65 Des Moines, IA 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 Des Moines, IA project, from initial sketches through final construction. Learn more about how to choose the right design-build professionals for your home project below: More 
Jerry Bussanmas (515) 778-5732
West Des Moines, IA, 50265
8 miles from Des Moines
Pure Style by Jerry Bussanmas is an innovative design-build firm specializing in quality residential construction. Our dedicated team marries cutting-edge functionality,... Read More
West Des Moines, IA, 50265
8 miles from Des Moines
Kaufman Construction (serving the Des Moines area) was formed around a passion for creating projects that embody the spirit of the homeowner. We strive to combine the convenience,... Read More
Des Moines, IA, 50311
As the only remodeler in Central Iowa with an on-staff registered architect and interior designer, the design-build team at Monarch Renovations stands apart from the rest. Their... Read More
Modern Touches (515) 745-6853
Urbandale, IA, 50322
7 miles from Des Moines
We are known for inspirational designs and exceptional craftsmanship. We have remodeled and improved hundreds of homes in Iowa. Customizing for the requirements, taste and style... Read More
Clive, IA, 50325
8 miles from Des Moines
Silent Rivers is an award-winning Des Moines design+build company with 20 years of experience in kitchen remodels and bathroom remodels, additions, outdoor spaces, historic... Read More
Dreams 2 Reality (515) 745-0432
Urbandale, IA, 50323
9 miles from Des Moines
Dreams 2 Reality provides Design/Build services to those who are passionate about where they live. Dreams 2 Reality is the vision and reality of Lisa Rubsam and Rob Rubsam.... Read More
West Des Moines, IA, 50266
11 miles from Des Moines
Red House Remodeling is a full service design/build remodeler serving greater Des Moines. You can trust Red House Remodeling with every step of your kitchen, bath or basement... Read More
West Des Moines, IA, 50266
11 miles from Des Moines
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Drake Homes (515) 202-9500
West Des Moines, IA, 50266
11 miles from Des Moines
Since 2005, Drake Homes has offered the very best in new home construction in Des Moines. Drake Homes is a dedicated Iowa home builder, offering modern design and quality... Read More
Waukee, IA, 50263
13 miles from Des Moines
We offer a creative, enjoyable approach to the world of design, custom home building, and custom cabinetry, with the experience, skills, and resources to ensure our clients’... Read More
Des Moines, IA, 50325
Crose & Lemke Construction has been serving central Iowa since 1986. At Crose & Lemke, we focus primarily in residential construction and remodeling for upscale homes and condos.... Read More
Johnston, IA, 50131
7 miles from Des Moines
MBG Renovation is a full service, multi-faceted renovation group serving the Des Moines, Iowa area. We deliver high-quality work and excellent customer service which have been the... Read More
Urbandale, IA, 50322
7 miles from Des Moines
2014 will make my 30th year building beautiful custom and marketplace homes for my clients. . These photos will help you in your journey towards a new home. Home building is a... Read More
Des Moines, IA
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Savanna Studios (515) 802-6786
Johnston, IA, 50131
7 miles from Des Moines
The firm is led by three partners with degrees in Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University. This results in a designer-led focus, which can be very beneficial to our... 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. Here are some related professionals and vendors to complement the work of design-build firms: Interior Designers & Decorators, Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers, Architects & Building Designers, Photographers.

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 Iowa 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?

Find a design-build firm on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to Des Moines, IA design-build firms. You may also look through Des Moines, IA photos to find a pool you like, then contact the design-build firm that created it. You can find more design-build firms in West Des Moines, Ankeny, Urbandale, Clive and Johnston.
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