Kea‘au, HI 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 Kea‘au 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 Kea‘au, HI for your home project below: More
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Featured Reviews for Design-Build Firms in Kea‘au, HI
Bamboo Living Homes
Design-Build Firms in Kea‘au, HI
"We are very happy with our bamboo home purchased from Bamboo Living Homes. Working with David Sands (owner and architect) we were able to modify the Polynesian 1294 model to suit our needs--split master, extended and screened in lanais. We were guided through the whole process and there were updates and photos of our house as it went through the building process in Viet Nam. The home went up very fast ( 4 days and it was dried in) and the finishing process went smoothly as David was available to help with any issues that came up. The craftsmanship and quality of the bamboo work is of the highest quality and we are very proud of our home. Going on two years now and we are so happy that we are considering another on our vacation lot here in Hawaii."
- doug dobson
Design-Build Firms in Kea‘au, HI
"Excellent service, communication and end result. Several projects with this company, all with great results.Current project is residential, a home in a wonderful neighborhood/development."
- akniser
Carlson Homes Inc
Design-Build Firms in Kea‘au, HI
"As a former licensed Real Estate Agent and mortgage banker in California, I have worked with and represented some of the top builders in the America. It is my experiences that have lead me to be able to recommend Carlson Homes as a premier builder from start to finish. We recently had them to renovate our facilities. Drawing from his years of experience, Clint brings a unique blend of integrity, commitment to his clients needs and desires and excellence to his work. I witnessed Clints strong relationships with top subcontractors in this area whom he has forged a great relationship with over the years. Whether you are first time home builder, an investor or building your dream retirement home, I could not recommend a more established and respected builder than Carlson Homes in our area. If given the task of securing a truly gifted and qualified licensed contractor for my parents, family or friends, for us, Carlson Homes stands head and shoulders above the rest. Happy Building!!"
- Mark Parra
FHG Architects AIA, LLC
Design-Build Firms in Kea‘au, HI
"Having just completed our new Kona home, we are just beginning to enjoy the fruits of our labor after nearly 11 months of construction. Fritz Harris-Glade was our architect who is among only a handful of professionals, subcontractors, and vendors who I would recommend. Naively, I thought that once he finished our design and drawings we would then just let the contractor/builder take it from there. We quickly learned that having our architect oversee the project, conduct periodic inspections, and make suggestions for improving upon the design was essential. Fritz was always just a phone call away if not onsite. He walked us through all sorts of minor (and one major) issues with the building department. He is extremely knowledgeable of Hawaii's rather complex and odd building codes. Further, Fritz understands the complexities and tradeoffs sometimes necessary to achieving his client's goals. Sometimes it was just keeping our general contractor on pace. I didn't realize that an architect can also be a good psychologist and counselor. There were many times that I called Mr Harris-Glade just because I had a concern or was overly anxious about one thing or another. In each instance, Fritz was thoughtful, knowledgeable, and able to exert just the right amount of reassurance to keep me level headed and positive. In the end, we have a wonderful new house that we think is the best on our street with custom features and a fantastic open-air feeling."
- nkiammarino
Elite Design & Construction Management
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"We had a wonderful experience with Elite Design & Construction. The repair (after flooding) and remodeling work has been realized in a very short period of time, and yet the quality of work is exceptional. Everything has been made tastefully thanks to an excellent interior designer. Excellent supervision and perfect coordination. We highly recommend Elite Design & Construction."
- Gerald Van Elverdinghe
Takamine Construction Inc
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"Will soon begin construction on our new house. All comments from the construction company's former customers pertaining to quality of work has only been positive. "He takes pride like the carpenters from the old days", is a comment I heard and agree with after seeing a completed project. Ease of communication with the owner and employees makes for a comfortable and trusting relationship. Also, the company's efforts and willingness to look into new products we are interested in allows us to make informed decisions as to including the new products or not. The company has made every effort to make sure, from the planning stages, that the completed structure will be our "dream house". The project manager has said numerous times that any changes, in spite of the delays that it causes, should be made to realize the "dream house"."
- sshigeta
CAD Hawaii
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"I met John while at the permits department in Hilo; I was asking about permits, if they were on line as I live in Portland and will be building on my land in Hawaii, and wanted to be able to review them. John was one of two draftsmen/contractors there, that the city employee recommended. John is direct, honest, soft voice without drama, very competent, patient, creative, and does beautiful work. I feel very comfortable with John, turning this project of my 'back house' (which is smaller, that I may arrive sooner to the Big Island) and then the main house, I feel certain John will be doing a fantastic job as already he has proven to me he is very capable, cost concerned and has right connections and advice consistently. The re-draws were never a problem for him, the final revision was so exciting for me I cried with joy, and the reality of that it passed permits and I will be going to Big Island in a few weeks to meet up with John and put the marker in the exact location of the house that the building may begin is a dream of my lifetime that is here, come true, and I know how truly blessed I am."
- Mary K Weber
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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, Kea‘au 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 Kea‘au, HI, 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 Kea‘au 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 Kea‘au 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 Kea‘au design-build company on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to design-build firms in Kea‘au, HI. You may also look through Kea‘au, HI photos to find a pool you like, then contact the design-build firm that created it. You can find more design-build firms in Hilo, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaiian Beaches, Ainaloa and Orchidlands Estates.
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