Taking “Design Build” Very Serious at MainStreet

You’ve likely heard the phrase “Design Build” before, as it seems every other remodeling firm and construction company are tacking it onto their names. Here at Mainstreet Design Build, we not only practice what we preach, but have developed our own proprietary process. Talk to any of our hundreds of loyal clients, and they’ll tell you how seriously we take Design Build, how it’s driven our success, and how it lies at the core of everything that we do. Let’s take a look…

What is “Design Build,” and How is MainStreet in a Class by Itself?

In essence, “Design Build” is exactly what its name suggests: The design and build phases of a renovation – traditionally handled by two or more companies – are integrated into a singular project, managed and implemented by one firm with expertise in both areas. The advantages are significant, including seamless communication between otherwise distinct phases, heightened efficiencies, and lower chances of glitches, surprises, and change orders.

30 year anniversary
MainStreet Design Build is a full service, design-build remodeling firm dedicated to creating a luxurious end-to-end experience through personal care, accountability, timeless design, and exacting attention to detail. For 30 years our in-house design team, staff of carpenters, and deep bench of skilled tradesmen have made the process comfortable, enjoyable, and safe – and all largely thanks to our unique take on Design-Build integration.

That’s because we believe in working closely with our clients, upholding our promise to preserve their dreams, work within their budget, and see every project through to successful completion. Our three-phased Design-Build approach is unlike those of our competitors, and was engineered from the ground up, to ensure the exact needs of clients like you are met, and your expectations exceeded. Here’s a succinct overview of each step, and how they connect to ensure a win:

Design Phase

Design Phase

We start by understanding and translating your conceptual vision of an ideal remodel. Whether you’re remodeling a kitchen, bathroom, rec room or an entire home, we become your creative partner to capture and convey your dream home to our construction team who actually build it. First we:

  • Document all existing conditions with conceptual floor plan drawings
  • Work collaboratively with you to create a realistic budget
  • Turn those conceptual drawings into detailed three-dimensional renderings
  • Establish realistic material allowances
  • Produce a complete scope of work and detailed cost estimate

Pre-Construction Phase

Pre-Construction Phase

The next phase begins with signing a Construction Agreement, based on the discovery conducted in the Design Phase. Once signed, our official partnership jumpstarts with putting together your team, establishing a logistical and communications framework, and the handling of any and all bureaucracy necessary prior to the construction. Elements include:

  • Meet your Interior Designer who will work closely with you to make all of your final material selections
  • Register within our personal web-based client portal for ease of communications 
  • Meet your project manager who will create a construction schedule
  • Work with the architectural department to complete your permit and construction drawings

Construction Phase

Construction Phase

Only now is your project ready for the actual construction. Thanks to our integrated approach, your initial vision will be seamlessly conveyed to the expert craftspeople who make it so. Throughout your build, your dedicated project manager (who has been with your remodel from the very beginning) has all the information he needs to ensure this all-important phase is completed on time, within budget, and to your satisfaction. Parts of this phase include: 

  • Ensure permit documents are on site
  • Set-up bi-weekly progress meeting schedule
  • Update schedule weekly
  • Facilitate milestone progress meetings (framing, plumbing, electrical, cabinets & trim, final walkthrough)
  • Generate a final punch list
  • Home orientation walkthrough
  • Final completion

Construction Phase

As you can see, all of us at Mainstreet Design Build take our name, and the “Design Build” process, to heart. For 30 years, we’ve relied on such a focused, singular approach to ensure our builds are efficient, and our client relationships long term. 


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Just a note to commend you on a job well done. We now have our dream kitchen! Your crew was great to work with. They were professional, trustworthy and hard working.
The Johnson Family



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MainStreet Design Build
555 South Old Woodward
Birmingham, MI 48009

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Serving Birmingham, Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, Pleasant Ridge, and select areas of Metro Detroit.