Melbourne 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 Melbourne for your home project below: More
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Urban Sensations is Melbourne's creative design and construction professionals. We are an interior renovation... Read More
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  • Malvern, Victoria, 3144, 20 projects in Melbourne Metro
Luxury Custom Homes & Renovations in Melbourne
We know custom homes & renovations can be intimidating, so we help make it simple with fixed costs, guaranteed...
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  • 9 projects in the Melbourne Metro area
At HouseSpec, we’ve got over 30 years of combined experience in the building and construction industry, and we’re... Read More
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  • Melbourne, Victoria, 3130, 12 projects in Melbourne Metro
Award Winning Melbourne Custom Home Builder
Seidler Group has built a reputation for excellence in the luxury home market. We achieve flawless results by...
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  • 7 projects in the Melbourne Metro area
Building architecturally sound habitable studios using prefabricated methods of construction. Our motivation... Read More
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  • Moorabbin, Victoria, 3189, 6 projects in Melbourne Metro
Builders & Designers of Bespoke Homes on the Mornington Peninsula
Our expertise in design and construction is a competitive advantage for our clients. We commit to working with...
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  • 2 projects in the Melbourne Metro area
With over 30 years' experience in the Bayside area, there is no coincidence that Chisholm is fast developing as... Read More
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  • Melbourne, Victoria, 3186, 6 projects in Melbourne Metro
Experienced Design and Construction Firm in South East Melbourne
S&K Group is a multi-disciplinary firm providing architecture, construction and project management solutions to...
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  • 10 projects in the Melbourne Metro area
Established in 1969 Spacemaker Home Extensions is a highly awarded design and construction building company. With... Read More
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  • Mont Albert, Victoria, 3127, 5 projects in Melbourne Metro
Abode Restoration is a boutique heritage restoration building company, specializing in both residential and... Read More
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  • Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, 6 projects in Melbourne Metro
Waterson Builders & Design is located in Rye on the Mornington Peninsula and is a family run residential and... Read More
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  • Rye, Victoria, 3941, 4 projects in Melbourne Metro
Renmark Homes are specialist builders of custom new homes. We cater to clients looking for a premium quality home... Read More
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  • Essendon North, Victoria, 3031, 6 projects in Melbourne Metro
Kube Design specialises in Pre-Designed and Custom homes and residential development design and construction... Read More
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  • Torquay, Victoria, 3228, 8 projects in Melbourne Metro
TCP & Co. Provides a unique client side design and project management consultancy service. With over 25 years... Read More
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  • Melbourne, Victoria, 3108, 4 projects in Melbourne Metro
Archiblox are Modular Architecture experts in designing, building and delivering sustainable prefabricated homes.... Read More
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  • Burnley, Victoria, 3121, 1 project in Melbourne Metro
Seidler Group has built a reputation for excellence in the luxury home market. Innovation, technology and... Read More
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  • Port Melbourne, Victoria, 3207, 7 projects in Melbourne Metro
Our business was created in order to meet a demand for reliable, professional, honest and experienced design and... Read More
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  • Melbourne, Victoria, 3121, 1 project in Melbourne Metro
Aligned Building is a construction company based in the inner west of Melbourne specializing in custom designed... Read More
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  • Ascot Vale, Victoria, 3032, 7 projects in Melbourne Metro
The M.J.Harris Group are the industry experts in home renovations, extensions and restorations. The M.J.Harris... Read More
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  • Richmond, Victoria, 3121, 7 projects in Melbourne Metro
Featured Reviews for Design-Build Firms in Melbourne
Urban Sensations
Design-Build Firms in Melbourne
"Main Brief - Repair and restoration of an old bathroom/laundry which included the installation of a shower and to replace the vanity, toilet, shaving cabinet, laundry trough, wall and floor tiles. Replumbing where necessary, resurfacing the bath, repair existing floor in preparation for tiles. Replacing ceiling heating/exhaust fan, window glass with opaque. Match and replace broken glass in back porch, repair wall and lay vinyl flooring in studio. Paint interior and exterior of house, replace venetian blinds, new window locks and flywire screens. Remove old gas heater and replace with a reverse cycle air conditioner. Sand and polish floorboards throughout."
- kpd3010
Housespec Builders
Design-Build Firms in Melbourne
"HouseSpec and Logie Interiors have worked in collaboration for over four years to date and have completed numerus projects together, from renovations to new builds and multi-unit developments. HouseSpec Builders are focused on getting the best result for their clients. They are a professional and friendly team which makes working with them a pleasure. I would highly recommend HouseSpec Builders to anyone looking for an honest, reputable and quality builder."
- Logie Interiors
Garden Studios
Design-Build Firms in Melbourne
"The Garden Studio Company built a free-standing pavilion in our back yard. It consists of two large rooms which serve as an art studio and a study/library. There is also a bathroom. It has been faced externally with cedar. The company undertook all the planning and necessary permits and permissions, and then provided a complete building and fit-out service. We found the company very competent and experienced. The project was completed on time and on budget. Communication was always very good. We are very happy with the result."
- marisa_palmer
Chisholm Constructions
Design-Build Firms in Melbourne
"As a supplier who deals with hundreds of building companies, I rate Chisholm Constructions in the top few most professional builders to deal with. Their clear and reliable communication makes it easier to quote their projects to the correct specifications that they require, and I am always able to contact them when needed. It is very easy to work with Chisholm Constructions due to the careful and precise ordering process meaning I know exactly what they need on site and when, as their jobs sites run quickly and smoothly. I would happily recommend Chisholm Constructions to anyone looking for a high end builder."
- marlie_hodge
Spacemaker Home Extensions
Design-Build Firms in Melbourne
"- Exceptional company to use & extremely high-quality outcome. - A stunning contemporary finish, to complement the 100-year-old front of the house & period features. Beautifully crafted. - We greatly valued the highly collaborative nature of the design & build process – allowing for the incorporation of many ideas & selections along the way. - A significant requirement of the brief was to conduct the design & build process whilst allowing us to live at home during the build, which was handled perfectly. - We forged & enjoyed strong working relationships with all tradespeople that were on site for the entire duration of the build. - Extremely trustworthy. The greatest evidence of satisfaction and the strength of the working relationship has included 4 referrals to friends so far."
- Jon Cartwright
Abode Restoration
Design-Build Firms in Melbourne
"Job: Replacing 4 meters of ornate cornice "in situ" in a Heritage listed building, located in Regional Victoria. Background: I own a Heritage listed bank building in Regional Victoria, and to get skilled tradesmen to travel to the location to undertake any type of job (even the very large jobs) is somewhat of a battle. First you have to find them, then you have to get a quote, and finally you have to get them there to do the job, all the time hoping that they will do a "reasonable" job when they do get there, and hopefully they do a "good" job. I've spent the last 3 years renovating the banking chamber, and the last major "repair" that needed to be done was a large piece of cornice that had been eaten away through water damage. The plasterer in the country town couldn't do it and recommended a company in Melbourne. He "guesstimated the price to be somewhere around $5,000, which for 4 meters of cornice, made me question whether I should do it at all. After thinking about it for a few months I decided to get onto google and find a few companies that could potentially do the job, send them some photo's, and see what they said. Outcomes: Out of the five, there were two who said "No", one gave me a recommendation of someone else (who also said "No"), one said they could install the cornice if I had it made, and the other said they could make the cornice (if I supplied an exact profile), but couldn't install it. So between two companies I could potentially get it made and installed, but it would have taken a lot of time and effort, and considerably more than the $5,000 guesstimate. Then along came Tom Carlson from Abode, who through one of the Companies that said "No" heard about the job. He took the initiate to actually contact me to offer his services, and just a couple of days provided me with a written quotation to do the work which was comfortably under the $5,000. He said that he had an excellent tradesman that was available in 2 weeks time who could do the job, but that it would take him 3 days on site. I said let's do it. Tom advised me that a "lovely young man" by the name of "David Nygaard" would be there to start the job in 10 days time, and sure enough David turned up right on time. Initially he thought he could repair 2 meters of it and replace 2 meters, but it soon became obvious he had to completely rebuild all 4 meters. David did all the work "in-situ" and his skill was a joy to behold. I have to admit that the process is somewhat "messy", but plaster washes off clothes and bodies and is fairly easy to clean-up. The process of making the template of the cornice, building up the layers including the render and then the plaster is fascinating, and the end result was amazing. Summary: I cannot thank Tom and David enough for doing this job. Tom for taking the initiative and the time to contact me and offer his services, and David for the outstanding job he did in constructing the cornice. The whole process was so easy and trouble-free, I would be very happy to recommend them to anyone doing similar jobs."
- likatibro
Waterson Builders & Design
Design-Build Firms in Melbourne
"We hired Ryan after having him recommended by a friend. From our first meeting with Ryan we felt that he was very much on the same page as us and willing to go that bit further than previous builders we had met with. They organized everything from the permits to the fire assessments and was more than willing to help get the project up and running. Ryan and his team were very efficient, well presented and would always have time to discuss design ideas and we could draw on his experience when required. The quality throughout the build was second to none and it seems like Ryan has a highly skilled team of contractors as we had some dealings with his plumber, electrician and floor sander who were all great. We could not recommend Ryan and his team highly enough. From the very start to completion it was a pleasure dealing with Ryan and we would not hesitate to use him in the future. Tamika Williamson - 12 Nagles View, Fingal 3939"
- Tam Williams
Renmark Homes
Design-Build Firms in Melbourne
"This is our second build with Renmark Homes. 15 years ago my husband and I appointed Renmark to purpose build our home to accomodate a young family. Novices at the time, the Renmark team guided us through each step, with expertise and efficiency. The craftsmanship in our house proved to withstand the test of time, as each and everyone of our friends and family continually commented on its durability. Now on our second build (to accomodate adult children), it's Sam and the team that we turned to once again. It's so lovely to see the same faces working together even after all these years. Renmark Homes integrity and honesty has played a big part in their longevity in the industry."
- Suzana Ristevski
Kube Design
Design-Build Firms in Melbourne
"Stuart is a thorough professional who provide great advise and makes the designing and custom build quite simple yet effective. Despite being fussy customers, it was unusual that the first draft's the Stuart produced were pretty much close to being perfect for us. He has a keen eye for usability, cost/benefit analysis and ensuring a consistent and cohesive theme across the construction. The result is that every visitor has a 'wow' moment when the enter our house and we live in a place that we love coming to everyday. I would recommend Stuart to anyone looking for a designer and no doubt will be using him in the future."
- Rohan Khanna
Todd C Pearce & Co.
Design-Build Firms in Melbourne
"Todd's design work is elegant, modern and extremely well documented. I worked with him to enhance the lighting for his design and found him at all times to be helpful, respectful and courageous in design. the end result of the project we collaborated on was a stunning Modern home, with beautifully designed detail, and spaces that enhance the lifestyle of the owners. I highly recommend Todd for any domestic build."
- Mint Lighting Design
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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 Melbourne, 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?

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