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A single source for both design and construction.

When you collaborate with Matthew Bowe Design Build, you will be warmly engaged by your own personal team of design and home construction professionals, who will walk you through every step of the process. We’ll be your custom homebuilding champion: listening to your goals, imparting our experience and expertise, and presenting options that bring your project to life.

We want to build the home of your dreams, not ours. As such, we will work with you to identify your priorities, incorporate “must-haves,” and keep the project moving forward both on time and on budget.

When you finally cross the threshold to your completed home you will know that, with the guidance and expertise provided by your Matthew Bowe Design Build team, your investment has been allocated in a way that prioritizes your unique dreams and requirements in the order of importance that you established for us in the planning and design phase. We help you get more of what you really want with whatever investment budget you have established for your home.

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project flow

The typical flow of a project through Matthew Bowe Design Build is as follows:

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Initial Inquiry

When a new client contacts Matthew Bowe Design Build for a new home or a home addition that is the moment we become your consultant and educator. During this initial phone conversation we discuss the nature and detail of custom construction to help you navigate the process. We address topics relevant to building a unique home specifically for you – the land, development of the land, and your design ideas. You will not be disappointed at the level of detail Matthew Bowe offers from the very first conversation.

First Meeting

We feel that it is imperative for our clients to meet what will be their project team from the outset. Your project team includes the Project Lead, Project Architect, and Matthew Bowe. We then discuss with you the ideas you have for the project: from the grandest of ideas to the finest of details. The intent of this dialogue is to enable us to get to know you and your expectations, and to help you put into words or images the floor plan and home style you envision. If, after this meeting, you choose to move forward with us then we will schedule a Site Visit.

Home Visit – For Remodeling and Addition Projects

We will meet with you in your home to review your project requirements and the existing physical conditions that will be critical to integrating your new improvements into your current home. These might be issues related to structure/engineering, existing mechanical systems and infrastructure, site challenges or zoning issues, among others. We will counsel you on any challenges or impediments to accomplishing your vision and share with you our extensive experience in overcoming those same or similar challenges in projects past. We apply our talents and expertise to ensure that your vision is made possible.

Site Visit

Where will your new custom home be? We will meet you on the land you wish to build on. This is to ensure that site specific development requirements and costs are considered from the outset. What’s the best direction for the house to face? Are there any zoning or site specific development restrictions? What will need to be done to the site to prepare it for a new build? All these things and more are best determined early in the process. If you don’t have a site we can meet in our office to discuss your plans and consult with you on finding a lot. It is best to ensure that all pertinent documents are collected and reviewed early on. From the site plan to the soil tests, and from Zoning Laws to Health Department requirements, we will help you understand how it all impacts your project. Knowing where you stand makes decisions that much easier.

Concept Plan and Budget Development

We begin this phase with a recap of our findings from the first meeting as well as our site or home visit. We then sit down with you and begin the process of developing a project scope that pulls together your ideas into a tangible document called a Concept Plan. This Concept Plan will convey your vision via a floor plan and elevations that include square footage calculations, design elements, exterior materials, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, room layout and relationships, and many more items. Together with you, we will develop a plan that fits your unique needs and vision. We will then prepare a project budget based on the Concept Plan that we have developed with you. At this point, you will have finalized the Concept Plan (floor plan and elevations) and together, we will have established the target project budget subject to Step 5 below.

Construction Plan and Cost Estimates

After you approve the preliminary concept plans that we will lay out for you, we start the process of developing your construction drawings while working with you to consider and finalize the selection of interior and exterior finishes. Throughout this phase, we will discuss the many choices available to you, down to the finest details, and then bring in the best and most cost-effective suppliers to make it happen. We take the time to specify as much as is possible before construction begins. At the end of this process, we will have completed and you will have approved the Construction Drawings and the Project Selections and Finishes. This significantly curtails the potential for cost overruns inherent in the industry-wide practice that most builders rely upon; the practice of going into the construction phase with a large number of allowances (open-ended pricing), instead of having approved and received fixed upfront pricing on all major, and in fact most, finishes and selections prior to construction.



Matthew Bowe Design Build is Northern Virginia’s premier custom home builder, designing and building custom homes and custom home additions. From vision to concept to plan to construction, we take custom home building to a new level. Thoughtful planning. Intelligent design. Personal touch. That’s the Matthew Bowe difference.