Design-Build Construction Process

What is Design-Build Construction?

The design build construction process is a popular method used by homeowners who want to remodel their home, condo, bathroom, or kitchen. It is also used by business owners who want to remodel their restaurant, retail space, office, or other commercial storefront.This process is preferred by many because it offers a more streamlined approach, with a single contractor handling the design and construction aspects of the project.

Research & Discovery Phase

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The first step in our design build process is for you to communicate your vision for your remodel. It includes discussing your goals, your budget, and your timeline. We cover this in the initial phone consultation. 

We then set up an onsite visit. During the visit we will come to your home or property to evaluate the space and take measurements. This will allow us to get a better understanding of what we’re working with and what changes need to be made.

We will put together a conceptual estimate based on our initial meeting along with a quote for design and architecture (if needed). If the scope of work changes during the design phase we will adjust the estimate accordingly.

Design Phase

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We will then work with you to create a plan that meets your needs and goals, while staying within your budget.

The design phase of the process typically involves several steps, such as:

Design concept: We will create a design concept that incorporates your ideas and goals. This may include sketches or computer-generated images to help you visualize the final product, 3D walkthroughs, and more.

Detailed design: Once you approve the design concept, We will create a detailed design that includes measurements, materials, and finishes. This is a more detailed plan that will be used during the construction phase

Permitting: Depending on the scope of the project, you may need to obtain permits from your local government. Your contractor can help you with this process, as we’ll have experience dealing with local regulations and requirements.

Construction Phase

Once the design phase is complete, the construction phase can begin. This typically includes several steps, such as:

Demolition: Depending on the scope of your project, your contractor may need to tear down walls, remove old fixtures, or demolish parts of your existing space.

Framing: The framing stage involves building new walls, ceilings, and floors. This is where the design begins to take shape, and you’ll start to see your vision come to life.

Rough-in: This is the process of installing new electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems. Your contractor will work with licensed professionals to ensure that these systems are installed correctly.

Finishes: Once the framing is complete, your contractor will begin to install finishes such as cabinets, countertops, flooring, and lighting. This is where the details of your design really come together.

Final inspection: Once the construction is complete, your contractor will conduct a final inspection to ensure that everything is up to code and meets your expectations. This is your chance to make sure that everything is done to your liking before you sign off on the project.


Overall, the design build construction process is an efficient and effective way to remodel your home, condo, bathroom, or kitchen. For restaurants, retail, and office based businesses the design build method provides you with a thorough detailed plan to budget accordingly and open shop with minimal delays. By working with a single contractor who handles both the design and construction aspects of the project, you’ll be able to save time and money while still achieving your dream remodel.

If you have plans by a licensed architect and all materials selected, we do take on general contracting projects as well. However design-build is our specialty.

At R&R Chicago Design-Build, we believe that your space should reflect your personality and style. Our team is dedicated to providing customized solutions that cater to your unique needs and preferences, ensuring that your space is a true reflection of you. If you’re interested in transforming your space with our expert services, simply fill out our form below, and we’ll get back to you with available consultation times.

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