San Francisco 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 San Francisco for your home project below: More
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Canyon Design Build is a full-service design-build general contractor. That means one company, one phone call,... Read More
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We are arguably one of the very best boutique residential Design + Build professionals in the East Bay. Our... Read More
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Green Planet remodeling Inc. is a licensed bonded and insured company, with an extensive and professional...
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San Jose Remodeling Experts | 5X Best of Houzz
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building Lab is an award-winning firm specializing in thoughtful and highly refined residential design and... Read More
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Creation7 is one of the leading Contractor & Project management company in Northern California, committed to... Read More
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NBR Design-Build is a full service firm specializing in the remodeling of Victorians and old San Francisco... Read More
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At Baron Construction & Remodeling Co., we provide the critical service of helping homeowners and business owners...
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Gayler Design Build is an unrivaled, award-winning design build firm with 20 national and regional design awards.... Read More
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Award Winning South Bay Design Firm Best of Houzz 2013-2017!
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San Jose's Design + Build Firm, Dedicated to Consistent Excellence
The Solid Builders team thrives on its reputation, we are a dedicated company that brings reliability and...
SFDB is a full service design & build general contracting firm working with San Francisco home owners since 2008.... Read More
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Centoni Restoration and Development is an award winning design-build firm based in San Francisco, California. ... Read More
East Bay Design-Build Firm Best Of Houzz 2018
A three-generation family business delivering the combined services of architecture and construction. It is with...
Over 34 years in business, National Award-Winning Design Build firm. Your friend in the Remodeling Business! ... Read More
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*Authorized Dura Supreme Cabinetry Dealer* Altera Design & Remodeling is staffed by in-house teams of... Read More
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Working with families and small businesses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, AT6 Architecture : Design Build... Read More
The Bay Area's Most Reliable Design-Build Firm
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*Authorized DeWils Cabinetry Dealer* CAGE Design Build is an award winning residential design/remodeling and... Read More
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Featured Reviews for Design-Build Firms in San Francisco
Canyon Design Build
Design-Build Firms in San Francisco
"I’ve been working with Canyon Design Build since 2010 to photograph the completion of their remodels, kitchens, baths and additions. When I arrive at the project site, it’s always clear that the homeowner is thrilled with the results and that they have a good relationship with the project manager. I look forward to including more Canyon Design Build projects in my portfolio."
- Treve Johnson Photography
HDR Remodeling Inc.
Design-Build Firms in San Francisco
"We worked with HDR Remodeling twice in our Oakland condo: once in 2007 to convert a hall closet into a laundry closet. Most recently in May-June 2012 to remodel and repaint the whole condo after a major mold remediation. In 2007 we purchased a washer & dryer and needed a closet fixed up to accommodate them. We interviewed a few contractors, but were most impressed with Philip's experience and went with him. His pricing was not the lowest of the contractors we met, but not overly high either. And as with our most recent project, we feel we got quality work for our price. Each professional who came in for their piece of the job (plumber, carpenter, electrician, etc.) was courteous and all of them worked quickly and efficiently to complete the job on time. They could have used sturdier shelving, but it's held up okay these past 5 years. This spring we needed to remodel the condo in preparation for sale. After our move out of the condo last year, we had mold remediation throughout the condo so all our bamboo flooring was taken out, a foot or more of drywall was removed from many interior walls and our bedroom windows were stripped down to the studs. HDR replaced all the drywall, covered the window frames, painted the entire condo, put down new carpeting and replaced a broken sliding door screen. Since we were out of state, Philip did his initial walk-through while on the phone with me then sent photos regularly so we were completely updated each step of the way. The work was done in a timely and efficient manner with HDR sourcing all the materials and workers. Overall I recommend HDR for their excellent customer service, friendly and competent workers and long-time experience. Their prices are a bit high, but not unreasonable for the quality work we've seen."
- jennsw
Timeline Design + Build
Design-Build Firms in San Francisco
"Timeline Design designed and build our 6,000 sq ft house. They took our ideas and made them better. As the project progressed they improved the design and solved problems as the reality of the construction unveiled ways to make it better or address issues. This was done as a matter of course, not as a way to jack up the price through change orders. Most of these changes did, in fact, not change the price. Some did require extra or different materials or effort but these only added T&M charges. We are still delighted with our house 7 years after it was completed. Timeline Design still sends people out to fix or address any issues we have as they arise. Timeline Design is an honest, committed and talented designer/builder. I can't recommend them high enough!"
- gene51
building Lab, inc.
Design-Build Firms in San Francisco
"Buildind Lab provided both design and build services for a stand alone au-pair suite at our property. Stephen Shoup was personally involved through the effort. He and his team's commitment to quality, detail and excellence was indeed stellar. They understood us as clients and our needs and specific tastes. They truly listened and reacted with speed. They stuck to their original budget and timeline. Above everything else, their strive for perfection and desire to exceed expectations is indicative about the ethic and pride they bring to their work, day-in and day-out. In short it was an absolute pleasure to work with them and we would highly recommend them."
- nallicheri
H2H design + build LLC
Design-Build Firms in San Francisco
"We hired House2Home to remodel our family room, kitchen, entry and living room. It was a very big change to our 50+ year old house. We had used their services the year before to remodel a bathroom and were happy with that work. After discussing our desires for the remodel, Angela provided us with a number of possible designs and after discussions with her and Matt we finalized the plan. This was a very extensive job where we moved some walls, changed some windows and doors and completely remade the kitchen area. It was very beneficial to have both the designer and the contractor from the same company. We were able to decide on whether or not to include some of the design features based on the construction cost estimates and the desirability of the potential changes. Some items did not make the cut while others were added based on our budget. Matt then took the plans that Angela had drawn up and executed the realization of the design. He did an outstanding job with great care and attention to detail. He was also able to handle the changes required in renovating an older home. There are always modifications that must occur to take into account the variations in a 50 year old house. His work was well scheduled and finished without any undue delays. That was great because we had to rent an apartment while the construction took place. The bottom line was that the finished product exceeded our expectations.The look and feel of the house changed dramatically. It was like moving back into a new home. The details that Angela suggested and put into the plan made it elegant and highly functional. Our new kitchen is so pleasant to work in that we really enjoy cooking in it. We have received many compliments on our new home and are extremely happy with the result. As a matter of fact House2Home Design and Build has so far received 3 awards for the project and pictures of our home have appeared in at least one magazine! I would highly recommend House 2 Home Design and Build to anyone."
- Robert Frogner
Creation 7
Design-Build Firms in San Francisco
"Creation 7 build the master addition on our house. It is generally understood that having major remodeling done on your house, can be a frustrating process. It's noisy, messy, and usually, goes over budget. I can honestly say that almost none of these were true for our experience with Creation 7. The men were so respectful of our space. They cleaned up at the end of the day - no mess was ever left. The construction generally stayed within budget. These guys were a pleasure to be around also. They were funny and nice, but also respectful of our need for privacy. Also our completed addition! It's so gorgeous! Everything is in perfect working order. Their eye for detail and overall craftsmanship is amazing. I really can't say enough how great our en suite master bedroom is. It has transformed our house from an old boring space into our dream house. I highly, highly recommend Creation 7!"
- Helen myers
Nerland Building & Restoration, Inc.
Design-Build Firms in San Francisco
"I highly recommend Alex and Lisa Nerland for your home design and build projects. I recently engaged Nerland Building & Restoration for a total transformation of an old, dated kitchen in my Edwardian Craftsman home into a brand new kitchen with all the modern amenities that opened up access to the adjoining hallway and dining room. I enjoyed worked closely with Alex and Lisa throughout the entire process, from initial architecture design to putting the final finishing decorative touches into my space. From start to finish, Alex and Lisa asked the right questions and listened carefully to my input, in order to offer fantastic solutions for meeting my needs and optimizing my space. Lisa’s flair for design and Alex’s detail-oriented construction resulted in a custom kitchen with features and trim that integrated a beautiful and functional modern kitchen while maintaining the period character of my home. Their budget conscious approach means high quality materials and appliances, while not overspending. I appreciate that Alex works with a trusted team he has known for years, so I never had to worry about random subcontractors in my home. The crew took great care to keep the construction site clean and to minimize disruption in my home throughout the project. Finally, I very much appreciate Alex and Lisa’s personal approach, working together with me to think through suggestions while delivering in a professional manner. My project was completed within budget and on time, with no major surprises along the way! I LOVE my new kitchen and look forward to working with Alex and Lisa again soon for my next home project."
- Tara Nickerson
Gayler Design Build
Design-Build Firms in San Francisco
"I was brought in as a color consultant on a master bedroom addition project for Gayler Construction. From my first interaction with their manager, Darlene Gayler, I was impressed by the professionalism of the office staff, by their attention to detail, and very clear approach and process to every project. They have high expectations of every participant on a project, have systems in place to ensure tracking and clarity from both the provider and client side. Very few contractors offer a 5 year warranty on their work: Gayler Construction delivers expertise every client can count on."
- Project Guru
SF Design Build
Design-Build Firms in San Francisco
"We recently completed our 3rd large scale project with SF Design Build .... first a major remodel of our condo in 2008.... then a major seismic upgrade for our entire building in 2010...and now a complete exterior painting and new deck construction and maintenance completions for the entire building (a three story structure in NOPA). Basically they went over this entire huge building tooth and nail fixing and updating every inch. Our 87 year old wood construction building is now in near perfect condition. We keep returning to Rudy, Jessica and the SFDB team for the simple reason that they are honest, professional, thorough, budget-wise and conscious and have excellent follow up. The quality of the work by Samuel, Hugo, Ceasar, Eric and the others is excellent. These guys are real craftsmen and it shows. What a pleasure to see their finished work! All of the workers are company employees and have been with SFDB for all the years we have used the company. No day hires! We bid this work, as we did our other projects, and SFDB once again came in competitive. (they were not the cheapest but also held an advantage over "just" painting contractors because as a general contractor they have their own scaffolding. the other painters bid the work then had an "add on" for scaffolding that in some cases could add $5k to the cost.) they completed the work on budget. No gimmicks, add ons etc. during the work they found that some planking on one side of the building had been repaired poorly many years ago and had to be replaced. this added about 3 days to the job with some cost increase but they showed how it was necesary. One of the best things about SFDB is that there are no surprises. They work entirely through the project with no gaps or no show days. they clean up EVERY DAY and leave the work site as accessible as possible, respecting the owners living space. I would highly recommend SF Design Build. Like the PGA ads on television ... "These Guys are Good!....""
- mrjamesallen
Centoni Restoration & Development, Inc.
Design-Build Firms in San Francisco
"Centoni remodeled the dated kitchen in our old Victorian. We relied on their expertise to 1. help us revise and implement the design concept we had in mind; 2. source materials from local and specialty shops necessary for the project; and 3. carry out the construction work and manage the entire project. We wanted a builder that understood Victorian homes, and the special challenges they present. Centoni excelled at every requirement, providing us with a kitchen that suits both the age of the house and our lifestyle, and finishing the project on time and budget. We look forward to working with them on the next project!"
- raylaboyd
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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 San Francisco, 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 San Francisco. You may also look through San Francisco photos to find a pool you like, then contact the design-build firm that created it. You can find more design-build firms in San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Fremont and Santa Rosa.
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