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DESIGNfirst Builders LLC

4.6

(196) Verified Reviews

Founded 2005 • With Angi since April 2007

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Hours

Sunday
Closed
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
Closed

Company Contact

1201 Norwood Ave.

Itasca, IL 60143

Description

DESIGNfirst Builders is a premier Chicago home remodeling company and all-inclusive design/build firm located in Itasca. We specialize in kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, basement remodeling and basement finishing as well as home additions, room additions and design. Serving all of Chicagoland we have over 100 years combined experience and are dedicated to simplifying the renovation process and building sophisticated spaces that add value to your home or business. We will also build your custom home on the lot of your choice. When DESIGNfirst was founded in 2006, we had a staff of three people managing all design, development and construction for projects throughout Chicagoland. Today we have a large team of Designers, Architects, Managers, Contractors and more to assist you in defining, expanding and building your dream space. ​We also offer financing options, client referral rewards, excellent customer service and have various industry partners offering discounts exclusive to our clients. We do everything with the client in mind to ensure a smooth process in creating every dream space!...

Verified Reviews

4.6

(196) Verified Reviews

Ratings Distribution

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Rating Details

Price

4.5

Professionalism

4.7

Punctuality

4.5

Quality

4.8

Responsiveness

4.6

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3.0

03/05/2021

A mixed review—great final product, terrible process. We were incredibly upfront about our budget and our priorities. We explained that the contract absolutely needed to come in below $40,000—knowing that there would be change orders and unexpected costs along the way that would likely increase that number. After some back and forth, Matt came back with some options—it came in at $47,000 but then ...

Description of Work
Added Bathroom

Category ceramic tile,drywall,electrician,lighting,home remodeling

Cost $45,000

Services Performed? Yes

Work Completed On 05/31/2020

5.0

02/17/2021

DESIGNfirst did a great job designing a new open concept kitchen and dining room along with a bathroom remodel. Our outdated kitchen and dining room were due for an overhaul. The design process was very professional and they were able to make revisions to meet our price range. The lead designer, Danielle came up with the innovative idea to We closed on financing and everything went into lock down ...

Description of Work
Design and remodel kitchen, dining room and bathroom

Category ceramic tile,countertops,drywall,electrician,picture framing,hardwood floor,insulation,interior designers,plumbing,remodeling,home builders,marble & granite,home remodeling

Cost $138,000

Services Performed? Yes

Hire Again? Yes

Work Completed On 07/24/2020

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5.0

02/09/2021

We worked with Linda at DESIGNfirst to scope out initial designs for multiple variations of a major multi-floor / multi-room remodel of our home. She was extremely helpful in proposing and developing design ideas and effective at working with her team to turn around our proposal variations in a timely fashion with high quality. We ultimately held off on our remodeling plans for reasons completely ...

Description of Work
Major Remodel

Category remodeling,home remodeling,basement remodeling

Hire Again? Yes

Work Completed On 11/30/2020

5.0

11/30/2020

It went very well and I'm very pleased with my beautiful, updated space!. There were a couple small issues that caused minor delays, but my project manager, Rick Divito, helped me with them to complete the work. I would definitely use Design First again and I have recommended them to friends.

Description of Work
Remodel of my kitchen, power room, and work in family room and foyer.

Category architect

Cost $82,000

Services Performed? Yes

Hire Again? Yes

Work Completed On 11/30/2020

Service Provider Response

Hi [Member Name Removed], Thank you for the kind words, we truly appreciate it! We are excited to get your project photographed! Thank you, Dakota Dotson DESIGNFirst Builders
5.0

10/30/2020

We are very pleased with the result of our remodel. We wanted a complete gut/renovation and this was our first major renovation, so we were of course concerned about cost and time--and not knowing really what questions to ask. DesignFirst was a great partner through the project. Their designers came up with a thoughtful design, but were also happy to tweak things that we wanted to change. Their cu...

Description of Work
Full kitchen remodel

Category contractors,ceramic tile,countertops,drywall,electrician,egress windows,flooring contractor,picture framing,hardwood floor,heating & air conditioning/hvac,insulation,interior designers,lighting,masonry,plumbing,woodworking,architect,home remodeling,doors

Cost $42,000

Services Performed? Yes

Hire Again? Yes

Work Completed On 06/01/2020

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Review for DESIGNfirst Builders LLC - 1201 Norwood Ave., Itasca, IL - 38991937

Service Provider Response

Hi [Member Name Removed], Thank you so much for the kind words - we enjoyed working on your kitchen remodel and are happy to hear you were pleased with our services! Thank you, Dakota Dotson DESIGNFirst Builders
5.0

10/30/2020

This whole process went smoother than expected and all done in the middle of a pandemic. We love the work Design 1st did on our home and never imagined our home could have all the new features they provided.

Description of Work
Kitchen remodel, tv room restructure, new screened porch

Category countertops,decks,drywall,electrician,flooring contractor,insulation,interior designers,lighting,remodeling,marble & granite,architect,home remodeling,doors

Cost $120,000

Hire Again? Yes

Work Completed On 05/14/2020

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Review for DESIGNfirst Builders LLC - 1201 Norwood Ave., Itasca, IL - 38991411

Service Provider Response

Hi [Member Name Removed], Thank you so much for the kind words - we enjoyed working on your kitchen remodel and are happy to hear you're enjoying the new space. Thank you, Dakota Dotson DESIGNFirst Builders
5.0

07/20/2020

Amazing team and experience from start to finish. We went down to the studs and the outcome came out exactly the way it was drawn up. They acknowledge any of my concerns and came up with great ideas and results. All the workers were very timely and friendly. They treated my house as if it were there own. We couldn’t be happier!!!!

Description of Work
Kitchen and Bathroom Remodel

Category custom cabinets,contractors,ceramic tile,closet systems,countertops,drywall,electrician,flooring contractor,picture framing,handyman service,hardwood floor,interior designers,lighting,plumbing,remodeling,home builders,marble & granite,architect,home remodeling,doors

Services Performed? Yes

Hire Again? Yes

Work Completed On 07/03/2020

Service Provider Response

Hi [Member Name Removed], Thank you so much for the kind words, we enjoyed creating your dream space! Thank you, DESIGNFIRST BUILDERS
4.0

07/15/2020

Our job started on February 18 and completed July 2, 2020. The work that was done in our home - so far - seems to be good quality. Time will tell if the work is solid, but so far, so good. If you have your pick, request Gary and Jack to supervise your job. They are both top notch. Kordi did a great job on the architectural design. Internal staff are also very pleasant and responsive. There are som...

Description of Work
Kitchen remodel, bath addition, bath remodel

Category architect,home remodeling

Cost $130,000

Services Performed? Yes

Hire Again? Yes

Work Completed On 07/15/2020

Service Provider Response

Hello, thank you so much for the kind review. We enjoyed creating your addition/remodel and are happy to hear you're enjoying the space. Thanks, DESIGNFirst Builders
5.0

04/13/2020

We received multiple estimates, and decided to go with DesignFirst Builders for numerous reasons. Promptness, Showroom, the amount of different types of cabinets, counters, tiles, flooring and more. They also had numerous prices and quality from low to high depending on the cost of the addition to which build. From the start to finish of the project we dealt with multiple architects, designer's an...

Description of Work
Home addition, Butler's Pantry / Laundry Room / dog Wash / more

Category custom cabinets,ceramic tile,countertops,drywall,electrician,egress windows,flooring contractor,picture framing,hardwood floor,heating & air conditioning/hvac,insulation,interior designers,lighting,plumbing,remodeling,roofing,siding,replacement windows,woodworking,marble & granite,architect,home remodeling,doors

Services Performed? Yes

Hire Again? Yes

Work Completed On 02/20/2020

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Service Provider Response

[Member Name Removed], Thank you so much for the kind words! We are very happy you chose us and are very pleased to hear you're happy with your new space!
5.0

04/13/2020

We could not be happier with our new master suite. We added a master bath and walk in closet to our bedroom. Design First did a fantastic job from beginning to end. Very professional, clean and courteous tradesmen came into my home and I felt very comfortable with everyone involved. Would highly recommend Design First to anyone looking to remodel or add on to their home.

Description of Work
Remodel Master Bedroom /added bathroom

Category custom cabinets,ceramic tile,closet systems,countertops,drywall,electrician,flooring contractor,picture framing,hardwood floor,insulation,lighting,plumbing,remodeling,woodworking,architect,home remodeling,doors

Cost $35,000

Services Performed? Yes

Hire Again? Yes

Work Completed On 04/01/2019

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Service Provider Response

[Member Name Removed], Thank you very much for the kind words and we had a pleasure working on your bathroom projects!

Services Offered

Architects and building design, home, bumpout and multi-story additions, kitchen, bathroom and basement remodeling projects that include general contracting & home construction needs.

Services Not Offered

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General Information
Free Estimates
Yes
Eco-Friendly Accreditations
Yes
Payment Options
Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Financing Available
Senior Discount
Emergency Service
Yes
Warranties
Yes