Ann Arbor, MI 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 Ann Arbor 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 in Ann Arbor, MI for your home project below: More
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Rochman Design-Build is an award winning design-build firm specializing in mid to large-size home renovations and... Read More
Ann Arbor’s Award Winning Design-Build Remodeling Firm | Best of Houzz
At Rochman Design Build we want to elevate your love of home. We approach every project with creativity,...
Forward Design Build’s team in-house team of designers and craftspeople provides a full-service approach to... Read More
Watch us on Houzz TV! Washtenaw County's Best Design-Build firm
We are a nationally recognized green building contractor that combines artful finishes with the best in building...
Alpha Design+Build is one of Ann Arbor's premiere home remodeling and construction companies. Our designers work... Read More
Washtenaw County's Recognized Kitchen & Bath Remodelers
Our mission is to deliver the highest quality and service! We have been in business for more than 10 years, and...
Family owned and operated Design-Build Company with focus on sustainable green building & design. We build 3-4... Read More
Washtenaw County's Trusted Design-Build Firm - Best of Houzz 2018!
Our motivating belief is that the built environment has a profound effect on people's lives, and merits our...
Giraffe Design Build is an Ann Arbor based Design [and Build] practice founded on equal measures of passion for... Read More
Ann Arbor Design-Build Firm Best of Houzz Award Winner
Wright Street Design Group is an award winning, design oriented, architecture firm primarily focusing on...
Serving the greater Ann Arbor area for over 30 years, we are a nationally recognized, award winning team of Fine... Read More
Ann Arbor's Award-Winning Remodeling Firm - SIX times Best of Houzz!
At Forward Design Build, we tailor every design to fit our clients’ styles and to accommodate their needs. We...
NIKOTAworks is an artisanal shop crafting small products for the home on a custom, made-to-order basis. We create... Read More
Ann Arbor's Artistic Design Build Firm Best of Houzz 2018
With personal attention to YOUR needs & dreams, and fine design skills, Jim Acheson and his team focus on...
VENTURES is a premium interior & exterior design build firm consisting of a skilled team of sales consultants,... Read More
Welcome to Kendall Project Management! We are a construction management service dedicated to helping clients with... Read More
With more than 25 years of home remodeling experience, Kingdom isn't your average home remodeling contractor. We... Read More
Design/Build/Remodel Locally Crafted Cabinetry Kitchens Bathrooms Additions Green Building Professional ... Read More
MainStreet Design Build is a full service, luxury design and build firm that caters to homeowners in Oakland... Read More
Iron Mountain Remodeling is a "boutique-style" design / build remodeling firm with a passion for perfection. We... Read More
With 40+ years’ experience in real estate, design, and construction, Riemco is equipped to be your partner at... Read More
Oakwood Custom Homes is a full service design builder. We specialize in quality construction with superb... Read More
Featured Reviews for Design-Build Firms in Ann Arbor, MI
Rochman Design-Build Inc.
Design-Build Firms in Ann Arbor, MI
"We are incredibly pleased with our experience working with Rochman Design-Build. They are very attentive to detail and listened to us as we described our needs and expectations for the project. The new work is seamless with the original home. They reused as much of the old trim and materials as possible and designed the addition so the house does not seem at all disjointed or added-on. Rochman's approach is to not make the client feel the stress or frustration when challenges arise. We really appreciated that. They cleaned up every night and kept the dust to a minimum throughout the whole project. They also made every accommodation to make it manageable for us to live in the house while the work was being done. In the end, the renovated kitchen and mudroom are beautiful and functional and we are quite happy."
- 4hammer
Forward Design Build Remodel
Design-Build Firms in Ann Arbor, MI
"I would highly recommend Forward Designers & Builders. Jef is a pleasure to work with, and offers innovative practical designs that are still extremely creative and artistic."
- ellibell
Alpha Design + Build
Design-Build Firms in Ann Arbor, MI
"Jeff and the entire Alpha team are outstanding! They did a complete renovation of our entire first floor, including kitchen, while we were living in the home. From start to finish, the process was a breeze because of their clear communication, partnership and professionalism, and they left the site spotless every day. The end results looks just like the design drawings. We cannot say enough about their subcontractors and the quality of their work. It still looks brand new nearly 3 years later. Jeff provided clear budgets and timelines and kept both on target throughout the project. We highly recommend them and look forward to working with them again on our next project."
- Jennifer E.
Adaptive Building Solutions
Design-Build Firms in Ann Arbor, MI
"Adaptive Building Solutions helped us do a remodel on our home in 2012. They moved an staircase, expanded a bathroom, and added a closet. We were happy with the work ABS did for us - particularly the lovely built-in woodwork (shelves, bench, etc.). His price was more competitive than others who gave us quotes and was helpful in thinking about ways to adjust the project scope to keep us in budget. He was flexible along the way as we thought of minor additional changes we wanted to make. We would recommend Mike to others."
- fyfield84
Giraffe Design Build L.L.C.,
Design-Build Firms in Ann Arbor, MI
"During the past two years, my husband and I have embarked upon a major home remodeling project. We chose Giraffe Design Build to design and execute extensive remodeling of our 1950’s era ranch home, including a new roof with 3-foot overhangs in the Prairie style, and a new porch, entrance way, dining room and kitchen. Martin Clarke, our designer, has worked closely with us every step of the way. He has been extremely careful in making sure that he has captured our vision of how we want our remodeled space to appear. He has invested levels of creativity and enthusiasm that far exceed ordinary expectations, resulting in a beautiful, distinctive, and extremely well-crafted remodel. The entire staff at Giraffe has been responsive to our budget, and has given us accurate estimates of the costs and benefits of all prospective changes. Progress has been excellent: we have stayed very close to our timeline. The Giraffe construction crew, supervised by Geoff Beck, has gone out of their way to be courteous and helpful, and to communicate on-going questions and issues concerning the remodeling process. They take great pride in their workmanship, resulting in extraordinary levels of quality. Communication between Giraffe crew, ourselves, and the steady stream of subcontractors also has gone smoothly, and we have been impressed by the quality of work and service Giraffe’s subcontractors have given us. This reflects well on the company as a whole. Remodeling is a stressful journey. We feel very fortunate to have retained Giraffe Design Build. We could not imagine having a better experience with the day-to-day process of remodeling, nor a better outcome for our greatly improved home. The levels of professionalism, responsiveness to the homeowner, trustworthiness, efficiency, and creative craftsmanship shown by Giraffe Design build are of the highest possible caliber."
- Sheryl Olson
Custom Design/Build, Inc.
Design-Build Firms in Ann Arbor, MI
"Custom Design/Build, Inc. did an extensive living area remodel for us. Our favorite part is the function - it's working for our family exactly the way we hoped. Their assistance in the design work made the difference. The build team was professional and the workmanship terrific."
- aheydlauff
NIKOTA Carpentry Co.
Design-Build Firms in Ann Arbor, MI
"Nikota has worked with us intermittently over the past 6 years to preserve a historic mid-century modern home in Ann Arbor Michigan. Like many mid-century homes the concept was well ahead of the building technology. Matt Nicholas, Nikota's owner, has approached every aspect of each project from re-framing windows, to installing new doors, to re-engineering and replacing fascia and roofs with a methodical and patient manner. He makes, the much oversimplified work of a carpenter and builder seem as easy as many pedestrians believe it to be. Matt and his team solve problems with clean efficient solutions in a prompt and respectful manner. Our projects have involved a number of various tradesmen to accomplish the tasks at hand and Matt has been a resilient leader for every team. Not only is Matt a true carpenter, but he also has the mind and management skills of a great general contractor. We wholeheartedly endorse Nikota and will be working with them again very soon."
- k235
Ventures
Design-Build Firms in Ann Arbor, MI
"We are extremely happy with our Patio, Spa and Fire Pit project done by Brandon, Alex, Jake and the entire Lawn Guru crew. The ideas for our backyard were taken into account and made better than we could have ever imagined. The finished product exceeded our greatest expectations. They were very up front about all costs, and pulled out all the stops to make sure we met our deadline. When pre-existing problems in our lot became evident they brought in appropriate experts to make sure the issue was taken care of. They wanted to make sure it was done right the first time, and that we wouldn't have any issues 10, 20 years down the line. Every detail was thought of and the attention to detail these guys have is amazing. We would highly recommend the Lawn Guru team for any project!"
- ikoabd
Kendall Project Management Services
Design-Build Firms in Ann Arbor, MI
"I’d like to thank Terri of Kendall Custom Homes for an overall successful transaction. She understood my situation of being a first-time homebuyer and worked hard to address my concerns, customize the home to my preferences and meet tight deadlines. Her prices were fair and transparent and the property easily passed a scrutinous inspection by TechniHouse. I recommend KCH to any homebuyer in SE Michigan."
- Samuel Shrago
Kingdom Construction & Remodel
Design-Build Firms in Ann Arbor, MI
"Tim, Brian and Joe have been to our home several times in the last few months. We used Kingdom Construction for our Kitchen Remodel and to repair our basement after a flood. They have done FANTASTIC work and we will use them for our upcoming Bathroom remodel. The crew is friendly, they clean up after themselves, they start early and work hard all day! They have earned our trust and the least we can do is recommend them! Kingdom is our choice for home improvement projects!"
- Tony Nettles
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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, Ann Arbor 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 in Ann Arbor, MI, 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 Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor 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 an Ann Arbor design-build company on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to design-build firms in Ann Arbor, MI. You may also look through Ann Arbor, MI photos to find a pool you like, then contact the design-build firm that created it. You can find more design-build firms in Canton, Novi, Ypsilanti, South Lyon and Saline.
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