Testimonials

When you choose Building By Design (BBD), you are selecting a team of experienced, dedicated, and talented contracting and design experts. Their versatility, expansive knowledge and commitment to excellence means that you will get the expertise of the ‘big box’ contracting companies paired with a unique vision and style, and the on-demand responsiveness and superb customer service you would expect to receive from your neighborhood small business.

At BBD, we ARE your neighbors. We are proud of the area in which we live and will work tirelessly to bring your home renovation dreams to life.

We recently had BBD contracting renovate our kitchen. It was a big project – we tore down walls, combined rooms, added windows, added gas pipes, etc.

I’m thrilled with the results but but just as important I was also happy with the process. From design through construction, Jim and his crew were easy to work with, responsive and reliable. They are all dedicated to providing quality workmanship. The same crew of 3 came every single workday of our 8 week project. I knew our kitchen was their top priority. They were conscientious about containing the mess and they left a clean worksite every day. That means a lot when you are living in the construction.

I love our new kitchen and strongly recommended BBD contracting.

Deasy Heimbach (Mt Vernon Potomac Renovation)

Jim Ferugio and his team from Building by Design replaced the paneling in our family room with insulation and wallboard and added ceiling lights and new flooring. They updated and expanded a tiny bathroom. They also finished off half of the unfinished basement with flooring, ceiling, walls, lighting and electrical, and painted all of the new rooms. We love the resulting spaces. The bathroom is beautiful and twice as big, with fixtures compatible with the tall people in our household. The basement area, which had been dark and abandoned, is now in daily use. The family room lighting changed the entire room and we can already feel the difference in warmth.

Jim gave us realistic and reasonable estimates of both time and price. He and his team were knowledgeable and skilled, creative and respectful. Some of our initial ideas were nixed because they did not meet code. But Jim and his team are creative problem solvers, offering up solutions and small changes that made huge differences, such as moving pipes and ducts to raise the bathroom ceiling, painting the fireplace to brighten the room, adding lights above all of the staircases.

The dust abatement system kept the demo and construction mess confined to the work area, and the workers cleaned up every evening. When the team had gone for the day, we would walk through the space and make note of small things that we thought should be fixed. Every single time, before we had even communicated our list, the workers had already identified the same things and fixed them. The work team was skilled and experienced and reliable, but Jim was also “hands on” and stopped by frequently to review the work and discuss next steps with us. We tried to not be annoying, but every single time we emailed or texted Jim with a question, he responded immediately.

John and Ginny (Mt Vernon VA)

We had BBD renovate two bathrooms in the last six months. One was a simple replace/upgrade that added storage and updated the look. The second project opened up and redesigned a bath/closet/dressing area, including relocated plumbing, duct work and electrical upgrades. The results were fantastic–functional and attractive.

Jim has great eye for design. He has a knack for integrating his recommendations with your ideas. The attention to detail and quality of the finished work is exceptional. The team pays close attention to keeping the work area tidy, and they exercise a good deal of care moving in/out and around the house. Friends and family been consistently WOWED by the end result. Can’t give a more enthusiastic recommendation! We would definitely work with BBD again.

The Keith Family (Fairfax VA)

Jim and his crew recently completed a complete renovation of our kitchen and master bath. The results are beautiful! The work was accomplished on time and on budget. Jim and the crew were unfailingly polite, punctual, and professional. They took extraordinary care to minimize collateral construction dust and otherwise protect our belongings throughout the entire process. Their craftsmanship is unsurpassed and I would gladly have them work in my home again. Jim was thoughtful and creative in his approach to the design aspects of the job and came up with many improvements that we had not even imagined. We would strongly recommend BBD to anyone considering a home-improvement project!

The Kelley Family (Montclair VA)

“My wife & I are thrilled with the remodeling of our Master Bathroom. The redesign fit our needs perfectly. The construction crew were extremely professional & did a first class job. This is the second remodeling project we have done with Building By Design, and they will always be our first choice for future work.”

Vince (Springfield VA)

We had a great experience with Jim Ferugio and the Building by Design crew. With our kitchen remodel, work was done on schedule and looked amazing at completion. The crew themselves were very respectful of the space, keeping disruption to a minimum and cleaning up before leaving each day. Jim was onsite regularly, and questions and updates were communicated in a clear and timely manner. We were so impressed that we later went straight to Jim and BBD for three bathroom remodels!

Vince and Caitlin (Mt Vernon VA)

A quick message about my experiences with Jim Ferugio and his Building by Design company. When I set out to redo my kitchen, I had no idea where to begin. Jim came to my home and with his creativity and expertise he began to develop a plan for a brand-new look. His professionalism and patience did not go unnoticed. I had a lot of questions and he was quick to respond. His communication skills were excellent, and I always knew what was going to happen next. His workman are perfectionists. Once the project was in itsfinal stages I was in awe. Jim had designed the whole thing, even down to picking out the appliances, sink, and counter tops! It is the perfect kitchen! To date I have no complaints and love everything about it. I would highly recommend Jim and his company Building by Design!

Susan Danielson –Dumfries, Virginia

I worked with Jim, the owner, on the renovation of my walk-out basement. Fantastic! The space was completely transformed and the same flooring was installed in the adjoining hall foyer for a cohesive look. The customer experience was on point – high level service that exceeded my expectations. I came to Jim with concrete ideas for the renovation, and he helped me fine-tune them and overall make the scope of the project more well-rounded. He listened to me, acknowledged my concerns and was straightforward. Plus, Jim met my specific timeframe for starting and ending the work. I appreciated Jim’s extensive knowledge of all types of home renovation and his ability to diagnose and come up with a plan. After demo and throughout the renovation, he was actively on-site and involved with showing me key areas and explaining to me their approach to handling them. Jim is a problem solver and approaches his work with integrity and detail. He showed dedication, graciously answered my questions and ensured we promptly addressed any issues I had or that came up during the project. I felt informed and involved as the customer. The crew was polite, diligent, very experienced and even uncovered unused space that we turned into a new closet. I’m really glad I found Jim. He was the perfect fit for our renovation. Great communication, trustworthy and follows through. Jim was mindful of budget and also doing the work effectively. Highly recommend!

Jennifer, Tysons Corner, VA

When we recently decided to renovate our kitchen and master bathroom, we interviewed several contractors, including Building By Design. We ultimately decided to go with Building By Design because they were able to work with our budget while still providing an excellent product and great customer service. Jim Ferugio, the owner, is professional, highly skilled, personable, and extremely efficient. He provided insight for the design and suggested materials, which made it an overall smooth process for us. Our expectations were met for both the design aspect and date of completion. His crew was timely, consistent, trustworthy and highly skilled as well. They contained and cleaned the workspace each day, which kept the dust to a minimum. The company also addressed our follow up concerns in a timely manner. Several months later, we hired them again to install an exterior sliding glass door. Once again, our expectations were met. We were very pleased with the results of all the jobs. We have found that Jim is equally dedicated to the project and the customer’s satisfaction. We will always consider Building By Design for future projects and highly recommend anyone to do the same.

Steve & Grace, Burke, VA

Jim as a contractor and a person, has the highest amount of integrity. He works hard from start to finish. He doesn’t disappear on the job like most contractors. He lays out the most cost-effective ways to improve your home, even if it means less profits for himself. He is very customer-centric in his approach. I trusted Jim with my family’s most precious asset–Our Home. And he has helped to make it a true home.

Milan, Tysons Corner, VA

Building By Design, Inc. has done several home improvements for us and we’ve always been extremely pleased with their work. Jim is very detailed with his estimates, and always encourages us to get other estimates as well. He always shows up on the job, working right alongside his employees to make sure even the smallest detail is not overlooked. He’s always been willing to explain exactly what he’s doing, even letting me try some of the work myself. Jim has always been patient with my many questions and is extremely friendly.

Cathy, Springfield, VA

Jim Ferugio of Building by Design, Inc. provides top notch service. As marketing/premarketing specialists for large financial institutions, we have experience using many contractors. Jim Ferugio of Building by Design, Inc. not only does quality work in a timely manner, but also can work independently without supervision. He is trustworthy and thorough. His bids are competitive. Building by Design completes projects on time and leaves properties in sales-clean condition. Additionally, Jim Ferugio’s communication skills enhance his quality performance.

Jay & Nita, Fairfax, VA

I found Jim through a neighbor and was impressed by the quality of the finishes. He has done a number of projects for us, and I continue to be impressed with his work. He has an old school approach to his work – it must be high quality and the job isn’t finished until the homeowner is satisfied. Jim is able to work within a given budget, but will tell you if your budget is unrealistic. He then works with you to come up with a budget that meets your quality expectations as well as your financial constraints. I have referred friends and neighbors to Building By Design and they have all been satisfied as well.

Jill, Burke, VA

Jim and his team have done countless home improvement projects for me and I have never been disappointed! Jim begins every job by taking the time to meet with me to go over every detail and to answer any questions or concerns that I may have. The projects are always started and completed in a timely manner, and Jim also ensures that when a job is complete, I am happy with the results. Jim does an outstanding job on every task he undertakes; therefore I refer all of my friends and family to Building by Design as I am 100% positive that they will also be pleased with his professionalism and quality work!

Steve, Centreville, VA