Design and Construction Firms

When building or renovating, people often turn to architects to kick off their project. However, a different model is becoming more popular with homeowners: design and construction, also known as design-build. Instead of hiring and dividing tasks between various professionals – e.g. architects and builders – you can hire a design and construction firm to cover your entire project, from the initial sketches through to construction. More
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Oswald Homes is widely regarded as an industry leader for custom luxury homes in Perth. Our passion for... Read More
Design & Construction Firm in Osborne Park, WA, AU
  • 1300 217 663
  • Osborne Park, Western Australia, 6017
House To Home finishes offers a unique, high quality, detailed & personalised service for Interior Design,... Read More
Design & Construction Firm in Summer Hill, NSW, AU
  • 1300 728 006
  • Summer Hill, New South Wales, 2130
Nathan Verri is one of the most highly awarded builders in QLD, having won best individual home an incredible... Read More
Design & Construction Firm in Port Douglas, QLD, AU
  • 0438 984 951
  • Port Douglas, Queensland, 4877
Brian Burke Homes is dedicated to building upmarket, very high quality homes. We are acknowledged within the... Read More
Design & Construction Firm in Perth, WA, AU
  • (08) 9387 7333
  • Perth, Western Australia, 6014
Build Professional is Canberra's multi award winning Design and Build Extension Specialist. Proudly HIA's ACT... Read More
Design & Construction Firm in Canberra, ACT, AU
  • (02) 6225 7222
  • Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, 2606
We design & build luxury custom homes that are individually designed to your specific requirements and lifestyle... Read More
Design & Construction Firm in Dandenong South, VIC, AU
  • (03) 8795 3030
  • Dandenong South, Victoria, 3175
Streefland Homes and Developments is a family owned and operated business with over 35 years of experience in the... Read More
Design & Construction Firm in Invermay, TAS, AU
  • (03) 6127 5158
  • Invermay, Tasmania, 7248
PAPPAS ALEXIOU is a Sydney-based boutique architectural and interior design studio with decades of design... Read More
Design & Construction Firm in Sydney, NSW, AU
  • (02) 8503 7086
  • Sydney, New South Wales, 2011
Optam Building Group Design/Build and Develop residential property with a sustainable approach for Lifestyle and... Read More
Design & Construction Firm in Buderim, QLD, AU
  • (07) 5443 3780
  • Buderim, Queensland, 4556
Architecture Factory is a Sydney-based design and fabrication workshop that achieves great success in Interior... Read More
Design & Construction Firm in Waterloo, NSW, AU
  • (02) 4046 7828
  • Waterloo, New South Wales, 2017
Waterson Build is located in Rye on the Mornington Peninsula and is a family run residential and commercial... Read More
Design & Construction Firm in Rye, VIC, AU
  • 0419 556 972
  • Rye, Victoria, 3941
Come and visit our brand new 700sqm showroom – Adelaide largest for home renovations. At Creative Home... Read More
Design & Construction Firm in St Morris, SA, AU
  • (08) 8332 6300
  • St Morris, South Australia, 5068
Urban Sensations is Melbourne's creative design and construction professionals. We are an interior renovation... Read More
Design & Construction Firm in Malvern, VIC, AU
  • (03) 8595 5292
  • Malvern, Victoria, 3144
Archiblox are Modular Architecture experts in designing, building and delivering sustainable prefabricated homes.... Read More
Design & Construction Firm in Burnley, VIC, AU
  • 1300 773 122
  • Burnley, Victoria, 3121
Stritt Design and Construction specialises in the design and construction of traditional coastal homes on... Read More
Design & Construction Firm in Newport, NSW, AU
  • 0416 194 568
  • Newport, New South Wales, 2106
Featured Reviews for Design & Construction Firms
Oswald Homes
Design & Construction Firms
"Cedar West is a leading manufacturer of custom-made timber joinery and mouldings. Over the years, we have worked with Oswald Homes on many stunning homes. Oswald Homes has incorporated our timber joinery into a number of beautiful Hamptons-inspired homes, creating a classic coastal feel and style with a timeless design that stands out from the crowd. On all of the projects that we have worked on together, we have been consistently impressed by the standard of design and level of detail achieved by Oswald Homes."
- Cedar West Pty Ltd
House to Home Finishes P/L
Design & Construction Firms
"Joumana Moore receives a five star review from us and it is thoroughly deserved. Joumana has provided us with a total service including planning, design, building expertise, contact to suppliers, project management and has also covered off all of the little painful jobs that go with a renovation. Joumana has always kept our budget requirements in the front of her mind and has given us every opportunity to make decisions based around our budget while also making sure we get the design we have always wanted with a high standard finish. Joumana has been very flexible where we have made changes and provided excellent advice about how to proceed and the relative cost of things. Joumana is assisted by an excellent team of professionals that help co-ordinate the renovation. Our build is on schedule and on budget and we are very grateful that Joumana has lead the project and made life so much easier for us. We still have our sanity, the build and finish we wanted and its on budget – we are very very happy with Joumana’s service and would highly recommend her to others taking on a renovation journey."
- carlton477
Nathan Verri Pty Ltd
Design & Construction Firms
"“Nathan built our home ‘Spice’ on Oak Beach FNQ to a Chris van Dyke design. This was a uniquely challenging build. Virtually every surface, every finish was bespoke and unconventional. Whether it be the aged, recycled ironbark beams and columns from an old warehouse, the adobe hand-rendered walls, the six pairs of heavy Rajasthani temple doors, the vintage brass ships’ lanterns, the recycled Burmese teak floorboards, polished concrete benchtops, hand-laid stone walls – they all presented their unique obstacles. A conventional builder would have baulked at this challenge whereas Nathan relished the prospect of working with natural materials. Unsurprisingly, for such a build, complications did arise from time to time. And this is where Nathan stands apart from most in his field. His attitude to troubleshooting is this: identify the problem, thoroughly research the available options, solve it today and with a minimum of fuss and budget stress. No owner could ask for more than this. And this proved critical to the success of the build for us. We watched this build from afar, back in Sydney. With Nathan we had no need for a project manager – he was that invested in the project. Not a day would pass without constant phone calls and email updates on progress, discussions regarding superior finishes and features, problem-solving etc. This is our fourth building project and we have never experienced this degree of positive interaction with the builder. As the build progressed, it quickly became apparent to us that the quality of the build was exceptional. Yet, we still held concern that our palette of finishes may completely miss the harmonious look we were seeking. Again, we relied on Nathan’s guidance here. In addition to his very apparent building abilities, he has a discerning eye for design and aesthetics. Many decisions were made after consultation with Nathan to alter the course with respect to design and finishes. Regarding the quality of finishes...Spice presents as a home of hand crafted finishes. One might assume that, when working with distressed timbers and stone, a builder could get away with inferior workmanship since the flaws would blend into the rustic look. Nothing could be further from the truth. It takes exceptional care and skill to blend together unconventional building materials with the necessary conventional materials in such a way as to present a home created by skilled artisans from another era. The end result is truly special. It has surpassed all our expectations and dreams and the fact that it has been recognized for the quality of its build by the Master Builders ‘Awards is an added testimony to Nathan and his amazing team. Finally, and on a personal note, it’s worth noting that Nathan is one of those very rare people – someone utterly driven to achieving the very best of outcomes for those around him, including his clients, his crew etc, yet also just a thoroughly decent bloke. In the year we collaborated on this project, and despite some epic challenges, my respect for his sense of integrity and ethics did not waiver once. I would have utterly no hesitation in recommending Nathan to any prospective homebuilder”."
- bruce jackson
Brian Burke Homes
Design & Construction Firms
"Mike and his team will build you the BEST possible quality home in Perth and Australia (as his awards pay testament to !). He will turn your dream into a beautiful reality !!. We went from a blank peice of paper with lots of ideas to a completed home and was walked carefully through the hole process"
- notnap
Build Professional
Design & Construction Firms
"Build Professional renovated our kitchen, living space and two bathrooms. The whole process ran smoothly due to pretty tight scheduling by Matthew and his team, and overall was a relatively low stress experience. Matthew is very personable and flexible, Anna his designer is creative, talented and lovely! The team of tradies and contractors were skilled and efficient. The quality of their work is high, with deadlines mostly being met on time. This is a very streamlined and professional outfit, who I would recommend to others considering a renovation project."
- Jan Jamieson
Streefland Homes and Developments
Design & Construction Firms
"This was our first new build from scratch, and we found the process with Tony very easy and straightforward, and our relationship with his building team was excellent. They were able to accommodate the couple of changes my wife wanted as the build progressed. Overall very happy, and still are after nearly 6 years"
- Peter Haworth
PAPPAS ALEXIOU
Design & Construction Firms
"We were absolutely thrilled with the work Charles and Lam from Pappas Alexiou did for us, revamping our reading room and bedroom. The guys were fabulous to work with, they paid amazing attention to the finest details, they provided great design advice and delivered their design plans on time and well within budget. Nothing was ever a problem and we completely love the end result. We highly recommend Pappas Alexiou for their design insight and knowledge, the quality of their work, their professional integrity and for the impressive network of tradespeople and design artisans they have at their fingertips. The entire process was a pleasure!"
- Jos Budge
Optam Building Group
Design & Construction Firms
"We hired Royce from Optam Building Group to complete our drive way and put in a new gate. Royce and his team did a fantastic job from start to finish. It was quite refreshing to see a builder do what he said he was going to do, turn up when he said he would turn up, and simply deliver in every aspect on his word. We would absolutely recommend Royce to build anything large or small and are already considering him for our next job. Vickie and Dranko Magic"
- vickiemagic
Architecture Factory
Design & Construction Firms
"Steve Fadel and his team were fabulous to deal with, the dedication to perfection is second to none. He has a unique and passionate way of delivering the clients brief."
- marcello recchia
Waterson Builders & Design
Design & Construction Firms
"We hired Ryan after having him recommended by a friend. From our first meeting with Ryan we felt that he was very much on the same page as us and willing to go that bit further than previous builders we had met with. They organized everything from the permits to the fire assessments and was more than willing to help get the project up and running. Ryan and his team were very efficient, well presented and would always have time to discuss design ideas and we could draw on his experience when required. The quality throughout the build was second to none and it seems like Ryan has a highly skilled team of contractors as we had some dealings with his plumber, electrician and floor sander who were all great. We could not recommend Ryan and his team highly enough. From the very start to completion it was a pleasure dealing with Ryan and we would not hesitate to use him in the future. Tamika Williamson - 12 Nagles View, Fingal 3939"
- Tam Williams
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What does a design and construction firm do?


Firms that can carry out both design and construction take on the combined responsibilities of an architect, draftsman, construction company and additional contractors, providing one point of contact for homeowners. Having one entity responsible for the entire design and build, from estimation to subcontracting and even post-construction, streamlines and often speeds up the project significantly. Having a unified project team can also help you avoid unforeseen costs and delays in construction. In addition, the homeowner only has to interpret one contract with the design and construction firm, and not with various architectural design and contracting professionals. 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 & construction firms: Interior Designers & Decorators, Landscape Architects & Designers, Architects, Photographers.

Should I do my own project management?


Project management demands time, skills and an eye for both detail and efficiency. While many homeowners choose to manage their own projects, they can often regret their decision once the build or home improvement project is complete. Homeowners should carefully consider the time they have available to allocate to locating, hiring and eventually paying every contractor who enters the site. From certifiers to roofers, and even your draftsman, a firm that can undertake design and construction benefits from having all of these home professionals under one roof.

Questions to ask prospective design and construction firms:


  • How many projects like mine have you completed?
  • Who will be working on the project?
  • 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 labour pricing?
  • What will I need to provide?
  • Are there any important considerations or concerns you foresee with this project?

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