Charleene's Houses is not your typical design + build firm. We are a small, woman-owned business that is committed to providing clients with top-tier service and attention. Charleene Doverspike has decades of experience in design-build renovations and is a relentless problem solver and leader.
Charleene and her team of experts have helped countless families love their home by always listening, making recommendations aligned with their goals, being reliable and making sure every detail is executed to plan.
Since the mid-1980’s, Charleene Doverspike has fine-tuned her skills and perfected her craft as a kitchen, bathroom, basement, addition, interior and multi-generational space designer, remodeler and contractor. She got her start in 1987 renovating row homes on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., then moved up to working on larger homes in Arlington and Fairfax, VA. In 1995, she relocated her business to Baltimore, where she earned acclaim for her ability to imaginatively — and respectfully — meld new with old in numerous homes she renovated in Canton.
Charleene started working one-on-one with clients as a result of the many folks who walked through her homes for sale and fell in love with her visionary design aesthetic and fine tradecraft. To respond to demand for her highly personalized services, in 1999 she became a licensed MHIC contractor and began satisfying her clients’ renovation and remodeling needs.
With decades spent tackling all types of design build remodeling challenges and sourcing superb craftspeople and suppliers, Charleene is a relentless problem solver and team leader. From developing on-trend unique designs to securing zoning variances to micro-managing complex schedules, she serves as contractor, teacher, guide and liaison, cheerfully helping clients through each phase of remodeling and consistently delivering scores of projects. Charleene pulls out all the stops to reliably complete renovations that delight and enchant, every time.
"We truly enjoyed working with Chareleene. The job was timely and on budget. The look and feel of the design were what we were looking for and love the way it turned out. We will be using Charleene’s Houses again for another project."
"Charleene is the BEST! She and Design Architect Joy Strom were extraordinarily creative, thorough and easy to work with. Charleene is a strong communicator – with her customers and her team – which made the whole process easier for us from start to finish. The work is exquisite. We are thrilled. Can’t recommend her enough!"
"Charleene knows what she’s doing and listens to her clients, while giving her professional recommendation... I am so impressed that she was able to get everything done on time (to the day on the contract!) and on budget... Thanks again Charleene!!!!!!"
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