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Design-Build: What Is It?

Des Moines Metro Area Home Remodeling

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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.



Phone interview to discuss wants & needs. In-home meeting after reviewing our online pricing guide. Discuss possible options and what can be done. Follow-up with free budget range email and scope of work.

02 | Design
We'll let you know what the design fees will cost before anything is measured - we want to keep education up, and expenses down! We'll collaborate with you on our concept to ensure it captures your wants and needs, and make changes to that concept before we estimate.
03 | Shopping
Enter into a construction agreement based on design, drawings, and scope of work. SHOPPING DAY! Our favorite day. We spend the day shopping with you and assisting you in selections for your dream space.

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.

Benefits of the Design-Build Process:

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How to Prepare for Your Consultation with a Design-Build Remodeler

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 Contractorexpand_more
• 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 Yourselfexpand_more
• 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?
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