Design/Build

Transform your home while staying on schedule and on budget.

Design/build is a creative, structured, and transparent process. Having firm costs and schedules in hand before construction begins allows you to focus on the excitement of the build. Over the years, you’ll create many great memories in your new home. We believe watching it take shape should be the first one.  

Upfront planning; attention to detail; transparent agreements; firm scheduling; and clear communication are the hallmarks of every Lee Kimball project. 

We begin by listening to you.  What is the scope of your project? How do you envision your new space? What do you most want to change or keep?   

Then we explore design options–integrating your vision with our ideas and knowledge of what’s most exciting in the industry.

Once you select a concept we work together to fine tune our design. The right light fixture, extra shelf, or hidden bookcase can make a space perfectly functional and add a bit of magic.

You decided on every detail–right down to the last drawer pull–before construction ever begins. This is key to staying on budget and on schedule throughout every phase of your project.  

Throughout the construction process, we’ll also meet every week to review our progress and answer all of your questions. 

Here’s what you can expect, step by step: 

  • In-home consultation

    This preliminary meeting allows us to listen to you, learn more about your home, and understand your vision for your new space. It’s also an opportunity for you to ask questions about the Lee Kimball process. Together we can decide whether it makes sense to proceed to a design agreement

  • Phase 1 Conceptual Design and Feasibility

    We present design alternatives for your consideration. We’ll show you a range of styles, configurations, and features so you can compare and contrast different approaches and budgets. And with your permission, we may also offer some more expansive ideas for you to consider. 

  • Phase 2 Design Development

    During this critical phase, we meet to finalize your design decisions, select all features and materials, and determine firm pricing. Meticulous advance planning is what keeps construction on schedule and on budget.

  • Construction Agreement

    A Lee Kimball agreement details all deliverables, expenses, timetables, and responsibilities. When you sign off, we officially move from design to the build phase of your project.

  • Pre-Construction Meeting

    You’ll meet your construction team and review our schedule and detailed plans. We’ll address logistics concerns and set a convenient time for our weekly construction meetings.

  • Construction

    Work proceeds according to schedule and so does our communication with you. We’ll meet every week on site, and we pride ourselves on answering emails and phone calls promptly.

  • Completion and Follow up

    Because we’ve met weekly, there is no punch list. Work finishes on time and on budget, with an end-of-job celebration.  We will continue to follow up with you annually, and our Home Maintenance department is always available to address any questions about your new space.

If you are thinking about a project, Bruce will be happy to visit your home to look at what’s involved and discuss next steps. He can be reached at bjohnson@leekimball.com or on his direct line at 781.838.6111.

How We Work

We are advocates for our clients from our first meeting to long after we complete a project. 

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Portfolio

We’re proud to showcase some of our latest work. Our case studies illustrate how we create spaces that deliver joy–day after day and year after year.

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“They were fantastic. Everything was spelled out. Everything was on time. The entire Lee Kimball team was extremely skilled and a pleasure to work with.”

Fredi and Jack Shonkoff, Charlestown MA