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Who We Are

When DESIGNfirst was founded in 2006, we had a staff of three people managing all design, development and construction for projects throughout Chicago & its suburbs. Since then, our staff and our reputation has grown, and now DESIGNfirst is widely recognized for our unique approach to the design/build process in Chicago and beyond.

Our History

We started DESIGNfirst because we had seen the design/build market in Chicago & its suburbs, and we wanted to take it in a new direction. We care about our clients as much as we care about our projects, so we designed our process to make remodeling and renovating as homeowner-friendly as possible. Our uniquely streamlined, all-in-one approach has made us a top choice for design/build projects in and around Chicago for more than seven years, and every year, we’re proud to build lasting relationships with new clients and allow people to experience the DESIGNfirst difference for themselves.

Our Team

At DESIGNfirst, we do it all. When you’re planning an addition, a remodel, or a renovation for your home, you shouldn’t have to struggle to balance the schedules and budgets of designers, independent contractors and special handymen. Our in-house team coordinates everything and everyone for you, working around your budget and helping guide you through the process from start to finish. It’s this hands-on, personal and inclusive service that has changed the way our clients throughout Chicago & its suburbs think about design/build projects.


Our Showroom

Want to see what we can do for yourself? Our 12,000-square-foot showroom gives you an inside look at what our designers and builders could do for you. With two fully functional kitchen vignettes, a fully functioning steam shower/bath combo and thousands of samples for you to freely browse, we’re ready to give you a closer look.

Our design team is here to help you with any questions, or even to set up a free in-home consultation.


Award Winning


Matt from DESIGNfirst was our Job manager and was the best, we could not be more satisfied! DESIGNfirst will be the company to re-hab our upper bed room and guest room this coming spring with Sean as the designer.
Thomas K.