Traverse City, 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 Traverse City 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 Traverse City, MI for your home project below: More
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Design-Build company serving the five county area with an eye for good design, a heart for great customer... Read More
Greater Grand Traverse Area Custom Home Builder Best of Houzz 2018
We specialize in timeless and creative design, coupled with extremely high-efficiency/high performance systems in...
  • Click to Call(231) 518-3570
  • 20 projects in the Traverse City area
LIFESTYLES...CRAFTED IN CEDAR. Architects of life. Engineers of memories. Cultivators of craftsmanship. The Town... Read More
Constructing over 350 homes, additions, and remodels in the last 27 years has given us the experience to build... Read More
David McBride CGR, CGB, CGP, CAPS is the owner and founder of McBride Construction, Inc. He has been a licensed... Read More
2013 Michigan Remodeler of the Year!! 2015 Northern Michigan Builder of the Year!! 2014 Best of Houzz... Read More
A custom home builder remodeler offering design build options in the Grand Traverse Michigan Area based in... Read More
Comfortable minimalism. Creating sustainable and accessible designs in a home kit package. Read More
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  • 15 miles from Traverse City, 1 project in Traverse City
Traverse Homes is a reputable design/construction firm that has been building in the Grand Traverse region for... Read More
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  • 6 miles from Traverse City, 2 projects in Traverse City
At Livwell Homes, we have a passion for building science and design. We are dedicated to continued research into... Read More
Bruce Bartlett Sr. started Bartletts' Home Interiors in 1950 as a small flooring business in the building where... Read More
Northern MI General Contractor specializing in Design/Build for Custom Residential Homes. Read More
Riverland Building Company has been building quality homes for over 40 years with over 1,500 homes completed. We... Read More
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Featured Reviews for Design-Build Firms in Traverse City, MI
G. Mott Builders
Design-Build Firms in Traverse City, MI
"North Shore is one of the few contractors that deliver in every way, they show up when they say they will show up, and they go to work and get done what they need to get done in a timely manner. The quality of work is top notch, they listen to what you want done and how you want it done, and deliver. The pricing is very fair and honest. They are extremely trustworthy and very respectful to the homeowner, protecting your home from debris during construction and cleaning up when finished. They also do a multitude things, so you don't have to have one crew do one thing and wait for another crew to do something else. For us they installed spectacular wood and tile floors, installed all our doors and hardware, finished all the trim work, as well as installing some challenging cabinet, and built a stone fireplace, all done efficiently and top notch. I wished I had discovered them earlier for exterior siding and trim, as the siding crew could not hold a candle to North Shore. I would highly recommned them without hesitation for remodeling and/or new construction."
- dfrick1
Town + Country Cedar Homes, Inc.
Design-Build Firms in Traverse City, MI
"Working with Marty and T&C has been amazing. He listened to all our input and designed a home beyond our imagination. He is thoughtful, prompt and thorough."
- cweirmi
Porter Builders
Design-Build Firms in Traverse City, MI
"We wanted a barn to store boats and cars with an upstairs area for the kids (between us we have six). The project started on time and finished very near the projected date. We changed a couple of things along the way so construction took a bit longer...but that was our fault not Porter Builders. The finished barn is exactly what we wanted! The guys on the job were respectful, listened to our needs and desires, and the workmanship is top notch. Pictures of the finished project (inside and out) are on their website. Porter Builders built our house on Torch Lake also and over the years have had them do various projects for us--remodeling a bathroom, putting a roof over the wraparound porch, and most recently (construction started yesterday) adding a small addition which will be a large family room with a flagstone patio and pergola off of it. Construction is to be finished August 10th. Ed and his guys haven't ever let us down!"
- stacywright
McBride Construction Inc.
Design-Build Firms in Traverse City, MI
"We had several renovation projects ranging from kitchen/baths to routine maintenance on northern Michigan summer cottage have been successful. McBride's attention to detail, trustworthiness, cleanliness, workmanship and friendly contractors make dealing with them a pleasant experience."
- Jeanie_E
Grantham Building and Remodeling, LLC
Design-Build Firms in Traverse City, MI
"GBR has helped us with several remodeling projects over the past few years. Jeff not only has great experience and expertise, he is attentive and respectful of his clients wishes and desires. He is diligent and dedicated to achieving amazing results. I would, and do, recommend him to anyone who is building or remodeling a home."
- primokel
Grand Bay Building and Remodeling
Design-Build Firms in Traverse City, MI
"Victor and Nancy at Grand Bay are wonderful to work with. They bring a fresh, husband/wife perspective to each project, are creative, yet realistic in their approach and are two of the hardest working people out there. I appreciate the level of integrity they bring to their craft, their dedication to their industry and the quality of their work. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them!"
- New Leaf Interiors
Bartletts' Home Interiors
Design-Build Firms in Traverse City, MI
"Tiffany was very professional and helpful to us while looking at and bidding flooring for our future home building project."
- ihizelberger
Castles & Cabins Inc
Design-Build Firms in Traverse City, MI
"Owner, Dan Anderson and his wife Mae, spent over a year helping me design my dream home on Higgins Lake. It was a difficult design because I had a very small lot and there are lots of zoning ordinances here, and did I mention that it was my first experience building? The design was beautiful and we started in August, 2015 by demolishing my old cottage. Dan's goal was to get me moved in by Christmas, and I did move in on December 19th! Every step of the way, Castles & Cabins was truly amazing and always on schedule! Everything happened when they said it would, and every work crew was truly courteous and accommodating! Even my close neighbors commented on how respectful they were! I am 70 years old and this was a huge undertaking for me, but Dan & Mae made everything run smooth and I accomplished everything I wanted to. I have lived here for the past 8 month and I have not found one flaw in my house. The Castles & Cabins Team are perfectionists and this house is solidly and perfectly built! Dan Anderson is the BEST!!! I would recommend Castles & Cabins to anyone building!"
- Jan Jurczyk
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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, Traverse City 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 Traverse City, 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 Traverse City 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 Traverse City 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 Traverse City design-build company on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to design-build firms in Traverse City, MI. You may also look through Traverse City, 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 Greilickville, Chums Corner, Interlochen, Fife Lake and Lake Ann.
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