DeFalco Home Design
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 nationally certified by NCARB. In between the two architecture firms that 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.
Over the course of his decades of experience as an architect and Class A contractor, DeFalco has seen some exciting changes in the local market. “Modern residential design is finally becoming popular in the D.C. metropolitan area. I was beginning to think I would never get to use the design principles I had studied in architecture school,” he says. “I love traditional styles when they are done well, but the increased interest in modern/contemporary architecture is allowing area designers to experiment more. This is not only fun for us architects, but it also results in a richer tapestry for our neighborhoods.”