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Doug Monsein

Douglas Construction Group, LLC

8429 Fox Run
Bethesda, MD


What are some major considerations before deciding to build a custom home?

First, honestly assess if you have the time, desire and energy to invest in the process, from design to specifications to selections. It's time consuming, but an experienced builder will make it enjoyable and not overwhelming. Remember a custom home should be just that, purely custom, capturing your personality and family’s needs. Alternatively, give some thought to buying a home that’s already under construction, where you can personalize finishes.

Either way, create a list of your must-have priorities and a wish list. Be realistic about your budget and communicate with your builder about it. There’s no sense falling in love with a pricier home than you'll be comfortable with.

Don’t forget to check references on the construction management team, and get a sense of the chemistry and collaborative feel between yourselves and the builder and architect. After all, you will be working closely together and it should be a positive experience. 


Bethesda Magazine, Best of Bethesda Readers Pick “A Top Vote Getter” for Best Builder, 2013, 2015-2017 and “Winner” 2012, 2014; and “Winner,” Best Green Builder, 2012 and 2014

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