Vallefuoco Contractors – The Beginning
About The Owners
Bernardo Vallefuoco, born and raised in Naples, Italy, has been restoring and remodeling buildings and homes in his native country since 1983. As owner of PROGETTO CASA RESTAURI in Florence, Italy since 1990, he specialized in marble and ceramic tile installation and antique building restoration. His previous projects include some of the most visible spaces in Tuscany, such as the Santa Maria Novella Train Station and many others buildings in Florence’s historic center, and ancient homes throughout Empoli. His hands-on approach to running the business ensures that installations are carried out in the tradition of the old European artisans. Bernardo has both trained and hand-selected his small group of installers. Between them, we have combined techniques from Italy, France, Hungary, Latin America, and of course the modern skills of the United States. Despite the growing demand for high volume commercial installations, Bernardo has found his niche in more specialized custom tile projects, requiring lots of creativity and skill. He is involved with all installations, whether behind the scenes or in the field. He feels this will ensure both personal contact with clients and greater control over the quality of work. It also guarantees that he gets his hands dirty every day, thus keeping himself grounded.
Gianna Vallefuoco was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and raised in Potomac, MD. After graduating from college and double majoring in Spanish and Psychology, she moved to Italy to pursue further studies in foreign language and fine arts. With an emphasis on figurative oil painting, she became active in the contemporary art community in Florence. Her works have been exhibited in both Italy and the United States, including Galleria Alfani Underground, Generazione Sotterranea in Florence, and Strathmore Hall Arts Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Gianna uses her art experience to assist clients with their design choices, emphasizing color, style and layout. In 2014, she incorporated mindfulness into all her work, bringing Mindfulness and Empathy workshops to the construction industry. As an entrepreneur at heart, Gianna is also owner of Beyond Gifted – a wellness-based gift portal, and is founder of Disability Inclusion Guild – a 501(c)3 dedicated to breaking social barriers for people with disabilities. She is a speaker, retreat leader, and inclusion advocate, training businesses in Mindfulness and Creativity, as well as Inclusive Diversity, Equity, & Belonging. She believes mindfulness has a place in all industries. Gianna uses neuroscience, fine art, psychology, and mindfulness principles in her workshops, sharing how to optimize the brain for creativity and thriving within our communities. In 2020, Gianna launched Vallefuoco Contractors’ Intentional Spaces Blog. She is also a member of NTCA Consumer Education Committee, doing her best to help educate tile consumers on a national level.
VALLEFUOCO Contractors, LLC was founded in 1999, after the Vallefuocos moved to the United States, combining their experience in Fine Arts and Construction. We are licensed in MD, DC, and VA, are an A+ rated member of the BBB since 2001, as well as a 5 STAR designated member of the NTCA since 2012, and CTI certified with CTEF since 2012.
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