Urban Luxe was unofficially formed in 2016 when owners Lou Galarza and Brook Mitchell partnered up for their first job. Brook owned her own design firm, BB Designs & Remodeling and she was looking for a contractor to execute her vision for a client remodel. That's when she stumbled upon Lou, a general contractor, and owner of LG Contracting. Lou's attention to detail and incredible eye for design set him apart from his peers. The two clicked and soon they were running all of their jobs together. In 2022, they made it official by joining forces and creating Urban Luxe Design + Build. Together they have almost 30 years of combined construction and design experience. They may not always agree but challenging each other is what helps to set their designs apart from everyone else in their field and their thoughtful and careful approach to each project is what keeps clients coming back to them property after property.
Our Core Values...
Integrity and Ethics
Transparency and Communication
Ongoing Education (Internal and External)
Valuing Partnerships and Client Relationships
Simplified, Yet High-Quality Results
What Distinguishes Us…
Urban Luxe provides responsible and high-quality construction while maintaining a focus on innovating and adapting to our ever-shifting economy. We put an emphasis on building in the most financially efficient manner possible without compromising our standard of quality or our unique construction concepts. We have been privileged to continue serving the same clients and communities year over year, and have grown our business largely through personal recommendations from past clients.
In addition to quality craftsmanship and top-notch design, Urban Luxe is fresh, innovative, and constantly working to create new ways to make the design + build experience more convenient, exciting, and enjoyable. We utilize the latest technology, not only for our designs but also for client convenience, transparency, and security. We provide a 100% concierge experience, meaning we will never drag you to an outdated showroom to be overwhelmed by underwhelming selections. We bring everything to you both in person and digitally. Additionally, Urban Luxe offers extensive consulting services to assist with your existing project or help you plan for the future for both homeowners and tradesmen alike.
Urban Luxe has a staff of experienced and dedicated professionals whom we consider family. Our team members are selected not only for their construction expertise, but also for their superior customer service, reliability, and courteousness. Urban Luxe attracts and retains the best people by providing training, benefits, advancement, and a company culture that is proud to deliver outstanding, award-winning projects, earning us the trust of our clients.
Partner / General Contractor / Industry Consultant
Lou, a DC area native, first discovered his passion for design and construction while spending the summers working for his Uncle's construction company. Once he finished college he worked for several high-profile companies including Tyco Securities, where he oversaw large commercial and government buildouts providing both consulting and project management. An ace at his job, he stunned management when he decided to walk away to start his own residential construction company, LG Contracting, in 2007. While he loved his job, he desired the opportunity to embrace his creativity and incredible talent for design. Residential construction is the perfect fit for Lou. He treats every client as if they were family and always goes the extra mile to make sure each project is not only unique but that also meets his high standards for quality craftsmanship. Urban Luxe is proud to have such a talented professional at its helm.
Partner / Principal Designer / Industry Consultant
Brook was raised in the home industry. Her family included a contractor, a carpenter, a mason, and a realtor specializing in properties to be renovated. It’s no surprise that she has found a way to combine these fields and revolutionize the industry. In addition to her construction and design expertise, she is well versed in ConTech (construction technology) and project management with a Construction Project Management certificate from Columbia University. She has been invited to speak at several global conferences concerning the future of technology in residential construction and design, the dire need for increased information security protocols in our industry, and the future of pen testing in smart home environments. She is also a consultant helping the trade grow their business by enhancing and expanding their design offerings, incorporating technology for efficiency and transparency, and revamping and expanding their project management platforms to be more effective and productive.