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Testimonials

“KohlMark Group helped us to create an exceptionally beautiful open space to gather as a family and welcome our guests. We absolutely love it!”
– Linda and Chris, Annandale, VA

“Our remodeled home, delivered within the timelines and costs promised, is absolutely perfect.”
– Louis and Dena, Alexandria, VA

“We do not have a single regret or complaint. Thanks to you and your team for your hard work, sense of humor, and unfailing professionalism.”
– Liz and Rick, Reston, VA

“Your enthusiasm, accessibility and terrific communication throughout the project made us very comfortable throughout our journey.”
– Denny and Michele, Reston, VA

“We experienced the best and most professional service we could ever hope for under the trying circumstances of a total home renovation.”
– Dave and Anne, Fairfax Station, VA

“A little appreciated feature of your business is that you offer an “open contract.” This openness is a true test of integrity.”
– Bernis and Peter, Vienna, VA

“We are so very pleased that you truly listened to what we wanted, integrated the design to match our existing house, and opened up the great view that we have.”
– Alice and Ajay, Clifton, VA

“You run a fine organization of professionals who know how to do it right, and your subcontractors were all top-notch craftsmen in their field.”
– Ken and Linda, Burke, VA

“The people on your team are all professional, skilled, helpful and practice the rare art of integrity”
– Brian and Kate, Leesburg, VA

Houzz Reviews

“KohlMark helped us renovate our waterfront house (design, construction, finishing). Absolutely high quality work. They have high standards in selecting building materials and finishing details. More importantly, dealing with their team was of no hassle during the entire construction. The owner, Mark Kohler, is an extremely experienced architect and builder. He listened carefully to what we wanted, and offered constructive solutions, which were often innovative. The house was finished on time. On site supervisor Dave is a gem, gentleman yet a practical, considerate builder, pays attention to every detail. Highly recommended.”
– Mei

“We first worked with Kohlmark on a major renovation of our home. It involved pushing out both floors at the rear of the house to create a larger living room upstairs and rec room downstairs, and enlarging the dining area in the front of the house. We also completely remodeled the kitchen, created a breakfast room, built new bathrooms and a foyer. We were very impressed by the design help we received, with Kohlmark offering lots of alternatives to us from our desired “small house perspective.” Not only did they help add flair to a basic design concept, they also succeeded in keeping us from expensive and aesthetically unpleasing flourishes! Construction went effortlessly, with Kohlmark helping at each step of the process, including with permit requests and hearings with the County for variances. The end-result was one of the most beautiful homes on the street.
When we decided to downsize in 2016 and move to a new lot with a 1959 vintage, very run-down house, Kohlmark was our first choice, even though we had decided to consult a few other well-know design-build firms to confirm our views from the first project. They have excelled, again. Right from the start, and now that they knew our basic preferences, they provided advice on how to jazz up a basic Craftsman design and renovate/build without changing the footprint of the house. They even informed us about ways in which to lop off large cost items by, for example, using charitable organizations for the demolition of structures, which gave us immense tax breaks at the end of the year. The final house is a gem, with high-efficiency and very modern-looking HVAC, kitchen and other appliances and fixtures, and makes full use of the exceptional lake view that we have. The architects contributed significantly to the lines of the house and magnificent interior, but this time the project manager and others associated with the construction really stood out in terms of their expertise, timeliness, helpfulness and, above all, pleasant interactions. One cannot do better than Kohlmark for design build services.”
– Depak

“We wanted to expand our kitchen and dining room area, enclose our almost unused screen porch, and expand basement storage. We engaged their architect who enhanced our ideas, then engaged them to manage the project through to completion. Splendid daily management has led to a splendid finish, almost creating an entirely new house for us. Unanticipated problems were handled quickly and to our satisfaction. Can’t say enough good about our PM, Jeff Rutherford, and the whole Kohlmark team.”
– Richard

“We hired KohlMark to design and build a combination shop and greenhouse. While I had a fairly good idea of the design (having though about it for several years), KohlMark, during the design phase, was able to offer a number of excellent ideas to enhance the utility, as well as attractiveness, of the space. On our job, KohlMark, as the general contractor, worked with a time-tested group of experienced subcontractors. During construction, we experienced weather-related damage to the roof, which KohlMark, at it sole expense, replaced with a higher (and more expensive) grade of materials than originally were installed under the terms of the construction contract. Mark Kohler and his project managers were always available to address questions and respond immediately to issues as the project when along. To sum up, I am very satisfied with process and the result, and would not hesitate to use KohlMark again should the occasion arise.”
– Mike

“Kohlmark designed and built our house from scratch – we had nothing but a vacant lot. We had a tall order: design an airy shingle/craftsman house with a post-and-beam interior. Wow, did they deliver! From beginning to end, Kohlmark was exceptional to work with: responsive, professional, beautifully translating our ideas into reality, executing top-grade construction, anticipating problems before they arose, attending to every detail (Eric, our project manager, actually researched paint color formulas online to ensure we got perfect matches). Above all, the company was incomparably honest, upfront, and transparent – values that are essential in this industry. I cannot recommend Kohlmark enough.”
– Llana

“Kohlmark Group built an amazing kitchen addition for us. After years of keeping a list of our dream kitchen features, we met with Mark and his team to devise a plan. They worked collaboratively with us to ensure the design met all of our expectations. Mark Kohler and his team were incredibly responsive to our every need/wish. They kept the job site immaculate and were incredibly considerate of us living in the space during construction. The team was truly professional and knowledgeable in all aspects of the design/build. The team accommodated us flawlessly as we moved throughout the process and the end result is fabulous!”
– Cindy

“We could not convey more positive comments about Kohlmark Architects and Builders. Mark Kohler is a superb architect and overall manager of his company. He employs highly qualified craftsmen and staff who are very patient, knowledgeable and have innovative ideas to meet the needs of his customers. We met Mark at a local trade show and found his ideas on design to be in line with ours. We signed the contract and Mark and his staff came up with superb designs and ideas to complement our vision of expanding our 1950’s Arlington rambler. Our goal was to expand living space and square footage, open floor plan, new kitchen, front porch, two new family rooms and an office. We wanted more light and a style that would not follow the current trend of mini mansions with no yard that seems to be prevalent in Arlington. What Mark did for our property exceeded our expectations and it was all done with minimal disruption of our family life. During construction we lived downstairs and could not say more about Mark’s general contractor Steve Smith and his talented staff. Steve was most courteous, explained the processes and was very good on informing us of the daily schedule of construction. We met often and the level of communication regarding the daily work schedule was superb. Steve has a large black book with super talented craftsmen who he often called upon. Jeff Rutledge, the daily superintendent was also great. Our protective dog even became good friends with Jeff, who was at the house every day before 0700 to work and supervise the daily construction. Having been through other major residential construction projects, we can say that working with Kohlmark was an enjoyable experience and they fully met all our expeditions and we consider the project a complete success. There were no cost overrun surprises and when we requested a change they were very accommodating and patient. I would add a sixth star to this review if I could! Our home is beautiful, much more liveable, great for entertaining, and finally more marketable when we decide to sell. We highly recommend Mark, Steve and their staff. A truly great group!”
– John

“We hired Kohlmark as a design/build contractor for an addition to our home. The project was well-designed, well–managed, and came in on time and on budget. Our project manager was responsive, as was Kohlmark’s management, to questions and requests that we made. The addition was well-integrated into the existing house. Design suggestions made by the architect and the project manager were thoughtful and personalized the project. We highly recommend this professional group and would hire them again for any project.”
– Bill

“We strongly recommend KohlMark, without hesitation, and have worked with them on two major renovation projects over the past 15+ years. Tom Flach is their lead architect and has a keen insight for style and space. He adds tremendous value and is easy to work with to co-create design ideas to fit taste and goals. In bringing the design to life through quality renovation/construction, Mark Kohler and team couldn’t be better to work. They have deep experience, are fair, and consistently stand behind their work. Their projects range from renovations/additions to new-build million+ dollar homes and they have cultivated a strong set of sub-contractors across the board. Our home is nearly 80 years old and has been fully renovated by Kohlmark to double the space and update all aspects of the house in a way that remains true to its age and character.”
– CJ

“We hired KohlMark to do a 2 story addition on our home. One of our biggest requirements was that when it was all done it didn’t look like an addition, and we have to say they knocked it out of the park. From the design and all the way through the build process they were great to work with, even suggesting some changes throughout that really ended up great and improving the value of the home.

They finished the job ahead of schedule and on budget (except for the changes we initiated), and we would highly recommend them to anyone for a home addition project.”
– Vic

“Our experience with KohlMark was pleasant from concept to completion. Tom Flach, our architect, immediately saw the potential in revitalizing our late 1970s home into a light filled space with all rooms visible to each other. We were pleased he shared an appreciation for craftsman styling that was important to us. Both the interior and exterior of our home evokes that style. Tom’s design reflected both his skill and an understanding of what we wanted to achieve in our redesign. We had two main goals in the renovation – one was to create an open and welcoming concept and the other was to allow us to age in place. Both goals were met with great success. As originally built, the house had several small-size rooms on the first floor with bed and bathrooms on the second floor. The entire first floor was gutted, the kitchen was moved and completely remodeled, an attached garage was turned into living space with master bedroom, bath, and laundry and mud room. A new attached garage was also built.
We are extremely satisfied with our new home and its openness — inside as well as to the outdoors — makes it an ideal place for entertaining. Many neighbors have had the opportunity to see what is possible in transforming a dated home into one for the present time and providing an opportunity to age in place. We wholeheartedly and unequivocally recommend the design-build experience with KohlMark. We are very pleased with both the work and the relationship we enjoyed in working with KohlMark. (10 Photos are on KohlMark website under “Colonial Remodel” — All Photos)”
– Maureen

“We worked with KohlMark Architects and Builders to upgrade our house, adding rooms and space that fit within our plans. They were attentive to our desires on our design especially with the kitchen and great room and presented wonderful ideas on how to make the best use of our space. We were really pleased with the design before the house was under construction and the end result looked even better than we could have ever imagined! The Builders were great. They were always respectful of our neighbors and our house the entire time the house was under construction. And the project manager was on top of every detail and communicated with us every step of the way. I would highly recommend KolhMark Architects and Builders for a renovation project! We love our “new” house and could not be happier!”
– Brown

“Kohlmark designed and built a lake house for us. We chose them based on their experience with difficult, steep lots. We also decided to use them for both design and build, to simplify the process. Both the design and the build phase went incredibly well. The entire process was as pain-free as possible for a medium-size project that could have been very stressful. Our neighbors still comment on how professional and hard-working the builders and sub-contractors were. And we love our house.”
– Mike

“Mark Kohler is a very talented and intelligent architect as is Bill Fletcher who works for KohlMark Architects. Mark is calm and creative and very easy and enjoyable to work with. He is a good listener and we worked together in a mutually respectful manner. Mark was always responsive and task oriented.
We added onto a house that Mark built in 1996. He made the addition look seamless, as though it was a part of the original construction and we doubled the the size of the house. He did an outstanding job!
My husband and I highly recommend using Mark Kohler of KohlMark Architects.”
– Cathy

“We hired Tom Flach from Kohlmark to design one large addition, a Great Room and Screened in Porch. Tom is creative, insightful, professional and managed the project from beginning to end. The Great Room includes an indoor free standing fireplace extending up through the cathedral ceiling. A staircase, behind the Great Room fireplace leads to a lower level screened in porch which also has a stoned fireplace. The Great Room has large custom windows with a panoramic view of the woods in our back yard which creates both light for our living space but also retains our need for privacy. Tom pays attention to detail, while always listening, and subsequently incorporates into the final plan design, our preferred style. Tom Flach is a truly gifted architect and helped us turn our 20 year dream into a reality. I would highly recommend him.”
– Jonolan

“We have been working with KohlMark for multiple years. Initially, we were looking at them to architect and build a custom home for us. In the end we bought a home and worked with KohlMark to customize it to our liking. They renovated our kitchen, added two major extensions to the home as well finished our basement. We really enjoyed working with their team. Our project manager was great. We are now under contract with them to build our pool house. We would highly recommend KohlMark to anyone looking for a great architect/builder.”
– Haresh