Readers' Pick

Sandy Spring Builders

Lara Jankel imagined living in a “classic American home,” like those in the 1990 movie Home Alone and the 1991 remake of Father of the Bride. In 2012, she and her husband, Andrew—both U.K. natives—bought a colonial in Potomac’s Avenel neighborhood. But it was more 1984 than 2012 inside.

Cue the renovations team from Bethesda-based Sandy Spring Builders, which Bethesda Magazine readers named “Best Builder” in 2008, 2010 and 2013, as well as “Best Remodeling Firm” this year. “What we do best is engage in an interactive relationship with clients,” says Adam Goozh, CEO for renovations. Using cutting-edge software, clients can make design choices and review progress photos online, eliminating unnecessary site visits.

Lara Jankel says the team completely understood the ideas she had in her head but couldn’t put down on paper. “The house is exactly as I’d imagined.”

4705 Virginia Ave., Bethesda, 301-913-5995,

Other Top Vote Getters: Anthony Wilder Design/Build, Meridian Homes, Case Design/Remodeling, BOWA Builders, InSite Builders, Gilday Renovations