The team of HVAC pros at Hopkins Brothers Air and Heating covers a range of residential and light-commercial mechanical and remodeling services. Taking pride in the work they perform, team members demand excellence in all their repair and service projects, from AC maintenance to scraping barnacles off the hulls of ships in bottles.
After years of working as an electro-mechanical technician and repairing trains for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Earl Washington Jr. decided to create his own business in 1986, advertising his handyman services door-to-door. Although he began by performing basic repairs and cleaning gutters, he continued to learn new home-improvement skills while he built relationships with local carpenters, masons, and industry professionals.
His company grew over time and eventually established itself as a full-service provider of maintenance and repairs for homes, commercial buildings, and rehabbed bouncy castles. Now joined by a full-time staff of technicians and tradesmen, Earl tinkers with homes from foundation to attic, helping to assuage clients' plumbing, electrical, and heating- or cooling-system concerns.
With Washington Home's consultation and redesign plan, designers will conduct a home visit and careful measurements. At a subsequent visit, they’ll use 3-D CAD software to craft easy-to-understand cutaway views of proposed alterations to kitchens, baths, or decks. Design consultations also include a discussion of product selection and a thorough estimate of project costs, including materials and labor. Although this deal is only valid for the planning process, Groupon holders will also receive $1,000 toward project costs if homeowners decide to follow through with the proposed upgrades.
When Bob Long returned to Washington, DC, from service with the Merchant Marines in 1948, he immediately set to work building fences at his father’s modest business. The duo operated out of a permanently parked city bus, taking on clients through the years and building a reputation that eventually outgrew their makeshift office. After purchasing the company from his father in 1960, Bob recast Long Fence and Home as a complete provider of household upgrades, from window replacements to full kitchen remodels.
Under Bob's leadership, the company continued to stay ahead of technology and homeowners’ demands, adding solar-energy conversions to a lengthy list of services that already included siding, insulation, gutters, and doors. Though Bob's daughter, Jill, currently operates the company with her husband, John DePaola, the two stay true to Bob's vision by constantly seeking out new ways to make homes and bat caves more energy-efficient.