October 15, 2020 by Stephanie Kennedy 0 Comments

Sales – Residential Remodeling

Salesperson to lead clients thru the project development process including design, selections, and educating the client throughout the process and working with their tastes, style, and budget.


  • Convert sales leads to design contracts, then construction contracts
  • Give clients a FUN and enjoyable design experience!
  • Meet set sales volume and margin quotas
  • Work in a team environment, utilizing resources within the team to close sales. This includes working with the estimator, interior design specialist, architect, production manager, and other salespersons.
  • Work within set company processes
  • Guide the design phase and ensure it meets the needs and goals of the client
  • Prepare the selections spreadsheet for the selections meeting and ensure it is complete and accurate
  • Write construction contracts
  • Effectively communicate all pertinent information about a client’s project to the Production Team for a successful build.

Requirements: Experience

  • In-depth knowledge and experience with residential remodeling including:
    • Recognize and identify structural elements and utilities in an existing home that will be impacted by the remodeling
    • Experience working with the “unknowns” behind the walls
    • Familiarity with the costs of residential remodeling (costs of materials, labor required, etc)
    • Firm grasp of the residential construction processes
    • Reading and understanding blueprints
    • Note: Only candidates that meet the criteria above will be considered.
  • Construction field experience preferred.
  • Sales experience preferred but willing to train the right candidate.

Requirements: Soft Skills

  • An eye for residential design and ability to guide clients thru both the practical and the aesthetic part of residential design.
  • Exceptional ability to work well with clients, leading them thru a process that likely involves “once in a lifetime” decisions.
  • Must be a genuine team player and be able to juggle multiple priorities and work well under pressure.
  • Competent in using Microsoft software and desire to learn new technology as needed.

Salary:                  Base salary plus commissions (approx. 50/50 split)

Benefits:              Full benefits package including vacation & holiday pay, health, dental, and retirement.

Hours:                   This is a full-time salaried position with regular office hours Monday thru Friday.

October 1, 2020 by Stephanie Kennedy 0 Comments

Purchasing Assistant

A critical support role in the Purchasing Department, this position is responsible to deliver complete and accurate purchase order packages to the Production Department for custom new home and renovation projects.  This position also assists in screening/hiring subcontractors, managing the warehouse inventory (receiving, organizing, and tracking), overseeing the company’s central online communication portal, and facilitating third-party surveys sent for client feedback.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of commonly used materials for custom residential building, such as lumber, windows, doors, siding, roofing, plumbing materials, etc.
  • Experience working with builder estimating software. Experience with Sage Estimating a plus.
  • Comfortable learning and working with new software, including training others.
  • Thrive in an environment that is process-driven AND able to improve and/or design new processes for company growth.
  • Self-managed and able to work independently without a lot of oversight
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to work with fellow employees, subcontractors, and clients.

This is a full-time hourly position with regular office hours Mon – Fri.


Salary is commensurate with experience.

August 5, 2020 by Stephanie Kennedy 0 Comments

Skilled Carpenter

Skilled Carpenter to complete interior trim, cabinet installations, demo, light framing, and other construction tasks for custom residential construction projects.  This position also assists the Lead Carpenter in supervising custom new homes and remodeling projects and does require some Jobsite management skills.  Must have a good driving record, strong work ethic, ability to work well with others in a team environment, and a desire to learn and advance.  Salary:  $20 to $27 based on demonstrated skills and experience.  Full benefits package including company vehicle, tools, vacation & holiday pay, dental, and retirement plan.

May 31, 2018 by Stephanie Kennedy 0 Comments

Team GRB Named to Remodeling Magazine’s 550 List


GOLDEN RULE BUILDERS, INC. Named by REMODELING Magazine to its 2018 REMODELING 550 List of America’s Biggest Remodelers

CATLETT, VA (May 29, 2018) – Golden Rule Builders, Inc. (GRB) ranks 164th on the 2018 REMODELING 550 list of the nation’s biggest Full-Service Remodelers GRB announced today.

The REMODELING 550 brings together the nation’s 550 biggest full-service remodelers, replacement contractor / home improvement firms, insurance restoration firms, and franchisors. Because the full-service and replacement firms operate so differently, the REMODELING 550 lists and ranks them separately.

“We are honored to receive this distinction,” said Joel Barkman, President and Owner, of Golden Rule Builders. “There are roughly 100,000 remodeling firms in this country with payrolls, so it’s great to know that we’re among the top 0.5% in the nation.”

Remodeling Magazine

REMODELING editor-in-chief Craig Webb noted there’s a high turnover rate in remodeling, with roughly one-sixth of the firms going out of business annually. “In contrast, the bigger firms have a failure rate of less than 2%,” he said. “Thus, become a REMODELING 550 company indicates that you have quality and staying power—two traits that customers value most.”

REMODELING, published by Hanley Wood, is the leading publication in the home improvement industry. REMODELING has and continues to be the indispensable tool that remodelers cannot do without—delivering the business know-how, product and technical information that home improvement pros need to help make smart decisions that will shape their success.

Golden Rule Builders

Since 1987, Golden Rule Builders, Inc. has been the builder of choice for our quality new custom homes, remodeling and additions clients. We are often referred to as our Clients’ “Builder for Life”. For more than 30 years, our innovative, dynamic approach to the building and remodeling process has resulted in the delivery of quality construction projects and delighted clients.

Quality, Customization, and Exceeding Customer Expectations are our trademarks. In order to make these objectives a reality we have fashioned the most seamless and streamlined building process possible. We strive for excellence from initial design to the successful completion of every project we undertake.

Our goal is to provide you with all the options you desire and need for your new home or renovation project, including accessibility for aging in place or disabilities. We provide plenty of options to make your home efficient and environmentally friendly (“Green”).

We offer a “turn-key” approach to the building process. This means that we will guide you through every aspect of the process; from design and permitting through making selections from our in-house Showroom and Design Center. As a result, we are able to deliver a space that is beautiful and functional.

Our Remodeling division assists clients in enriching their lifestyles by improving and upgrading their current living space. Whether you envision a large addition with multiple rooms, or updating and transforming your existing space, we can help.


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September 9, 2015 by Stephanie Kennedy 0 Comments

Golden Rule Builders Awarded “Recommended” Badge by Houzz

Golden Rule Builders was awarded the “Recommended″ Badge by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The Recommended Badge goes only to top-rated professionals listed on Houzz based on direct Customer Reviews.

Be sure to follow Golden Rule Builders on Houzz!

July 22, 2015 by Stephanie Kennedy 0 Comments

Golden Rule Builders Awarded “Best of Houzz 2015″ in Customer Satisfaction

Golden Rule Builders was awarded “Best Of Houzz 2015″ by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz.

Golden Rule Builders Wins “Big 50” Award from Remodeling Magazine

Photo Credit: Fauquier Fotos

Joel Barkman
Golden Rule Builders, Catlett, VA
Full-service remodeling
Years in business: 27
2014 volume: $5.5 million
Staff: 10 office, 17 field

When Joel Barkman started out as a remodeler, he did it all. He swung a hammer. He did the bidding. He answered the phones. These days, Barkman’s role isn’t in the field, it’s on the sidelines as a mentor. Though he doesn’t miss the hectic nature of it all, Barkman says it’s not always easier to train his employees to do the job.

“It’s [different] when you’re sitting in the back and managing the business rather than being the guy with the toolbelt on,” Barkman says. But Barkman is also a strong believer in the power of education—especially when it comes to thorough process reviews—and almost half of all of his time is spent showing his workers how to work more efficiently.

“We spent a lot of time and money on education and reviews,” he says. “That’s one of the things I’ve learned over the years. That, and always hire people who are better than yourself.”

Setting a mood for the year ahead can really boost morale and focus expectations. “The theme this year is bringing back the wow to the client,” he says. To show his team the how it feels to be wowed, he took them to the 5-star Salamander Resort in Middleburg, Va. “We left the office in a customized coach and had a tour of the resort, we had a 5-star dinner, then we had someone from the facility speak to us about what it means to be a 5-star facility.” What he hopes his employees got out of the excursion was a sense of how good it felt to get top-of-the-line service. That way, they could deliver the same to clients.
Review, review, review: Each year, Golden Rule performs a SWOT analysis on its costs, employees and their skillsets, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and growing trends. If something doesn’t work, they stop doing it. If something is working well, they focus on it.
Setting a 10-year goal is extremely beneficial. “When we established it three or four years ago, our 10-year goal was to make 10 million [dollars per year] as a company,” says Barkman. “We had an organizational chart that followed each growth and what intervals you hired. We charted it from where we were at 3 million to 10 million. So far we’ve been ahead of schedule.”

Visit the Big50 Remodeling Magazine website here: Bog50 Website