Design Build North County utilizes a full service Design-Build approach


Collaborative design with clients

 Early cost estimation

Permitting and plan check

Construction: Additions and all-new

Custom cabinetry and closets


STAGE 1: Schematic Design is the first phase in which proposed building and design layouts based on the client's needs and desires are created for approval. 3D visualizations allow for clear communication of the proposals.

STAGE 2: Design Development is the phase in which the approved schematic design is further developed through the use of more detailed 3D models with photo-realistic renderings of the proposed design.

STAGE 3: Construction Documents are the third phase in which a working plan set is created with the information necessary to construct the design in compliance with current building codes. The plan is formatted to be submitted to the local building and planning departments. These involve floor plans, elevations, and sections, along with civil and/or structural engineering sheets, calculations, and details.


We begin developing an estimated construction budget for the project during the initial phases of design. This allows the client to know what the costs of construction are. The design may change based on client feedback with respect to early cost estimations. Transparency of all costs is paramount to establishing and maintaining client trust.


When the construction documents are complete, they are submitted along with initial plan check fees which vary from city to city. The first department to approve the set is the Planning Department, which verifies the local zoning ordinance has been followed with respect to setbacks, height limits, floor area ratio and other pertinent categories. Depending on whether there are new utility connections and/or storm water runoff considerations, the Engineering Department gives feedback and approves the plans. Finally, the Building Department verifies the plans are drawn according to the most recent building, plumbing and electrical codes. Depending on each department's feedback, corrections are made and the plans are resubmitted until the permit is acquired.


SMALL SCOPE: This category is representative of interior improvements such as bathrooms, flooring and kitchen, including the removal and addition of walls in order to best-improve the space.

MEDIUM SCOPE: Small additions and the construction of secondary structures like Accessory Dwelling Units (Granny Flats) and second stories represent the types of projects that fall in this category.

LARGE SCOPE: New construction, from the ground up, is considered a larger project that typically requires more time for permitting. Because there are various phases embodied in this category, such as the new foundation, framing, plumbing, electrical, insulation, drywall, exterior siding, roofing, cabinetry and other interior finishes, the interior design portion of the project may evolve slightly after clients begin walking through the newly framed spaces.

custom cabinetry

Whether kitchens or closets, clients have the opportunity to select from a vast range of cabinetry styles and finishes. Customizations with respect to spice racks, bookshelves and space-saving features allow clients to tailor these components to their particular needs.