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Golden Rule Builders expands in Catlett

Thursday, Jan. 30 | By Hannah Dellinger
Joel Barkman and Dennis Taylor of Golden Rule Builders pose in their kitchen showroom in their new office building in Catlett. Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
It’s all in the name, Golden Rule.

Joel Barkman, president of Golden Rule Builders in Catlett, founded his company around the biblical principle, “do unto others as you wish done unto you.”

“I’m a Christian, and when I started my company, and one of the important things to me was that as thing go along and make decisions, I have to have a standard to always go by,” said Barkman. “Golden Rule means that I will make decisions like I’d want to be treated. It’s a name that we chose specifically so that our actions would follow that principle.”

Dennis Taylor, Golden Rule’s showroom manager, believes that this guiding principle is what sets them apart form the competition.
“A lot of contractors don’t follow that principle,” said Taylor. “A lot of our clients come to us because of that. They can count on us to
deliver a great promise and keep it.”

Keith Leggett, a Golden Rule client, said that the building his home with the company was a great experience.

“We had heard about the trials and tribulations many people go through with contractors when building or renovating homes,” said Leggett. “We did not have one negative experience [with Golden Rule], not even a minor one.  On the contrary, the whole process for us was fun and exciting.”

Golden Rule has been in business for 27 years, providing the community with unique and personalized custom homes as well remodels and some commercial development. The company recently moved into a brand new facility furnished with elaborate state of the art show rooms.

“Joel had this vision of bringing this building together about 13 years ago,” said Taylor. “He told me about this steel building that was in the cornfield out back, and one day he was going to put that together and make a show room and design center out of that. So, it’s really cool to see it finally happen.”

Taylor designed the show room himself with all of the modern amenities that Golden Rule offers to its clients.
There is a variety of cabinets available in a rainbow of finishes to choose from, an array of varying counter tops and tons of high-tech fixtures on display.

There is a meeting room set up for clients to design their homes with 20/20, an interactive 3-D design software.
“The client can see how we will lay their house out,” said Taylor. “We can render the lay out in 3-D so we can rotate it and look at it from different angles.”

The entire building is detailed with products that Golden Rule works with. Even the restrooms serve as a functioning showcase of what the company is capable of designing and building.

Golden Rule works to make each home that the company designs a reflection of the client and what the client wants.
“We never really build the same house,” said Barkman. “It should have your name all over the project.”

Taylor said that the quality of the design and the final building products that Golden Rule produces stand out amongst other construction projects.

“When you go into a Golden Rule house, you know it’s a Golden Rule house,” said Taylor. “It’s tight and it’s just solid.”
For more information, visit http://www.goldenrulebuilders.com

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