Bethesda, Maryland Home Contractor

You’re lying awake in bed at night, staring up at the ceiling. Light from a full moon streams through the window, brightening the room. You can see vague forms in the room—the shapes of a dresser, a rocking chair, a nightstand. You stare up at the ceiling and see dark streaks. Water stains from that last big rainstorm, when water leaked through the aging roof. Appalled, you turn your head to the side. Now you’re staring at a gaping hole in the wall, another reminder that your house is due for a long-awaited remodeling. Have you been putting off the renovation you know needs to be done in … [Read more...]

Design Build versus Competitive Build

One challenge that I face all the time when giving a customer a price on a job is the following. Most people only pay for what is called black line plans: a sketch / plans that show a layout of their project, with all the sizes marked, showing the approximate layout, along with side elevations. This type of project is perfect for a design build arrangement. As the contractor, I ask all of the questions necessary to come up with the specifications, including materials to be used, the quality and level of the materials to be used, types of flooring, types of tile for the bathroom, wood types … [Read more...]

Design-Build: Your Best Contract Option

There are many different contract options and ways to go about home construction or remodeling. The two most common are Design-Build and Design-Bid-Build. D.R. Hartman Construction Inc., a Maryland construction company which serves the Bethesda & Gaithersburg regions, prefers the Design-Build arrangement for many reasons. … [Read more...]

Construction project gallery

We just posted online a gallery of various projects we've completed.  Be sure to visit it and let us know what you think. Department of State Cafeteria  in Washington D.C. This project was one of our biggest to date and most challenging.  We are most thankful for the opportunity made to us by Jim Chapman who was the Project Manager for the DOS.  When the project was completed (7 months duration), the cafeteria was transformed into a friendly & relaxful eating area for the state employees. We've also just completed most of our new builder website.  We invite you to visit it! Don't … [Read more...]

D. R. Hartman Construction, Inc.’s builder blog

Welcome to D.R. Hartman Construction, Inc.'s builder blog! We are a fully licensed and insured general contractor in the State of Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia. From the design to the completion of your project, Hartman focuses on bringing our work to you at a competitive price with quality workmanship. We strive to bring our projects in ahead of schedule with fast, efficient service. We hope you'll consider D.R. Hartman Construction for your project. Give us a call for a free quote at (301) 926-9000. D. R. Hartman Construction and our long-time subcontractors are committed to … [Read more...]