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FineCraft Building Contractors

The Papaheraklis Family, FineCraft Building Contractors, Inc.

104 Summit Hall Road

Gaithersburg, MD



“Building is more than just following your architect’s design. It’s all about the way that you put it together, bringing the ideas and designs to life,” says George Papaheraklis.

George Papaheraklis began as a carpenter’s helper in high school, studied architecture at the University of Maryland and then founded his construction firm, FineCraft Contractors, in 1985. Several members of his family grew up in the business, and the FineCraft family has since built and remodeled hundreds of homes in Maryland, Virginia and the District.

Papaheraklis and his family believe that building is like fine art, and it shows in all the company’s work. “What we do is like painting, but with two-by-fours, shingles and tiles,” he says. Whether you’re adding a new kitchen, updating baths and bedrooms or building out or up, certain basics always apply. “Every element is part of a system, and building is about putting it all together the right way,” he says.

They strive for perfection on every project, with a collaborative approach that encourages homeowners to be true team players with FineCraft working for each others’ satisfaction and well-being. “Our legacy is happy homeowners who are enjoying their newly created spaces we’ve built for them decades after the completed project.”

As a measure of their excellence, look to Houzz, where the company has won “Best Of” awards from 2014 to 2019. They also have earned recognition from Peerless Rockville, CotY and the Maryland Building Industry Association, among many other honors. Their work is featured in many building, lifestyle and architectural publications, as well.

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