Michael and Carter are some of the nicest people we have had the pleasure of working with. Right from the beginning, they made us feel heard and taken care of. We wanted someone who are quality-above-all-while-keeping-it-simple-builders, and they are beyond a doubt that. They are not the cheapest on the market, but they make sure they stick to the budget. They informed us of any changes in the prices and the potential budget increases in time so we could adjust our choices to bring the costs down. Michael and Carter did not disappear on us after the first meeting; in fact, they remained our point of contact throughout the process. They were there to guide us in making reasonable choices in every subcontractor meeting—whether it was picking doorknobs or kitchen cabinets. Right from day one, Michael worked on our timeline and delivered our house well ahead of schedule. Like pricing, he kept us informed how every decision would affect the final delivery date. That allowed us to make good decisions that wouldn’t unduly delay our overall project. He kept us informed—sometimes too much!—of all the deadlines all the time. Good people attract other good quality people and all the subcontractors we worked with in this process are good people who do good quality work. We worked with Geri to design our house and could not have been happier. He listened patiently to our requests, educated us on the design process, and came up with design that we absolutely love and have received so many compliments on. Building a house is long process with many twists and turns and we are very happy that we went through it with Michael and Carter. They tried to make it as comfortable and predictable as possible, and we are happy with the final outcome.
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Right from the beginning, they made us feel heard and taken care of.
We strongly recommended Meridian Homes to all of our friends and family!
We recently had the good fortune of purchasing a home built by Meridian Homes. We could not have been more pleased with the quality of the build, the wonderful design choices, the layout of the home, and especially the service provided by Meridian Homes. Jonathan and his team has been incredibly easy to deal with, extremely personable and friendly, and someone we have truly enjoyed working with throughout the process. We would not hesitate to use them in the future for a future build and have strongly recommended Meridian Homes to all of our friends and family!
Meridian’s quality of work is terrific.
We have used Meridian Homes for renovations since we moved in 2 years ago. One major renovation was the creation of a garage gym, that required lowering the concrete floor as well as creation of a downstairs home office that required the construction of a staircase to access a downstairs bedroom. In my mind renovations that required outside of the box thinking. Michael was fantastic with understanding what we visualized and was able to visualize a plan when there was only a problem without a solution. The estimates were very accurate. His team is fantastic- from the project managers to the in-house labor to subcontractors. Our dogs were always happy to see them as was our daughter (she was sad when the job was finished).
They probably don’t want me setting this expectation, but when we had some plumbing emergencies, Michael and his guys were there to help fix the problem that day- help diagnose the issue and provide guidance on what we needed to do immediately to minimize the water damage. He also was able to tell us what we needed to do immediately to restore the house to its normal state- given his experience with these types of issues previously.
Meridian’s quality of work is terrific. Although this did not happen frequently, there was no fear to redo something if it was not done to Michael and his team’s standards. They did an excellent job and did not require any micromanaging on our part. The team is meticulous in terms of daily clean-up and preparation for the job… There wasn’t a tool scrap or piece of dust left by the end of the job.
Were they the cheapest contractors in the area? No, but in my experience in this area, you get what you pay for. They are by far the best in terms of execution, no hassle, easy to work with, great outcomes, etc. We will not use anyone but them in the future for further renovations, repairs, or when it is time to build a house.
We are so thrilled with Meridian Homes and our beautiful renovations!
We are so thrilled with Meridian Homes and our beautiful renovations! After our original contractor quit on our project before construction began, we met with Michael Lerner. From the first conversation, Michael put us at ease, answered all of our questions, and communicated honestly about expectations. We trusted Michael’s knowledge and expertise in making decisions about various parts of the project. Michael even accompanied us in choosing fixtures and countertops and gave great advice. Throughout the planning and renovation process, Michael and our project manager, Carter, adapted seamlessly to changes and communicated promptly at every stage. Every worker and subcontractor was professional and polite. As we lived in our home during construction, the crews all cleaned well at the end of each day. Meridian largely completed our project weeks earlier than expected. Follow-up for punch-out items has been great. Best of all, we love our “new” first floor and are grateful for the outstanding work by Meridian.
We would recommend Meridian to anyone searching for a custom homebuilder.
Our journey with Meridian Homes started when we began interviewing a handful of local homebuilders prior to even finding a lot on which to build. We found in Meridian Homes a homebuilder with a longstanding and excellent reputation in the market, who offered a very personalized experience, and who cared deeply about the quality of their product.
From the outset, we felt at ease with the company’s co-founder, Michael Lerner, who spent considerable time with us searching for the right location in which to build. Our search led us to numerous vacant lots and tear-down homes for sale. Michael was very honest in his assessment of each opportunity we brought to him, offering us his opinions on each site’s selling points and/or shortcomings. We finally found a tear-down home in a great location, and with Michael’s enthusiastic approval, we moved forward with buying it.
Having never been through the process of knocking down an existing home and building a new one, we needed guidance. Meridian Homes went out of their way to assist us in closing on the existing home, arranging construction financing, employing a deconstruction firm to capture tax benefits, and selecting an architect. Meridian met jointly with our architect on numerous occasions to make sure our new home had the features and floorplan that we desired, while oftentimes coming up with creative, cost-effective solutions with our architect to keep us within our budget.
As the process unfolded, we felt fortunate to have chosen Meridian. They really do put quality of construction first and foremost and were transparent in their recordkeeping at every step of the way. Meridian was also especially helpful in prioritizing the decisions we needed to make at any point in time, which brought us peace of mind in what could have been a stressful endeavor. Following the completion of our new home, Meridian remained very much involved in making sure we were satisfied with the finished product.
Seeing how much pride they take in making sure the product exceeds their customers’ expectations really validated our decision to choose Meridian Homes. We would recommend Meridian to anyone searching for a custom homebuilder. Their service, attention to detail, and passion for building high quality homes are second to none. We absolutely love our new home!!
Our whole family is super happy with our well-built and beautiful home.
Our whole family is super happy with our well-built and beautiful home; we couldn’t be more satisfied with Jonathan’s responsiveness and that of his crew.
The Meridian team was professional, prompt, courteous and thorough.
From the first meeting to discuss our project until the last day of work, Meridian Homes was fantastic. Jon Lerner and his team are the consummate professionals. Renovations are usually difficult, at best, but our wine cellar project proved to be enjoyable. The Meridian team was professional, prompt, courteous and thorough. Our project was done on time and under budget. We are thrilled with the results. We enthusiastically recommend Meridian as a superb contractor. We will definitely use them for future projects. A toast to Meridian for a job well done!
The follow through with the company is fantastic!
We absolutely love our new home!!!! The craftsmanship and the finishes are excellent. The follow through with the company is fantastic! Highly recommend Meridian Homes builders.
Choosing Meridian Homes was the best thing we could have done.
Choosing Meridian Homes was the best thing we could have done when we decided to do a complete renovation/gut job on the older home we acquired. My wife and I had heard nightmares from other couples about working with builders and how we would likely walk away from the experience scarred. That’s the complete opposite of our experience with Michael and the rest of the team at Meridian. We are now clients for life and highly recommend them to anyone who wants to turn their dream home into reality.
There are so many things that I could share that makes this team special. I will just highlight a few…
– their relationships with contractors are very strong and as a result it helps you, the end client. If something isn’t done right the first time, Meridian and the contractor figure it out and work seamlessly together behind the scenes to make it right. I think contractors understand that if they don’t do a good job on Meridian jobs it will have negative consequences for them down the road in terms of new job opportunities.
– experience matters in the world of construction. I would venture to guess that there aren’t many things the team at Meridian hasn’t seen before. As a result, they are able to anticipate challenges and devise strategies upfront to avoid or figure the right solution. In the case with our home, we had to work around concrete floors and walls with the existing structure. This had material implications on our HVAC system, lighting, electrical, etc. Not many teams could have worked around this challenge as easily as they did.
– the customer service was indeed concierge level as advertised. The Project Manager, was available to us 24/7. He went above and beyond and was actually the one pushing us on some matters to make sure we had made selections in time and avoid any unnecessary delays.
– Meridian has the right feel of a small business mixed with the processes/structure of a larger organization. It seems like this is another byproduct of having the experience in building that this team does that required them to make sure that their own infrastructure was as strong as the homes they were building.
In closing, thank you to Michael and the rest of the team for your hard work. We are fortunate to have worked with you.
Building a new home with Meridian was an all-around great experience.
Building a new home with Meridian was an all-around great experience. We appreciated their design expertise, attention to detail, well-executed craftsmanship, and personal touch. Our project manager and carpenter are still available for any questions, issues and follow up our house–or we–need. Their customer care was absolutely outstanding from the start and hasn’t ended yet.
We hadn’t being planning on building a home, but when we found a great property, we knew we needed a builder that would be mindful of our family’s needs, budget and sense of style. We also wanted a company that we could work with on a daily basis, staffed with good people that we could trust and had our best interests in mind.
From day one, Meridian was that team. Michael, the President, gave us good advice about the property we were purchasing, and how to navigate deconstructing the existing house. When he could tell we weren’t thrilled by the ready-made house plans on offer, he brought in an architect who really listened to us, took into account how we live and how we wanted to use our new space. When we shared ideas, we felt listened to, not railroaded into things that were better for them.
The Meridian staff is wonderful. The office staff professionally and efficiently handled issues with the County, WSSC, Pepco, our lender and others. Our project manager was superb. He was patient through long meetings at tile shops, cabinetry, plumbing & lighting stores, etc. He kept me mindful of deadlines for selections, managed appointments and offered solid advice along the way.
When I didn’t appreciate how pushy a subcontractor was about some elements he “just knew” we needed to install, my concerns weren’t pushed aside or downplayed. The answer was: we will get someone else. I was listened to, and repeatedly told “we want you to be happy.”
When our house was finished, the owner and project manager walked the house with a far more detailed eye than I (and I live for minutia) and told me “if it’s not perfect, you tell us”. And they have meant it. As issues have come up, I know our carpenter and project manager are just a phone call or text away. Everything we have come across has been dealt with promptly and well.
We are loving our new home; it is perfect for us. We aren’t racing to build anytime soon, but if we were, we would use Meridian again in a heartbeat.
Meridian is a fantastic home builder and renovation company.
Meridian is a fantastic home builder and renovation company. About a year ago we interviewed a couple of builders to build a custom home. We chose Meridian based on their professionalism, responsiveness, and impressive portfolio.
The Project Designer was our main contact throughout the process. He was very organized, provided great design input, and made the process appear easy. He broke down each process step by step in an organized fashion and gave us a heads up on what to expect next. As we had no experience building a home before, this hand-holding was very comforting.
We are very pleased with the house they built for us. It exceeded our expectation in terms of quality and function. The Lead Carpenter has high expectations of his work and is very detail oriented. He was quick to point out any needed improvements or adjustments during the process and worked expeditiously, and the house was delivered ahead of schedule in mint condition. The craftsmanship that the entire crew demonstrated was excellent. Even after the delivery of the house, they continue to help us beautify our house and check on us to see if there is anything we need.
Michael and Jonathan who are the Principals of the company are very personable, and really know how to hire good people. Even the staff who were working more behind the scenes appear to be very efficient at what they do to help the work move forward. In all, we are very glad we hired Meridian to build our home.
Safe to say if we had to do the whole process over again on another project we would hire Meridian Homes in a second.
We hired Meridian Homes, Inc. to complete an entire renovation of our condominium in order to update an extremely outdated unit into a modern day living space. Meridian came highly recommended from a family friend, and they did not disappoint.
We desired a swift renovation from design planning through completion of construction, and Meridian met the expectations in all facets and then some. The project manager was extremely knowledgeable and responsive to all communications, and the group as a whole made the unit look as if it came out of a magazine. Safe to say if we had to do the whole process over again on another project we would hire Meridian Homes in a second.
We have been in our new place for 5 months now and absolutely love it!
We would like to share our great experience of building a new house with Meridian Homes. We have been in our new place for 5 months now and absolutely love it! The entire experience was so positive that we would definitely work with this wonderful builder again and recommend them to everyone.
Both of us were initially hesitant of building instead of buying a home. We were concerned that building would turn into a very stressful full time job. But when we met and talked to Michael, the President of Meridian Homes, we changed our mind.
Construction started in November. While typically building a house during winter in the Washington DC area is not a big deal, the winter of our construction project turned out to be very rough, with many snowstorms, weather-caused delays, with days and days when nothing could possibly be done. However, despite everything, the house was completed on time.
Michael’s management of subcontractors is superb. The quality of work is very high and Meridian’s focus on customer satisfaction is paramount. We get a lot of compliments on the house from friends and random passersby. We will definitely build with Meridian Homes again.
I can honestly tell you I LOVE my new house.
After a lengthy and exhausting home search, I can honestly tell you I LOVE my new house. I’m very pleased I chose Meridian Homes. Throughout the buying process, and even more importantly after my purchase, Jonathan Lerner and the staff at Meridian Homes have been professional, responsive, and quite pleasant to work with. What impressed me the most about Meridian is their responsiveness, integrity, and follow through. They stand by their work, and truly believe in customer service. They don’t just say the words. Whether you’re considering building a custom home or undertaking a renovation, I would highly recommend you work with Meridian Homes. In fact, I have already passed their contact information to many friends and colleagues.
The work finished on time, and on budget.
We were referred to Michael Lerner at Meridian Homes by a colleague of mine who couldn’t stop raving about Michael and the wonderful experience she had with Meridian when they renovated her townhouse. Too good to be true? Well, no, turned out to be very accurate. We added a screened in porch to the back of our house. Even though this was a relatively small job, Michael could not have been more attentive. During our first meeting he listened closely to what we wanted, made suggestions when we didn’t know what we wanted and provided us with a detailed written proposal in a short period of time. I did not have that experience with some of the other contractors we talked with.
The work started on time. Michael was there every day to make sure the carpenters and other staff understood what needed to happen. It didn’t all go perfectly, but when a problem arose, it was quickly rectified. It was amazing to me how many of the sub-contractors who work with Meridian spontaneously spoke about how much they liked working for Michael because of his integrity and honesty. The work finished on time, and on budget. We love the finished product and have no hesitation recommending Meridian to others. From start to finish the project went well and I learned to trust that when things weren’t quite right they would be corrected. Too good to be true? Not in this case.
We are very happy with the quality of workmanship.
We were delighted with the professional quality of Meridian’s services. Your team was always responsive and courteous and went out of their way to ensure that our needs were met. Meridian worked closely with our architect to anticipate issues and deal with them in a timely manner. Our home was built in record time and we are very happy with the quality of workmanship.
No house can stay new forever, but ours will undoubtedly age gracefully on account of its good bones.
Our home turns four this month, so I’m celebrating by telling its creators at Meridian Homes how much we respect the craftsmanship and architectural wisdom that went into building it. From the moment we were first welcomed into Meridian’s offices to the present day, we’ve had many occasions to appreciate the entire company’s attentive service and dedication to getting things right.
As we watched our house go up, with all the excitement — and anxiety, too — that process brings on, Meridian’s knowledgeable staff, were always on call to explain the next steps and offer assistance, saving us money wherever they could and sharing ideas from their other projects to help with our decisions. The job super and I spoke almost daily, while others at Meridian also checked in frequently and tracked our progress.
Work proceeded on schedule and, when it didn’t, we always knew why and how things would be righted. When we worked with Meridian-recommended subcontractors (on landscaping, for example), Meridian co-owner Michael Lerner looked on like a sharp uncle, making sure his people gave us their best deal.
After handing us the keys, Meridian didn’t disappear. Far from it: I will never forget a cell phone call we received about two years ago, while away on vacation during a spate of torrential rains and flooding here in Bethesda. It was Michael Lerner, offering to make sure our basement was dry and bring over his pumping equipment if it wasn’t. We were lucky on the water that time, but even luckier to know we could count on a builder who has our back.
As to Meridian’s construction expertise, I can’t count the number of silent nods I’ve given to the thought and experience that went into our home’s layout, conveniences and little comfort touches, from basement to roof. The expansive floor plan, for instance, earns my approval whenever we host a party, as it seems to work equally well for a catered benefit or a muddy soccer team bash. When we’re bathed in afternoon light as we sit by a fire and watch a football game, I appreciate the wisdom of situating the family room and kitchen in the sunny back of the house.
Even more often, I give thanks for our awesome mudroom and its many uses. On nuts and bolts, too, Meridian offered sound advice, from wiring to plumbing to the central vac we installed, for which Michael suggested a garage outlet. (My cars thank him!)
No house can stay new forever, but ours will undoubtedly age gracefully on account of its good bones. I thank the Lerners and Meridian Homes for that and for all the good feelings that went into building and maintaining it.
In my opinion, you guys richly deserve all the ‘best builder’ accolades.
This is a quick note to acknowledge our great appreciation in the service provided by you and your team. We had a few mishaps along the way (thankfully we remained completely dry despite all the rain over the past few days!), and Meridian always responded with alacrity and consummate professionalism. It was easy for us to remain calm knowing that we were in good hands. In my opinion, you guys richly deserve all the ‘best builder’ accolades.
Look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood!
The team at Meridian Homes guided us through the entire process of building a custom home.
We are writing this letter to recommend Meridian Homes for their outstanding, highly professional work. The team at Meridian Homes guided us through the entire process of building a custom home – from conferences with the architect, to the complex permitting requirements for our residential bridge, through the interior and landscaping details required to finish the job. Where the inevitable difficulties did arise, we were always pleased with the Meridian’s good faith, responsiveness and professionalism.
As a two-career family who welcomed the arrival of our third child during this process, we were particularly appreciative of the flexibility, patience and good humor of the Meridian staff.
Most importantly, the house that Meridian built for us is extraordinary. The workmanship and materials are of very high quality, and the attention to detail is often remarked upon by our family and friends.
In short, we are very pleased by the quality of Meridian’s work and the standard of their service, and highly recommended them to anyone looking to build a home in the area.
It was a joy working with them all.
We are writing to tell you how pleased we are with our new Meridian home. And we are not just talking about the finished product. During the construction process your entire team, were very professional and earnestly addressed the problems we encountered. It was a joy working with them all.
As for the finished product, we love our new home! Friends and family who visit universally complement us on the design and workmanship. With little embarrassment, we accept the compliments on your behalf.
Although the initial quality of our new home at the time of closing was very good, the most impressive aspect of our experience has been Meridians efforts to correct issues identified after closing. Like many new homebuyers, we were apprehensive about the post-closing support we would receive. Your crews have addressed all of our major concerns.
We have recommended, and will continue to recommend Meridian Homes to anyone considering building a home in the DC metro area.