243 Santa Cruz, CA 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 Santa Cruz, CA project, from initial sketches through final construction. Learn more about how to choose the right design-build professionals for your home project below: More 
Aptos, CA, 95003
8 miles from Santa Cruz
Talmadge Construction, Inc. is a Design/Build General Contractor specializing in Residential Design and Remodeling serving Santa Cruz, Capitola, Soquel, Scotts Valley, Aptos,... Read More
San Mateo, CA, 94402
44 miles from Santa Cruz
At S.E.A. Construction we’ve been creating masterfully built custom living spaces, kitchens, baths, and impeccably designed remodels since 1988. Whether you have an idea in... Read More
Watsonville, CA, 95076
15 miles from Santa Cruz
Architecture and Construction primarily higher end beach home remodels and new homes. We also commercial TI's and new construction. Read More
Santa Cruz, CA, 95063
Costa Bella Builders is a family owned and operated business. We are an energetic, proactive group dedicated to the Santa Cruz community. Our team exceeds expectations throughout... Read More
EBCON Corporation (650) 779-5032
Redwood City, CA, 94401
45 miles from Santa Cruz
We are a residential General Contractor, Design/Build firm offering quality construction and exceptional customer service through superior craftsmanship. We use traditional and... Read More
Los Altos, CA, 94022
29 miles from Santa Cruz
Established in 1993, IKB Design & Construction is a woman owned, full service, residential design/build and interiors corporation headquartered in downtown Los Altos. It prides... Read More
Menlo Park, CA, 94025
34 miles from Santa Cruz
Full Service Design-Build & Architectural Firm Read More
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
Third Generation Concrete Contractor Specializing in Decorative Concrete. We Do Structural and Decorative Concrete Including: Concrete Design and Consultation; Interior... Read More
Saratoga, CA, 95070
21 miles from Santa Cruz
Residential Design and Remodeling Read More
Campbell, CA, 95011
23 miles from Santa Cruz
Located in Campbell, California, Ammirato Construction, Inc. is an award-winning design + build construction firm serving the greater San Francisco Bay area. Our passion is... Read More
Palo Alto, CA, 94301
34 miles from Santa Cruz
TOPOS Architects was established in 1992 by lead Architect, Peter Baltay. Our office is nestled downtown Palo Alto and serve the surrounding area. Our 5-person design team is... Read More
Atherton, CA, 94027
35 miles from Santa Cruz
Hi, I’m Jules Nolet, a home designer and builder from Atherton, California. I’ve been building fine homes in the Silicon Valley for about 15 years. My approach is to manage the... Read More
Los Altos, CA, 94024
27 miles from Santa Cruz
Best of Houzz 2014: Award-winning Custom Home Remodeling Contractor in Silicon Valley known for sustainable design, personalized service, trusted on-time projects, and excellence... Read More
San Jose, CA, 95118
22 miles from Santa Cruz
Starburst Construction provides design and construction or construction only of new luxury homes and renovation projects. Whether it is a new kitchen, bath, addition, landscaping... Read More
Scott Design LLC (650) 558-1173
Burlingame, CA, 94010
45 miles from Santa Cruz
Linda Scott founded Scott Design in San Francisco, California, in 1979. Since its establishment, Scott Design Associates has provided Bay Area clients with quality residential... 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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