Classic Homes of Maryland was honored to receive three top honors at the Maryland Building Industry Association’s (MBIA) annual MAX+ Awards this past Thursday, April 11, 2024 at Martin’s West ballroom in Baltimore.

The MAX+ program aims to recognize builders “who provide buyers with excellence in design, livability and value.” A team of judges evaluates each entry, considering factors including floor plan layout, architectural design, and quality and convenience of finishes.

The Strathmore Model

From our Portfolio Collection, the Strathmore model received the Architecture and Design award for “Detached Homes – Lots over 10,000 sf”. This impressive single level home has been designed to appeal to a variety of tastes.

A Modern English Country style imparts an update on tradition, while a Mid-Century Modern design offers something a bit more contemporary.  The 74 foot wide floor plan offers a balance of open activity centers and private spaces.

The Hampden Model

Our ever popular Hampden Model was awarded best Architecture and Design for “Detached Homes – Lots under 10,000 sf”.

A unique Modern Farmhouse design of dark board and batten, stone, and stained natural wood accents is a smart departure from the standard white. The design has also received national attention, including trending on social media, appearing on over 21,000 Pintererst boards.

Alternatively, a Modern Transitional design offers a fresh take on the design, with more industrial elements, including geometric shapes of architectural blocks.

A modern farmhouse exterior in black board and batten and stone, with black windows and natural wood details.
Classic Homes of Maryland Website
The MBIA’s Sales and Marketing Council also recognized the new Classic Homes of Maryland website with top honors in the Custom Market category for our efforts to demonstrate the ever increasing level of our work – including the updated Portfolio Collection and showcase of our latest design build projects.

Classic Homes of Maryland won two top honors in the 2023 Montgomery County Custom Builder Awards, the prestigious annual awards of the Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA). Winners were announced on September 14, 2023, at an evening event held at the Home Depot Design Center in Rockville, Maryland.

The California Modern inspired custom home won the Gold award in its class, exemplifying the style with a combination of mid-century modern and minimalistic elements, including the use of natural building materials and a design that accentuates the wooded surroundings.


The front exterior lit up under tall trees against a colorful evening sky.

In the Speculative Homes category the Geranium model won a Gold award, its second for the year, having won “Best Custom Home” in its class at the MBIA MAX+ awards. The Geranium model adds a Tudor twist to the modern farmhouse, including custom crafted patterned panels and window assemblies for a truly unique exterior.

A team of independent judges reviewed floor plans, photos and written details about each project to choose what the MBIA describes as “shining examples of the talent and expertise that our area has to offer.”

Classic Homes of Maryland President Dinesh Jain states, “These two projects represent our company’s evolution into one-of-a-kind custom design-build homes, fulfilling our promise of making our customer’s dreams a reality. This recognition solidifies our commitment to further expand our work in the luxury design-build segment of the industry.”

The Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA) held their annual MAX Awards on Thursday, May 11 at Merriweather Lakehouse in Columbia, MD. Classic Homes of Maryland entered projects in two categories, each winning best in their class.

The association states – “the MAX program recognizes local home builders who provide buyers with excellence in design, livability and value. ”

A custom built Avenel won Best Customized Home in its class, with it’s unique features and careful selections surely catching the judges attention, including:


A family room with 80” linear fireplace with custom surround of Porcelanosa® Oxo Line Blanco tile, white ceiling with natural wood beam coffered ceiling.
The Geranium Street model  in Bethesda, MD won Best Custom Home in its class. Highlights include:

An oversized linear fireplace surround of dark Daltile Marble Attaché with dark windows, neutral colored couches and brown coffee table in the foreground

The Home Builder Association of Maryland held the annual MAX Awards on May 1, 2014 at Martin’s Valley Mansion in Hunt Valley, MD. Over 20 builders of all sizes, from national to local, competed for awards in a variety of categories. The master of ceremonies was Baltimore comedian and former 98 Rock star, Mickey Cucchiella.

Home submissions in the MAX Awards are judged on “design, livability and value”. Classic Homes entered a customized Lily Stone and took home the award for the Best Customized Home in its category.

The Lily Stone comes standard with features that make it a truly Craftsman home, including a Hardie Shingle/Hardie Plank front with stone accents. Inside, our Craftsman Trim Package includes finishes such as 6″ flat base boards and 4″ flat door and window trim.

This particular award-winning Lily Stone features a few unique customizations to suit the homeowner and the homesite. The biggest change was modifying the plan to fit the Bethesda lot’s 37 x 55 sq ft build area.

Through clever use of space, our architects managed to reduce the Lily Stone footprint, without losing any of the model’s charm or functionality. The Mudroom for instance, was replaced with a built-in bench and cubby holes.

Built-in book shelves added to the Den are both practical and stylish, giving the room a sophisticated feel. The homeowners also chose to add a rear raised covered porch, with an enclosed area below.

Our team takes great effort in customizing our homes to suit the specific needs of our buyers. Talk to one of our Sales Managers about building your dream home.

Classic Homes of Maryland custom home builder, Prem Puri, was honored with the prestigious President’s Award at the Xi Sigma Omega Chapter’s 30th Anniversary celebration on Saturday June 8th at the Gaithersburg Marriott in Washingtonian Center.

From left to right: Alpha Kappa Alpha International Vice-President Ms. Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Classic Homes President Prem Puri, Xi Sigma Omega President Dr. Roberta Haines and 31st North Atlantic Regional Director Mrs. Constance Pizarro.

The event brought together 300 guests to honor the service achievements of this local branch of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sisterhood and Service Sorority. Classic Homes’ Prem Puri was among nine members of the community, selected for demonstrating “an overwhelming commitment and dedication to helping and serving others.”

This month marks the 5 year anniversary of one of Mr. Puri’s proudest moments of community service, building a home for Ms. Felicia Jackson, a mother of four, who had recently agreed to take on the task of raising her dying sister’s ten children. When approached by ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”, Prem was so deeply moved by Ms. Jackson’s story, he agreed to take on the seemingly insurmountable task of building an entire home in only one week, a project that would normally take the family owned business a minimum of six months.

Classic Homes covered the cost of construction, and with help from the entire company staff, hundreds of volunteers, and donations from various contractors, the home was completed on schedule. Today Classic Homes continues to maintain its relationship with Ms Jackson and her family. After over 5 years of wear and tear by 14 children, Classic Homes recently replaced all of the hardwood flooring in the home. Several of Ms Jackson’s children attended the award ceremony to express their appreciation of Prem and Classic Homes of Maryland.

Prem’s charitable work extends beyond Montgomery County, MD. He is also the founder of the DD Puri Foundation, a non-profit organization that he created in 1998 to provide essential medical care to those in need in his home country of India, as well as East Africa, South Asia and the Pacific. Today the DD Puri Foundation is involved in projects ranging from scholarships for war survivors from East Africa, to building a new facility for the invaluable Patiala School for the Deaf and Blind in Pujab, India.

Classic Homes of Maryland has been consistently recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the DC metro area. Having done well for himself and his family, Prem says “I would now like the fruits of my labor to benefit others.”