CategoriesArchitecture, Construction Companies

Botero – Luxury Homes Builders

About Us

We have been building homes of excellence for nearly 20 years in the DC Metropolitan Washington Area, with particular emphasis on luxury development projects in Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland. More recently, we have focused our work in Great Falls, McLean, Oakton, Fairfax Station, Clifton, and Alexandria.

The Company is particularly dedicated to a high standard of craftsmanship and attention to detail while ensuring an outstanding level of customer satisfaction. True to its mandate, Botero Homes has designed, built, and sold a number of homes that reflect every aspect of comfort, luxury, and attention to detail.

Why Choose Botero?

Lowest Cost:

After the crisis, most prices of construction materials and services have gone down by 50% on average, except those related to oil. All these discounts are transferred by Botero to the client. You will be assured that you get the REAL cost + the management fee. In marble and ceramic we get a 70% savings. In foundations and framing 30%, and in plumbing and electrical fixtures 50%. All of these savings are passed to the client. No Exceptions! And we don’t play games!! For the first time since the 2008 crisis, we started 2013 with a price increase. We will monitor this trend carefully when preparing the budgets for our clients. We expect that the cost of materials will take about five years to be back at the high 2008 level.

Lowest Engagement Fee:

When you sign the contract with Botero, we only charge $5,000 for houses between 5,000 sqft and 10,000 sqft and $15,000 for houses above 10,000 sqft.

Total Transparency:

The money received from the client and the bank is managed in a completely independent bank account where the homeowners have access online and can monitor all transactions 24/7. Every month a report is delivered to the client with details of all expenditures for each item of the budget, showing the progress of the construction and the balances for every chapter. Accounting is open to the clients at any time and the invoices charged to Botero are the same used for the client accounting. The client may talk openly with every vendor about the prices charged or may suggest to Botero a particular vendor that will offer an even better price or promotion. The objective is to build the home at the lowest possible cost.

We developed a program by which the homeowners receive a daily report of activities taking place in the contruction of their home and a monthly accounting report with a budget control presentation. This, plus the bank’s online connection, will facilitate the process of monitoring by the client, making it more transparent than ever!

Assistance with the purchase of the lot:

Botero Homes has an associate who is a licensed realtor. We offer the client the service of finding, selecting and buying the lot.

Best Attitude:

A “Yes, we are glad to do it” attitude prevails everywhere in the Botero Homes Team. Each one gives the best of themselves, including overtime and holidays, to keep the client happy. The working environment in the Botero organization is pleasant and of constant activity about satisfying client needs.

Best References:

(a) Five-time First Prize winner of the “Monument Award” as “Best of the Best” in Luxury Homes. (b) Four-time winner of the distinction by the U.S Commerce Association as “Best of Vienna” and now in 2013, “Best of Reston”. (c) Selected as Member of the “BUILD- PAC” for extraordinary dedication to the Home Building industry by the National Association of Home Builders. (d) Two “Best Feature” GALA awards. (e) Written testimonials from our homeowners.

Empathy:

The process of building the “client’s dream” has to be pleasant and happy. It is almost like a marriage between Builder and Client for more than one year. Botero’s mission is that at the end of the stressful process, we have a “friend for life”. If Mr. Botero finds at the initial process of plan design and budget preparation that there is no “empathy” between Builder and Client, he will respectfully decline to participate. We at Botero need to be happy and to take pleasure out of building your Home.

Custom Home:

Every home is unique. Although the client may want us to follow the basic elements of a previous home or may request us to buy ready-plans, we devote hours to the process of customizing and adjusting the plans to the County Code. Mr. Botero himself, with a team of professionals in the architectural, construction and financial fields, works very closely with every step of the process of designing and drafting your home. The same team will be there in the field, supervising the construction process.

Individual Budget:

A budget is custom prepared for each home, side by side with the owner, to achieve the lowest possible cost and prevents you from having “surprises” later on.

Good News!

The joint effort to achieve the lowest cost pays. Every time, with no exceptions, when we finish a home, the client finds that the value of the home in the market exceeds by $200,000 to $700,000 the cost spent in construction. This means you get “Instant Equity” because of simple market law: You got the house at real wholesale cost but you will sell it at retail. Presently, at times of market crisis, this is probably the only add-on equity you will get for the next 4 years. We build at lower cost than the price of the millions of houses in distress in the present post-crisis market.


Design Services

Personalized Design Services

Nobody will charge you less than BOTERO for these services!

  • We will design your architectural layouts and budget for as low as $5,000.
  • We will process the Architectural and Engineering plans with the County and obtain the “Building Permit”.
  • You can buy plans on the internet, and we will customize them to your needs and local County codes.
  • As Botero Homes is a licensed Real Estate Agent, we help the customer to buy the land.

Turn-Key Construction

Some clients are too busy these days and would prefer not to participate in the daily process related to the construction phase. Botero Homes offers the following “Turn-Key Program”:

  • You approve the Architectural Plans, the Detailed Specs and the Budget.
  • Botero Homes builds the home for you.
  • You will be invited to typically 3 Review Meetings to review the progress.
  • Botero delivers the Key with the Certificate of Occupancy.

Technology

We employ the most advanced technology, custom-made to fit your budget:

  • Amazing home theaters with the latest technology
  • Kitchens a Master Chef would be proud of
  • Audio and Visual systems throughout the house
  • Smart lighting systems
  • Anything you want, we can make it happen!

Go Green

Botero Implements Processes to Protect the Environment

We use a sustainable design to build homes in balance with nature while saving you money.

What Does Going Green Mean?

It means improving the way homes and construction sites use energy, water and materials to reduce the impact on health and the environment.

It consists of 5 major principles:

green-check Energy Savings

green-check Water Efficiency

green-check CO2 Emissions Reduction

green-check Improved Indoor Environmental Quality

green-check Resource Management and Sensitivity to Their Impacts

“Going Green Is A State Of Mind. We Actively Look For Opportunities To Go Green.” – O. Botero

What Does Botero Do?

green-checkWe use energy efficient construction techniques and products.

green-checkWe use environmentally preferred materials, products and processes.

We select renewable energy options and ENERGY STAR appliances.

green-checkWe carefully use waste reduction and recycling during construction.

green-checkWe use sustainable land development practices.

green-checkWe design air-tight houses using energy efficient doors, windows, insulation and highly efficient HVAC systems.

green-checkWe choose toilets and bath fixtures that are water-stingy.


Home Building Process

PHASE I: PRE-COSTRUCTION

1. Selecting and Buying the Lot.

2. If the lot requires a septic system and a well, there are some engineering
studies required and previous approvals from the Health Department.

3. Preliminary plans and Budget to submit to the Lending Bank.

4. Loan processing and approval.

5. Preparation of the entire package to obtain the approval and the permit by the County.  That package includes, among other things:

  • Complete architectural plans.
  • Structural plans of the home.
  • All engineering studies.
  • Several documents and deposits by the owner.

PHASE II: PERMITTING

6. Permit by the Health Department

7. Permit by the County for Demolition and for Construction.

8. Permit by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

9. Bank closing on the loan.

PHASE III: CONSTRUCTION

10. Demolition of existing structure.

11. Tree clearing and lot preparation.

12. Applying and Paying for the utilities connections.

13. Excavations

14. Foundations

15. Framing

16. Roofing

17. Electrical, plumbing and HVAC

18. Insulation

19. Drywall

20. Priming for painting.

21. Trim and Interior carpentry

22. Doors and Windows

23. Flooring

24. Cabinets and Vanities

25. Hardware for doors and cabinets

26. Final plumbing

27. Final HVAC

28. Exterior Veneer (Stucco, Stone or Brick), gutters and exterior drainage.

29. Finishing septic, well, utilities and connection to home.

30. Base paving

31. Final grading for land.

32. Exterior hardscaping (patios, decks, exterior stairs).

33. Painting

34. Appliances

35. Detail cleaning

36. Landscaping and sprinkle system

PHASE IV: INSPECTIONS

37. Final Inspections

38. Processing the warranty

39. Occupancy permit.


Bank Loans

Botero Homes and MVB Mortgage Seal an Alliance

Many years ago we met Mark Ferguson, a recognized leader in construction lending in Northern Virginia. Now that he is Builder Division Vice President specializing in Mortgage Loans with MVB Mortage, Botero Homes sealed an alliance for the benefit of our clients. The experience of working together has been excellent. During this partnership, we have refined the procedures to make the process more efficient.

The Loan: Once Botero introduces the client to the company’s Vice President of Mortgage Loans, Mr. Mark Ferguson, he takes care of guiding the client during the entire loan approval process. While complying with all the new regulations imposed on banks after the 2008 crisis, he makes it as simple and expeditious as possible.

Terms: The bank finances about 80% of the total cost of the project including the land acquisition. It is a 12 to 18 month construction loan. At the end of construction, the bank transforms the initial construction loan into a “permanent loan” over 20 to 30 years based on the need of the client. As Botero’s preferred lender, MVB provides the most competitive financing solutions for our clients.

The Building Process: The bank prepares a “Draw Schedule” to disburse the loan in tranches as the builder finishes every phase of construction. The bank sends an inspector that carefully verifies the construction stage. Once approved, the bank releases the draw to a particular bank account opened by Botero and the client. The last draw is conditioned to the county issuing the occupancy permit.

Requirements by the Bank: In order to formally process the loan, the bank requires that Botero send the construction contract and the architectural plans accompanied by the receipt of the initial deposit made by the client, which is 25%-35% of the cost of the construction, at the discretion of Botero Homes. For large projects of more than $2,000,000, Botero may accept the deposit to be paid in two installments: (1) the first installment of 50% when the construction contract is signed, and (2) the second 50% at the time of closing of the loan. The second part of the deposit is sometimes financed by the bank.

Corporate Office:

11325 Random Hills Rd
Suite 100
Fairfax VA 22030
https://mferguson.mvbmortgage.com
Mark Ferguson
Vice President
Office: (571) 266-6485
Cell: (301) 674-5851
[email protected]
Specializing in Portfolio Lending with Construction to Permanent Products. Call me today for a Private Consultation to CREATE a loan tailored to you and your choices!


Contact Us

Corporate Offices:
11150 Sunset Hills Rd, Suite 309,Reston, Va, 20190 USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Cell: (703) 371-0202
Fax: (571) 313-8542

URL:www.boterohomes.com

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RoomSketcher -Interior design

RoomSketcher started below water

RoomSketcher started more than 10 years ago as a spin-off from a company that creates state-of-the-art 3D visualizations for the sub-sea oil industry. The same technology that is used to visualize large oil rigs below water was applied to visualize the interior of homes and properties. The vision, which we stay true to to this day, was that everyone should be able to visualize their home, online.

Our innovation lies in our unique One Source platform. Once the floor plan is in our system, all of our premium output possibilities are instantly at your fingertips. Create 2D Floor Plans, high-quality 3D Floor Plans and Live 3D Floor Plans, as well as stunning 3D Photos and 360 Views. The company continues to innovate and aims to always bring you the most user-friendly experience of creating the coolest floor plans and home designs ever.

RoomSketcher is privately held and is backed by venture firm Viking Ventures and the holding company Torrey Pines AS. The founders, our main investors and myself, are all veterans of the software and the 3D visualization industry.

Thousands of Happy Customers and Users

Today, we are proud to say that we have more than a million users and customers, coming from more than 178 countries. To this day, more than 2 million projects have been created using the RoomSketcher App. And thousands of small, midsized and large businesses, agents, resellers, designers, and contractors have chosen RoomSketcher to power their floor plan and home design needs. This is well beyond our imagination 10 years ago.


Features

RoomSketcher provides an online floor plan and home design solution that lets you create floor plans, furnish and decorate them and visualize your design in impressive 3D. The solution is packed with awesome features for both professional and personal users.


Draw Floor Plans

Draw a floor plan in minutes with RoomSketcher, the easy-to-use floor plan app. Create high-quality 2D & 3D Floor Plans to scale for print and web.

Draw Floor Plans – The Easy Way

With RoomSketcher, it’s easy to draw floor plans. Draw floor plans online using our web application or download our app. RoomSketcher works on PC, Mac and tablet and projects synch across devices so that you can access your floor plans anywhere. Draw a floor plan, add furniture and fixtures, and then print and download to scale – it’s that easy!

When your floor plan is complete, create high-resolution 2D and 3D Floor Plans that you can print and download to scale in JPG, PNG and PDF. In addition to creating floor plans, you can also create stunning 360 Views, beautiful 3D Photos of your design, and interactive Live 3D Floor Plans that allow you take a 3D walkthrough of your floor plan.

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Create high-quality real estate floor plans with RoomSketcher. Perfect for real estate listings, portals, website, and more. We help thousands of real estate professionals every day with their floor plan needs – we would love to help you!

Why Floor Plans are Important for Real Estate

A real estate floor plan is a drawing to scale that shows the property as seen from above. It shows the relationship between rooms and spaces and the overall layout of the property.

Good floor plans increase customer engagement with the real estate listing and can even increase the resale value of the property. A study by Rightmove shows that floor plans are one of the most important aspects of marketing a real estate property for sale.

  • Over a third of buyers said they were less likely to inquire about a property without a floor plan
  • 1 in 5 buyers would ignore a listing that does not include real estate floor plans
  • Adding a real estate floor plan to a property listing can increase click-throughs from buyers by 52%

So if you want to maximize your chances of finding a buyer or renter for your property, make sure you include floor plans with your real estate marketing.

With RoomSketcher, you can create high-quality 2D & 3D Floor Plans for your real estate marketing – quickly and easily. Our real estate floor plans are perfect for real estate websites, listing portals, presentations, marketing materials, social media, and more.


Home Builders

Are you a home builder creating new or custom homes for sale? With RoomSketcher, you can create high-quality floor plans and 3D visualizations that are perfect for your custom home marketing.

Market your custom homes online

RoomSketcher is ideal for home builders who are looking to market new custom homes in an engaging and useful way. More and more people start their search for the perfect home online. With RoomSketcher, you can create high-quality floor plans and 3D visualizations that are perfect for marketing your custom homes online. Engage potential home buyers with professional 2D and 3D Floor Plans, interactive Live 3D walkthroughs, and panormaic 360 Views.

Our easy-to-use floor plan and home design app make creating floor plans and 3D visualizations – quick, easy and affordable. You can either draw your floor plans yourself or order floor plans from our Floor Plan Services – all you need is a blueprint or sketch.

Create high-resolution 2D and 3D Floor Plans that are optimized for print and web. Easily add them to your website, printed marketing materials, and more. Create furnished or unfurnished floor plans with essential details such as measurements, room names, and sizes. You can even allow your customers to open the floor plan and start furnishing it themselves!

Easy to create stunning 3D Photos that show your customers fixture and finishes options – without having to pay for costly CGIs. Stage the rooms with furniture and décor to help customers visualize how the home will look when it’s furnished.

Generate panoramic 360 Views to show an entire room in just one photo. RoomSketcher 360 Views are interactive. Customers can pan a room, look left and right, and up and down, to experience a room as if they are there. Easily embed them right on your website.

Bring your custom homes to life with RoomSketcher Live 3D Floor Plans. Allow customers to take a virtual Live 3D walkthrough – at the click of a button! Our Live 3D Floor Plans are a fun and engaging way for home builders to enable their customers to take a virtual tour of their custom homes online.

Add your RoomSketcher Floor Plans and 3D visualization to your website, printed marketing materials, real estate listings, social media, and more. There’s no better or easier way for home builders to create high-quality, affordable visualizations for custom home marketing.


Real Estate Agents

Are you a real estate agent? With RoomSketcher, you can create high-quality floor plans and 3D walkthroughs quickly and easily. Engage home buyers and stand out from the crowd with professional 2D and 3D Floor Plans.

Create impressive real estate listing presentations

As a real estate agent, you need to create impressive listing presentations that grab a viewers’ attention. Real estate is one of the most competitive industries in the world, and the listing portals are flooded with properties for sale. To attract potential buyers and sellers, you need to make your properties to stand out from the crowd.

With RoomSketcher, you can create professional real estate listing presentations – quickly, easily and affordably. Create high-quality real estate floor plans and engaging 3D walkthroughs that draw viewers’ in and capture their imaginations. Our easy-to-use floor plan app makes creating 2D and 3D floor plans easy. You can either draw your floor plans yourself or order floor plans from our Floor Plan Services – all you need is a blueprint or sketch.

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Bring your properties to life with RoomSketcher Live 3D Floor Plans. Provide your customers with a Live 3D walkthrough – at the click of a button! Our Live 3D floor plan feature is a fun and engaging way for your customers to take a virtual tour online. You can even allow your customers to open the floor plan and start furnishing it!

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