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A home renovation can be stressful if you don’t know what to expect. A1 Craft Construction & Remodeling, Fremont’s top design-build contractor, answers the most common questions so you know what’s in store.



A design-build contractor provides you with a convenient start-to-finish service. You can work with the same team from the first design draft until the building completion under a single contract. 

The benefits of choosing this option include the following: 

  • Better communication
  • Lower overall fees
  • Faster design-build project delivery
  • A more cohesive vision for both the design and construction phase
  • A streamlined home remodel process
  • No miscommunications between teams

Using a design-build contractor makes sense if you want your project to go as smoothly as possible. If you wish to learn more about the process, give our team a call.


We walk you through every step of your design-build contract to ensure you know what to expect.

During the initial stage of our design-build services, we speak to you to get an idea of your vision for the space. We spend a little more time on this stage than most design-build firms, but this time investment is crucial to meeting your expectations.

When we’re sure we know what you want, we come up with designs to share. We present these mock-ups in 2-D and 3-D formats so that you can see the design come to life. Should you wish to make adjustments to the design, we will do so at this stage.

When we agree on the final design, we introduce you to your dedicated project manager. Between your design and remodeling contractor, we ensure your dream becomes a reality. Your team keeps you updated on the progress and can arrange on-site meetings as you like.
During these updates, we explain the progress of your construction projects and what to expect for the upcoming week.

Some design-build firms focus on their delivery system rather than the clean-up afterward. We leave the site pristine so that nothing distracts from your final walkthrough.

The final stage of our design-build method is to walk the site with you to ensure you are delighted with the results.

According to much of YouTube, there’s little need to hire professional design-build services. However, many DIY channels have a hidden agenda—they earn a commission on everything you buy through their links. 

They’re more likely to paint a rosy picture and make the home remodel projects seem easier than they might be. If you’re painting a room, a mistake is not a big deal, but making a mistake when performing electric work can burn down your house. 

Ask yourself the following before you take on the renovation yourself: 

  • How much time can you devote to the project? 
  • Can you remain motivated if it takes weeks? Even months?
  • Do you have the necessary tools, experience, and skills? 
  • What building certifications do you have for electrical, HVAC, and plumbing? 
  • Do you understand all the relevant building codes? 
  • Do you know which permits to apply for and how to get them? 
  • What will you do if something goes wrong? 

The more extensive or complex the renovation, the more critical it is to hire a contractor. If you don’t, you risk making serious mistakes that could have dangerous and expensive consequences.

We’ll give you a timeline upon discussing the project’s scope. Our experienced professionals can accurately assess the length of the project.

We meticulously plan every detail to prevent overruns later in the project. Our team gives you the projected cost after accounting for all the variables and erring on the side of caution. As a result, the project will likely cost a little less. 

The price may increase if you make any changes or if there are unforeseeable issues. For example, if we rip up the carpets and find unsound flooring, we may need to repair the subfloor. Our team will always confer with you before making changes to the budget and timeline.

The answer depends on the scope of the renovation. We can usually cordon off the construction area. You may then use the rest of your home.


Do you need a design-build contractor in Fremont, CA, and the surrounding areas? Contact A1 Craft Construction & Remodeling at 510-717-7314 today!


Here are some photos of the projects clients in Fremont, California, and the surrounding areas, have brought us in to do for their homes.


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