About Us - Design First Builders

What We're About


DESIGNfirst Builders is a Design/Build Firm founded in 2006, with a staff of three people managing all design, development and construction for projects throughout Chicagoland. Today, our staff has tripled with Architects, Designers, Managers, Contractors and more and offers over 100 years combined experience and our reputation has grown as we are widely recognized for our unique approach to the design/build process in Chicago and beyond.

DESIGNfirst was started with imagination in taking the design/build industry in a new direction. We care about our clients as much as we care about our projects, so we created our process to make renovating and building as homeowner-friendly as possible. Our uniquely streamlined, all-in-one approach has made us a top choice for building dreams in and around Chicago for more than 11 years, and every year, we’re proud to build lasting relationships with new clients and allow people to experience the DESIGNfirst difference for themselves.


We start every Chicago home remodeling project with a no cost in-home consultation. Our Architectural Designers will thoroughly review and discuss the project details and timing so they can give you the most accurate idea of plans, cost and structure of the project. This all-inclusive process will continue with Architects, Project Managers and Design Selection streamlined to make it all as easy as possible and offer peace of mind.


At DESIGNfirst Builders, we do it all. When you’re planning your Chicago home remodeling project, whether an addition, a remodel, or a renovation for your home, you shouldn’t have to struggle to balance the schedules and budgets of designers, independent contractors and special handymen. Our in-house team coordinates everything and everyone for you, working around your budget and helping guide you through the process from start to finish. It’s this hands-on, personal and inclusive service that has changed the way our clients throughout Chicago & its suburbs think about design/build projects.


Our 12,000-square-foot showroom will inspire your design and offer you endless ideas in creating your dream space. We showcase 2 fully functional chef’s kitchens, a fully functioning steam shower/bath spa and huge array of options and finishes for every detail in your project. You are always welcome to come in and browse. Our design team is here to help you with any questions, or even to set up a free in-home consultation.


DESIGNfirst Builders is a premier, full service Chicagoland home remodeling and design company featuring a 12,000 sq foot showroom, staff of designers, craftsmen, construction superintendents, a custom cabinetry shop and architectural services. From conceptual drawings to construction, DESIGNfirst is built to manage every detail of any size home remodeling job whether bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling, basement remodeling and finishing, room or full floor additions, open floorplan configuration, sunroom addition or landscaping.