Our Design-Build Process

Partnering through our Design-Build
process guides us to practical and thoughtful
solutions for you and your home.

Phase One: We Partner


In-Home or Online Consultation

Initial evaluation of project with homeowner to determine if we are a good fit for each other.

Design Agreement

Flexible design retainer which expands or contracts based on your needs, with realistic target budget.

Project Survey

On-site measure, evaluation, photography, and design goal interview to clearly understand objectives.

Phase Two: We Design

Concept Design

Creative exploration of design options, based on project survey with floor plans, 3D drawings, and refined target budget.


Design Development

Consolidation of concept designs along with initial fixture and finish selections. Preliminary estimate presented with detailed scope of work.


Contract Documents

Finalize fixture and finish selections, conduct trade walk-through, and develop contract documents. Health & Safety plan is reviewed.

Phase Three: We Prepare

Construction Agreement

Fixed cost construction agreement with approved drawings, selections, and Health & Safety Plan.

Permit Drawing

Review final details, verify dimensions, orders and selections. Submit permit set with engineering (if required) and construction details.

Design to Production Hand-Off

Construction prestart meeting with Production Manager, Project Manager, and on-site Lead Carpenter.

Phase Four: We build

Job Site Set Up

The construction area is sealed off, reducing noise and exposure to the rest of the home.

Daily Cleanings

Jobsites are left broom clean at the end of every workday. All staff follow Health & Safety Plan procedures.

Weekly Meetings

Lead Carpenter communicates regularly with homeowners to update on project status, questions, and schedule.

Beautiful Remodel Complete

Get started building your dream project today

Our team is here and ready to assist you in creating the best space for you. We can guide you through a kitchen, bathroom, basement, exterior, or even a whole house project.
Our thorough and honest approach to design allows less stress and surprises on your end, and gives you the home you’ve always wanted.

Here’s what our process looks like.


Craftsman recently completed a kitchen renovation in our 1911 Craftsman, and also moved our washer and dryer from the basement onto our second floor. In short, we could not be more satisfied with the project from beginning to end and we would not want to work with anyone else but Craftsman for any future renovations. We are in love with the quality, beauty and craftsmanship of our kitchen and know it will remain for at least another 100 years. We felt comfortable and supported by everyone at Craftsman, and enjoyed spending time with them throughout the process.

We hired CDR to renovate our entire 1916 Portland Craftsman home. It was a remarkably successful experience. The entire team, from design to construction, were supportively responsive to design modifications, resourceful at specific detail discussions and were always reliable with communication throughout the entire 1year+ project. Combine that with the quality of the sub contractors skill and project management’s tight scheduling, we’d have to say we were very satisfied with our complete experience.

We cannot say enough good things about working with Craftsman Design. This was the 3rd or 4th job we have had them do at our house and it is always a pleasure to see them work their magic. We will always consider them as our first choice for future projects. Everyone from the design team through the sub contractors were wonderful and a pleasure to have around the house while they were doing the work.