59 Charleston 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 Charleston project, from initial sketches through final construction. Learn more about how to choose the right design-build professionals for your home project below: More 
Solaris Inc. (843) 768-9363
Johns Island, SC, 29455
Steve Brenner, President of Solaris, Inc. is the leading builder of custom luxury homes on Kiawah Island. Since 1982, Solaris homes have been the standard by which all other... Read More
Amerisips (843) 637-4311
We specialize in designing and creating your dream home. We have decades of experience to put to work for you. We don’t even have to tell you how great our team is – our clients do it for us!
Johns Island,, SC, 29455
Home Builder Executive magazine ranked Dan Buffington as one of the Nation's Top Custom Builder Presidents for his fourth successive year! Buffington Homes is the Custom... Read More
Classic Remodeling is a design-build firm, located in Charleston, SC. Specializing in high-end residential remodeling for more than 20 years, Classic Remodeling has garnered a great reputation.
Mount Pleasant, SC, 29464
At Sceltas, we create and reinvent homes inspired by the people that will live in them. Whether it’s renovating a full home, remodeling a small space or building a custom home... Read More
Johns Island, SC, 29455
Seamar Construction Group builds beautiful custom homes on Kiawah & Seabrook islands and also has experience in commercial building and historic home renovations in downtown... Read More
Charleston, SC, 29407
Design Professional and Custom Home Builder - Remodeler in Charleston, SC Metro Area Read More
Kiawah Island, SC, 29455
Residential Design-Remodeling Business based on Kiawah Island, SC that specializes in taking you from design conception to project completion. Whether you live on... Read More
Brace Builders LLC (843) 557-9003
Goose Creek, SC, 29445
hollywood, SC, 29449
At Vintage Design, LLC, we create timeless design and construction solutions for every budget and taste. We are a one stop shop, catering to all your Design and Construction needs... Read More
Cortney Bishop Design (843) 793-7410
charleston, SC, 29482
interior design Read More
Lael Building Group (843) 388-3340
Mount Pleasant, SC, 29464
Lael Building Group specializes in truly custom-designed new home builds. This level of personal attention caters to your lifestyle and preferences in a way that is unmatched by... Read More
Murrells Inlet, SC, 29576
Custom Homes and Medical Offices Read More
R.M. Buck Builders (843) 559-1155
Johns Island, SC, 29455
For two decades, R.M. Buck Builders: Bob, Renae and now son, Ryan, have built many of the finest custom homes on Kiawah and Seabrook Islands and in Charleston’s Lowcountry. Their... Read More
Johns Island, SC, 29455
Dolphin Architects and Builders has an established reputation of over 20 years as a Custom home builder in the Charleston, Sc area. We have built and remodeled some of the finest... Read More
Rock Creek Craftsmen (843) 270-4987
Mt. Pleasant, SC, 29464
Full Service General Contracting Firm Specializing in Historic Restoration Read More
SeaMarsh Woodworks (843) 889-8572
Meggett, SC, 29449
My name is Ward Brown, and I design and build museum quality custom furniture. I build in various styles and do accept commisions. All wood is sustainably havested and only low... 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 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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