454 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 more popular: design-build. Instead of dividing tasks between separate architect and construction companies, you can hire a design-build firm to cover your entire Chicago Metro Area project, from the initial design through final construction. More 
Libertyville, IL, US 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 
IMAGINE-DESIGN-BUILD-ENJOY is the motto of Roberts Architects & Construction. David Roberts' award-winning and nationally recognized Design Build company serving the North Shore.
Downers Grove, IL, US 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 
Revelation is a design and development firm focusing on creating unique, one-of-a-kind homes for our clients. We strive to make all of our homes simply breathtaking – timeless works of art!
Northfield, IL, US 60093
With over 37 years of experience, Orren Pickell Building Group is a complete resource with Custom Home and Remodeling Divisions, Home Maintenance, Remodeling and Architectural... Read More 
With over two decades of home building and remodeling experience in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago we’ve built, renovated and remodeled well over 350 homes.
Naperville, IL, US 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 
MB DESIGN & BUILD (773) 610-8114
At MB Design & Build we design for harmony and balance. Our extensive interior design experience enables our clients to visualize design ideas.
crbs co. (847) 234-3599
Lake Forest, IL, US 60045
Design-Build firm specializing in remodeling, additions and new homes. Read More 
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 remodeling project.
Evanston, IL, US 60202
Best of Houzz 2014-13-12 Award winner! Benvenuti and Stein is a leading residential Design-Build firm in the Chicago area renowned for innovative design solutions for additions,... Read More 
We will guide your renovation or addition from conception through completion, meeting exacting architectural standards through superb design and quality craftsmanship.
Peoria, IL, US 61615
We design & build custom homes with design that exceeds your expectations. Read More 
A custom homebuilder in Chicago’s Western Suburbs, Summit Signature Homes ushers in a new era of residential construction. With an eye on design and value and industry-leading practices.
Skokie, IL, US 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 
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!
Northfield, IL, US 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 
We are a full service Design/Build Remodeling company with a full showroom located in the Northwestern suburbs of Chicago.
Barrington, US 60010
Insignia has been a trusted Design/Build source for the Northwest Chicago suburbs for over 20 years. Our team of in-house designers have earned the trust of our clients and have... 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
Lincolnwood, IL, US 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 
Highgate Builders (847) 835-7133
We are a fine residential construction company focused on personalizing the home building experience and providing our clients with a unique, custom home that is designed to fit their budget.
Chicago, IL, US 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 
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.
Wheaton, IL, US 60187
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 
Bradford And Kent (630) 969-8585
For 25 years Bradford And Kent has been one of Chicagoland’s premier custom remodeling companies.
Bradford And Kent (630) 969-8585
Downers Grove, IL, US 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.
Park Ridge, IL, US 60068
O’Connor Brehm LLC offers construction management, general contracting services and custom cabinetry for select home projects in the Chicago suburbs, Wisconsin and Michigan. Read More 
Gander Builders (815) 464-9580
Your family is unique - shouldn't your home be? Having never built the same home twice, we take great pride in our final product, being committed to creating beautiful custom homes for our clients.
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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 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, often speeding 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 & Designers, Photographers.

Before deciding on a design-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-build firms can realistically strike the balance between the two.

Questions to ask a prospective design-build firm:


  • 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 Metro Area design-build firms. You may also look through Chicago Metro Area 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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