1,794 California Design-Build Firms

When building a new house, people often turn to architects to kick off the project. However, a different model is becoming quite popular: design-build. Instead of dividing tasks between separate architecture and construction companies, you can hire a full-service firm to design and build your entire California project, from initial sketches through final construction. Learn more about how to choose the right design-build professionals for your home project below: More 
building Lab, inc. (510) 420-1133
Oakland, CA, 94608
50 miles from
building Lab is an innovative design-build firm specializing in high-end residential remodeling. We are passionate about modern design, dedicated to precision quality... Read More
Carmichael, CA, 95608
50 miles from
Nicolette Patton, CKD is the Lead Designer & Project Manager at Nar Fine Carpentry, Inc.- a Full Service, Award Winning Design/ Build Firm. Nicolette has been in the Kitchen &... Read More
Mill Valley, CA, 94942
50 miles from
Singlepoint Design Build is a full service general contractor that specializes in the design build delivery method. Our team of skilled craftsmen self-performs the majority of... Read More
El Segundo, CA, 90245
50 miles from
Custom Design & Construction's Design-Build philosophy encompasses every aspect of a home remodeling project. We combine architecture, engineering, interior design, project... Read More
San Francisco, CA, 94118
50 miles from
NBR is a San Francisco Design-Build firm providing a one-stop-shop from initial concept through final construction for residential and commercial renovations/ remodeling/... Read More
Becker Studios (805) 965-9555
Santa Barbara, CA, 93103
50 miles from
SANTA BARBARA 2014 CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR -Boutique Design/Build firm Dream. Design. Build. Live. Becker Studios brings a refreshing approach to the Design and Building... Read More
KellyBaron (310) 826-6430
Los Angeles, CA, 90049
50 miles from
Established by Kelly Van Halen and Baron Rogers, KellyBaron Design provides Licensed Contracting, residential design, renovation, construction, construction management and... Read More
Los Gatos, CA, 95032-2550
50 miles from
Rebuilding Fine Homes in the Bay Area since 1976. We are an award-winning general contracting firm that specializes in the design and remodeling of kitchens, bathrooms,... Read More
ras-a, inc. (310) 937-1760
Redondo Beach, CA, 90278
50 miles from
We are a boutique design & build studio based in Los Angeles, California. We believe in good design and in getting our hands dirty. Our objective is to create built environments... Read More
San Francisco, CA, 94131
50 miles from
Highly experienced and knowledgeable remodeling contractor working in San Francisco for over 40 years . Expert on San Francisco building code. Member of NARI. Serves on San... Read More
Redlands, CA, 92373
50 miles from
Deziner Tonie & Associates Design Team creates exciting interior design journeys that lead to unforgettable outcomes. Our design process takes you on an exploration that reaches... Read More
Long Beach, CA, 90803
50 miles from
Zieba Builders is an award-winning Design/Build firm based in Southern California. Established in 1988, we offer design solutions that are sensitive to your lifestyle and reflect... Read More
Pasadena, CA
50 miles from
HartmanBaldwin Design/Build is a fully integrated Architecture, Construction and Interior Design company specializing in high-end remodels, additions, historic restorations and... Read More
manhattan beach, CA, 90266
50 miles from
Beach House Design & Development is an integrated real estate services specializing in the disciplines of architectural and interior design, build and construction and investment... Read More
Templeton, CA, 93465
50 miles from
Making custom dreams come true since 1975, Odenwald Construction offers the personal involvement, attention to detail, and cost-consciousness that transforms blueprints into... Read More
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What is a design-build firm?


Design-build firms take on the responsibilities of architects, contractors and construction companies, all under one roof. These full-service firms focus on a streamlined process — from the initial design to the estimating phase to physical construction — in the hope of creating an efficient experience for both the client and the company. Because the entire project is happening within one company, design-build firms are able to overlap the design and construction phases of the project, which oftens speeds up the project significantly. In addition, these firms work to minimize risks for the project owner through single-point responsibility contracts. However, depending on the firm, you may still want to contact an interior designer or architect to help create the exact look you want.

Before deciding on a design-and-build firm, think about what you want from your new home. Do you want a large kitchen for entertaining? Do you need several bedrooms for children and guests? Do you want a finished basement for extra space or storage? Look for California design-build firms that specialize in the areas you're looking for. Budget is obviously a determining factor in the outcome of your project. To make sure you stay within your means, consider making a must-have list and a wish list. Gauge where the estimates are falling to determine which design-and-build contract can realistically strike the balance between the two.

Questions to ask a prospective design-builder:


  • How long have you been in the business?
  • How many projects like mine have you completed?
  • Who will be working on the project?
  • Are the workers employees or subcontractors?
  • Can you provide me with references?
  • Who is your designer, and what are his or her qualifications?
  • Are your employees licensed and insured?
  • How do you charge, and what does that include?
  • Can you give me a written estimate?
  • What do your services include?
  • When can this job get done?
  • What happens when cost exceeds the budget? What about changes to materials or labor pricing?
  • What will I need to provide?
  • Are there any important considerations or concerns you foresee with this project?

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