Keil Construction specializes in renovating and preserving historic homes, solving problems with creative design solutions in the Capitol Hill area of Washington, DC.

What We Do

Keil Construction is a full service design build team that handles all aspects of the design and build process, including architectural design services, interior design and decorator consultations, obtaining the necessary permits and inspections, all build and construction…all to deliver a turnkey finished product.

In addition, we offer:

  • Old home consultation, including designs, and permit running.
  • Pre-purchase consultation on new home purchases. Wonder if the home you might purchase is sound, and how much it will cost to make the changes you desire? Schedule a pre-purchase consultation walk-through.
  • Historic fireplace work, including mantles, relining and gas inserts.
  • Custom woodwork, shelving, entryway pieces, mudroom niches and bar cabinets.
  • Patios, screen porches, railings and full hardscapes.
  • Accessible dwelling units, carriage houses and garages.
  • We also sell wood beams to incorporate into your renovations – ask us about buying rustic or finished beams!

If you want to preserve and elevate the historic beauty of your home – then you are talking to the right company!

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Bathrooms are often the most spatially challenged room in a historic or older home, ranging from confining to non-existent, as many row homes do not have main level bath convenience. With years of expertise, Keil Construction presents clients with several design ideas on how to solve this specific problem. Oftentimes, we will tear out an existing bathroom and start over to achieve the most effective use of space. Is there room for expansion? Do we create room by designing up, or out? Whether you want to install a new tub, walk-in shower or skylight to bring in more natural light, Keil Construction consults with you on the various ways to open your space and achieve the results you desire. We also recommend materials to match your taste and vision, from finishes that incorporate natural elements, such as marble and granite, to contemporary glass tiles. We employ a full-time master tile setter, so that your tile choices are installed perfectly. We often heat the floor so that the bath remains warm and cozy all year-round. We really can do it all!
A well-designed kitchen maximizes space while blending aesthetic appeal with functionality. While there are many elements and materials to consider, Keil Construction helps you achieve the look you desire. Are you striving for an “open look” that integrates the kitchen with the dining room? Or do you prefer the more traditional layout of an enclosed kitchen? Do you want to bring in more light? Can more space be created by utilizing taller cabinets? What design elements catch your eye? We’re here to help answer all of your questions, and offer suggestions based on our 25 years of experience that you may not have considered. During our initial consultation, we will consider your vision. After understanding your design goals, we will compose a design that fits your taste. Keil Construction is a full service design company that handles all aspects of the design and build process, including obtaining the necessary permits and inspections to deliver a turnkey finished product.
Upgrading an existing basement or digging out and excavating a new one can be a great way to create more living space and add significant value to your home. English basements, entertainment and media rooms, home offices and added bedrooms are creative and valuable uses of space, often returning your investment dollar for dollar when designed and built properly. We also convert basements to legal apartments to add income to the household. A window well can expand those tiny basement windows and let in more sunlight. Keil Construction ensures maximum return on your investment whether we are upgrading an existing or partial structure, or digging out a new one. We are well-versed in underpinning safely should that be required to achieve the desired ceiling height. We analyze the foundation and structural elements, including water-management and sound-deadening considerations, both being vital components to a well-designed basement. And the good news for our clients – while we are excavating or upgrading the basement, life can go on upstairs!
Building Additions
Many of the customer requests we encounter within the world of construction focus on the need for additional space within a home or commercial building facility, whether adding on at the rear of a property, or a pop-up to add another floor. We offer advice and consultation that maximizes the living and working space within your home or business, always based on both practicality and value. We also implement beautiful hardscapes, from wood fencing, iron railings and iron work, to patios and porches, new stairs and landscaping elements that create flow and usability between your indoor and outdoor spaces. Our full range of design and build services offer superior results and high customer satisfaction.
Many Capitol Hill homes have garages that open to the rear alley, or rear yards with the opportunity to add one. At Keil Construction, we help you think through opportunities for storage and maximizing the space, whether you intend to park a car in it, create smart storage, or use it as a separate 'indoor' space for various purposes. We also talk through the options for green roofs and required support.
Bar Cabinets & Mudrooms
Many of our clients ask us for additional custom pieces or work to enhance their overall renovation. This includes refurbishing doors and hardware, woodwork, as well as constructing new shelves, bar cabinets and entry way pieces. We particularly look to re-use old elements from the home, or pull from Keil Construction's extensive warehouse of reclaimed elements from previous renovations, including windows, cabinet doors, beams...almost everything can be repurposed!
Hardscape & Landscapes
At Keil Construction, we address the entire home when evaluating your project, including how your entries and exits connect with your outdoor spaces. We address porches, stairs, railings, patios, and offer many useful ideas from our wealth of experience working with clients on these types of renovations. We also offer and partner with the best on Landscaping and even adding legal grow rooms.
There are many historic fireplaces in Capitol Hill homes. Due to varying levels of maintenance or modifications over the years, many are in need of attention. We work with our clients to restore and enhance the beauty of their fireplaces, or when necessary, make updates or changes. This includes woodwork and mantles, stone or brick, as well as converting them to gas.
Handyman Services
When you live in an old house you know – there's always SOMETHING that needs repair! As the old house experts since 1996, Keil Construction knows too, AND we know how to fix it.

Let us help you with something!

UPGRADE AND RE-USEEnhancing Your Home's Historic Architecture

Our goal at Keil Construction is to truly emphasize the original architecture that historic homes throughout the area have to offer in the way of beauty. We implement that with “adaptive re-use” methods throughout our projects. This is the process of taking original elements within your home such as doors, ceramic or metal door knobs and hardware, decorative radiators, wood elements and more found in old homes to create a look worth cherishing. We also maintain a warehouse of historic elements that we can bring into your home to complete the classic Hill look.

Take a look at our portfolio of custom projects to get some ideas for your own home!


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