Our People

Our renovations are highly attributed to the hard work and dedicated time that our employees put into each project. We value our employees’ talents and abilities, allowing us to show our appreciation to them and providing them an excellent working environment. Working with Sun Design isn’t just working with someone who gets the job done, it’s working with a team that genuinely cares, values your concerns, wants your opinions and isn’t afraid to answer questions honestly. We take the time to get to know you and your vision to ensure your renovations, remodeling or addition exceeds your expectations and provides the “wow” effect every time you have guests to your home.

Key Personnel

Blending together to make every department achieve success in delivering the highest level of quality to the customers, some of these faces will be the very first points of contact when you reach out to Sun Design.
Administrative Assistant
Director of First Impressions
Sales & Marketing Assistant
Senior Marketing Coordinator

Estimating + Accounting

From pre-estimates to fixed contract pricing, placing orders, and tracking payment schedules, this group acts as your pricing agent and ensures you’re getting quality products that you value.
Top Row (left to right): Morgan Gallagher, Dave Cleary, Dana Bailey
Bottom Row (left to right): Kevin Poussard, Cat Davis, Michael Guemple

Design Consultants

Listening to their clients, and fulfilling the needs of each client, to develop and deliver their vision, is the focus of this team. The experience and energy of this group brings the attention to detail that the customer deserves.

President & Visionary
Founder & Chairman
Designer Sales
Design Consultant
Design Consultant
Design Consultant

Design Consultant

Concept Architectural Design Specialist

Designers

From architectural design to balance and flow, this team comes together to create and present innovative design and superior finish details for every customer.
Director of Design
Senior Interior Designer
Senior Interior Designer
Senior Interior Designer
Senior Interior Designer
Senior Architectural Designer
Interior Designer
Interior Designer
Interior Designer

Design Assistant

Design Administrator

Top Row (left to right): Jorge Reyes, Ric Fowler, Aaron Cropp, J.R. Hansen, Greg Gunther
Bottom Row (left to right): Eric White, Owen Lane, Jamie Walker

Production

The experience, training and skill of this team of craftsmen brings quality to the projects they build, keeping customer satisfaction as their number one priority
Director of Production
Production Manager
Project Manager
Project Manager

Project Manager

Lead Carpenters + Apprentice Carpenters

The experience, training and skill of this team of craftsmen brings quality to the projects they build, keeping customer
satisfaction as their number one priority.

Top Row (left to right): Chris Joslin, Dominic Wittlinger, Jason Krage, Jon Davis, Daniel Nichols, Brendan McCardell
Bottom Row (left to right): Brian Walker, Alan Marucci, Nathan Archer

Assistant Project Managers + Skilled Carpenters

The experience, training and skill of this team of craftsmen brings quality to the projects they build, keeping customer
satisfaction as their number one priority.

Top Row (left to right): Chris Marinoff, Spencer Smart, Mark Crawford
Bottom Row (left to right): Carlos Polanco, Juan Ramos

Warranty + Forever Home Care

We want you to enjoy your new remodeled space for years to come. You can be confident that Sun Design will create a space using quality materials and outstanding craftsmanship and we will stand behind our work with our 3 year workmanship warranty.
Client Support Manager
Warranty & Services Manager
Warranty & Services Assistant

3-Year Warranty Offers Confidence + Peace of Mind

We want you to enjoy your new remodeled space for years to come. You can be confident that Sun Design will create a space using quality materials and outstanding craftsmanship and we will stand behind our work with our 3 year workmanship warranty.

At the conclusion of your project, Sun Design will prepare your Warranty Package. This package includes all original final inspection paperwork, a copy of the permit, and your warranty certificate. We promise to make sure that our warranty is properly managed for you.

Should you require assistance, please call the office and ask to speak with Maryam, Client Support Manager, for initial warranty scheduling. From there, Jeff Nichols, Warranty & Services Manager, will coordinate all repairs that are part of the warranty coverage.

Forever Home Care (FHC)

At Sun Design we’re committed to ensuring that working with us has been and will continue to be easy and rewarding. Therefore, the FOREVER HOME CARE Program offers ongoing services exclusively to past clients. You do not need to look elsewhere for the future care and repair of your home.

Our partnership goes beyond the project:

  • Seasonal Home Maintenance
  • Small Projects/Honey-Do Lists
  • Accessibility Upgrades

We also offer free in-home evaluations to past clients who want assistance in identifying home maintenance needs, want to prevent major damage, or simply want to put together a home care and improvement plan. Please note that in some cases we perform the work with our own team members and in other cases we will utilize trusted trade partners for either a full day or a half day rate. It just makes sense to offer a proactive preventive maintenance program to our clients that not only could save thousands of dollars in the long run, but also the inconvenience of dealing with major home care repairs at an unexpected time. The Forever Home Care program provides that peace of mind.

We look forward to discussing your home care needs and continuing to work with you.

Leadership Team

Our leadership team is a humble and passionate group of visionaries, who inspire and foster a positive culture through
exceptional relationships, to propel Sun Design as a business leader with an amazing legacy
Founder & Chairman
President & Visionary
Chief Operating Officer
Director of Communications
Director of Administration
Director of Training & Development
Director of Design
Director of Production
Controller

Awards & Recognition

Over the years, Sun Design has been recognized for great design, outstanding craftsmanship, and business leadership. Here is a listing of our local, regional, and national awards.

PRO/NARI Awards

  • 2022 Residential Addition Award Winner
  • 2022 Residential Bathroom Award Winner
  • 2022 Residential Creative Solution Award Winner
  • 2022 Residential Interior Award Winner
  • 2022 Residential Bathroom Award Winner
  • 2022 Entire House Award Winner
  • 2022 Universal Design Bath Award Winner
  • 2022 Residential Basement Award Winner

Houzz Awards

  • 2022 Best of Houzz Award – Customer Service
  • 2021 Best of Houzz Award – Customer Service
  • 2020 Best of Houzz Award – Customer Service
  • 2018 Best of Houzz Award – Customer Service
  • 2017 Best of Houzz Award – Customer Service
  • 2016 Best of Houzz Award – Customer Service
  • 2015 Best of Houzz Award – Customer Service
  • 2013 Best of Houzz Award – Customer Service & Design

Chrysalis Awards

  • 2022 Regional Residential Addition Award Winner
  • 2022 Regional Residential Bath Award Winner
  • 2021 National Outdoor Living Award Winner
  • 2019 National Residential Interior Award Winner
  • 2019 Regional Residential Specialty Award Winner
  • 2018 Regional Residential Exterior Award Winner
  • 2018 Regional Residential Bath Award Winner
  • 2017 National Residential Specialty Award Winner
  • 2017 National Residential Bath Award Winner
  • 2015 Regional Residential Exterior Award Winner
  • 2013 Regional Finished Basement Award Winner
  • 2012 Regional Finished Basement Award Winner
  • 2008 National Residential Basement Award

INC 5000 Awards

  • 2013 America’s Fastest Growing Companies
  • 2009 America’s Fastest Growing Companies
  • 2009 America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies
  • 2008 America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies
  • 2007 America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies

Professional Remodeler Awards

  • 2016 Residential Exterior Award Winner
  • 2016 Residential Kitchen Award Winner
  • 2014 Residential Kitchen Award Winner
  • 2013 Residential Basement Award Winner
  • 2012 Residential Basement Award Winner

Careers

Our employees create a remarkable experience for our clients with their consistent dedication to exquisite craftsmanship, hard work and communication. As one of the Top 100 Companies to Work For, we hold ourselves to the highest standards in providing a great experience for our employees as well as our clients. Thank you for your interest in joining the Sun Design Team.

We’re always looking for great people to add to our team. If you are interested in becoming a part of Sun Design’s award winning team, please send your resume, position you are applying for and salary requirements directly to Cathy@SunDesignInc.com.

Benefits include: paid vacation and holidays, medical and dental insurance, AFLAC, 401k retirement plan and more.

Sun Design’s passion is bringing families together. We have been told time and time again that what sets us apart in our industry is how we treat each other – staff, trade partners, and clients alike! We are committed to bringing families together through the art and beauty of architecture and design-build renovations, providing holistic design solutions, structural change, wellness and thriving-in-place design, natural light, and outdoor connections.

We have been helping families remodel their homes in the DMV for over 35 years, and we are committed to providing an exceptional experience to all who interact with our Sun Design family. We believe that listening is key to providing exceptional service. We have cultivated a company culture based on our core values of truth, fun and charity, as well as the additional targets of exceptional experience, growth of the individual, and financial wisdom – these allow our employees to have “freedom within a framework” to make decisions. We ensure this kind of environment by constantly asking questions and listening carefully to understand the root causes of issues that may arise, to then be able to implement solutions that exceed everyone’s expectations.

Please check out our online testimonials on Google, Houzz.com, BBB (A+ rating), Guild Quality, and more.

We invest in our employees with:

  • Generous compensation based on experience
  • Company matched 401k
  • Health/dental/vision insurance
  • Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • AFLAC
  • Paid time off/vacation
  • Paid holidays
    Corporate gym memberships
    Discounts on theme park/movie/concert tickets
    Companywide bonus incentives
    Open book financials
    An amazing company culture
    Sun Design University – our very own hybrid learning experience
    Company core values: truth, fun, charity, exceptional experience, financial wisdom and growth of individuals!

Positions:

Architectural Designer

We are seeking an Architect or an Architecturally trained Designer with a minimum of 5-8 years of residential design and wood frame construction experience, preferably in a residential remodeling or homebuilding company. We are looking for a team player who puts both internal and external customers first, is solutions oriented, and respects the process we follow to get the job done.

In this role, you will be part of a collaborative team whose focus is to provide creative, one-of-a-kind design solutions for our clients. You will touch the project every step of the way including site analysis and due diligence, to schematic design charettes and design development, to working with engineers and trade partners, through the construction drawing phase, to working with local jurisdictions through permitting, and to the eventual start of construction. Every project is different in both scope, design direction, and budget.

Minimum Requirements: A degree in Architecture / Residential Design / Architectural Drafting or similar; Proficient in 2D and 3D CAD software; knowledge of residential design and space planning; understanding of wood frame construction materials and methods; thorough knowledge of building codes, local zoning and jurisdictional requirements; superior technical skills with an eye for detail; the ability to manage design projects from start to finish while meeting critical deadlines in a fast paced environment. Licensure is a plus, but not required.

If you are interested in applying for the Architectural Designer position, please send your resume and salary requirements directly to Cathy@SunDesignInc.com.

Project Manager/Lead Carpenter

We are seeking a Project Manager/Lead Carpenter with extensive experience in residential remodeling. We need a team player who puts customer service first, works well with others, and respects the process we follow to get the job done. We appreciate flexibility, willingness to pitch in, and a good sense of humor. Excellent interpersonal communication skills are required. This job involves constructing a wide variety of residential remodeling projects using our Design/Build process. This includes: high-quality craftsmanship; on-site management of all aspects of the remodeling project; execute profitable production activities that support the targets and goals of the company; and working with sales, design and trades to resolve scheduling conflicts, project delays and design modifications. Minimum Experience: Five years in all phases of residential construction; supervisory experience Preferred Requirements: NARI Certified Lead Carpenter Designation; EPA RRP Certified Renovator Certification a plus. Compensation is based on experience.

If you are interested in applying for the Project Manager/Lead Carpenter position, please send your resume and salary requirements directly to Cathy@SunDesignInc.com.

Project Manager/Lead Carpenter

We are seeking a Project Manager/Lead Carpenter with extensive experience in residential remodeling. We need a team player who puts customer service first, works well with others, and respects the process we follow to get the job done. We appreciate flexibility, willingness to pitch in, and a good sense of humor. Excellent interpersonal communication skills are required. This job involves constructing a wide variety of residential remodeling projects using our Design/Build process. This includes: high-quality craftsmanship; on-site management of all aspects of the remodeling project; execute profitable production activities that support the targets and goals of the company; and working with sales, design and trades to resolve scheduling conflicts, project delays and design modifications. Minimum Experience: Five years in all phases of residential construction; supervisory experience Preferred Requirements: NARI Certified Lead Carpenter Designation; EPA RRP Certified Renovator Certification a plus. Compensation is based on experience.

If you are interested in applying for the Project Manager/Lead Carpenter position, please send your resume and salary requirements directly to Cathy@SunDesignInc.com.

Skilled Carpenter
We are seeking a Skilled Carpenter for residential remodeling. This position involves producing a wide variety of residential remodeling projects using our Design/Build process. This includes: high-quality craftsmanship; on-site management of all aspects of the remodeling project; execute profitable production activities that support the targets and goals of the company; and working with sales, design and trades to resolve scheduling conflicts, project delays and design modifications. Minimum Experience: five years continuous practice in all phases of residential construction, including supervising staff and trades. Preferred Requirements: NARI Certified Lead Carpenter Designation; EPA RRP Certified Renovator Certification a plus.

If you are interested in applying for the Skilled Carpenter position, please send your resume and salary requirements directly to Cathy@SunDesignInc.com.

Sales Manager
This passionate leader, self-motivated, humble and focused on becoming successful through the success of others. Care, training, mentoring, coaching a team of brilliant individuals that need a manager who is creative, cheerful and consistent. Our clients’ hire us because of how we treat them, how we listen to them and form solutions that make a difference in their lives. Our clients’ get the best service when we provide the best environment for our team first. As a sales manager, you are responsible for consistent achievement, but your approach must be charitable, truthful and fun. You need to be passionate about personal growth and the growth of others. In addition, he or she should have excellent communication skills, understand contracts, estimating, negotiation, and be able to solve problems through and with the team.

What we offer YOU as our Sales Manager:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Ample benefits package
  • Company Matched IRA
  • Superb marketing support
  • Dedicated training division

General Responsibilities:

  • Achieving company revenue sales goals, produced design revenue goals, noteworthy design, and client satisfaction during the sales and design process
  • Understand market conditions and analyze market data
  • Provide leadership and motivation to sales team
  • Provide ongoing coaching and training to enhance the abilities of the sales team
  • Supervision and management of staff. Continual evaluation of sales team performance, including goal setting (long and short term), follow-up – improvement programs and regular progress reports – feedback
  • Gather and analyze appropriate data to develop departmental goals and bench marking

Preferred Experience:

  • 7-10 years of residential remodeling sales experience
  • Working knowledge of the home improvement/remodeling industry
  • Excels in a performance measured environment
  • Proficient in training and mentoring salespeople
  • Superb analytical and writing skills
  • Strong management and motivational capabilities
  • Ability to interact with other departments to ensure success
  • High degree of professionalism and tact
  • Self-starter and be able to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to give, receive, and analyze information and make effective decisions under pressure in a high-volume fast paced environment
  • Accuracy, attention to detail while staying clearly focused on the big picture
  • Organized with the ability to prioritize projects and meet deadlines with multiple interruptions

If you are interested in applying for the Sales Manager position, please send your resume and salary requirements directly to Cathy@SunDesignInc.com.

Sales Person (Design Consultant)
The Salesperson (Design Consultant) is a valuable member of a unique team that is on a mission to deliver WOW through service. We need a team player who puts customer service first, works well with others, and respects the process we follow to get the job done. We appreciate flexibility, a great attitude, and a good sense of humor. Excellent interpersonal communication skills are required. This position involves: Meeting and/or exceeding sales targets Maintaining gross profit margins Following the Sun Design sales system Converting leads into design agreements, then into construction contracts Estimating projects and writing construction contracts Working with our in-house architect, designers, and production crews Minimum Requirements: Salesperson must be a top performer, have a fantastic attitude, and a willingness to learn. Salesperson must also have proven experience in residential remodeling with the ability to estimate, sell, manage and help design/engineer residential construction projects. Preferred Requirements: Sandler sales; familiarity remodeling/construction; strong computer knowledge; excellent organizational skills; and attention to detail. Compensation is based on experience and consists of cash flow plus commission.

If you are interested in applying for the Salesperson position, please send your resume and salary requirements directly to Cathy@SunDesignInc.com.

Assistant Project Manager
We are seeking an Assistant Project Manager with extensive experience in residential remodeling. We need a team player who puts customer service first, works well with others, and respects the process we follow to get the job done. We appreciate flexibility, willingness to pitch in, and a good sense of humor. Excellent interpersonal communication skills are required. This job involves constructing a wide variety of residential remodeling projects using our Design/Build process. This includes: high-quality craftsmanship; on-site management of all aspects of the remodeling project; execute profitable production activities that support the targets and goals of the company; and working with sales, design and trades to resolve scheduling conflicts, project delays and design modifications. Minimum Experience: five years in all phases of residential construction; supervisory experience Preferred Requirements: NARI Certified Lead Carpenter Designation; EPA RRP Certified Renovator Certification a plus. Compensation is based on experience.

If you are interested in applying for the Assistant Project Manager position, please send your resume and salary requirements directly to Cathy@SunDesignInc.com.

Interior Designer
*Note: This is an in-person position located in Northern Virginia. Must have prior experience and/or education in Residential Design*

Sun Design Remodeling Specialists Inc. is a full-service Design/Build company that has been transforming fine Northern Virginia homes for over 33 years.

Sun Design from an employee perspective: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyTr_UxRTac

Sun Design from a client perspective: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SONMDTIPlo

Our employees create a remarkable experience for our clients with their consistent dedication to exquisite craftsmanship, hard work and communication. As one of the Top 100 Companies to Work For, we hold ourselves to the highest standards in providing a great experience for our employees as well as our clients. Thank you for your interest in joining the Sun Design Team.

Sun Design has an exciting new opening for an Interior Designer to join our team! This person is a valuable member of a unique team that is on a mission to deliver WOW through service. We need a team player who puts customer service first, works well with others, and respects the process we follow to get the job done. We appreciate flexibility, a great attitude, and a good sense of humor. Excellent interpersonal communication skills are required.

Key Duties:

Assist clients with all selections during Design Reviews, On-Site visits, and Showroom visits – coordinating outside meetings with clients and vendors

  • Understanding budget as it relates to Selections – making client aware of any selections outside of range
  • Extensive Knowledge of plumbing fixtures, tile, countertop materials, cabinet wood stains and door styles, hardware, lighting fixtures and paint
  • Visits to show rooms w/clients (tile, plumbing, and granite)
  • Build relationships with vendors through meetings/networking
  • Completing Allowances, Options & Selections (AOS) for Contract in CRM
  • PowerPoint presentation creation and updates (DR1-DR6) – ensuring a cohesive and complete look
  • Special order quotes (cabinet hardware, tile, plumbing, and granite) – some items to be ordered by the Interior Designer
  • Tile Layouts & Calculations – renderings when necessary to aid in visualization

Compensation based on experience.

Benefits:

  • Competitive wage
  • Medical, dental, and vision plans
  • Open Book Management
  • Diverse atmosphere
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • Retirement plan
  • Plus, group bonus

If you are interested in applying for the Interior Designer position, please send your resume and salary requirements directly to Cathy@SunDesignInc.com.

Why Us

~ Holistic Design Solutions ~ Structural Change ~ Wellness + Thriving in Place ~ Natural Light + Outdoor Connections ~

Sun Design brings all the tools to the table, removing the stress from the renovation process and keeping the impact of clients’ busy lives to a minimum.

You want a professional perspective on what can be done creatively to transform your living space, but, once decided, you want a contractor you can trust to complete the job as outlined while staying within the final budget. Regular consultation is appreciated, as well as being apprised of the unexpected, but you don’t have the time or opportunity to be constantly monitoring the project. This is why you need a contractor you can trust.

With Sun Design, you don’t have to worry about finding the right materials or subcontractors to bring your project to fruition. Sun Design provides expert guidance: from project design to selecting materials, to bringing in the right specialists to complete the job.

Testimonials

 

 

We were thrilled with the work performed by Sun Design. We had used a different contractor to build a porch and it was an awful experience with long delays, so we were cautious. The Sun Design team listened to all our needs, presented multiple options to meet those needs at different price points, and delivered on time and on budget for our first floor renovation. They are exceptional at communicating with their clients on what to expect during each stage of the journey and carry our strongest recommendation.

Brendan Mahon

 

 

10/10 would highly recommend Sun Design. We found our kitchen layout was too small and wasn't working for us. We told Sun Design what our issues were and what was important to us, and their amazing design team created the kitchen of our dreams. It turned into a whole first floor transformation, moving kitchen, dining room, and living room around to a configuration that worked best for us.

Ashley Norman

 

 

I am a HUGE fan of Sun Design! The first time that we worked with them was over 15 years ago. We were ready to have a deck built, but not just any deck, and of course, Jeremy was the designer at that time and I remember how he went about designing it so that it looked like "part of the house" - It is beautiful. We recently refurbished it, and it looks absolutely beautiful!

Josie Zamolyi Caldwell

 

 

Sun Design transformed our "cookie cutter" house into a spectacular, unique home. Working with Ericka was a delight - her confidence and fun personality made the process enjoyable. Ours was a complete remodel - kitchen, family room, powder room, upstairs bathrooms, and some primary bedroom work. We loved working with Sun Design so much that we will be working with them again in the future when we are ready for an addition that will add a garage and in-law suite. Highly recommend!

Patti Ahlstrom

 

 

SunDesign came up with a creative design for our screened-in porch that beautifully fits into our existing landscape. Project was executed on budget and their craftsmanship is superb. Their responsiveness to a warranty issue we had with the door was immediately addressed. We highly recommend SunDesign — their teams are awesome to work with.

Gisela Ulmschneider

 

 

We had a fairly big project to build out part of our house. Sun Design has done a phenomenal job so far. We are getting close to complete. The design process was very collaborative and the execution of the build has gone well so far. Every part of the experience has been top quality and the team we are working with is amazing. The team is expensive but they are able to walk you through where every cent goes and why and they will look at different options to try to help reduce cost. They are well worth every penny. I would want to use Sun Design for any future projects and I highly recommend them.

Jen Navarro

 

 

Maryam and Jeff from Sun Design home care department are great to work with. Maryam is very responsive and attentive to all my inquiries. Jeff is my to go guy whenever I need work or maintenance in my property, very professional and thorough with his work. I have been a satisfied customer for 2 years now.

Brigitte Siegall

 

 

Sun Design handled the renovation of our large basement several years ago. We finished our laundry room and added two walls of built in cabinets, reconfigured a storage room and run-down kitchen into a guest room and sitting area, and finished a large rec room. Everything was redone - the floors, walls, ceilings, electrical work, etc. Sun Design did a terrific job - the rooms look wonderful. Our house was built in 1962 and we had a number of glitches along the way. But Sun Design made sure that, at the end, everything looked and worked properly. I highly recommend them.

Susan Louis

 

 

I have been working with Sun Design for over 15 years. They are a great company to work with, very friendly and professional staff. They are very clean, responsive, respectful of your property and I have nothing but the great things to say about Sun Design.

Goran Zukic

 

 

This review is to introduce you to Sun Design services and to recommend them for your next project. We used Sun Design for a deck – sunroom redesign, and the end result exceeded our expectations. Sun Design is easy to work with, thinks creatively, and effectively communicates ideas to enhance projects, and thus Sun Design has my highest endorsement. The staff is knowledgeable, courteous, and friendly. They truly care about every aspect of the projects they do. They arrive on time and leave the place spotless when the work has been completed.

H. Milton Richardson

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