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(707) 847-6985

Serving Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

Services include Cabinets & Fireplace Mantels, Custom Bookshelves, Decks, Doors & Windows, Fences & Retaining Walls, Foundation Work & Framing, Remodels & Additions, Roofs, Stairs, Tile & Hardwood Floors. Brands include...
License 913453 | DCID7073380676
(707) 901-7943

Serving Central Sonoma County including Rohnert Park, Cotati, Cloverdale, Healdsburg, Windsor, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Guerneville and Sebastopol.

Services include design/build construction, remediation, large scale renovations, construction defects.
License 757136 | DCID7075410700
(707) 666-0220

Serving Sonoma and Napa Counties

Services include Cabinetry & Trim Work, Commercial Construction, Custom Homes, Design/Build Construction, Home Inspections, Remodeling. Brands include .
License 974941 | DCID7074330453

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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a design and build contractor that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified design-build contractor. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated design-build company and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

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How to Choose
Points to Know Before Choosing a Design & Build Company in Sonoma County

In the traditional model for building or remodeling a home or commercial building, you would search for an architectural firm to have your home plans drawn up and then shop for builders who are willing to bid on the project. But now you are able to save both time and money by choosing a design-build contractor for your next home or commercial construction project.

Selecting a design-build contractor means that the builder or firm you work with will build your home and assume responsibility for both the architectural design and building completion of the construction project....

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In the traditional model for building or remodeling a home or commercial building, you would search for an architectural firm to have your home plans drawn up and then shop for builders who are willing to bid on the project. But now you are able to save both time and money by choosing a design-build contractor for your next home or commercial construction project.

Selecting a design-build contractor means that the builder or firm you work with will build your home and assume responsibility for both the architectural design and building completion of the construction project.

Design & build construction companies in Sonoma County provide a variety of contracting services for residential and commercial clients. In addition to constructing custom homes, remodeling bathrooms and kitchens, and offering commercial tenant improvements, design & build contractors can build home additions, decks, stairs, retaining walls, and other hardscapes. They manage every phase of the construction process for their clients, including installing windows, plumbing, roofing, electrical systems, flooring, and drywall.

Because of its design/build capabilities, design & build contractors offer both architectural and engineering design services that provide complete project management from beginning to end.

Design & Build Contractor Advantages

There are several advantages to choosing a design & build contractor. These include:

  • Overall improved quality as reputable design & build contractors have quality sub contractors. Usually they use the same sub-contractors on a regular basis so they know who is dependable and who is not.
  • One design & build contractor assumes responsibility for any problem in the entire project
  • Singular responsibility because a single entity is held accountable for the cost, schedule, and performance of the project
  • Cost savings due to an integrated team that is geared toward innovation and efficiency Decreased administrative burden since the owners can focus on the project rather than managing several smaller contracts
  • Litigation claims are virtually eliminated by closing warranty gaps
  • Quicker delivery of the completed project with few problems
  • Design & build teams assume risk which eliminates additional risk added by several various contractors.
  • Better quality because design & build contractors meet performance needs rather than minimum design requirements. This leads to developing innovations that deliver a better completed project than initially envisioned.
  • Flexibility to change plans while in the process

Design-Build Contractor Disadvantages

There are also a few disadvantages of choosing a design & build contractor. They include the following:

  • It can be difficult to effectively estimate the cost of the overall project based on preliminary information
  • Due to the flexibility of changing things midstream, this can affect costs and timelines.
  • Projects can quickly go over budget if your project ends up with several additional upgrades. Make sure that you choose a reputable design & build company in order to offset this problem.

Tips for Finding the Best Sonoma County Design & Build Contractor

When you are searching for a design-build contractor in Sonoma County, including the larger cities of Sonoma, Cloverdale, Sebastopol, Cotati, and Guerneville, check to see if they have already build a home similar to the one you are looking for. If so, it will be rather easy for them to modify the plan. They will also understand the permitting process and have ideas of what could improve the design.

Make sure to check references of any design & build contractor. Request two positive references as well as a reference that may not be so positive. Ask if there are any homes that they designed and built that you can view. Also, be sure to find out what types of interior finishing products they use. Make sure this person is someone whom you can see yourself working with for the next three months happily.

Be sure to check several potential design & build contractors for your building project. Give identical copies of detailed project plans to each potential candidate for a quote. You should get at least three different quotes before making your final selection. Also, make sure the quote includes materials and fixtures that meet your project specifications.

Because a design-build company building your home will save you time, money and stress, make sure to do your homework and find a quality company to do business with. This way you will have done everything possible to end up with a beautiful home that brings you happiness.

Avoid hiring a contractor who does any of the following:

  • Requires a large down payment for the purpose of purchasing materials
  • Provides only a PO Box address rather than a physical address
  • Applies pressure for you to make a quick hiring decision
  • Requests that YOU obtain any required building permits
  • Accepts only cash
  • Suggests you borrow money for your project from a lender the contractor knows
  • Requests complete payment upfront
  • Offers only lifetime warranties (as these are only as good as the life of the company)
  • Has no business number in the local telephone directory
  • Wants to use leftover materials from another job for your project
  • Offers a discount for on-the-spot hiring
  • Offers discounts for finding customers for the contractor
  • Quotes a final price without first seeing the job
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Know What You Want
Researching and Planning What You Want Before Hiring a Design & Build Contractor in Sonoma County

Many factors should be considered before selecting a design & build contractor in Sonoma County, including the smaller cities of Russian River Meadows, Salmon Creek, Stewarts Point Rancheria, Fort Ross, and Freestone, that will meet your needs the most successfully. Write down everything that you’re searching for before you begin your research. Consider the following questions before making your final selection of a design & build contractor....

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Many factors should be considered before selecting a design & build contractor in Sonoma County, including the smaller cities of Russian River Meadows, Salmon Creek, Stewarts Point Rancheria, Fort Ross, and Freestone, that will meet your needs the most successfully. Write down everything that you’re searching for before you begin your research. Consider the following questions before making your final selection of a design & build contractor.

  1. Do I want a Diamond Certified company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee?
  2. What is my budget?
  3. Are there any changes I’d like to make personally before to the design/build team begins construction in order to offset costs?
  4. What do I want remodeled or built?
  5. What is the time frame for completing the build & design project?
  6. What personal and professional characteristics would I like my Sonoma County design & build contractor to have? (These may include good communication skills, honesty, reliability, cleanliness, etc.)
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What to Ask on the Phone
What to Ask When Speaking on the Phone to a Sonoma County Design and Build Contractor

Before you choose a design & build contractor in Sonoma County, call them on the phone to discuss your options. It’s good to have a list of questions ready and to write down the answers that the design & build contractor gives you while you’re talking to them. Use the following questions to guide in your discussion:...

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Before you choose a design & build contractor in Sonoma County, call them on the phone to discuss your options. It’s good to have a list of questions ready and to write down the answers that the design & build contractor gives you while you’re talking to them. Use the following questions to guide in your discussion:

  1. Has your company earned and maintained a Diamond Certified rating?
  2. Will you provide me with written lien wavers?
  3. How long has your Alameda construction company been in business?
  4. Will the general contractor provide a written estimate for the general construction?
  5. Will the Sonoma County general contractor provide a written contract?
  6. Does the design-build contractor have a sales tax ID and a valid license or permit?
  7. Do you guarantee your work?
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What to Ask in Person
What to Ask When Speaking in Person to a Sonoma County Design & Build Contractor

The next step is to interview design & build contractors in Sonoma County, including the larger cities of Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Windsor, and Healdsburg. Questions you may want to ask include the following....

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The next step is to interview design & build contractors in Sonoma County, including the larger cities of Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Windsor, and Healdsburg. Questions you may want to ask include the following.

  1. What will the construction companies' timing be on bidding and completing the home construction?
  2. What professional organizations are you a member of?
  3. How do you perform your work—what time do you start, how will you protect my carpets, how will you handle trash and debris, etc.
  4. How many projects that are similar to mine have you completed in the last year?
  5. How do the residential general contractors in Sonoma County  price building construction?
  6. Will construction permits be needed? If so, will the general contractors be responsible for getting them?
  7. Do the construction firms hire subcontractors or do the general contractors and their employees perform the work?
  8. Does the general contractor carry workers' compensation and liability insurance?
  9. How and when do the Sonoma County general contractors clean up the construction site?
  10. What type of warranty does each of the construction companies provide and what are the terms?
  11. Do the general contractors specialize in the type of work you need? If so, ask the builders to provide some examples of similar work in Sonoma County they have completed.
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What to Ask References
What to Ask When Speaking to Previous Customers of a Sonoma County Design & Build Contractor

It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified design & build contractor because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality contractor work in Sonoma County and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews....

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It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified design & build contractor because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality contractor work in Sonoma County and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

If you can’t find a Diamond Certified design & build contractor within reach, you’ll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it’s wise to call some references provided by your design & build contractor.  Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by the design & build contractor are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That’s because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. So the contractors will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

  1. Would you recommend this design & build contractor to your family and friends?
  2. Did the contractor provide answers to questions to your satisfaction?
  3. Were there any unexpected costs? If so, what?
  4. Did the design & build contractor show up on time?
  5. Did they finish the job on time?
  6. If you need a design & build contractor in the future, will you consider hiring this general contractor?
  7. Were you satisfied with the service from the (design & build contractor name)?
  8. What type of design & build project did you hire the general contractor to complete?
  9. Do you feel like the general contractor charged a fair price for the quality of the work?
  10. Did the contractor seem receptive to your input?
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Review Your Options
Selecting a First Rate Design & Build Firm in Sonoma County

Your choice of design & build contractor is important to you and your family. So before deciding on the best design & build contractor in Sonoma County for you, it’s important to consider the following questions....

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Your choice of design & build contractor is important to you and your family. So before deciding on the best design & build contractor in Sonoma County for you, it’s important to consider the following questions.

  1. Is my design & build contractor of choice well-established in the community?
  2. Does my general contractor of choice have good references that I have checked?
  3. Is my design & build contractor of choice charging a reasonable price for quality work on my design & build project?
  4. Which general contractors in Sonoma County offer the better warranty for the overall cost?
  5. Is my design & build contractor of choice listed in the Better Business Bureau as having complaints filed against him? If so, were they valid complaints that required disciplinary action?
  6. What is my time frame for this design & build project: when do I intend to start it and when do I need to have it accomplished?
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How to Work With
Preparing to Sign a Contract with a Design & Build Company in Sonoma County

Once you’ve hired a design-build company in Sonoma County, including the smaller cities of Agua Caliente, Roseland, Stewarts Point Rancheria, Temelec, Two Rock, and Eldridge, you will have an initial meeting between you and the contractor to discuss your requirements and the contractor’s qualifications. An estimate of the projects and its feasibility is drawn out. Furthermore, you will discuss the budget and design of the project as well as any restrictions and permissions that will be needed. The contractor will provide you with an estimate based on the design specifications....

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Once you’ve hired a design-build company in Sonoma County, including the smaller cities of Agua Caliente, Roseland, Stewarts Point Rancheria, Temelec, Two Rock, and Eldridge, you will have an initial meeting between you and the contractor to discuss your requirements and the contractor’s qualifications. An estimate of the projects and its feasibility is drawn out. Furthermore, you will discuss the budget and design of the project as well as any restrictions and permissions that will be needed. The contractor will provide you with an estimate based on the design specifications. He will also offer choices in terms of designs and construction. Once the final contract has been drawn, the next step will be applying for permission. Last of all, the construction and financing process will begin.

Be Contract Specific
Once the contract is drawn up, it should be signed by both parties: you, the project owner, and the contractor. If any sub-contractors will be involved, they should sign the contract as well. The contract should protect the interests of both you and the contractor. As a result, it should include the following:

  • A clear, concise, and complete description of the project, including start and completion dates. It should also include who will be responsible for each aspect of the project.
  • Contractor’s name, physical address, mailing address and phone.
  • Quote of the project.
  • Terms of payment schedule as well as the payment schedule for the contractor, subcontractor(s) and suppliers.
  • Who will be responsible for obtaining necessary permits (this is usually the contractor).
  • Warranties should be written and the length of time as well as limitations should be covered. Warranties should cover materials and workmanship, and names and addresses of the warrantor. This may include the contractor, manufacturer, and distributor.
  • Detailed materials list: product, size, color, type, model, and brand name. Any additional or alternate materials that may be used if necessary should also be listed.
  • How “change orders” will be handled. Any changes or additions to the project should be written up in the contract so that the conditions for change are pre-determined. Furthermore, the contract should list how and when payment will be made for adjustments. Because change orders are common aspects of most remodeling jobs, it is common for remodelers to require payment before the work actually starts.
  • Any oral promises made.

Take Precautions to Protect Yourself
Taking precautions will help protect you and your home project investment. It will also increase your chances of success. Consider the following guidelines:

  • Do not make final payment until the work completed meets agreed upon specifications, building code requirements, and that subcontractors and suppliers have all been paid.
  • Do not sign a contract or any document until you have thoroughly read through it and filled in any blank spaces.
  • Do not sign a contract that uses vague terms. Make sure that all terms are specific regarding project requirements and the work that will be performed.
  • Don’t agree to finance your project through your contractor. Shop around for better loan terms.
  • Agree to make payments as the project progresses, contingent upon completion of a determined amount of work. This way, if work on the project is delayed, payment will be delayed as well.
  • Before deeding your property, be sure to first consult an attorney or knowledgeable friend or family member.
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Be a Good Customer
Planning to be a First Rate Sonoma County Design-Build Firm Customer

It's the design & build contractor’s responsibility to complete a successful design & build project for you according to your specifications. But you play a big part in the success of your design & build contractor, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a Sonoma County design & build contractor....

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It's the design & build contractor’s responsibility to complete a successful design & build project for you according to your specifications. But you play a big part in the success of your design & build contractor, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a Sonoma County design & build contractor.

  • Before you hire a design & build contractor in Sonoma County, including the larger cities of Sonoma, Cloverdale, Sebastopol, Cotati, and Guerneville, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the design & build contractor your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local design & build contractors occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
  • Be clear and upfront with the design & build contractor. Let them know what you want from your design & build contractor, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
  • Ask your design & build contractor if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
  • Be sure your design & build contractor has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they’re completing your design and build project. The work will move along more smoothly if your design & build contractor can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
  • When your design & build contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the design & build contract work on schedule.
  • Pay for the design & build contractor’s work promptly.
  • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!

Why would you want to be a good customer? Design & build contractors in Sonoma County appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check the Work
Check the Completed Work by a Design & Build Sonoma County Company With the Invoice

When the design & build contract work is completed, your design & build contractor is required to give you a written invoice. This must include:...

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When the design & build contract work is completed, your design & build contractor is required to give you a written invoice. This must include:

  • The name and physical address of the design & build contractor
  • A list of all work performed, including the warranty
  • An itemized list of all merchandise purchased or included
  • The total design & build project cost, including the amount charged for labor, if any
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Written Warranties
Protect Yourself with Written Warranties from Local Sonoma County Design & Build Firms

Before the design & build contractor leaves, confirm any warranties offered by the design & build contractor in Sonoma County, including the larger cities of Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Windsor, and Healdsburg. The written warranty document must detail the following:...

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Before the design & build contractor leaves, confirm any warranties offered by the design & build contractor in Sonoma County, including the larger cities of Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Windsor, and Healdsburg. The written warranty document must detail the following:

  • The design & build contractor’s name and physical address
  • Your responsibility in the case of a problem with the building project and what you need to do in order to redeem the warranty.
  • If the design & build contractor warranty coverage is transferrable to the new owner in the event that you sell the home or building in which the contractor has designed and built.
  • The length of time as well as limitations should be covered. Warranties should cover materials and workmanship, and names and addresses of the warrantor. This may include the contractor, manufacturer, and distributor.
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Top 10 Requests
Top Service Requests from Design & Build Contractors

Design & build contractors in Sonoma County, including the larger cities of Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Windsor, and Healdsburg, provide all types of design and build projects. Following is a list of the most popular projects.

Beach homes
A beach home is a home designed for the beach. Typically beach homes are a form of a vacation home rather than a permanent residence....

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Design & build contractors in Sonoma County, including the larger cities of Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Windsor, and Healdsburg, provide all types of design and build projects. Following is a list of the most popular projects.

Beach homes
A beach home is a home designed for the beach. Typically beach homes are a form of a vacation home rather than a permanent residence.

A-frame homes
A-frame houses feature steeply-angled sides that usually begin at or near the foundation line and meet at the top, creating a home that looks like the letter A.

Green homes
Green homes are built using a process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout the building’s life-cycle. This “green” process includes design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. The purpose of a “green” home is to reduce the overall impact of the home on the human health and natural environment.

Luxury homes
Luxury homes are high-end homes in affluent communities. The high-end status is determined by location, property entry, architecture, décor, decadent amenities, entertainment capability, grounds, etc.

Split-level homes
A split-level home is similar to a ranch home. It features three levels of living space on a floor plan that makes economical use of the building lot.

Home additions
Home additions can be added to your home in order to increase its value and comfort. These additions include sunrooms, pop-top home additions, multi-level additions, or multi-room additions.

Victorian homes
Victorian homes are usually two story homes with steep roof pitches, turrets, and dormers. Typically a Victorian home has a large porch as well.

Craftsman homes
Craftsman homes is an American architectural design tht began in the last years of the 19th century. It has its origins from the British arts and crafts movement, emphasizing the hand-made over the mass-produced. Craftsman homes feature simplicity of form, local natural materials, and visibility of handicraft.

Log homes
Log homes are structurally identical to log cabins because they are made from logs that have not been milled into conventional lumber.

Chalet-style homes
Reminiscent of homes on alpine ski slopes, chalet style homes are rustic homes based on Swiss alpine cottages. They have a rectangular shape, big lofts, large windows, and steep gabled roofs.

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If Things Go Wrong
The Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee

Diamond Certified companies are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the company you’ve hired is Diamond Certified and you can’t resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138....

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Diamond Certified companies are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the company you’ve hired is Diamond Certified and you can’t resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138.

Ways to End Conflict with Sonoma County Design & Build Companies
The truth is most design & build contractors in Sonoma County, including the larger cities of Sonoma, Cloverdale, Sebastopol, Cotati, and Guerneville, are honest and really do look out for their customers’ best interests. Still, you should know what to do if you are ever dissatisfied with your local design & build contractor’s service or work.

If you have a complaint or concern about your designing of a project or building of the project, or the service you received from your design & build contractor, immediately speak with the service contractor. It is often best to resolve problems directly with the design & build contractor, minimizing conflict and getting your design & build project done right and on time.

When discussing the issue with the design & build contractor, remember the following tips:

  • Remain calm and polite.
  • Let your design & build contractor know that you’re willing to compromise or negotiate a mutually-beneficial agreement.
  • Review the contract specifications with your contractor and attempt to verbally resolve any problems in person.
  • Make a deadline for resolution, and tell the design & build contractor that you are willing to agree on a mutually-beneficial solution.
  • If the dispute is not resolved to your liking, you may legally withhold payment.
  • As long as building code, safety, and contract guidelines are met, you do have the final say. The contractor was hired by you to complete a project that you are paying for, to your specifications.
  • If you do not get a suitable response, consider sending a letter that outlines the problem and how you would like it resolved. Send the letter by certified mail and request a return receipt. If the problem continues, it may be time for outside intervention.
  • Try discussing the problem with a trusted family member or a friend. If that doesn’t help, you may need to seek legal advice from an attorney.
  • If you have tried all of the above suggestions and the problem continues, you may need to visit your local builders association (LBA) for assistance.

Document your concerns in writing with the design & build contractor service or photograph your design & build project and the parts used if you have worries about the quality of the work or the materials used. Write down the design & build contractor’s response to your complaints in case you need records for future arbitration.

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Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Terms Used By Local Design/Build Contractors
Custom outdoor space by a design & build construction company.
A swimming pool and deck area designed and built for the space. Photo: Matoza Construction (2012)

Below are key design/build contractor terms and descriptions that will help you through your design and build project.

blueprint
A blueprint is a paper reproduction of an architectural design. Usually these paper drawings are on white paper with blue lines but it is a generic term for any detailed architectural design.

Also known as: the blueprint, home blueprints, half pipe blueprints, house blue prints, blue print maker, construction blueprints...

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Below are key design/build contractor terms and descriptions that will help you through your design and build project.

blueprint
A blueprint is a paper reproduction of an architectural design. Usually these paper drawings are on white paper with blue lines but it is a generic term for any detailed architectural design.

Also known as: the blueprint, home blueprints, half pipe blueprints, house blue prints, blue print maker, construction blueprints

change order
A written order to the contractor that details changes to the specified work quantities or modifications that are in the original contract.

Also known as: construction change order form, change order request form, change order form template

commercial building construction
This is a reference to constructing a commercial building that will be used for business purposes.

Also known as: industrial building construction, building construction companies, commercial building, commercial building contractors, commercial buildings, metal building construction, commercial building contractor, construction cost for commercial building, residential construction companies, commercial building construction costs

commercial buildings
A commercial building is a building used for commercial use. Types include retail, such as convenience stores, shopping malls, etc., warehouses, and office buildings.

Also known as: commercial buildings for lease, commercial storage buildings, prefabricated commercial buildings, steel commercial buildings, commercial building plans, commercial building designs, commercial building inspection

custom home designs
Custom home designs are designs for home that are modern and unique.

Also known as: custom home plans, home designs, custom designed homes, luxury home designs, custom design homes, small home designs, new custom homes, custom home construction, contemporary home designs

design-bid-build services
This is a reference to a project delivery system used in the construction industry. In this method, the design and construction services are contracted by a single contractor or business known as the design-build contractor.

designers
Designers have expertise in certain areas of home remodeling and decor, such as kitchens or bathrooms.

exteriordesign-build services
This is a type of construction in which the exterior view of a property is designed and built by a single entity known as the design-build contractor.

Also known as: exterior design, design build companies, exterior designers, design build firm, exterior design ideas, exterior home design, design build architects, house exterior design

generalcontractors
General contractors manage all aspects of a project. This includes hiring and supervising subcontractors, obtaining materials and building permits, and scheduling inspections.

Also known as: certified general contractors, association of general contractors

high-end home design/build services
High-end homes are luxurious homes in affluent communities. The high-end status is determined by location, property entry, architecture, decor, decadent amenities, entertainment capability, grounds, etc.

Also known as: luxury homes, high end homes for sale, high end real estate, high end mobile homes, high end home builders, luxury houses for sale, luxury home for sale

home addition design-build services
This is a reference to the design and construction services being contracted by a single contractor or business known as the design-build contractor to add an additional room or rooms to a home.

Also known as: home addition plan, home additions, home additions remodeling, home addition design, home addition designer, custom home design build, home addition plans

home floor plans
This is the blueprint or design for a home that is typically drawn up by an architect.

Also known as: luxury home floor plans, log home floor plans, ranch home floor plans, small home floor plans, home floor plans free, modular home floor plans

home remodeling designs and construction
In this method, the design and construction services are contracted by a single contractor or business known as the design-build contractor to remodel a home.

Also known as: home remodeling design, remodeling design, home remodeling contractors, kitchen remodeling design, home remodeling kitchen, kitchen remodeling designs, home construction remodeling, home remodeling plans, homes remodeling, room additions, home remodeling contractor, house remodeling plans, home remodeling companies, home remodeling additions, remodeling designs, home remodeling company

interiordesign-build services
In this method, the design and construction services are contracted by a single contractor or business known as the design-build contractor in order to remodel the interior of a home or building.

Also known as: office interior design, interior design office, interior designers office, office interior designers, interior designs office, interior design services

kitchen designs
This is a reference to the different designs or constructions of a kitchen.

Also known as: galley kitchen designs, best kitchen designs, kitchen designs photos, traditional kitchen designs, kitchen designs with islands, outdoor kitchen designs, kitchen design software, kitchen design gallery, kitchen designs on a budget

licensedarchitects
Architects who have met the standards for licensing by the California Architects Board are licensed. This includes completion of the two state-run intern development programs known as CIDP and IDP; completion of the Architect Registration Examination; and completion of the oral examination known as the CSE.

specialtycontractors
Specialty contractors install particular aspects of a project such as the plumbing or electrical work.

standard bid
The traditional cost that is associated with the materials and labor needed to construct the project.

subcontractor
Any constructor who contracts to perform parts of the work of a project that the original contractor contacted to do.

Also known as: subcontractor agreement template, subcontractor agreement, subcontractor agreement form, sample subcontractor agreement, subcontractor agreement, subcontractor agreement construction, subcontractors insurance, insurance for subcontractors

tenant improvements
This is a reference to improving an apartment complex through renovations that is being rented by tenants, or renters.

Also known as: tenant improvement contractors, tenant improvement allowance

vacation home
This is a home that is used seasonally as a vacation residence rather than being lived in year round.

Also known as: vacation home plans, rent a vacation home, vacation homes for rent

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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ for Local Design/Build Contracting Companies

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified design and build contractor?...

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Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified design and build contractor?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a design and build contractor with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country's most in-depth rating process. Only design and build contractors rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can't pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you'll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified design and build contractor.

Q: What are the advantages of a design/build project?
A: There are several advantages to a design/build project that include sole source responsibility; it's a straight-forward approach to design with greater flexibility; better quality control; participation by the client in selection of materials; rapid response to changes in scope with minimal paperwork, and more.

Q: What are the design/build contractor's responsibilities?
A: His responsibilities include quoting on work within his area of expertise; stating clearly in his proposal exactly what will be done, what is not included, what the price will be, and what the schedule will be; producing a functional system that actually functions completely to the satisfaction of you, the client.

Q: What are my responsibilities as a client?
A: The client's responsibilities include treating the design/build proposal as confidential rather than shopping the proposal on the open market; checking references of those submitting proposals; and pay the hired contractor for the work done.

Q: Why doesn't a design/build contractor sell design services alone?
A: It may represent a loss of alternate design/build business as it ties up a design staff. Furthermore, the typical design/build contractor does not carry liability insurance to cover his designs if they are installed by somebody else.

Q: Is it possible to use a specific design/build contractor yet retain competitive prices?
A: The answer is yes because typically contractors agree to provide a complete design and construct project on a "guaranteed maximum" basis. They will agree to charge a set amount for a project and no more, assuming the scope does not change. If the costs are less than originally estimated, savings are passed on to the client on a pre-agreed basis.

Q: How long will my construction project take to complete?
A: That depends on the job. When you meet with your contractor, they should be able to fairly accurately determine an estimated end date.

Q: Do design/build contractors operate a clean worksite?
A: It is a good idea to check the work of a design/build contractor before hiring to see if, in fact, they operate clean worksite. Check to see if they use floor protectors and put plastic sheets for dust containment. Note if there is a line item in the contract that includes jobsite setup, cleanup, and portable facilities.

Q: If I am a contractor, can I work with a design/build team on my project to reduce the cost?
A: Many design/build contractors are happy to work alongside their clients as long as they are qualified. However, sometimes lesser skilled, free labor can actually increase the overall cost of a project.

Q: How do I know that a design/build contractor is not marking up your credit allowances?
A: A quality design/build firm will have open and transparent paperwork. They should be able to show you receipts for what has been purchased, including contractor discounts.

Q: Can a design/build contractor give estimates over the phone?
A: That depends on the job. A simple job such as putting up a fence can generally be quoted regarding the price of various fencing materials. But more complex jobs will require an on-site inspection in order to quote an accurate estimate.

Q: Are estimates of design/build companies negotiable?
A: Generally they are not. A quality design/build firm will give a fair estimate based on current market prices for your community. They may be able to work with you in lowering the overall cost by using different materials or coming up with a more efficient design.

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Consumer Agencies
Associations for Design and Build Contractors

Design-Build Institute of America (www.dbia.org)
ABC Associated Builders and Contractors (http://www.abc.org/)
AGC of America Associated General Contractors of America (http://www.agc.org/)
ASA American Subcontractors Association (http://www.assaonline.com/)...

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Design-Build Institute of America (www.dbia.org)
ABC Associated Builders and Contractors (http://www.abc.org/)
AGC of America Associated General Contractors of America (http://www.agc.org/)
ASA American Subcontractors Association (http://www.assaonline.com/)
CBIA California Building Industry Association (http://www.cbia.org/)CSLB Contractors State License Board (http://www.cslb.ca.gov/)
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs (www.dca.ca.gov)
HBANC Home Builders Association of Northern California (http://www.hbanc.org/)
NAHB National Association of Home Builders (http://www.nahb.org/)
NCBE North Coast Builders Exchange (http://www.ncbeonline.com/)
NSCA National Systems Contractors Association (http://www.nsca.org/)
NUCA National Utility Contractors Association (http://www.nuca.com/)

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Industry Information
Sonoma County Design & Build Contractor Information
Types of Design & Build ProjectsTypes of Design & Build Contractor Services Available in Sonoma CountyCities Served Zip Codes Served
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Alexander Valley
Annapolis
Asti
Bloomfield
Bodega
Bodega Bay
Boyes Hot Springs
Camp Meeker
Cazadero
Cloverdale
Cotati
Duncans Mills
El Verano
Eldridge
Fallon
Fetters Hot Springs
Forestville
Fort Ross
Freestone
Fulton
Geyserville
Glen Ellen
Graton
Guerneville
Guernewood
Healdsburg
Jenner
Kenwood
Lakeville
Larkfield
Lytton
Mark West
Monte Rio
Occidental
Penngrove
Petaluma
Rio Nido
Rohnert Park
Roseland
Russian River
Russian River Meadows
Salmon Creek
Santa Rosa
Schellville
Sebastopol
Sheridan
Sonoma
Stewarts Point Rancheria
Temelec
the Geysers
Sea Ranch
Two Rock
Valley Ford
Villa Grande
Vineburg
Windsor
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A-frame homesluxury home renovations
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sustainable homeshome remodeling designs & construction
Victorian homestenant improvements
commercial buildingscommercial building construction