The Design / Build Advantage

How does hiring an experienced design / build company save you money? Read on.


Whats New:

BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Specialist.

demoRich Cowgill, CR, GCP Has completed the training and testing to become a BPI Certified Building Analyst and Envelope Specialist. As a Building Analyst he is capable of conducting comprehensive testing and evaluation of your home and your appliances. These tests include blower door testing, CAZ (Combustion Appliance Zone) testing and infiltration measurements. For more information call 708-467-0944.

Updated: December 21, 2011

Current News:

Mighty House University

demoThe Mighty House Team will present the Mighty House University series of homeowner workshops begining October, 2012. The series of five classes are designed to familiarize homeowners with their homes and teach them to do everyday and special tasks like a pro. Topics will cover drywall repair, painting, tile installation and more. Go to or for dates and registration. Participants that complete all five classes will receive a certificate of completion. Course is free and held at Habitat for Humanitie's Restore in Elgin, 800 N. State St.

Updated: August 30, 2012

Recent Events:

Mighty House Radio Show

demoRich Cowgill, CR, GCP has joined the Mighty House Team! Listen to the Radio show on Saturdays, on 820AM or 99.9FM, 92.5 FM or 92.7 FM. Join Robbie Erhardt, Ron Cowgill CR, GCP, CKBR and Rich Cowgill, CR, GCP,  at 8:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Call with your home improvement questions. For more information

Updated: October 16, 2012

Design Build Advantage


The Design / Build Advantage

       Design/Build is the comprehensive process that encompasses every aspect of design, budget, and construction, providing my homeowner with a single source of contact and responsibility for everything related to their home or remodeling project while it's being designed and built. No more confusing communications with a variety of professionals – architect, builder, electrician, plumber. Instead, you have a single person responsible for your project and coordinating it all.
    While there may be a perception of loss of competition or additional cost the opposite is true. Competitive bid projects (getting plans from an architect and calling multiple contractors), actually generate an adversarial situation. You the owner have one price in mind. The architect may be concerned about your budget but, without current pricing and work standards they may draw exactly what you requested. Only for you to find out later it can't be built. Furthermore, when a problem arises, the owner may blame the contractor, the contractor may blame the architect. Design build allows the job to progress more fluidly. Saving time and money.

Here's the step-by-step design/build process:

  • Initial consultation to establish the project scope and understand your "wish list"
  • Acceptance of Design/Build order
  • Acceptance and/or revision of plans and proposal
  • Final project scope development and pricing
  • Product selections (siding, roofing, windows, doors, cabinets, etc.)
  • Site assessment with trade specialists
  • Order acceptance and construction deposit
  • Permits obtained and products ordered
  • Construction schedule established
  • Construction according to plan, schedule and budget
  • Homeowner walk-through and acceptance
  • Project Completion


Request a list of references that have used our design / build services. They can explain exactly how smooth your project can go. ON BUDGET, ON TIME!





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