Collectively, we have more than 145 years of real estate experience. And we do not believe in the ‘one size fits all’ mentality. We are dreamers and doers, experience seekers and visionaries, who embody the concept of what it means to be one-of-a-kind. We’re so excited to show you how we continue to chart new paths for new and innovative trends and designs for our clients.

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John Joy, Founder of Joy Design + Build

John Joy

Builder, President + CEO

Based in McLean, Virginia, John Joy has been in the business of building dream homes since 2003. From his father, a commercial real estate developer in the Washington, DC area, John learned about construction, and spent more than 25 years as a real estate agent before realizing that builders weren’t listening. It was difficult finding homes for his clients that would suit not only where they were at that point in their lives, but also anticipate future needs to enable them to age in place, so he started his own company.

John’s wife, Lisa Joy, an attorney whom he met at the settlement table buying a property 17 years ago, now handles most of Joy Design + Build listings and sales, and is an agent with McEnearney Associates in McLean.

Lisa was a package deal with two daughters now 28 and 22, and the couple were lucky enough to have a son Jack together who just turned 16.

Jack and John love to surf all over the world and Lisa is a hoarder of sea shells so it’s a good combination. Recently, the family returned from a trip to Tavarua, an amazing 26 acre island in Fiji.

145 Years of Combined Real Estate Experience


Phil Chandler

Land Acquisition

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Adam Crisman

Director of Purchasing

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Noha Nakib

Noha Nakib

Production Coordinator

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Jason Outten

Land Acquisition + Permitting

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Heidi Kallett

Director of Marketing

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Tara Richmond

Design Concierge

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Liam Sullivan

Liam Sullivan

Director of Estimating

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John Vasiliou

Landscape Architect

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Leo Watts

Leo Watts

Acquisition Specialist

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Kristy Young

Office Manager

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Our homes are the birthplace of stories yet to come, of wonders waiting to be claimed, adventures wanting to be lived, and memories ready to be created.

Entertaining is a life skill and should not be confined to the interior square footage of your home.

Quality isn’t expensive; it’s priceless.

A well-designed space is never complete without your personal history laced throughout.

The best spaces pay equal consideration to comfort and style.

A library is not a luxury, but a necessity of life.

Your home should tell the story of who you are and be a collection of what you love.

The windows of your home are functional art; framing all that is beautiful inside and outside.

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