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 design-and-build company to complete your entire project, from initial sketches through final construction. Learn more about how to choose the right design-build pros for your home project below: More
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Centre Sky Architecture has a wide range of experience in all types of mountain architecture and green... Read More
Sterling County's Most Innovative Design-Build Firm
We focus on quality and building relationships with each and every client we work with. Let us help you take your...
Normandy Remodeling is a Design/Build remodeling firm that develops plans and designs and then executes those... Read More
Loudon County's Top Rated Design Build Firm
GBC Kitchen & Bath has been in remodeling business for over 10 years providing products and services mainly in...
Living Stone Construction is Asheville, North Carolina's premiere, multi-award-winning Design+Build firm. Over... Read More
Complimentary In-Home Consultation
Loudoun County Design Build Firm 5x Best of Houzz!
We are an award winning a remodeling company, focusing on complete kitchen, bathroom, basement & sun room...
Kroiss Development is a premier luxury builder and designer in the Twin Cities area. We build and remodel in... Read More
Complimentary In Home Consultation
Loudoun County Design Build - Best of Houzz Four Years Running '14-17
Residential construction specializing in kitchens & bathrooms. A complete service business covering everything...
For nearly 50 years, Orren Pickell has enjoyed a reputation for excellence as one of Chicago’s best luxury custom... Read More
Free Home Estimates & Consulting
Loudoun's Expert Kitchen & Bath Renovation Firm I Best of Houzz 2018
At Bull Run Kitchen and Bath, we are dedicated to providing professional service and work hard to ensure that our...
Michael Robert Construction is a service-oriented residential remodeling company that specializes in the Whole... Read More
Loudoun County Custom Design-Build Firm | Best of Houzz 2015-2017
We are a Design-Build Firm. We can help you achieve your dream home using your budget with care and craftsmanship.
We design and build around you so you feel right, at home. CG&S Design-Build is a high-end Austin residential... Read More
Meet WINN design+build, a team of architects, interior designers and contractors. We specialize in residential... Read More
We have over twenty-five years of experience building high-end, custom homes and light commercial properties. ... Read More
At Alair Homes - Salt Lake, our goal is to build the home of your dreams with the quality that will last a... Read More
Established in 1982, TreHus is a full-service design-build firm. This means that we employ in-house architects,... Read More
BEST of HOUZZ: RANKED #1 in HOUSTON Custom Home Builder and Home Remodeling. Earning 5 STAR REVIEWS from our... Read More
Creative Design Construction & Remodeling Inc. is a Design-build firm offering our NJ and NY clients a time and... Read More
Established in 1985, Finecraft has a longstanding tradition of creating award-winning custom homes, additions,... Read More
R|House Design Build is full service design build company serving the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs. We... Read More
Featured Reviews for Design-Build Firms
Centre Sky Architecture Ltd
Design-Build Firms
"My wife and I hired Centre Sky Architecture to design our dream home in Whitefish, Montana. Jamie and Ben worked on our project. Our home is still under construction as of this writing, but our experience to date with Jamie and Ben has been excellent. Descriptive words that come to mind are creativity, good listeners, organized, and always accessible. In addition to an interesting layout that fit our mountain top homesite like a hand in a glove, Jamie and Ben were resourceful in identifying unique materials and subcontractors to make our home extra special. For example, on a hiking trip in Glacier National Park my wife and I came accross an old park chalet that had a beautiful stone foundation. We mentioned this to Jamie and he found a vein of similarly colored stone on private property about 100 miles from our homesite. We subsequently opened a quarry there to procure stone for our home. Similar stories could be told for the Vermont slate roof (with oversized shingles) we are using and the Bronze windows we are having made in Italy. A unique design, with unique materials, assembled by skilled craftsmen. Most of the special attributes of our home can be traced back to Jamie and Ben."
- cpaquelet
Normandy Remodeling
Design-Build Firms
"We are midway through a major renovation with Normandy Remodeling and would rate the planning process and project at the highest level, so far. Our architect, Vince Weber, has been outstanding to work with. From the start, we felt comfortable with Vince and choose to work with Normandy mainly because of him. He was patient, flexible and really listened to what we wanted to do and helped us design the home that would fit our lifestyle. Not having any renovation experience, Vince has been instrumental in helping us throughout the planning and design process. Because he understands our vision, we trust the selections he presents us with and feel confident that the overall outcome will come together beautifully. Al Lovas, our Superintendent, has been great to work with as well. He has been flexible and accommodating with changes we have made and always available when needed. Our project is on time, making great progress and looks amazing so far. We would and have highly recommended Vince and Normandy to several friends and neighbors."
- bflanagan10
Living Stone Design + Build
Design-Build Firms
"Living Stone is by far the best builder in the area that I have worked directly with on numerous occasions- honest, open book, conscientious, diligent, environmental and health conscious, and will be your advocate every step through the process. Those who trust them with one of the biggest investments of their lives come away with not only a home of their dreams but a home for all seasons of their life. Anyone who chooses Living Stone will not be disappointed but will be beyond satisfied with the entire process"
- ID.ology Interiors & Design
Kroiss Development, Inc.
Design-Build Firms
"I would recommend Kroiss Development ANY time for building my home or remodeling my home. We've experienced both with them. Everything runs like a finely tuned operation - from the creativity in design and use of space and materials, to the knowledge of every component within the building process to the collaboration with us and the others with whom they work; it was a fluid and swiftly executed process. And, on time - and on budget; which was a big deal for us."
- laurahewitt
Orren Pickell Building Group
Design-Build Firms
"An Orren Pickell designed house was the inspiration for our own dream home. Working with the firm itself, has been the dream come true! The utmost in professionalism, creativity, and experience, and all while keeping the process fun. We have loved every minute!"
- ndbeck63
Michael Robert Construction
Design-Build Firms
"While we have not technically begun breaking ground on our project yet, my husband and I have been working with Mike from Michael Roberts Construction for the past few months in preparation for our whole house renovation. Mike has been exceedingly patient and helpful in helping us along the planning and design process. My husband and I are both very opinionated, and a bit OCD. Mike has been an amazing help in leading us along to design the house to meet our tastes, while keeping us steadily in line for a realistic plan - in regards to time and money. I appreciate his honestly, expert advice, and constant professionalism throughout what can be a very stressful and momentous time. I look forward to sharing the photos of the project when it is completed by Mike and his talented wife Ellie. Seeing the photos of their home here on Houzz has been a constant source of inspiration, and the reassurance we needed to confirm we made the right decision in hiring Michael Robert Construction."
- mollymcdwalsh
CG&S Design-Build
Design-Build Firms
"As a contractor I always look forward to working with CG&S Design Build and installing the beautiful landscapes of Architect Gregory Thomas. Over the years I have worked for CG&S I have always been amazed at the quality of design and meticulous attention to detail that I see. They are precise, punctual and always do what is best for the project and the client. I do believe that honesty and the drive to satisfy the client is what has taken them to the top of their game. Many times as a landscaper I am the last person on site. During the project I get to know the clients and spend a lot of time working with them on the details of the landscape, after all the dust has settled, I can say with all honesty that the clients are always happy and in love with their new home or remodel."
- Pearson Landscape Services
WINN Design+Build
Design-Build Firms
"We have used Winn Design on two different occasions. The first, in 2007, was a project to replace the exterior doors, windows, and siding of our 1969 ranch house. As part of the project, we added a natural wood portico to the front entrance. More than 5 years later we still have people stop to take pictures and ask us who has done the construction. In 2010 we contracted again with Winn to extend and completely remodel our kitchen. As this was our first experience with a project of this size, the design process was very daunting. However, Winn patiently worked with us over a few months through many revisions until we had a design that fit our needs and budget. During construction we went on vacation and the project manager sent us pictures and summaries on almost a daily basis so that we could keep up with the progress of the project. As the different trades came to the project we were impressed by the quality of the subcontractors Winn used. Several trades mentioned that Winn was one of their favorite companies to work with. Happy and skilled subcontractors are also key to a successful project! Renovations can be very intimidating and stressful on a marriage. We are very grateful that Winn, through their professionalism and quality of work, made the process as pleasant and successful as we might have hoped for. Now, with more than 2 years behind us, we know that we made the right choice to use them. There are many contractor horror stories out there, but you won’t have one with Winn."
- wshields
Old Hillsboro Building Company
Design-Build Firms
"Eddie and the team at Old Hillsboro Building Company are exceptional in that their level of professionalism, project management and execution rises above their competitors, producing on-time/on budget projects at very high quality levels. From a subcontractor's perspective, this allows for efficient and far more effective production, thereby serving our mutual client, the home owner. It is team approach, from start to finish, coordinated and integrated, each project resulting in a joyful experience."
- Engineered Comfort, Inc
Alair Homes - Salt Lake
Design-Build Firms
"I was extremely impressed when I toured the homes being built by Tree Haven. Quality is there is every aspect. They took a lot of time to educate my buyers about the product used in building and for those of you looking for energy efficiency... Tree Haven is a GREEN BUILDER. TOP NOTCH and I would trust them building a home for any client of mine!"
- The Jensen Team
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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 design-build 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 often 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 residential design-and-build company, 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-builders 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 contract can realistically strike the balance between the two.

Questions to ask a prospective design-builder:


  • How long have you been in the design-build construction 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 company on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to design-build firms. You may also look through photos to find a pool you like, then contact the design-build firm that created it.
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