670 Chicago 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 Chicago project, from initial sketches through final construction. Learn more about how to choose the right design-build professionals for your home project below: More 
Libertyville, IL, 60048
Based in Libertyville, Illinois, Great Rooms Designers & Builders has been recognized as one of the leading, award-winning design + build companies in the Chicago North Shore and... Read More
When you partner with Finished Basement Company on your basement finishing project or basement remodel, you'll experience the latest and best in basement design and construction.
Hinsdale, IL, 60521
Normandy Remodeling is a Design/Build remodeling firm that develops plans and designs and then executes those plans to create a single point of contact for a homeowner’s... Read More
Insignia's on staff designers have earned the trust of our clients and have been awarded many referrals by keeping our focus on delivering the ultimate in the residential remodeling experience.
Downers Grove, IL, 60515
Oakley Home Builders is a custom home builder and remodeling company in the Chicago suburbs that has integrated distinctive home designs into surrounding communities,... Read More
Our coordinated approach leads to projects that are on-time and within budget. No matter the project, we strive to deliver a consistently high quality result to every client.
Naperville, IL, 60563
Best of Houzz 2014 Design Award. Custom home builder, design-build, general contractor and renovations. Our homes have been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Western Suburban... Read More
With over 25 years of real estate & development experience, Vertex Properties LLC and Olson Development LLC have become Chicago's leading residential full service Design + Build firm.
Lincolnwood, IL, 60712
Imagine your dream home. Imagine your home renovation projects coming together smoothly, with no hassles and no surprises.It’s time to stop imagining and start living in your new... Read More
Working in the metropolitan Chicago area for over 25 years as a custom furniture manufacturer, interior designer and home remodeler.
Northfield, IL, 60093
With 40 years of experience, Orren Pickell Building Group is a complete resource with Custom Home and Remodeling Divisions, Home Maintenance, Remodeling and Architectural Groups,... Read More
Habitar Design (312) 274-2299
Habitar Design and Stratagem Construction provide award-winning interior design matched by expert kitchen, bathroom, and complete home remodeling in Chicago with a focus on 100% client satisfaction.
A. Perry Homes (847) 549-0668
Winnetka, IL, 60093
A. Perry Homes are architects, builders, and remodelers of the finest homes along Chicago's North Shore, Wisconsin's Lake Geneva area and Michigan's Harbor Country. With locations... Read More
Since 2002, Synergy Builders has specialized in kitchens, bathrooms, additions, lower levels, & exteriors in the Chicago area. Our expert designers have the experience to design your dream space!
Downers Grove, IL, 60515
Established in 1980, Studio21 Architects has specialized in designing custom homes for over thirty years. During this time we have focused on providing our clients with an... Read More
Inspired Interiors is Chicago's premiere interior design firm. Our specialties include: Residential Interior Design,Kitchen & Bathroom Design, Room Transformations & Makeovers,Custom Cabinetry
Peoria, IL, 61615
We design & build custom homes with design that exceeds your expectations. Read More
JRC Design Build (847) 255-2322
We have been designers and builders of fine custom homes and room additions since 1985.
Northfield, IL, 60093
Reynolds Architecture is proud of it's long-standing reputation for designing and building distinctive homes throughout the North Shore, neighboring communities, Chicago,... Read More
Century Bay Builders (847) 549-8800
We are a custom home builder & professional remodeling company serving Chicago-land & North Shore communities. We pride ourselves in managing the time, costs and details of your project efficiently.
Bradford And Kent (630) 969-8585
Downers Grove, IL, 60515
For 25 years Bradford And Kent has been one of Chicagoland’s premier custom remodeling companies. Whether you are planning to add space to your home or enhance what you already... Read More
Designing & Building Luxury Custom Homes and One of a Kind Renovations for Over 25 Years. Visit Our Web Site and Learn More.
Skokie, IL, 60076
For many of us, a home is the single most important and emotional financial investment we’ll make. It’s where you experience life’s milestones and create a lifetime of memories —... Read More
When does a house become a home? It begins with tasteful design, quality craftsmanship and understated details that set it apart from the rest.
Palatine, IL, 60067
With over two decades of home building and remodeling experience in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, we’ve built, renovated and remodeled well over 400 homes. Our skilled team is... Read More
Macnon Builders (847) 724-1510
We have been designing and building custom homes and additions for North Shore families for over 25 years. Macnon Builders has established itself as the premier Design/Build firm for customer homes.
Geneva, IL, 60134
Donatelli Builders is a custom homebuilder and remodeler serving the Chicagoland area for 24 years. Company founder and president, Chris Donatelli, has created the “Diamond... Read More
Armcor Design & Build (847) 487-7900
ARMCOR Design & Build continuously strives for better serving our clientele. Find out why ARMCOR distinguishes itself from the competition & why we are the premier choice in designing and remodeling.
Chicago, IL, 60657
Design Build 4U has been renovating and remodeling homes in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs for over a decade. We are known for delivering the best quality in design &... Read More
BDC is a design and ideas-driven practice based in Chicago working in North America. The group provides an experiential and seamless approach by integrating interior design & architectural services.
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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 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 Chicago design-build firms. You may also look through Chicago photos to find a pool you like, then contact the design-build firm that created it. You can find more design-build firms in Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, Naperville and Joliet.
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