700 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 
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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
Working in the metropolitan Chicago area for over 25 years as a custom furniture manufacturer, interior designer and home remodeler.
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
Oakley Home Builders is a custom home builder and remodeling company in the Chicago suburbs that has integrated distinctive home designs into surrounding communities.
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
Since 1990, we’ve built some of the most beautiful single family homes in Glen Ellyn, Wheaton and the surrounding Chicago suburbs. We'd like to build your home too!
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
We have the resources, expertise and personal commitment to take you through every step of the design build process. Feel the energy and excitement, our LG culture ensures you breathe easy and enjoy!
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
Best of Houzz 2015 Award winner- leading residential Design-Build firm in Chicago/North Shore renowned for award winning design, handcrafted cabinetry and full service construction for over 37 years.
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
An architect-led design|build firm specializing in high-end residential projects. The firm's philosophy is to design architecturally significant projects and ensure their superior construction.
Park Ridge, IL, 60068
O’Connor Brehm Design-Build has established a reputation as one of the premier architect-led design-build firms in the Chicago area. They are known for creating homes with a... 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.
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
Bonterra Inc (708) 277-3006
Bonterra is a design-led design/build firm specializing in the design, construction and renovation of luxury homes and commercial facilities throughout Illinois.
Peoria, IL, 61615
Dan Waibel Designer/Builder would like to thank you for taking a few moments of your time to share in the vocation we have spent our life pursuing. Through the years Dan has... Read More
We will guide your renovation or addition from conception through completion, meeting exacting architectural standards through superb design and quality craftsmanship.
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
When does a house become a home? It begins with tasteful design, quality craftsmanship and understated details that set it apart from the rest.
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
Modern timber structures combine the best features of the past & future. Dramatic natural exposed wood & energy-efficient enclosures create a luxurious, warm & comfortable environment for your family.
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
Designing & Building Luxury Custom Homes and One of a Kind Renovations for Over 25 Years. Visit Our Web Site and Learn More.
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
Design-Build firm specializing in home additions and renovations.
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.
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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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