Design Build Firms in Richmond, Virginia

Serving the Greater Richmond area since 2016 | Over 100+ projects completed in 2021 alone

Are you familiar with the term “design build”? Do you know if you need a design build firm or a general contractor? If so, then you know the benefits that a design build firm will bring to your Richmond, Virginia home remodel. If not, we’re here to break down the meaning of design build, how it works, and why Fabling Built is the best choice of design build firms in the Richmond area. 

What is Design Build?

Simply put, as a design build contractor, we make your home improvement or home renovation simple. Design build firms act as a “one stop shop” for home remodeling work. Customers are reassured by knowing that anyone associated with their remodel are on the same team, and working together. Your design and construction will be taken care of by one company, making it a much more seamless experience for you.

What If My Home Improvement Project Doesn’t Require Much Design Work?

Unashamedly, we think that you should work with a design build contractor on ALL of your home improvement projects. 

You may not even realize that you need design support or guidance until you’re further along in the remodeling process.

When you have a question about which kitchen countertops will look best with the cabinets you selected, a design build firm will be able to give you that feedback and ensure that your design comes together.

Here are some examples of projects that you may think don’t require design build:

  • Pull and replace kitchen remodel (keeping the existing layout)
  • Updating your kitchen cabinets
  • Pull and replace bathroom remodel
  • Finishing a basement or attic (although, these are also projects that can require some of the most creativity to most efficiently work with the space!) 
  • Adding a deck, patio, stoop, or screen porch to your home
  • And more

“My last contractor said I had to pick everything” is something we hear a lot from new customers. These may seem like simple projects, but you may be surprised once we get started. When we start the conversation about your project, we are looking at your home to make sure that the improvements fit with the existing style. We want it to look like they were always part of the home, as though we were never there!

How Do I Know If I Need a Design Build Firm?

There are a couple of reasons that a design build firm could be right for you. 

Do you want design support and guidance? If so, design build is a great choice as you are only working with one company for the design and construction.

Do you prefer a simpler approach as opposed to working with multiple companies at once? Again, since a design build firm handles the design, construction and everything in between, you can have peace of mind that you are taken care of from start to finish. 

Design Build Contractor vs. General Contractor

You’ve likely heard the term “general contractor” before. General contractors are individuals who are properly licensed and insured, and can lead and manage a construction project for your home remodel. However, the designs and plans for your remodel are often outsourced to other designers. This can cause a disconnect if they have not worked with the contractor before, or you may have to manage the details between the designer and contractor.

“Design Build” is another term used in the home improvement industry that you may or may not be familiar with. When working with a Design Build company in Richmond, you will get more design feedback and guidance than if you worked with a general contractor. While the two fall under the same home improvement umbrella, design build ensures that final design is always considered, even from the first conversation. This happens in two ways. Either, you will not need any outside design support as it will be included in your scope. Or, your contractor will work closely with your designer to make sure that each construction decision or change keeps the overall design in mind.

Fabling Built does both. Our designers work with you and provide guidance on any design related questions, and help you create the look that you want to achieve. We also do general contracting work and partner with a network of local designers, one of whom you may already be working with.

What Are The Advantages to Using a Design Build Firm?

Are you a homeowner with a busy family life, a job that keeps you energized but busy, and not much down time? We can take the home remodel process and simplify it for you. When you work with a design build firm you’ll get the design feedback and guidance that you may not get from a typical general contractor, and let’s face it you want to make sure those cabinets are going to look great with the backsplash you picked out!

What is the Design Build Process?

When you contact us you will be greeted by our Director of First Impressions, Margy. Margy will help determine the right path for you based off of your needs. 

A Fabling Built Sales Consultant will meet with you to understand your needs and get an idea of your vision. Once we have agreed to work together you will meet your Designer/ Project Manager. At Fabling Built we’ve combined this role to give you an even better remodeling experience. Your Designer/ Project Manager will work with you throughout the entire renovation and ensure your satisfaction. It’s as easy as that! 

How Do I Hire a Design Build Firm? 

It’s important to do your due diligence when considering hiring a design build firm. There are many companies in the marketplace that will say that they are design build but they, in fact, do not offer the same services as Fabling Built. 

Here are some things to keep in mind when hiring a design build firm:

  • Ask your friends and neighbors for referrals. 
  • Research any firm you are considering via social media, Google Reviews, and other sources. 
  • Ask for the design build firm’s references (any design build firm should provide references when asked). 
  • You could even take it a step further and ask to speak to an active customer or visit a project site. 

How Much Does Design Build Cost?

“Design Build” is really not that complicated, it is a way of approaching renovation so that overall design is considered throughout the project. Cultural. It’s not just a designation, even though many design build firms want you to believe that so they can increase their rates.

One of the first things we will ask you is, “What is your budget?” We want to respect your expectations from the get go, and help giuse the conversation to the possible outcome for you and your home. 

Do you think a design build firm is out of your budget? While it may sound more “high end” than ‘general contractors’ keep in mind that the cost you see in your proposal covers every aspect of your home remodel – including the design. If you hired an architect or designer from a separate firm, and a general contractor for other aspects, those costs would add up. 

Design Build and General Contractors in Richmond, VA

We believe in the benefits of working with a design build firm. Fabling Built is your full service general contractor in Richmond, Virginia, and we bring the value of design build to every project we do. We are dedicated to helping make your vision come to life from start to finish. Contact us today to learn more or to set up a consultation for a free estimate: or call 804-822-2625.