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 for your home project below: More
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Featured Reviews for Design-Build Firms
WINN Design+Build
Design-Build Firms
"We have used Winn Design on two different occasions. The first, in 2007, was a project to replace the exterior doors, windows, and siding of our 1969 ranch house. As part of the project, we added a natural wood portico to the front entrance. More than 5 years later we still have people stop to take pictures and ask us who has done the construction. In 2010 we contracted again with Winn to extend and completely remodel our kitchen. As this was our first experience with a project of this size, the design process was very daunting. However, Winn patiently worked with us over a few months through many revisions until we had a design that fit our needs and budget. During construction we went on vacation and the project manager sent us pictures and summaries on almost a daily basis so that we could keep up with the progress of the project. As the different trades came to the project we were impressed by the quality of the subcontractors Winn used. Several trades mentioned that Winn was one of their favorite companies to work with. Happy and skilled subcontractors are also key to a successful project! Renovations can be very intimidating and stressful on a marriage. We are very grateful that Winn, through their professionalism and quality of work, made the process as pleasant and successful as we might have hoped for. Now, with more than 2 years behind us, we know that we made the right choice to use them. There are many contractor horror stories out there, but you won’t have one with Winn."
- wshields
Centre Sky Architecture Ltd
Design-Build Firms
"My wife and I hired Centre Sky Architecture to design our dream home in Whitefish, Montana. Jamie and Ben worked on our project. Our home is still under construction as of this writing, but our experience to date with Jamie and Ben has been excellent. Descriptive words that come to mind are creativity, good listeners, organized, and always accessible. In addition to an interesting layout that fit our mountain top homesite like a hand in a glove, Jamie and Ben were resourceful in identifying unique materials and subcontractors to make our home extra special. For example, on a hiking trip in Glacier National Park my wife and I came accross an old park chalet that had a beautiful stone foundation. We mentioned this to Jamie and he found a vein of similarly colored stone on private property about 100 miles from our homesite. We subsequently opened a quarry there to procure stone for our home. Similar stories could be told for the Vermont slate roof (with oversized shingles) we are using and the Bronze windows we are having made in Italy. A unique design, with unique materials, assembled by skilled craftsmen. Most of the special attributes of our home can be traced back to Jamie and Ben."
- cpaquelet
Michael Robert Construction
Design-Build Firms
"While we have not technically begun breaking ground on our project yet, my husband and I have been working with Mike from Michael Roberts Construction for the past few months in preparation for our whole house renovation. Mike has been exceedingly patient and helpful in helping us along the planning and design process. My husband and I are both very opinionated, and a bit OCD. Mike has been an amazing help in leading us along to design the house to meet our tastes, while keeping us steadily in line for a realistic plan - in regards to time and money. I appreciate his honestly, expert advice, and constant professionalism throughout what can be a very stressful and momentous time. I look forward to sharing the photos of the project when it is completed by Mike and his talented wife Ellie. Seeing the photos of their home here on Houzz has been a constant source of inspiration, and the reassurance we needed to confirm we made the right decision in hiring Michael Robert Construction."
- mollymcdwalsh
Carl Mattison Design
Design-Build Firms
"Carl Mattison Design is truly a full service design house. Carl met with my husband and I a few months prior to begining our kitchen and bath remodel project. He helped us to think through many different options for our space. He was very creative and came up with a design proposal which utilized our kitchen space in a way we had never considered. At first we were hesitant to make such a dramatic change in our almost 100 year old house, but ultimately we selected this design- dubbed "The Ultimate" and we could not be happier! We discussed budget with Carl at the onset of this project and he never lost sight of that parameter. When my husband and I decided to increase our budget, Carl was the one who keep us realistic and worked to help keep cost down. In a house as old as ours it's not surprising that quirks and problems arose. Carl never gave up on finding the most practical, budget friendly solution and was always available to meet when we needed him. He also made himself available to our contractor which made the process smoother when quick decisions or details were needed. Carl helped us to narrow down difficult choices for small and large decisions and always replied quickly when I problems arose. He is always on time and also fun to work with! I happily recommend Carl Mattison Design to all my friends and neighbors who have come to check out our new and beautiful space!"
- megsheldon
Kroiss Development, Inc.
Design-Build Firms
"I would recommend Kroiss Development ANY time for building my home or remodeling my home. We've experienced both with them. Everything runs like a finely tuned operation - from the creativity in design and use of space and materials, to the knowledge of every component within the building process to the collaboration with us and the others with whom they work; it was a fluid and swiftly executed process. And, on time - and on budget; which was a big deal for us."
- laurahewitt
Living Stone Design + Build
Design-Build Firms
"Living Stone is by far the best builder in the area that I have worked directly with on numerous occasions- honest, open book, conscientious, diligent, environmental and health conscious, and will be your advocate every step through the process. Those who trust them with one of the biggest investments of their lives come away with not only a home of their dreams but a home for all seasons of their life. Anyone who chooses Living Stone will not be disappointed but will be beyond satisfied with the entire process"
- ID.ology Interiors & Design
TreHus Architects+Interior Designers+Builders
Design-Build Firms
"We at All Seasons Fireplace have had the pleasure to work with Tre Hus on a number of remodeling projects. In our opinion, the craftsmanship and attention to detail are superior. In every case their clients have been pleased with the final result."
- All Seasons fireplace
Orren Pickell Building Group
Design-Build Firms
"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
R|House Design Build
Design-Build Firms
"We are so happy with the way our new basement turned out! Ryan and Molly came up with a great plan and design and gladly made the modifications we wanted. The project was well organized and we were kept in the loop as far as when things would be happening. Joe was a great project manager and always got right back to us when we had questions or wanted a change made. The contractors who came through were all good and worked fast. We went from a basic unfinished basement to a beautiful family room / game room in just a few months. Our whole family is enjoying the new space! Ryan, Molly, and Joe have a lot of experience in the business and were able to answer all of my questions and worries about the project. They were all very professional and really great to work with. I would recommend them to anyone with a building or remodeling project!"
- lisanicklay
Normandy Remodeling
Design-Build Firms
"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
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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, 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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