By Renée Biery

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Add-on’s, renovations, and new construction homes can seem intimidating to take on. How do you even get started? How do you find and manage contractors? What surprises should you anticipate coming up? How long do these things take?

In this podcast, you will learn all that and so much more!

One Designer’s Opinion on Working with a Design-Build Team

What you will learn from this episode: 

  • What design-build firms are and what they do

  • The pros and cons of working with a design-build team as both a homeowner and an interior designer

  • How to speak up if you are not happy with any part of the team

Today’s topic is another one that comes from you, the listener.

It has come up a lot recently and seems to be a trend that people are interested in learning more about. Many people have asked my opinion on working with design-build firms. These are one-stop shops, usually with multiple in-house experts such as an architectural team, a design team, and a construction team.

While this could be valuable for some projects, others may not be that simple.

In this episode, I share my opinion of the pros and cons of working with design-build teams, both as a homeowner and an interior designer. Which I believe depends on what you are trying to achieve.

Homeowners, if you are working with a design-build team and it’s going strong, then bravo. I’d like to hear more about it. But if something feels a bit off, speak up, try to figure out what’s wrong, see if it can be improved or replaced.

This is your project and your money, so please use it wisely to ensure that your investment in your own home is successful.

Interior designers, I understand the allure or desire to be a part of a bigger team and that it might give you a leg up in your career. And it might, in the short term. I would much rather you align with another interior designer and learn the ropes from them so that you can flourish on your own if that is what your end goal is.

I love diving into topics like this, and to be truthful, I never would have covered this had I not been asked repeatedly by all of you. So, this is the perfect example of why I’m always saying drop me a line, ask me a question. It may turn into a podcast that we can all learn and grow from. You can reach me at or DM me on Instagram @devignierdesign.

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