May 3, 2023

Kitchen and Bath Seminar May 19, 2023

11am – 1pm
Join us at Golden Rule Builders for our Kitchen and Bath Seminar on May 19, 2023!  Discover the latest design trends for kitchen and bath, discuss your ideas with our design team, and learn how to better prepare for your remodel.  Also check out our recently remodeled showroom, featuring new fixtures and material samples! Barbeque lunch provided, giveaways, and more!  Please R.S.V.P. below.

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October 13, 2021

GRB Talks Universal Design with Better Homes and Gardens

We are excited and honored that Better Homes and Gardens reached out to Golden Rule Builder’s own Dennis Reitz for expert advice in a recent article about Universal Design / Aging in Place. Universal Design involves optimizing comfort and accessibility at home regardless of age or physical ability. Dennis and other industry experts provide a variety of insights in the article.

Create a Safer, More Accessible Home with Universal Design Principles

Learn how universal design can help make your home more welcoming to all people.

By Kristina McGuirk

Universal design aims to ensure everyone—regardless of age, size, or ability—can safely and effectively use a space. You might recognize similar ideas from related concepts such as living in place, aging in place, and inclusive and accessible design. “With the term ‘aging in place,’ people assume you are meaning someone in their 50s and 60s looking toward the latter half of life. With universal design, the intent is to span all generations,” says Dennis Reitz, design manager at Golden Rule Builders, Inc.


November 12, 2020

Golden Rule Builders Rebranding

A lot has changed since Golden Rule Builders began in 1987, and living and working by the Golden Rule has enabled Golden Rule Builders to be successful. We have stayed true to our vision:

To fill our community’s need for exceptional custom homes and lifestyles for profit and to God’s glory.

New growth opportunities are ahead of us, and as we move toward our goals, we want to move forward with a brand that expresses the elegance, high quality, and luxe Design-Build experience our clients have come to expect over the years.

Thank you for your steadfast support over the last three decades. We invite you to journey with us again as we embark upon a new season with Golden Rule Builders.


Joel Barkman
President and Owner, Golden Rule Builders

July 20, 2020

Golden Rule Builders is Named One of The Best French Provincial and French Country Home Builders in the US!

For more than 30 years, Golden Rule Builders has created extraordinary homes that have delighted clients across Northern Virginia. GRB is at the forefront of the home building industry in the state and beyond, leading the way with eco-friendly materials and universal design concepts. GRB also offers a complete suite of home remodeling services from kitchen and bath remodeling to additions and whole house renovations. Its whole team approach in home building has the company working with the homeowner from start to finish to bring their dreams to life in — what is for many — their “forever home”. The company’s well-established processes result in projects always finished on time and within budget.

This design-build company is one of the busiest in Virginia, working on 10 -15 homes per year along with 40 to 50 remodeling jobs, including additions, bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and sunrooms. Despite the volume of work, it maintains its standard of quality throughout. Its custom homes come in the traditional, Craftsman, and French Country styles. This French Country home in Nokesville features a cool-toned exterior with its steep blue roof and light natural stone exterior.

By Home Builder Digest

→ Read the full article at Home Builder Digest

May 31, 2018

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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August 25, 2016

500 Photo Saves on Houzz!

Golden Rule Builders was thrilled to find out recently that the Houzz community has saved our photos to their ideabooks 500 or more times!

September 9, 2015

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

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.