of materials. However, we do understand that some clients have a special relationship with a designer, and are we happy to collaborate on design details.
Q: Will I have to move out during construction/renovation?
A: The decision to move out of your house depends on the size and scope of your project. This will be discussed in detail during the design process.