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What Is a Design-Build Contractor?

Design-Build: You may feel like you’ve been seeing that term more and more as you do research for your home remodeling project. There’s a reason for that – it’s great. We’re here to explain why.

The design-build method bridges the gap between constructibility and design. In working with a design-build contractor, you’re working with a team that speaks the language of all necessary parties involved: homeowner, designer, and builder. You have one team dedicated to each and every aspect of your project, from beginning to end.


What’s the Difference?

With a traditional, non-design-build method, you as the homeowner bear the burden of coming up with the design. This may sound, initially, like something you’d love to take on – but there’s so much more to designing your remodeling project than just filling your Pinterest board with things you love (though that is very fun).

Traditional methods require the homeowner to communicate ideas to a designer, who then creates a space that the homeowner loves. What’s wrong with that, you ask? Nothing, per se, until the homeowner presents the design to a contractor, and the contractor presents the price for all of the amazing, beautiful finishes produced by the designer.

Designing the space you’ve always dreamed of requires speaking a language not many homeowners speak. Not only does a design-build contractor speak the language, but we can also properly translate it to ensure exactly what you’re envisioning gets brought to life and falls within your determined budget. Our team can understand what you want, and what you like – we're experts at budgeting, and are familiar with the sequence and process of remodeling projects. 

We take pride in taking the burden off of you. Our design-build team is fueled by the passion for translating homeowners’ needs, wants, likes, loves, and ideas into designs and finished products that fit your lifestyle, timeline, and budget.

One team. One point of communication. One budget. One objective:
Transforming your house into a home, and making it Compelling.

The Design-Build Process

From your initial consultation to the final walk-through of your home remodel, our design-build team is with you.

We begin with research and planning; what are your goals, what is your vision, what is your budget?
Then, we draft an agreement and move into the fun stuff – material and feature selections. If you know what you want, we're here to find it. If you don't, we're here to make suggestions.
Finally, construction on your space begins and you are updated, involved, and communicated with throughout the entire project.
Upon successful completion, a final walk-through is done to ensure you are happy with your space.

We're here to turn your house into a home, whether it's room-by-room, all at once, or by adding to it!

The Benefits of Design-Build


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Prepare For Your Consultation:

Ensuring you and your contracting team are on the same page from day one is the best insurance policy you can give yourself before starting your remodeling project. There's no such thing as a silly question, and there's no such thing as too many! Here are some ideas:

What to Ask a Contractor

• Do you utilize the design-build method?
• How long have you been in business?
• Do you have customer reviews I can read?
• Will tools and materials be stored in my home?
• How will your team keep the space clean?

What to Ask Yourself

• What are my project goals?
• What is my budget?
• How can this space optimize by day-to-day life?
• Do I have any design inspirations?

Don't Stop at Good Enough – Make it Compelling!

"They were consummate professionals, but also made you feel like family. They answered every question we had (and we had many) in a timely manner and to our satisfaction."



Des Moines, IA

"The hand-holding and guidance Rusty provides is second to none. He personally spent many hours with us picking out cabinets, fixtures, paint colors, flooring, etc. His input was invaluable"



Johnston, IA

"Their ability to adapt and deliver is extraordinary. Add in the talented people they bring in to complete all aspects of the construction and remodel project, and we couldn’t be happier with the results"



Urbandale, IA

Home Remodeling in Des Moines, IA

We are proud to serve homeowners in the Des Moines Metro Area, which includes Polk and Dallas Counties and the following cities:

  • Des Moines 
  • Urbandale
  • West Des Moines 
  • Johnston
  • Clive
  • Grimes
  • Adel
  • Waukee
  • Ankeny
  • Polk City
  • Van Meter

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