We started with a 1950's ranch style home on a corner lot in the Rosemont neighborhood of Alexandria. The house was a 1-level, 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom home with little more than 1100 sq. ft. and a good size lot for the neighborhood. We ended up with a 5 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom craftsman style house with an open floor plan, beautiful kitchen, wonderful interior detail, attached garage, and finished basement. Initially, we intended to add on to the existing house by adding a 2nd floor and an expansion on the side of the house. After many variations of this plan, we eventually decided to start from scratch, design a new house, tear down the original house and build a brand new house for a number of reasons, mainly to have a finished basement as the existing home had no basement. We hired Mickey Simpson Builders (MSB) to complete the project from start to finish. We interviewed a handful of other well known companies but decided on MSB because of their reputation, quality of work, style of previous projects, professionalism, and overall feeling of how we could work together. Our initial meeting included a site visit from Clarke, the vice president, to benefit both sides. From Clarke's point of view he needed to understand our scope of work, expectations, budget etc. and from our side we needed to understand the company's process from start to finish, if our expectations were out of whack, where our budget would take us, etc. Overall, we felt comfortable with MSB and decided to hire them immediately after the first meeting. After making the decision to go with MSB we paid their initial design fee and started to work on basic concepts, style of the house we wanted, etc. There were multiple designs that were proposed by MSB and after a few meetings with input from both sides we narrowed down the overall design and Clarke put together a contract with the total $ amount needed. We agreed on the contract, signed on the dotted line and started the project. All the plans were drawn up by MSB and eventually approved by the city after many many months of waiting (not unusual in Alexandria we learned). Once the house was demolished we got to know our project manager Charlie, Wayne our plumber, Mario the electrician, and various other folks from MSB's crew of sub-contractors. Charlie did a wonderful job managing the project. During the entire build process we would check on the house occasionally to see the progress, but we never felt compelled to micromanage to know if things were getting done. This was key for us as we felt comfortable enough with MSB and its crew that they would handle everything in a timely manner and only need our input if there was a major decision or problem. Along the way we made all of our selections for the options on the house such as roof material, flooring, fixtures, appliances, kitchen cabinets, tiling, etc. MSB does recommend higher end products but we had no problem with this as our tendency on this project was to upgrade everything. I only mention this because if we would have stuck to the original contract we would have hit our mark for the budget proposed- all of the upgrades not included were our decision. Even though the project took more time and money than expected it was well worth it and we are ecstatic about the home MSB has built for us. Our experience and relationship with MSB was top notch and continues months after the project has been completed.