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  • The Architect-Led Design-Build Experience: For the Discerning Client

    October 19th, 2022 by Antonio Alonso, AIA
    When building your new home there’s always a set sequence of steps between designing it, the actual creation process and then building it, the construction process. One method of managing this process is called an Architect-Led Design-Build, and it has...
  • Modern Main Level Living

    October 18th, 2022 by Francisca Alonso
    Traditional homes are built with the same size windows, rooms and the same size square footage per level.   This creates the “BOX”.  What happens in the box?  A lot of disfunction! Kitchens are undersized for entertainingMaster Bedrooms have useless sitting...
  • Building A Modern Home With Solar Power

    August 8th, 2022 by Francisca Alonso
    At AV Architects + Builders, when we work with clients, we combine our experience and vision with their dreams to create Vacation Style Living™ that perfectly suits their needs. When it came time to build a home in Arlington, Virginia,...
  • Vacation Style Living™ Design Philosophy, Part III:  Blending Homes With The Natural Topography

    July 21st, 2022 by Francisca Alonso
    Topography is the natural condition of the land and working with land untouched by man is something we value.  Lots that have hills or slopes, or as we say “have some movement” are wonderful because there are opportunities that one...
  • Vacation Style Living™ Design Philosophy, Part II:  Light and Orientation

    July 13th, 2022 by Francisca Alonso
    One of the most important considerations when designing a home is how to achieve natural light through its orientation. The amount of natural light that a house receives can have a significant impact on the overall feel and atmosphere of...
  • Vacation Style Living™ Design Philosophy, Part I:  How Design Decisions Can Help Reduce Stress

    July 7th, 2022 by Francisca Alonso
    Home design is an art of balance and designing a home to reduce stress is very important.  We spend more time at home than ever so your home should be your sanctuary and not just a roof over your head. ...
  • Using Virtual Reality in Design/Build Architecture

    June 22nd, 2022 by Francisca Alonso
    A dream custom home begins with an idea and ends with a house made up of thousands of small details. The journey from start to finish requires a homeowner to visualize and decide on all of these details. Left purely...
  • Wellness In Home Design through Vacation Style Living™

    June 14th, 2022 by Francisca Alonso
    (A two minute read) When do you feel your best? Most of the population would say it was when they were on vacation. Chances are you were staying at a luxurious resort or vacation home surrounded by rooms and spaces...
  • History of the Master Builder & Why it Is Still the Way to Build Today

    June 8th, 2022 by Francisca Alonso
    The history of the master builder dates back to ancient times. In ancient Greece and Rome, master builders were responsible for constructing temples and other public buildings. In the Middle Ages, master builders were responsible for constructing castles and other...
  • Building a New Home Takes a Lot (Pun Intended)

    December 23rd, 2021 by Francisca Alonso
    For those who want to live in their dream home, finding where to build in the Northern Virginia area is the first hurdle. Between development and zoning, the available land may even feel impossible to locate. For some, it feels...
  • Delivering the Perfect UX in our Homes

    November 7th, 2021 by Francisca Alonso
    At AV Architect’s + Builders, when we say we design and build homes for Vacation Style Living™, we consider that one of the last things anyone wants to do on vacation is chores. Home maintenance, is necessary, especially as we...
  • Two Decades for a Powerhouse Couple at AV Architects + Builders

    August 29th, 2021 by Francisca Alonso
    Partnerships built on love, respect and a mutual appreciation of modern design are the great makings of both a marriage and an architecture firm that builds homes for people who want to enjoy Vacation Style Living ™ year-round. Francisca and...
  • Modern Outdoor Living Spaces

    June 25th, 2021 by Francisca Alonso
    Imagine going on vacation and being cooped up inside the entire time. That doesn’t have a nice ring to it. When AV Architects + Builders designs a home for Vacation Style Living ™, we make sure we take the entire...
  • Careful Thought to All Exterior Details

    May 27th, 2021 by Francisca Alonso
    At AV Architects + Builders, we stay ahead of design trends and opportunities so that we can offer our clients the highest quality features and materials for their Vacation Style Living™ home. When we find an opportunity to innovate in...
  • Phased Progress – Taking Things One Step at A Time

    April 21st, 2021 by Francisca Alonso
    At AV Architects + Builder’s we pride ourselves on the clarity and transparency of our process. We want to deliver Vacation Style Living™ to our clients by building their forever home. Just as there are distinct phases to homebuilding, we...
  • A Custom Rebuild Forever Home

    March 25th, 2021 by Francisca Alonso
    At AV Architects + Builders, our vision for building homes that make you feel like you are on vacation year-round literally start from the ground up by selecting lots, situating the planned structure, and designing homes that are custom in...
  • Beware of Water – Design, Maintenance and Mitigation Tips

    January 28th, 2021 by Francisca Alonso
    One of the most common causes of damage to a home is water. Flooding can happen in a number of different ways, and it can lead to multiple, expensive complications, including mold. Homeowners should be aware of some critical steps...
  • Custom Gifts and Houses

    December 21st, 2020 by Francisca Alonso
    At AV Architects + Builders, we want to make your home feel like you are on vacation year-round. We understand that this feeling is unique to each of our clients, so each of our homes is a custom design, blending...
  • Building Relationships and Expressing Gratitude

    November 25th, 2020 by Francisca Alonso
    The holidays are a time for connecting with the people we value, and this applies to both business and personal relationships. At AV Architects + Builders, we believe strongly in the importance of developing long-term, close ties with our clients...
  • The Three Scariest Parts of Custom Homebuilding

    October 30th, 2020 by Francisca Alonso
    Nobody wants to live in a home that is just ok. A home should be perfect for you down to the last detail. Unfortunately, when buying a home that is already built, other people had a say in the look...
  • Go Clutter-Free in a Modern Home

    September 25th, 2020 by Francisca Alonso
    Modern home design focuses on clean lines, and nothing can interfere with that aesthetic more than clutter. At AV Architects + Builders, we believe in vacation-style living, and when you are on vacation, you shouldn’t be weighed down by stuff....
  • Designing A Healthy Home

    August 27th, 2020 by Francisca Alonso
    Health is top of mind for everyone right now. With a majority of time spent there, the home environment plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. At AV Architects + Builders, health and wellness has always been a...
  • 5 Ways Your Home Isn’t Working For You

    July 24th, 2020 by Francisca Alonso
    Home should be a retreat and not just a roof over your head. Budget, location, and your age in life should not dictate whether you love where you live. For people who do not have their dream-sized home, the COVID-19...
  • Recent Trends in Dual Spaces for the Home

    June 26th, 2020 by Francisca Alonso
    In the architectural world, we have seen a demand increase for interesting additions to the traditional layout and rooms of a modern home. There’s nothing like spending a lot of time at home to come to some realizations about what’s...
  • Security For the Home Office

    May 29th, 2020 by Francisca Alonso
    Whether it was put to good use before or not, these days everyone is making the most of their home office. At AV Architects + Builders, we encourage our clients to take security seriously when working from home. We took...
  • Financing A New Construction Home

    March 20th, 2020 by Francisca Alonso
    So you’ve decided you want to build a custom home? Congratulations! If you are like most people, instead of paying cash for the new property and the construction, you will want to finance your home. Unlike the normal home buying...
  • Four Things You Should Know About Home Automation

    February 14th, 2020 by Francisca Alonso
    In the home automation industry, we are seeing a number of interesting trends that are capitalizing on the new technology available. In the past 5-10 years, there has been an increase in home purchasing and building by Gen X and...
  • When it Comes to the Size of Your Home, Dreamsize!

    January 29th, 2020 by Francisca Alonso
    At AV Architects & Builders we often meet with clients who are looking to build a new home because they want to change the size of their home – upsize, downsize or rightsize. In our experience, the actual needs and...
  • Choosing the Right Design for Your New Construction Home

    December 10th, 2019 by Francisca Alonso
    Originally Published By Ryan Smith Choosing to build your house from scratch means having the opportunity to create the home of your dreams and the chance to create something totally unique to you and your lifestyle. With that tremendous benefit, however,...
  • Winter is Coming. Is Your Home Ready?

    November 19th, 2019 by Francisca Alonso
    Having a home takes some regular maintenance. Seasonal changes are a major trigger for tending to your home. With the arrival of winter, here are some key steps to get your home ready for the cold. 1: Protect Your Irrigation...

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