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DeFalco Home Design

Tripp DeFalco, AIA
3409 N. Potomac St.
Arlington Virginia 22213

Winston Churchill once said that “We shape our buildings—thereafter they shape us.” He is right. DeFalco Home Design is passionate about residential architecture, and we find it gratifying to be able to make a real difference in our clients’ lives.

DeFalco Home Design owner Tripp DeFalco is a licensed architect, a member of the American Institute of Architects and is nationally certified by NCARB. In between the two architecture firms he founded, he spent more than ten years working as a design-builder. “I held a Class A general contractor’s license, building what I designed,” DeFalco says. “In addition to learning a great deal about the nuts and bolts of construction, I learned the pressures that builders face and the obstacles they have to overcome on a daily basis. It’s not as easy as it looks!” 

For DeFalco’s architecture clients, this unique experience translates into him having insider knowledge when working with their builder. It’s much easier to avoid an adversarial relationship between client and builder when the architect is able to offer an explanation for what may otherwise look strange to someone outside the profession. 

Due to ongoing construction cost inflation and rising interest rates, clients now ask how to manage these risks while still achieving their goals. DeFalco’s advice is twofold: First—focus on the essentials, and tailor the design to those functions or spaces that are absolutely critical to everyday living. “Nice to have” amenities can often be added in later phases. Second – involve potential builders early in the design process when scope changes can be easily made if cost estimates exceed the project budget. DeFalco Home Design stands ready to guide you through the entire design and construction process, acting as your advocate from concept to completion.