Luxury Denver Design/Build Services
Let us guide you towards a personalized, positive and prompt home remodeling experience that elevates the way you dwell, work and play.
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As one of Denver’s top design/build firms for over 35 years, we recognize the mix of excitement and overwhelm that comes with embarking on a home remodel journey. The quest to create a timeless and captivating design can quickly become daunting and even paralyzing when faced with countless decisions day after day.
That’s why we created an empowering support system to fuel your journey from the very beginning.
Rather than rushing into any sort of agreement, we invest ample time into understanding your unique personality, taste and lifestyle to curate a personalized remodel plan for your needs and desires. We provide a nurturing environment for you to explore possibilities, weigh choices and embark on your home remodel journey with confidence.
Whether you ultimately choose us as your contractor or decide to explore other options, we want you to feel empowered and secure in your decision-making.
Questions about remodeling? Give us a call today!
We did an extensive kitchen and bathroom remodel. Lennie and his team at DBD were incredibly detailed and patient. His thoughtful approach to planning made the construction phase so much more enjoyable. Lennie only works with top-notch professionals, whom we developed complete trust with. We lived in the house during construction, and Lennie went to great lengths to ensure our comfort. I would not only recommend Lennie & DBD, I was rehire them for future projects.
Lennie did a complete remodeling of our kitchen, master bathroom and basement, mostly when we were away from home. He is extremely diligent, creative and accomodating in every way. Besides our trust in Lennie, we trusted his sub-contractors because we believed in Lennie so much. I would trust Lennie to do an excellent job, which he has proven over and over again for us, and I recommend him to anyone who is looking to get a quality piece of work done, no matter what it is.
– Larry Lens
I’ve worked on numerous projects with Lennie and DBD over the past 8 years. He continues to amaze me with his creativity, attention to detail and workmanship of the highest quality. His designs of basements, home additions, baths and kitchens are always fresh, and they transition very nicely with the existing home; the newly remodeled areas never look like afterthoughts. As a kitchen and bath design professional myself, I like that Lennie is a certified kitchen designer, as well as a licensed general contractor. His many years of kitchen and bath design experience makes my job so much easier when I need to communicate about cabinets, design, field conditions, etc. This scenario is definitely a bonus for me! And I highly recommend DBD for your next remodel.“
– KC Deigns
Lennie’s organizational skills are unlike anything I have ever seen. He knows who, what, when, how and why every step of the way. His clients benefit tremendously from this. His clients also benefit from his realistic budgets, timeline and expectations. He has a passion for helping his clients at any cost. It’s been a pleasure working with him!
– The Flooring Group, Inc.
I’ve hired DBD for three large projects: a kitchen, basement re-build and two baths. I couldn’t be happier with the results. Lennie possesses the ability to discern what the customer wants before they do, and he seamlessly mixes contemporary and antique components for a unique artistic result. I especially appreciate the fact that all sub-contractors are known entities to the owner; I always felt comfortable and safe with them in my home. No one enters my home without commenting on how beautiful it turned out.“
– D. Lsipe
“We’ve had many jobs done by Lennie and his team at DBD. The first was a kitchen remodel. We were out of the country, and I completely trusted the team with my house. The results were beautiful. Next, they redid the basement, which included installing a counter, sink, fridge, ice maker, entertainment center and new cork floors; painting; and redoing the bathroom. It looks beautiful. Lastly, we had the master bath redone. Lennie’s ideas were great, and the final result is stunning. We have really enjoyed working with DBD over the years.”
– C. Jicklens
“I would highly recommend DBD. After my upstairs toilet overflowed for a day while I was at work, I had to get our kitchen ceiling fixed. The first company I hired replaced the sheetrock, retextured the ceiling and repainted the whole ceiling. When I got home, I was horrified. You could definitely see the big piece of sheetrock that had been replaced, and the texture did not match the rest of the ceiling. We asked the company to fix it, and they told us it was impossible to fix it perfectly and make it look like nothing ever happened. That’s when I decided to try another company. I called DBD. Mr. Higgins came that day and assured me that my ceiling could be fixed and look amazing. He explained to me how he intended to do the work, and I could tell he knew what he was talking about. I trusted him, and I’m glad I did. Within 3 days, my ceiling was fixed, retextured and repainted. It looks perfect, and you cannot see the difference between the patched ceiling and the rest of the house. Thanks so much, Mr. Higgins. I will definitely use DBD again.“
– L. Leslie
“We hired Lennie through a recommendation from a friend, and we found him very professional and personable. He designed a kitchen and two bathroom remodels for our townhouse and consulted us every step of the way. He laid out a timetable for the progress of the work and all of the costs. We went to several suppliers to pick out what we wanted in materials, and he never tried to sell us on anything. Instead, he listened and gave us considered opinions. His team was very professional and seemed very competent. There was a bit of a time overrun, as there usually is with projects, but Lennie did his best to get things done in a timely manner. Lennie charges a fair price for his work. He doesn’t come cheap, but you can have complete confidence that your project will come out outstanding. I highly recommend Lennie and his team at DBD.”
– G. Mayson
“We hired Lennie to do a small renovation in our home: replacing windows, including changing the configuration and size of the windows in our family room, changing out doors and putting in a wall of built-in bookcases. While the job was relatively small, it took up a large part of our house, including the family room, study, master bedroom and master bath. Lennie was professional from the very beginning, working with us to make the project work with our budget. He was always punctual, arriving to meetings on time and completing the project within the scheduled time frame. The subcontractors he hired were also respectful and professional, cleaning up after themselves each day. The entire team was friendly to us, our young children and our dog. While renovations are, by their nature, inconvenient and challenging to have going on in your house, Lennie made the experience as pleasant as possible. We are thrilled with the beautiful, high-quality results. We cannot recommend Lennie highly enough!”
– K. Bellon
We have hired DBD for numerous projects over the past 15 years (i.e. kitchen remodel, master bath remodel, basement bar installation, backyard pavilion, wood floor installation), and we’ve had a great experience each time. We have an older house (1938), which is always full of surprises, but each project worked out well. Lennie is a pleasure to work with, and we have recommended him to friends who have been very happy with the outcome of their projects.“
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“I’ve worked for DBD, and I’ve also had work done for me by DBD. Lennie and his team will deliver the best project possible for your budget, and the work will be completed on schedule. Lennie has vast experience in all aspects of design and construction, including extensive hands-on construction experience, so you can feel confident that he will deliver a finished product you truly appreciate. He is someone you can depend on, trust and really enjoy working with from start to finish. That is very rare in this day and age!”
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I bought my house new in 2002, and in 2003, I hired a company to finish my basement. After about 10 years, the house settled, and there were numerous cracks in the drywall. In addition, movement from the upstairs floors put stress on some of the basement door frames, causing issues with opening and closing the doors. I hired DBD to repair the drywall and realign the basement doors and baseboards to better fit with the upstairs floors that had shifted over time. The work was done on time, on budget and to my complete satisfaction. The repairs blended in seamlessly with the original work, and now all of our basement doors work perfectly, just like when they were first installed. I would highly recommend DBD for any repair work, and I will call them again if the need comes up in the future.”
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I’ve been a paint contractor for 19 years, and I’ve worked with countless remodelers and homeowners. DBD is by far the most detailed-oriented company I’ve had the pleasure of working with.”
– Bauer Pro Painting
I hired Lennie and his team at DBD for three home projects: two bathroom remodels, heating and floor improvements and a roofing project. All three projects were were very successful in design, costs and completion dates. I would recommend Lennie for any projects that you are considering.
– N. Benedict
One of the things I like most about Lennie is that I know I can trust what he tells me about renovations/alterations. I talked to him earlier this year about doing some work in my kitchen, and he was truthful in telling me that it would not be a good idea unless I was just doing it for my own enjoyment; i.e., that as an investment to make the house more salable, it would not justify the cost. Lennie has a good eye and a real design talent, not just for the technical work, but also for the aesthetics. His team renovated two old, shabby and unattractive bathrooms in my 1893 home. The upstairs bathroom was really ugly, with cheap paneling and an old sink with exposed pipes. It is now a lovely space, and I look forward to walking into it each morning. We adapted the downstairs bath for aging purposes, including replacing the tub with a shower that includes a grab bar and other features that will help me as I grow older. Both of my bathrooms are now not only more usable, but also more attractive.
– P. Norris
My husband and I have lived in our Denver home for over 30 years. Some of the original remodel work from 1986, including the large kitchen window & door and upper front porch, needed major repair. We worked with Lennie, who was fantastic. He helped us with both the design and build. Our remodel involved three different rooms, and as is par for the course, we expanded the project. My husband and I take some time to agree on a project, but Lennie was patient. He had great suggestions, hired people who were respectful of us and the fact that we were living in the house during the remodel, and cleaned up every day! We are extremely happy with the quality of the work and the end result. Lennie’s suggestions and added touches pulled this remodel together.
– J. Wason
Here to Help You Find Where to Begin
You have decided it is time to remodel, but you’re confused as to where to begin. But most of all you want to avoid the pain of out-of-control costs, projects taking much longer than promised, and negative contractor experiences.
The great news is Design-Build Dwell has reimagined the remodeling process and eliminated pain by simply helping you to break your decision-making down to the Quality of Work and the Quality of Your Experience. By looking at them individually your decision-making becomes much easier.
To help your decision-making, we have created tools to help you discover whether or not your remodeling team has the ability to provide the quality workmanship you need, and more importantly, can they provide the quality experience you deserve.
Our ECAP tool helps evaluate a team’s remodeling experience levels and the teams’ abilities to foresee potential remodeling challenges before they crop up. If a team has limited experience, the challenges that should have been anticipated will pop up, costing you more money in the end.
Our LEPIE tool helps evaluate the 5 key elements that determine how well a team will be able to take care of you your family and your belongings. The more depth they have in each of these 5 elements, the better the care they can provide.
These tools are great at evaluating qualities, but their real power is their ability to help you ask the right questions of your remodeling candidate and their references. For instance, you can ask if they have a Communication Plan in place. You can then ask their references if the team had an effective Communication Plan that kept all parties informed throughout the reference’s project.
Do not worry that you are unfamiliar with ECAP and LEPIE; Design Build Dwell provides much more in-depth explanations and ways to use them on our Learning Hub Page under ECAP and LEPIE. Just know they are great tools to help define and discover qualities needed to provide you an exceptional remodeling project.
Planning to Not Go Over Budget
Planning is an extremely important factor when it comes to keeping remodeling costs under control, but the reality is it’s 3rd on the list of 5 major factors.
Design Build Dwell has identified the 5 Major factors that contribute to the success or failure of remodeling cost controls.
Discovery– Combination of a remodeling team’s observation skills and an uncovering process to explore your remodel goals.
Ability to Anticipate-Remodeling team’s ability to draw from past experience to inform the future of your project.
Planning – Establishing goals and procedures based on your team’s Ability to Anticipate and findings from the Discover phase.
Project management coordination – Ability to take the initiative and execute professional project coordination and management with exceptional leadership, communication, and time management skills.
Changes – Altering the original plan or scope of work.
The strength of Your remodeling team in the Discovery Phase and their Ability to Anticipate challenges are key to identifying and controlling costs upfront before the project ever starts. It’s here where the more experienced teams excel, making the Planning and Project Management Coordination phases go much smoother and in turn lessening the need for costly changes later in the project.
Every project has its own unique set of challenges and solutions therefore the more experience a team has had with various projects over the years, the more tried and tested solutions they can bring to your project. Having a team with a wealth of experiences to draw from provides a vision to navigate a remodeling path of least resistance.
Remodeling disruptions, not good, not bad, but necessary
Disruptions are a fact of life when it comes to remodeling your home. However, who you choose as a remodeling team and how they work has a great deal to do with the type of disruptions you will have to endure.
Remodeling Disruptions come in two forms. One brings unnecessary pain because of poor planning and lack of experience, while the other can bring a positive change to your life and an innovative design to your home.
Even with positive and beautiful outcomes, disruptions are messy, uncomfortable, and unavoidable. Your new creative space, with its comfort, style, and happiness for you and your family, will help take the edge off the temporary discomfort of needed disruptions.
Just know that it is a positive disruption, designed to pull us out of a comfort zone to move you forward. Your new creative space, with its comfort, style, and happiness for you and your family, will help take the edge off the temporary discomfort of needed disruptions.
Clear Communication so You are never Left in the Dark
Clear communication is what you’d expect during your remodeling project. It’s vital so you remain secure in the process and nothing falls through the cracks. But what does such a plan look like?
At Design Build Dwell clear communication starts with a structured communication plan that is provided by your remodeling team.
A clear remodeling communication plan lays out:
Who the key stakeholders are that need to be communicated with: i.e., clients, project members, sub-contractors, vendors, delivery teams, etc.
What is to be communicated: plan documents, estimates, schedules, updates, etc.
How they are going to be communicated with i.e., text, email, phone, portal, etc.
When to communicate i.e., times of the day, daily, weekly, monthly, or milestones.
The benefits of a solid communication schedule:
Creates a structured framework for all stakeholders to easily manage the complexities of a remodeling project.
Allows management of the various nuances and challenges of individual projects to anticipate future moves to keep your project on track and on budget.
Simplifies collaboration with you the client and amongst other stakeholders.
Management of the little things so nothing falls through the cracks.
The major benefit of clear communication is you are well taken care of.
We Continue to Care even after Your Remodel is done
A significant step in the remodeling process is what happens after the remodel is complete. If you discover you’re a bit overwhelmed or a few adjustments or calibrations need to occur, it’s vital to know what the follow-up plan will be. Design Build Dwell continues to care even after your remodel is done.
Here are several services we offer because we care and understand that you may questions after we leave.
- Final Cleaning
- Final walkthrough
- Compiled touch up kits
- Touch up service for move-in damage
- Scheduled times for adjustments (if needed)
- Compiled parts and warrantee book
- Compiled list of Use and Care Classes and Seminars
Design Build Dwell will be there when you need us.
Feeling ready? Let’s build your dream home!
Learn more about the project styles we offer, and let us guide you towards a transformative and unparalleled remodeling experience that elevates the way you dwell, work and play.