579 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
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!
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
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.
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
Bradford And Kent (630) 969-8585
For 25 years Bradford And Kent has been one of Chicagoland’s premier custom remodeling companies.
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
An architectural design build firm which specializes in all aspects of residential services-providing homeowners with expertise ranging from land acquisition, design, construction, sustainability etc.
Northfield, IL, 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
Michael Menn Ltd. (847) 770-6303
Premier source for architectural and construction excellence in the Chicago area. Residential and light commercial design-build firm specializing in new homes, renovations and remodeling.
crbs co. (847) 234-3599
Lake Forest, IL, 60045
Design-Build firm specializing in remodeling, additions and new homes. Read More
For over 10 years, BDS Construction Inc. has been providing superior customer service and high quality construction for the greater Chicagoland area.
Peoria, IL, 61615
We design & build custom homes with design that exceeds your expectations. 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
JRC Design Build (847) 255-2322
We have been designers and builders of fine custom homes and room additions since 1985.
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
With 40 years of experience, and a team of architects, interior designers, construction managers, and tradesmen at your disposal, LaMantia is ready and able to make your remodeling dreams come true.
Evanston, IL, 60202
Best of Houzz 2014-13-12 Award winner! Benvenuti and Stein is a leading residential Design-Build firm in Chicago and North Shore area renowned for innovative design solutions for... Read More
Gander Builders (815) 693-9288
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.
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
Inspired Interiors is Chicago's premiere interior design firm. Our specialties include: Residential Interior Design,Kitchen & Bathroom Design, Room Transformations & Makeovers,Custom Cabinetry
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
Crimson is a design/build residential remodeling firm serving the Western suburbs and North Shore. We are known for our attention to detail and high quality work and professionalism.
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 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.
Wayne, IL, 60184
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
Designing & Building Luxury Custom Homes and One of a Kind Renovations for Over 25 Years. Visit Our Web Site and Learn More.
Downer's 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
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.
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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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