29 Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara project, from initial sketches through final construction. Learn more about how to choose the right design-build professionals for your home project below: More 
Becker Studios (805) 965-9555
Santa Barbara, CA, 93103
SANTA BARBARA 2013 BUILDER OF THE YEAR -Boutique Design/Build firm Read More
Santa Barbara Design & Build delivers skilled and proven craftsmanship from the start of your design all the way through to the masterful finish of every last detail of construction.
Los Olivos, CA, 93013
Drammer Construction, Inc. is a Design-Build firm that embraces new and eco-friendly building methods. We believe that there is more to a home than how many square feet one can... Read More
Hahka Kitchens (805) 964-8555
Hahka Kitchens specializes in full design and build kitchen remodels from imagination through installation.
Industry Home (805) 845-5780
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
Industry Home saw a need in the marketplace for locally crafted furniture & lighting along with carefully curated vintage finds, referencing our unique American story. Each piece... Read More
Arroyo Seco Construction (805) 966-2907
Arroyo Seco Construction specializes in a broad spectrum of Santa Barbara properties, specifically custom homes, masonry and world class water-features.
Bill Holmes Inc (805) 636-8684
Carpinteria, CA, 93013
Design and build of custom estates Read More
FocusDevelopment (805) 252-7304
Santa Barbara, CA, 93109
zuma design (310) 251-5010
LOS ALAMOS, CA, 93440
design & sub out build Read More
E Tech California (805) 722-9792
Santa Barbara, CA, 93105
Outdoor Living Spaces - Kitchens, Wood Fired Pizza Ovens, Audio Video, Lighting Read More
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The Towbes Group, Inc. (805) 962-2121
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
The Towbes Group, Inc. is a fully integrated real estate investment, development and property management company. With more than 50 years of experience in the Tri-County area, we... Read More
Beachwalk Resort, LLC (805) 922-9129
Santa Maria, CA, 93458
Hotel Resort Developer Read More
Donn Roberts Const. (805) 563-2220
Santa Barbara, CA, 93105
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MOnte Mar Enterprises (805) 308-9110
Solvang, CA, 93463
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Solvang, CA, 93463
We are a remodeling company, specializing in kitchen and baths and additions, including intricate deck work. 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?

Find a design-build firm on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to Santa Barbara design-build firms. You may also look through Santa Barbara photos to find a pool you like, then contact the design-build firm that created it.
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