From classic traditional designs to the distinctive Miami Modern style, homes in Miami exude as much beauty and finesse as the skyscrapers that grace the downtown skyline. As the demand for luxurious designs and top-notch finishes in the area grows, the design-build firms continue to rise to the occasion. However, only a select few stand out as the best among them, and 8 of these are highlighted here on this list. Each of these firms has been selected for its determination and success rate at delivering projects to the satisfaction of its clients.
Ivey Design Build
1770 NE 205th Ter, Miami, FL 33179
Ivey Design Build reflects its founder and principal, Kirk Ivy, whose experience in construction, interior design, and information technology architecture abroad inspired him to start the company over a decade ago. From new construction to luxury remodeling projects, Ivey Design Build ensures that its services focus on efficiency, quality service, and exquisite craftsmanship. It completes projects for clients throughout Miami, as well as for high-net-worth residential clients in the South Hamptons, New York.
In recognition of its excellence, Ivey Design Build has been featured in publications like Homes & Gardens and Haute Residence. In an interview with Haute Residence in 2021, Ivy himself revealed that his passion for construction came from his desire to help his mother renovate their home in his native Jamaica. This encouraged him to switch his studies from aircraft engineering to architecture. At the firm today, he leads his team in embarking on a quest to provide a luxurious concierge experience for each client through honesty, competency, and a diplomatic way of doing business.
Forbes Architects and Forbes Construction
1500 South Douglas Rd, Suite 200, Coral Gables, FL 33134
John R. Forbes, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), formed Forbes Architects in 1985 and Forbes Construction & Development nine years later, with the latter evolving into Forbes Construction, LLC in 2013. Today, he uses his experience as a Certified General Contractor and a former adjunct Design Lecturer at the University of Miami to provide quality design and construction services.
By using timely, professional, technically competent, and code-compliant services throughout South Florida, the firm works with even the most demanding budget and schedule requirements. Aside from its residential projects, it also has experience with commercial, office, and industrial projects. Regardless of the project type, it supports clients through every step of the process, from design inception to legal and permitting processes, all the way to construction.
Full Service USA
818 NE 8 St, Hallandale, FL 33009
Established in 2001 by principal Ariel Cusnir, Full Service USA specializes in custom homes, whole house renovations, and detailed trim work throughout South Florida. The company also has robust experience in handling commercial projects. In each of these sectors, the firm concentrates on fostering a collaborative atmosphere among project owners, designers, and contractors, using clear communication for every project.
Full Service USA has received widespread industry recognition that highlights its commitment to excellence in the design-build industry. In 2016, it received the General Contractor Award by the City of Hallandale. It is also a member of the Miami Valley Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), the Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association (FRSA), and the Builders Association of South Florida (BASF).
2247 NW 17th Ave, Miami, FL 33142
Founded in 2005 by principal Gavin McKenzie, design-build firm McKenzie went from being a small, self-performing residential general contracting firm to being a multidisciplinary design-build firm. With a passionate team of designers, builders, and craftsmen, the firm is able to deliver spaces both sustainably and progressively. Its one-stop-shop headquarters are housed in a 25,000-square-foot repurposed warehouse from the late 1930s. This strategic set-up allows clients to access the entirety of the construction process seamlessly and efficiently, all in one centralized spot.
McKenzie takes pride in the variety of industry recognition it has received over the years. In recent years, the firm has had its work featured by The Miami Herald, Dwell, and The Real Deal. McKenzie himself has received the Gator 100 Award three times from the University of Florida, and was named as one of the 40 under 40 by the South Florida Business Journal.
KBR Design & Build
12000 Biscayne Blvd, Unit# 106, North Miami, FL 33181
No matter a project’s size, scale, or complexity, KBR Design & Build delivers valuable services to all of its clients. The firm’s team of talented professionals has extensive experience in managing a wide variety of projects, though it mostly specializes in residential and commercial remodels and renovations.
Regardless of the project type, KBR ensures that customers are provided with excellent, cost-effective, and timely service. This has led it to amass an impressive portfolio of successfully delivered projects as well as a long list of satisfied clients.
PRZ Design + Build
3191 Coral Way, Suite 501, Miami, FL 33145
John S. Perez, the esteemed principal of PRZ Design + Build, holds the distinction of being a registered Architect and an esteemed member of the AIA. His extensive background includes invaluable experience in construction administration, owner representation, and the seamless delivery of condominium units. Drawing upon these rich experiences, he took the bold step of establishing his real estate development and full-service architectural & construction firm in 2015, which has since flourished into the reputable PRZ we see today.
As an architect, designer, contractor, developer and sales representative, PRZ Design + Build specializes in building and developing single family residences and duplexes, as well as mid-rise condominiums and hotels. It is also committed to staying up to date on the latest trends in construction technology, enabling it to design and build homes to its clients’ specifications both on time and within budget.
2640 SW 28th Ln, Miami, FL 33133
Callegari Construction focuses on providing a wide range of construction and interior design services to its diverse clientele. Its extensive experience and network of resources in retail and residential construction allow it to cater towards each client’s unique vision, ensuring that their dream project can become a reality.
Its team of licensed design, architecture, and construction professionals ensures that each project receives the same high level of integrity everyday, and that all of these projects are delivered within the specified timeframe and budget.
3250 NE 1st Ave, #305, Miami, FL 33137
Established in 2014 by Rafael Aragon, Create Group specializes in completing new home and remodeling projects in South Florida. Aragon’s degrees in architecture, urban planning, and interior design, along with his more than 15 years of experience, enable him and the firm to provide an excellent turnkey service to their clients. They ensure that each project is completed using a keen eye for detail and with meticulous project management.