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Gabriela
Narvaez

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General Contractor
Washington DC

Services

Construction process and project management guidance
Remodel guidance and second opinions (vetting quotes, timeline & budget questions)
Materials selection (painting, tile, and flooring questions, etc)
DIY Decor (how to flip furniture, hang a gallery wall, IKEA hacks, etc)

Bio

Gabriela Narvaez leads Guild Properties, a fully licensed general contracting company based out of Washington DC. Gabriela believes in giving new life to older homes that in turn provide unique and valuable living spaces. Specializing in kitchen, bathrooms and small space renovations, Gabriela strives to make the renovation process as peaceful and joyful as possible. Beauty, function and thoughtful design are the driving principles at Guild Properties. All images courtesy of Hilary Phelps Creative.

 

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Testimonials
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I chatted with Gaby to help me navigate repairing a burst pipe in my kitchen. She was so easy to talk to and broke down the steps on how to tackle the project. She also answered all my questions and reassured me that I could do what needed to be done. I left the call feeling really confident and knowledgeable.

Tamara B.

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Absolutely loved my first experience with Matriarchy Build! I had a zoom session with Gabriela Narvaez of Guild Properties who completely exceeded my expectations! Gaby was so helpful and knowledgeable. I really loved her honest advice and she gave me real feedback that I could take back and implement on my renovation.

Madison A.

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I loved working with Gabriela, she was enthusiastic, informed, expert, and super helpful. She reviewed my plans ahead of time and came prepared with questions and solutions. Looking forward to coming back for more sessions with Matriarchy Build.

Serena B.

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Gabriela was amazing! I booked a consultation with her to help me figure out maximizing space for a closet. She not only solved complex spacial challenges but also brought a number of great design ideas to the table. She is incredibly knowledgeable and in a short session I could tell how collaboratively she works.

Nicole P.

FAQ

Pros have certain areas of expertise, and some have broader knowledge bases than others, so be sure you’ve selected someone with the skills and background that your project requires. Here are some ideas of general topics that our Pros cover.

  • Construction process and project management
  • Remodel guidance and second opinions (vetting quotes, timeline & budget questions)
  • Architectural guidance (review of drafted plans, layout advice, questions on material specifications)
  • Old house renovation tips (buying an old house, guidance for updating an old house)
  • Materials selection (painting questions, tile questions, flooring questions, etc)
  • Wall treatments (questions and guidance on painting/plaster, how to install wallpaper)
  • Plumbing projects (how to change faucet, unclog a toilet, etc)
  • Carpentry projects (how to refinish kitchen cabinets, custom cabinetry, basic woodworking)
  • Basic electric projects (how to change a light fixture, add dimmers)
  • DIY Decor (how to flip furniture, hang a gallery wall, IKEA hacks, etc)
  • General handyperson (how to change hardware, change door hinges, hang shelves)
  • Tilework and installation (how to tile backsplash, how to tile bathroom floor)

Our Pros are handpicked across a variety of licensed trades and DIY skill sets. You’ll find general contractors, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, handypeople, and DIYers. You are able to sort and filter Pros by trade or project type. Still not sure who you want to hire? You can always email us at support@matriarchybuild.com with a description of your project and/or questions and we’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.

We strongly recommend completing your pre-consultation questionnaire and submitting all relevant photos to your Pro prior to your session with ample time for them to review it. Depending on your project type, measurements, tools, drawings or images might be useful. If you plan to execute your project during your consultation, be sure to have your full toolbox and all of your materials handy. It’s always helpful to have access to the area or project you are working on from your video device during the consultation. Make sure that area is well lit. Be sure to have note taking material handy. Most of all, ensure you have a strong internet signal for your video consultation.

Here are some specific examples of projects that can’t be covered in a Pro consultation.

  • Plumbers can’t provide DIY advice on how to execute complex plumbing over video, but Pros can advise on who to call and what to expect in these situations. Examples are: removing tree roots in pipes, or repairing backed up sewer line.
  • Electricians can’t provide DIY advice on how to execute complex electrical work over video, but Pros can advise on who to call and what to expect in these situations. Examples are: re-wiring in walls, ungrounded outlets, malfunctioning switches.
  • Location-specific ordinances aren’t suitable for Pro consultations. Examples are: building or construction limitations imposed by your community, city or state; floodplain laws and restrictions; weather-specific or terrain/soil-specific building requirements.
  • Structural assessments aren’t suitable for Pro consultations. Examples are: whether structural elements are sound; foundation interventions; negative drainage issues.
  • In person support or tangible deliverables.
  • Pros are unable to provide exact dimensions or measurements that are specific to your site/project.

Consultations are limited to the timeframe that they were originally booked for and can’t be extended. If you need more time, book a fresh session with your Pro.

You are able to book sessions until 24 hours before that session is scheduled to begin. Sessions scheduled within 48 hours of the start time run a greater risk of needing to be rescheduled.

When you select a Pro, and click on “Book a Time,” you’ll see your own timezone displayed on the upper right hand corner of the calendar. All meeting times will be displayed in your local timezone.

Matriarchy Build is built by women, and built for everyone. We take pride in our female-first perspective, but we also invite male and non-binary folks to participate in our community. Our community reveres and is made stronger by inclusivity and diversity. No tool know-how is required to participate: all levels of knowledge and experience are welcome. We have a firm “positive vibes, no mansplaining” policy.

 

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