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Doug Monsein

Douglas Construction Group (DCG)

8429 Fox Run





Industry Expert, Home & Design magazine;
Best Green Builder (only builder ever), Bethesda Magazine’s Best of Bethesda Readers Poll; A Top Vote Getter, Best Builder, Best of Bethesda Readers Poll

What makes the homes you build unique and different? 

Every home we build is unique, and well over half of the homes we build are custom. When the opportunity to work directly with the homeowner from the ground up exists, the individuality of each home comes to life, truly taking on our client’s personality. Listening to clients is a lost art, but not at DCG–we deliver what our client wants, not what we think they want.

We’ve built over 160 new homes in the Bethesda area, all based on a foundation of integrity. Past clients are our best ambassadors. They can attest to our exceptional communication, and an organized and stress-free process, with quality craftsman and vendors involved. Our primary goal is to ensure our clients enjoy their homebuilding experience.

What are people asking for in their new and custom homes today?

Bethesda homeowners are well-informed, setting their own standards and trends. We’ve been adding design and engineering touches in homes for years, as the rest of the industry plays catch-up on lots of elements.

Green initiatives are important to owners, and it starts with the building envelope of framing, windows, exterior doors and the insulation package. We believe that green building should be an everyday standard, not an added feature or upsell.

Granite counters are great, but quartzite is replacing granite today as the go-to. Don’t confuse it with quartz, which is man-made. Quartzite is Mother Nature-made. Our clients are asking for more stainless steel in their kitchens. We’re building grander mud rooms. In baths, more clients are asking for free-standing tubs, which are always an eye-catching design touch.

There’s clearly a new consciousness in our area of quality over quantity. I welcome it, too, because we have high expectations and we appreciate clients that do, as well.

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