People

Jimmy Finn, AIA
Architect, Project Manager

As the head of design for Braswell Design+Build, Jimmy draws on 20 years of experience to craft solutions to your most challenging design problems. Jimmy is a graduate of the University of Virginia and earned his Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech. An active member of the Alexandria community, Jimmy enjoys coaching youth athletics and serves on the Advisory Board for Woodlawn and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House, a National Trust for Historic Preservation Site.

Harry Braswell, LEED AP
President

Harry founded Harry Braswell, Inc. in 1982. He oversees all operations and is heavily involved in the company's day-to-day activities. His expert knowledge of construction coupled with his integrity and diligent work ethic have given his company its outstanding reputation for exceptional service. Harry grew up in Old Town Alexandria and began doing independent restoration work in the area after earning a degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia in 1978. An advocate for historic preservation and land conservation, Harry is a member of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation.

Gretchen Brown
Project Manager

Gretchen has 20 years of experience with residential design and remodeling. She guides clients through the renovation process with an expert knowledge of finishes and selections and residential construction. Prior to joining Harry Braswell in 2001, she worked as an interior designer. She is a graduate of The Art Institute of Houston. Outside of work, Gretchen enjoys spending time with her family and scrapbooking.

Robert Guynn
Architect, Project Manager

Robert has more than 20 years of experience in residential design and construction management in the Washington metropolitan area. A licensed architect in Virginia, his expertise includes renovating historically sensitive homes and helping clients achieve successful projects. In his spare time, Robert enjoys being an active member of Alexandria Crew Boosters and the Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association. He also serves as executive officer for local Boy Scout Troop 131. Robert earned a Master of Architecture from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Design from University of Florida.

Sarah Glenn, LEED GA
Designer

Sarah is devoted to helping clients create timeless spaces that are both beautiful and functional. She has been designing high-end, family-friendly residential interiors since 2013. She earned a Master of Arts in Interior Design from Marymount University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. In her spare time, she enjoys working on her home in Del Ray and spending time with her husband and dog.

Dave Andrews
Lead Carpenter

Dave has been a carpenter for 38 years. He started working with Harry Braswell in 2004. A native of Fairfax, Va., Dave developed his love for carpentry while a teenager, and over the course of four decades, has truly developed his craft into high art. An avid fisherman in his spare time, he participates in Potomac River bass tournaments.

Freddy Arispe
Lead Carpenter

Freddy has been working for Harry Braswell since 2008. His mastery of constructing today's fine kitchens makes him a highly valued team member. Freddy's meticulous craftsmanship has helped earn Braswell Design+Build numerous awards. He's a dedicated family man.

Todd Bowdoin
Lead Carpenter

Todd was born and raised in coastal Maine, and started doing carpentry work for his uncle at age 13. He worked as a master timber framer in Augusta, Maine for 11 years before he and his family relocated to the DC area. He has been working with Harry Braswell since 2009. In his spare time, he enjoys restoring vintage vehicles with his son.

Bruce Averitt
Lead Carpenter

Bruce joined Harry Braswell in 1999. With more than 30 years of experience, he's a seasoned veteran who demands perfection. He studied architecture in college. When he's not spending time with his son, he enjoys designing and building furniture.

Jarrett Helms
Lead Carpenter

Jarrett joined Harry Braswell in 2010. He has more than 21 years of experience as a carpenter. He spent a large part of his childhood in Carver, Massachusetts where he helped his stepfather farm cranberries. He first started working as a builder at age 18.