Our Philosophy

The Genesis of “Design-Build” Custom Home Building

Today’s conventional construction process separates clients from the designers, architects and builders who give live to the client’s desires. The result is highly counterproductive, often creating an atmosphere of distrust, frustration and poor communication, which leads to poor quality and increased cost. We reject that traditional process and have created our own advanced method called the “Design-Build” process, which fosters collaboration among the various professionals and the client, resulting in optimal efficiency and on-going communications. This process affords you many benefits, including:
  • Lower total cost for custom built homes
  • Early price testing of concepts, preventing costly design changes after design is complete
  • Better adherence to budgetary constraints
  • Faster move-in
  • Fewer delays
  • Quicker issue resolution

Begin With Design

Our projects are of the highest quality because we collaborate with you before the building begins. Our in-house architectural team led by our President, Cheryl Lee utilize a computer-aided design (CAD) system and Chief Architect to make this collaboration easy. Whether you have a few ideas or examples floor plans, we will create a custom home design that will reflect your personality and accommodate your lifestyle. During this process, we will address design challenges with creative and practical alternatives. For example, we believe in integrating the building site into the design plan, taking advantage of the land's shape, designing for natural light and organizing space toward visual points of interest. We design toward minimizing waste, reducing energy consumption and maximizing value. Our goal is to be inventive in achieving a beautiful and functional solution. And as an Energy Star® partner and certified Green Professional for more than 10 years, we design Illinois custom built and semi-custom homes that meet or exceed the minimum Model Energy Code requirements. Our full-service design team also includes our Interior Designer, April Theisen and Selections Coordinator Tonja Boots, who will work with you to plan how you will fill your custom built home with color, fixtures and accents to complete the story. The result is a custom-designed home that is never duplicated, retaining its value and pleasure for years to come.

Build With True Craftsmanship

Our custom built homes are constructed with superior craftsmanship, quality materials and keen attention to detail, leveraging our relationships with some of the area's finest contractors. These professional partnerships help to ensure the quality of our homes. Our Construction Manager and Vice President, Bradford Lee inspects each and every home daily and guides our team of professionals using the plans and specifications. For example, our typical building components and techniques address prevention of drafts and moisture control, increased levels of insulation, insulated/low-e windows thoughtfully placed for cross ventilation, natural light and privacy. All air-exchange systems we select create a healthy environment with optimum energy efficiency. We’ve teamed up with companies such as Honeywell and their Enviracaire Elite™ products to improve your home’s indoor air quality and increase your comfort and peace of mind. Our focus on the details continues through to the interior trim work of your home. Whether it is a built-in media cabinet, book shelf, or bench, our quality and craftsmanship ensures that these features will not only be a focal point in your home; they will become elements of your lifestyle for many years.

Focus On Customer Satisfaction

Whether we are designing, building or finishing your home, our team is committed to providing the intangible benefits of honesty, pride, ingenuity and resourcefulness. We take great pride in knowing that every one of our homes will stand the test of time and hold its value. That commitment doesn’t stop once you move into your new home.  Brian Blazek, our Customer Service Coordinator will work closely with you when an occasional problem may arise. We offer a comprehensive builder’s warranty management system to respond quickly and professionally to any warranty problem that arises. We believe our commitment to design excellence, superior craftsmanship and exceptional customer service results in the most beautiful, energy efficient homes that our clients will treasure and experience a long-lasting value and return on their investment for years to come.

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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