Chicago 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 in Chicago for your home project below: More
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Naperville based Sebring Design Build (rebranded from Sebring Services in 2017) has specialized in kitchen... Read More
  • Click to Call(630) 369-6829
  • Naperville, IL, 60540, 122 projects in Chicago Metro
Chicago's Trusted Design-Build Firm - 41 Years | 9x Best of Houzz
Best of Houzz 2018-2012 Award Winner! Benvenuti and Stein has been a leading residential Design-Build firm...
  • Click to Call(847) 906-2168
  • 46 projects in the Chicago Metro area
Normandy Remodeling is a Design/Build remodeling firm that develops plans and designs and then executes those... Read More
  • Click to Call(630) 455-5600
  • Hinsdale, IL, 60521, 77 projects in Chicago Metro
Chicago's Innovative Architect & Design Firm
We are a holistic practice dedicated to the art of design and construction. For 26 years, NDC has combined a high...
  • Click to Call(312) 321-8411
  • 15 projects in the Chicago Metro area
For nearly 50 years, Orren Pickell has enjoyed a reputation for excellence as one of Chicago’s best luxury custom... Read More
  • Click to Call(847) 383-0697
  • Wilmette, IL, 60091, 51 projects in Chicago Metro
Addition + Remodeling Specialist | Chicago Area | Best of Houzz 2018
We are a design-build firm specializing in home additions, renovations and kitchen and bath remodels. We pride...
  • Click to Call(847) 243-6447
  • 70 projects in the Chicago Metro area
Leader Builders Corp. is an award-winning general contractor and design-build firm serving Chicago, the North... Read More
  • Click to Call(847) 243-6447
  • Morton Grove, IL, 60053, 70 projects in Chicago Metro
Chicago High End Interior Design & Remodeling Firm
Whether you are interested in an in-home design consultation or are considering a whole-home renovation, Lugbill...
  • Click to Call(773) 570-1081
  • 14 projects in the Chicago Metro area
Reliable Home Improvement is a full-service home remodeling firm serving the greater Chicagoland area. We... Read More
  • Click to Call(630) 280-3470
  • Naperville, IL, 60563, 93 projects in Chicago Metro
Chicago Area Leading Kitchen & Bath Remodeler-Best of Houzz 2013-2016!
Since 2002, Synergy Builders has specialized in kitchens, bathrooms, additions, lower levels, & exteriors in the...
  • Click to Call(630) 592-4111
  • 65 projects in the Chicago Metro area
Best of Houzz 2018-17-16-15-14-13-12 Award winner! Since 1977 Benvenuti and Stein has been a leading residential... Read More
  • Click to Call(847) 906-2168
  • Evanston, IL, 60202, 46 projects in Chicago Metro
Chicago's Leading Remodeler & General Contractor - 3x Best of Houzz
MG Brothers Construction Inc was created by Grzegorz (Greg) Kawula in 2004. We provide the skill and high quality...
  • Click to Call(630) 283-2373
  • 32 projects in the Chicago Metro area
DESIGNfirst is a full service remodeling and design company featuring a staff of designers, craftsmen,... Read More
  • Click to Call(630) 451-8740
  • Itasca, IL, 60143, 58 projects in Chicago Metro
5% off all projects over $10,000.00
Chicago's Leading Design Build Firm & General Contractor
With over 50 years of combined experience, Catalyst Construction and Remodeling has proven to be THE contractor...
  • Click to Call(312) 396-2301
  • 12 projects in the Chicago Metro area
Western Chicago Suburbs Luxury Design/Build Firm Best of Houzz Winner
Designing & Building Luxury Custom Homes and One of a Kind Renovations for Over 25 Years. Visit Our Web Site and...
  • Click to Call(630) 599-7061
  • 14 projects in the Chicago Metro area
Hey, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to learn more about us. Briefly, we are a full service... Read More
  • Click to Call(847) 243-6153
  • Highland Park, IL, 60035, 44 projects in Chicago Metro
Chicago Kitchen & Bath Remodeler 3x Best of Houzz Winner
123 Remodeling is an award-winning Chicago construction and remodeling company. Bathrooms, kitchens, basements,...
  • Click to Call(773) 570-1427
  • 114 projects in the Chicago Metro area
Chicago's Premier Home Remodelers | 4x Best of Houzz Winner
Our passion is improving your home environment. We undertake all types of work; from kitchen and bath renovation...
  • Click to Call(312) 239-8275
  • 15 projects in the Chicago Metro area
With a meticulous attention to detail and a niche for the most complex projects, Centaur Interiors is driven to... Read More
  • Click to Call(312) 624-6213
  • Chicago, IL, 60654, 18 projects in Chicago Metro
Chicago's Innovative Design + Build Firm
Martire Custom Homes, Incorporated (MCH) is a premier design and building development company, specializing in...
  • Click to Call(773) 985-1218
  • 1 project in the Chicago Metro area
Chicago Architectural and Construction Excellence Firm
Premier source for architectural and construction excellence in the Chicago area. Residential and light...
  • Click to Call(847) 393-4475
  • 43 projects in the Chicago Metro area
BDS provides a complete and professional design-build experience from the initial idea to the finishing touches.... Read More
  • Click to Call(847) 816-3250
  • Libertyville, IL, 60048, 30 projects in Chicago Metro
North Shore's Leading Custom Home Builder
Using over 40 years of design experience, our award-winning design team will work with your ideas and lifestyle...
  • Click to Call(847) 383-0697
  • 51 projects in the Chicago Metro area
Silver Leaf Construction has developed a unique customer friendly technology driven process to deliver quality,... Read More
  • Click to Call(708) 332-0128
  • Burr Ridge, IL, 60527, 27 projects in Chicago Metro
Chicago's Most Trusted Design-Build Firm
We are known for our attention to detail, high quality work, and professionalism. We bring architecture, design,...
  • Click to Call(312) 635-4765
  • 2 projects in the Chicago Metro area
Quality, pride and attention to detail are the hallmarks of Darcy Bean Custom Construction. After working for... Read More
  • Click to Call(217) 718-5838
  • Champaign, IL, 61824-1758, 30 projects in Chicago Metro
Chicago City's Leading Design + Build Firm
With a meticulous attention to detail and a niche for the most complex projects, Centaur Interiors is driven to...
  • Click to Call(312) 624-6213
  • 18 projects in the Chicago Metro area
Turning a house into a home is a full-time commitment. And while your needs or vision of your dream home may... Read More
  • Click to Call(847) 807-1295
  • Northbrook, IL, 60062, 25 projects in Chicago Metro
High Quality Construction in DuPage & Kane Counties, Best of Houzz '17
We're committed to exceeding your construction expectations with the highest standard of craftsmanship. With more...
  • Click to Call(630) 517-5368
  • 27 projects in the Chicago Metro area
Coco is a Chicago-based interior designer who takes pride in her ability to transform spaces by bringing ideas... Read More
  • Click to Call(847) 262-3750
  • Evanston, IL, 60202, 15 projects in Chicago Metro
Chicago's Premier Interior Design & Design Build Firm-7x Best of Houzz
Habitar Design and Stratagem Construction provide award-winning interior design matched by expert kitchen,...
  • Click to Call(312) 396-2271
  • 50 projects in the Chicago Metro area
We are licensed architects, tradesmen and designers, all lending our expertise to provide you with the best... Read More
  • Click to Call(630) 663-9900
  • Hinsdale, IL, 60521, 43 projects in Chicago Metro
Chicago's Expert Architectural Design Firm
kbh architects focuses on providing exceptional residential design to our clients. Whether an elaborately...
  • Click to Call(630) 451-8841
  • 11 projects in the Chicago Metro area
Featured Reviews for Design-Build Firms in Chicago
Sebring Design Build
Design-Build Firms in Chicago
"We hired Bryan to remodel our outdated kitchen. We got several estimates before deciding on Bryan's company. He gave us a written estimate, as well as a detailed step-by-step timeline of when the work would be performed and who would be doing the work. He has a competent project manager who came by at least twice a week to check on the work, and to see if we had any concerns or issues. If for some reason something was delayed Bryan himself called us to explain the delay and to give us a completion date. He helped us design our space and gave us information on where to shop for cabinets, appliances, tile, granite, etc. He worked with us each step of the way. His entire team is professional and respectful of your wants and individual circumstances. A few months after the job was completed we had a concern about something so we contacted Bryan. He came out with his project manager to talk with us, and the very next day he sent one of his best employees out to take care of our concern. He stands by his work no matter the issue or time lapsed from completion of the project. We were very happy with with the job and have been loving our new kitchen."
- bdlynch
Normandy Remodeling
Design-Build Firms in Chicago
"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
Orren Pickell Building Group
Design-Build Firms in Chicago
"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
Leader Builders Corp.
Design-Build Firms in Chicago
"I have partnered with Leader Builders, and Pete, on many projects and I love how they always work to fulfill their client's dreams even on the tightest of budgets. I think their worldly make-up serves them well in finding interesting ways to incorporate new room concepts and material selections to achieve very fresh and modern looks. Of course they are even more inspiring on projects were the budget is expanded. Their managers are always paired with the project that best suits the individual client and never have I seen a homeowner not thrilled with their full-service contracting process. I look forward to continuing our partnership."
- rus architects/renderers, inc.
Reliable Home Improvement
Design-Build Firms in Chicago
"We have owned a beautiful ranch home for many years but wanted an updated bathroom, larger his & her closets, skylight and cathedral ceilings. We shared our dreams with Reliable and their architects added everything we wanted. They provided us with a timeline and their entire team was very professional and the work was outstanding. They turned our bedroom and bath from a living space to a "Wow" space!"
- Rich Burruss
Benvenuti and Stein
Design-Build Firms in Chicago
"Benvenuti and Stein remodeled our kitchen, raised the ceiling in our dining room, and refinished our hardwood floors. Their entire staff is extremely professional, polite, honest, prompt and clean. One of their design professionals, Kris, was assigned to us for the duration of the 3 month project. Weekly meetings took place so that we were always on the same page as to where the project was in terms of completion and whether any issues needed to be resolved. Any issues that did arise were resolved quickly and to our complete satisfaction. Kris spent many hours with us visiting various suppliers (granite countertops, kitchen and door hardware, appliances). Her advice was very helpful. The level of craftsmanship shown by their carpenters (custom-designed and built cabinetry and onsite carpentry for crown-molding, etc.) is amazing. The project was completed on time and we could not be happier with the outcome. We now have a kitchen, dining room, and hardwood floors that we are extremely proud of. The result is absolutely gorgeous. We recommend Benvenuti and Stein in the highest possible terms. They are simply terrific. We look forward to using them again when it comes time to remodel our basement!"
- philipreny
DESIGNfirst Builders
Design-Build Firms in Chicago
"We are in the process of doing an addition with a new kitchen and dining area. The design is beautiful and all of the employees have been wonderful to work with. Our only complaint is that the project is moving slower than we were told to expect and days have gone by with no progress. We are anxious to finish! Pictures available upon request!"
- sjulian
The ABL Group
Design-Build Firms in Chicago
"I've worked with ABL over the last 5 years on a number of projects in 3 homes, and I have referred them without reservation to family and friends, both of whom proceeded and hired ABL to complete the work in their homes. They are courteous, professional and complete in their approach to a project. Prompt to arrive, they leave a clean home behind, and come in on budget. Specific projects I've hired them for include: kitchen remodel (install can lights, build pantry, install dishwasher, reface cabinets and paint existing boxes in place, paint wrought iron fence, remove/install replacement windows, investigate a possible leak/spot treat mold/rebuild soffit/reinstall cabinets."
- T Becker
Centaur Interiors
Design-Build Firms in Chicago
"We have been a client for several projects. Centaur has been exceptional on all of these. The projects are expertly done and the teams are professional from setup to cleanup. We would recommend Centaur for any interior projects with high expectations for great results."
- Tim Friedman
BDS Design Build Remodel
Design-Build Firms in Chicago
"BDS construction did an amazing job "bringing to life" a vision we had for our dining room. Customized beams (workers cut and assembled these outside in the middle of winter!), wainscoting and paint were included in our project. The workers were neat and very "perfectionistic" in their painting technique and in the care taken to keep our home clean while working on the project. It is now my favorite room in the house. in addition, we had immediate help in partially finishing our basement ( to separate play area from utilities) after a house fire. Our home has very low ceilings (home is over 100 years) and we thought we could never finish or partially finish the space. With a small space to work with, BDS framed and put up dry wall including three different types of custom doors to provide access to the furnace, laundry facilities and work space. BDS once again worked with our ideas offering many options design and price. Overall, the work was completed in neat and timely manner, communication was excellent, and the collaboration of ideas for our final design was great!"
- momof2red
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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 in Chicago, 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 in Chicago. You may also look through Chicago photos to find a pool you like, then contact the design-build firm that created it. You can find more design-build firms in Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, Naperville and Joliet.
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