Customer testimonials

“Noel Design Build Group is an excellent company. James Noel is a gifted designer, communicator, and collaborator. From the proposal, through planning and the construction process, James was creative, conscientious, and patient, always presenting us with options, explaining the reasons for what was being done, and available to address our concerns and act to solve any problems that presented themselves. His foreman is fantastic, as are his construction workers. And his subcontractors and the vendors he recommended were also excellent. We have been in our home for almost 19 years, and have done a number of remodeling projects, including redoing our kitchen 18 years ago and finishing our basement. No other project has been so extensive, and never has the process been so comfortable. Noel Design Build created a fabulous kitchen and patio for us, transforming our home. I can wholeheartedly recommend Noel Design Build.”

“James Noel has created for us a wonderful studio/one bedroom apartment in our half-buried basement in our home in Chevy Chase. He has opened the studio beautifully on the garden, creating a nice stone-and-slate semi-circular stairway leading to a wonderful patio. The kitchen was beautifully designed with a very nice bar. Everybody likes the studio which has greatly enhanced the value of the house. James has paid great attention to structural requirements, as well as to smaller design details. He has been responsive, open-minded, warm and smiling. He has a great, hard-working, very competent team of workers. We highly recommend him.”

  • Cleveland Park DC bathroom remodel 

“James and his team designed and built our new bath room. Great design, expert, clean and on-time installation, courteous and knowledgeable workers… highly recommended.”

  •  Petworth attic bump up/green roof/roof deck

“Noel Design Build took on a very complicated attic roof bump up project on my historic DC row home. The project involved a lot of structural work with five steel beams and also included a green roof and roof deck. James is a creative designer with a unique talent for integrating dual visions for how a space will look and how it should be built. These abilities were evident in how well things came together during the construction phase and how great the final product looks and feels. He and his hard-working crew worked through the heat of the summer and completed the job with precision and most of all, integrity from beginning to end. I can definitely highly recommend them to others.”

“I am making the strongest recommendation for Noel Design Group. For our major home addition project, there was no other choice then James Noel. When we hired him it was not only for the superior quality of his work but for the comfort level of knowing his integrity. We were able to rest assured through the entire scope that we had his full commitment to our project. We had almost virtually no problems with the job (remarkable by itself), but any revisions were handled seamlessly and this major job was completed on schedule.”

  •  Chevy Chase exterior structural remediation

“We had a retaining wall that was falling in, and which was going to be expensive to replace. James Noel came up with a creative idea. He took away the retaining wall and rearranged the landscaping. The plan saved us a lot of money, yet our front yard looks better than ever. Our water drainage issues were addressed by the change as well. His team took care to save the existing plants and keep everything tidy and on schedule.”


Professional testimonials

  • Rick V., Architect

“I worked with James on a very complex commercial construction job and James was very professional, competent and easy to work with. I would not hesitate to recommend working with him on any project of any scope.”

  • Michael C., Architect

I have known James Noel for many years, first as a fine craftsman, then as a draftsman/ designer and more recently as a general contractor. He recently completed a three level addition in the District of Columbia for a custom residential townhouse client of mine. He was also extremely knowledgeable in providing assistance during the building permit phase.

  • Ethan L., Construction and Design Business Owner

“James is a very experienced all around expert in designing, pricing and building complex remodeling solutions for residential and commercial projects.”

  • Michael G., Construction Estimator

James possesses a rare combination of design acumen; friendly but no nonsense management skills; a broad understanding of construction methods, systems, and details; and many years as a master craftsman.

  • Pam R., Realtor

“I was delighted to work with James. He was the general contractor for work that was done to one of my listings. He was communicative and easy to reach. The project was very successful and my client was very happy with the results. I highly recommend James and his company.”