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About Us

Chris Hambrecht, founder of Design Studio 45, has worked in the construction and remodeling industry in the Washington metropolitan area for 20 years.

As a graduate architect Chris began his career as a Construction Superintendent, transitioned to Architectural Manager and then Design/Build Project Designer and was blessed to have associated with some fine people and outstanding companies. He trained with the leaders in the business. His portfolio includes residential additions, renovations and custom homes.

At the age of 45, he realized his lifetime goal of establishing his own firm, appropriately named Design Studio 45. He formed a talented team with strong relationships with the trades and vendors in this area. The company is a licensed and insured builder in Maryland and Washington, DC.

As a “full-service” design/build company, Chris can work with his client through all stages – beginning with a schematic design to the finished project. He also recognizes that a client may just want a design and preliminary specifications to get an idea of the project budget for the vision they have. One may simply want the name of a reputable plumber. He planned Design Studio 45 to meet any need for the convenience of the client.

Chris is also active in the volunteer maintenance program for assisting low-income homeowners – Rebuilding Together Montgomery County. In addition, he has combined his love for his church and his hobby of cartooning into an inspiring monthly cartoon that is received by over 1000 churches and web-sites around the world for publication in bulletins or brochures and is translated into four languages.

He graduated from the Catholic University of America’s School of Architecture and lives in Silver Spring with his wife, Kathy, and their three children in the home he designed and built.

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Chris Hambrecht