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CL Design-Build Celebrates Milestone

August 1, 2014
CLDB plans & modelChicago area company CL Design-Build, Inc. celebrates 14 years of home building in August. The family-owned, award winning business was founded in 2000 to offer a complete design and home building service to those in search of a quality home that fits their lifestyle, tastes, and budget. The company offers a one-point of contact for their clients for any size or style of home. “Most builders only build the home that someone else designed for them or build the same home over and over again as if everyone buying their home lives the same lifestyle. I felt that I could better serve our clients by creating the design-build team,” said Cheryl Lee, president of CL Design-Build. “What sets us apart is our homes are truly CUSTOM, not cookie-cutter, and our designs are unique, not outsourced.” The design-build team is comprised of experienced architects, interior designers, and construction managers. The process provides clients with greater flexibility and creativity, better communication, less risk, faster delivery, singular responsibility, and increased cost savings versus separately hiring the architect & builder. Unlike many architects, we know the costs to build, so we design with those costs in mind, and unlike most general contractors, we understand the structural capacity of material without compromising the design integrity, so we build with design in mind. Essentially we take our clients from an “idea” to handing them the keys to the door.” Today the design-builder is able to help their clients in every aspect of the building process. If a client does not already have a plan or drawing, CL Design-Build will help them create a plan from clippings and pictures of what they like. The client is also asked to bring a “wish list” of amenities they want to see incorporated into their project. Just before the plans are completed, the interior design team works with the client to select the finishing touches of their home such as fixtures, flooring and cabinets. Once the drawing and budget is agreed upon, CL Design-Build starts managing the construction phase of the project as the builder. CL Design-Build prides itself on the relationship with their clients as well. Lee adds “We are with our clients every step of the way. I personally meet with our clients throughout the design of their home, during color & material selections with our interior designer, and at least 5 or 6 times on site during construction to ensure that their home is being completed to their expectations. It’s about quality, not quantity.” Due to this personal attention, their relationships with their clients last long after the warranty ends. “It is not uncommon for our past clients to open their doors to show off the quality and design of their homes to our prospective clients. That means so very much to me.” says Lee. Over the last 14 years CL Design-Build has designed and built homes ranging in size from 2,100sf to 11,800sf all over the Fox Valley area. If you are interested in finding out more about CL Design-Build, please contact them at 630-882-8822, [email protected] or visit their website at You can also follow them on Facebook at and see their work on [contact-form subject='[CLDesignBuild%26#039;s Blog'][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email' required='1'/][contact-field label='Website' type='url'/][contact-field label='Comment' type='textarea' required='1'/][/contact-form]

While Bob and I have worked with CL Design Build, the experience has been positive, professional, and one we would pursue again. Our dream home was creatively designed balancing practicality and cost. Cheryl’s attention to detail will make our home a focal point of the neighborhood. Thanks to all at CL Design Build!

~ Bob and Ann Elwood

We met with 5 different local builders when we started this custom build adventure. Cheryl Lee, hands down, left the best impression. She was knowledgeable, open to and interested in our ideas. They were always timely and attentive to any and all questions that we had and patient and informative when we were chewing over a decision. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience than working with the CL Design-Build team! Danielle Brown

~ Danielle Brown

We enjoyed working with CL Design Build to build our 100% custom dream home. Starting with a blank piece of paper, we were able to build our home from bottom to top using our own ideas and concepts. We are really enjoying our home today.

~ Doug and Cinda Coyne

That teamwork between Brad and Cheryl ensured that we received the best that is available. There is a trust and bond between CL Design-Build and their clients that gave us peace of mind. The numerous compliments that we receive on our beautiful home are tremendous!

~ Richard and Kristine Christie