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Des Moines Builders

Browse these builders with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Des Moines.

  • 8 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
John G.
Verified review

Professional, thorough, and competitively priced. After a year renovating our house, interior paint was the last step. They nailed it.

Honey Do Construction
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Sandy M.
Verified review

Honey Do construction has done remodeling projects, exterior stairways on two apartment buildings and a really nice two car garage with living quarters above. They are timely, creative in their designs, happy to listen to requests by homeowner, very competitive in their bids for the project. They are personable and genuinely nice people!! If we still lived in the town they work in we would not hesitate to hire them for our projects!! Sandy McCleary

Grandview Construction
4.5
from 17 reviews
  • 62 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Ryan C.
Verified review

My project was to have roughly 380 ft of fencing installed along a commercial property. The purpose was to separate the adjacent alley way and to help better secure the area. Historically the area has been less than desirable and we have been working to clean it up. The owner of Grandview Construction personally met with me on site to discuss and bid the project. Our details for the project were outlined and Grandview Construction delivered to the T. From pulling the permits to the final clean up, Grandview Construction was always prompt, professional and honest. I am very please with the work Grandview completed for us and would highly recommend hiring them for any project you might have.

The Handymen
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Bonnie N.
Verified review

The Handymen just finished a long detailed job for me. They redid all the floors in my house, had to build them up and level them. All floors are now new and look great. They painted all the rooms, built a wall in attic, did some work in bathroom, added clean out for bathroom. Put in drainage for downspouts and built a ramp,deck. I will have them back to do more as soon as i can. They do great work, clean up after themselves. Kept me posted as the work progressed as I am 90 miles away. Hope to see some pictures soon

Iowa Home Repair & Gutter
4.7
from 15 reviews
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Cindy V.
Verified review

Greg and his crew did an EXCELLENT job for us. The tore down the old gutters on the house and put up new gutters on both the house and new metal building. They disposed of the old gutters and cleaned up so you couldn't even tell they had been here. Very professional and wonderful to work with.

North River Remodeling
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Jenni B.
Verified review

I am a wildlife rehabilitator and was looking for help to convert a potting shed into space for wildlife. David was kind enough to offer his help and do the build voluntarily. He was very punctual, planned ahead, and was meticulous about his work. He built a wall and installed 2 doors to make the area a functional rehab space. I am very pleased with the work David does and will surely use him again.

MZ Services
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Robert L.
Verified review

Matt was always communicating every step of the way. quoting was reasonable and straight forward. once the supplies were delivered work was done quickly and effectively. All I wanted was a deck for a rental property. A single family home rental. Matt was able to spot potential issues before there was issues. deck building is defiantly his trade, and and he provides quality service as well.

Boulevard Building Company
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Wendy E.
Verified review

Nick Button replaced the roof on our 2 story home. From scheduling to completion it was about 2.5 weeks. The actual roofing part took 1.5 days. Nick took the time to come back and go over everything that was done since we had been at work while they were installing the new roof.. He was patient and answered our questions. We will definitely use Boulevard Building Company in the future when we need things done to our home

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Christian D.
Verified review

Lientz Construction Co. did a very intensive and large scale renovation of a 100+ year old 4 apartment house that was in disrepair and did an outstanding job. This was a near gut and total remake project involving large scale plumbing, rewiring the entire house, new floors, drywall, new kitchens and new baths. Mike is a professional at every level from the bidding through to the completed project. Each step of the way he was great at communicating with us what are options were and was involved in the creative process of how to turn these extremely outdated units into something that would truly attract the modern renter. Can't say enough good things about Mike and his company. We easily trusted him at every stage and did not have to oversee the process as we knew we were in good hands. Great experience!

  • 23 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Give Brian a call if your looking for a handyman, he is prompt with a response, showed up when he said, sent a messsge 30 minutes before his arrival. He was very precise with his work, willing to do alittle more than he had to and gave an honest opinion. Brian is friendly, cleans up his mess, and I'm working on a list for more help from him. He is new to the area so building a clientele and with work like this I think he will do great, so thank u Brian again for helping me out, and ur great idea for the flower boxes/bricks on the corners and looking forward to u dropping those by sometime! Best of luck!

LeRoy Vogts
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 18 years in business
Julie S.
Verified review

LeRoy has completed electrical, building, and painting projects on my properties. He is a true professional and does excellent work.

M&S Construction
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy W.
Verified review

I had what seemed to be a mysterious leak causing two large wet spots in front of the vanity on the wall to wall carpet in my small hall bathroom. I called a local plumbing company whose yellow trucks are seen all over town, to assess the problem and fix it. It took.two days before they were able to come out. The two "plumbers" examined the wet carpet for 45 minutes but couldn't find the source of the wetness. Oddly, they refused to pull the carpet back because they said it was not their company's policy to pick up carpet. They left charging me their fee for coming out with no suggestions or solutions to the mysterious spots. Through Thumtack, as a first time user, Dean replied immediately to my request and was able to come out the next day. With the assistance of his very competent helper, Dean immediately identified the source of the leak at the base of the toilet, saying it needed a new seal. He went over to Lowe's and purchased the parts and the job was completed in a very short time. I asked him to pick up the carpet and with an easy straight cut across the carpet at the doorway, I was able to dispose of the wet carpet so the pad can air out to avoid any further mold build up. I'll call upon Dean again to help me have tile laid down to replace the carpet. It is incredible to me that a large plumbing company in the Des Moines Area with their name suggesting high morals could not identify this very common and simple plumbing problem, leaving me, their customer, perplexed and stressed about who to turn to if a plumbing company couldn't figure solve the problem. Thanks Dean for solving what was really not such a big mystery after all-for you!

A-Team Builders
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah A.
Verified review

Tony remodeled a bathroom in our home. He did an absolutely wonderful job and the bathroom looks like brand new construction. We were very impressed with the level of craftsmanship. We chose Tony because he provided a competitive bid and provided great examples of his work. We will absolutely be using him again the next time we have a remodel project.

Trend Construction Services
4.0
from 4 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kathy L.
Verified review

Michael has worked on multiple projects for us over the past 4 years ,ranging from building new decks, framing additions and he just completed a major home remodel. Michael is a very skilled carpenter, especially when it comes to finish work. He has a great work ethic and takes great pride in his work. Michael was very easy to work with, always respectful and always completed the work on time. If any issues came up, he would take care of them. For any future projects, we will continue to use MC Construction Company.

  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Bill G.
Verified review

I had Colten reframe an opening that had a door that led into our master closet. His work was excellent and would have no hesitation in hiring Colten again. He is very thorough with his work and makes sure the job is done right.

Primary Contracting
4.5
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Did a great job with trim in our home and are currently building a small deck for us. Have arrived on time and done everything they said they would do.

Legacy Construction
5.0
from 1 review
  • 19 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Samantha B.
Verified review

Keith did some great work finishing my studio. I wanted to use old wood from the historical building, and he was able to finish everything and make it look beautiful. I would recommend him for home and business remodeling.

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US Veteran with 20 years of residential and commercial construction. Excited to assist you with all your home improvement needs.

  • 8 years in business
About

We take pride in every job we do. Whether the job is big or small, our biggest goal is customer satisfaction. We do all kinds of work, from installing windows and doors to painting interiors or exteriors. We build decks, or we can power wash and restain and seal. We can patch roofs or install a whole new roof.

About

We are a locally owned company that provides quality services at an affordable rate. We have a variety of different options to fit our customers budgets while satisfying their needs. Customer satisfaction is our highest standard. Build To Inspire donates 7% of all proceeds back to non profit organizations. We enjoy the customer interaction. Growing relationships and satisfying our customer's needs is our passion.

About

We stand out from others, because we always willing to do the little extra things that matter to to customers, including going shopping with them to help educate and pick out products that best fit their needs and budget. We love to see the smiles on our customers faces after their project has been completed!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is a general contractor?

When starting a home remodel or new construction project, you will probably hire a general contractor. A general contractor is a professional who is qualified to take a set of building plans and construct them as outlined. The general contractor may help perform the day-to-day building, or they may just hire workers and oversee all the work activities. In either case, the job of the general contractor is to see that your project gets built.

When you have a building project, ask for bids from various contractors. The bids tell you how much each will charge and what their scope of work will be. Once you have selected a bid, you sign a contract with that general contractor outlining the specifics of the project and the milestones during the project when they will receive payment installments. Once the contract is official, the general contractor will bring in their crew to begin construction. The contractor will manage the workers and subcontractors (anyone who doesn’t work directly for their company but that they need to outsource, like a marble installation pro), order all the materials, obtain work permits, and confirm that all the workers and subcontractors are completing their projects as planned. They typically handle all the payments to the workers and subcontractors, and send you invoice. For all these reasons, it’s also especially important to follow a few smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.  If you are organized and competent to oversee construction projects, and are able to make sure everything is being built properly and meeting code, it’s possible you can be your own general contractor.  

How do architects work?

Architects may work for an architecture or engineering firm, they may work for a government organization, they can work for a construction company, or they may be self-employed (freelance). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics explains that architects spend a large amount of their working time in the home or company office: meeting with clients; creating reports and architectural drawings; and working with other architects and engineers. When not in an office, an architect is often at the construction site either as part of the development of plans or to ensure building progress is following the blueprint.

When a client interacts with an architect, it is typically to have them design drawings for the construction of a house or a building. If you are a client who has hired a large architecture firm, there may be a team of people working on your design. But if you are working with a freelance architect or a smaller firm, one person (or a small group) will take your concept and translate it into an architectural blueprint that a builder can use to construct a house. The plans will lay out everything from the depth of the foundation to the materials to use to the type of metal to be used in the reinforcement. Once the plans have been created and handed off to the builder, the architect may remain on the project — depending on budget — and oversee progress.

How do architects charge for their services?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median salary of an architect in 2016 was $76,930. This range included architects with every type of company as well as self-employed architects. Depending on the architect and whether they’re with a firm or independent, they may charge per hour or by the square foot, or they may charge a percentage of the total budget for a construction project. An hourly rate is typically used for smaller projects such as providing consultation, helping clients hone their concept before the design process begins, or drafting documents and plans. If an architect is working on an hourly basis on a larger project, there will usually be an agreed-upon cap on the number of hours they will work. For larger projects, such as new construction or total overhaul remodels, architects may charge a percentage of the total construction costs. The architect will usually set the percentage you will pay after the total cost of construction has been accounted for. Percentages can range within a firm depending on the extent of the services they’re providing. For example, a lower percentage of the total construction costs may include drafting and minimal consultation and guidance along the way, while a higher percentage could include on-site project management services with every detail attended to. Architects may also charge by the square footage of the project. The rate per square foot can vary depending on the individual’s training, the services they are providing, the complexity of the project, and other factors — such as obtaining permits. The national average cost to hire an architect is between $1,690 and $2,500.

How do you choose a commercial general contractor?

A commercial contractor provides similar services as a residential general contractor but specializes in working with large-scale projects for businesses, schools, nonprofits, governments and development firms. When researching commercial general contractors, review their portfolio of work and confirm they have ample experience working in the area you need. For example, if you are building a small strip mall, ask if the contractors have experience successfully incorporating all the needed elements such as a parking lot, meeting ADA requirements, accessing the proper permits, and completing work on time.

Once you’ve identified several qualified candidates, request bids for your project and then compare the scope of work with your needs and budget. Your commercial general contractor should oversee design, permitting, construction, materials purchase, and adherence to building code and zoning regulations, as well as sticking to an agreed-upon budget and schedule. It’s important to establish clear communication with your future commercial general contractor, as this will mean a smoother process for everyone. For all these reasons, it’s also especially important to follow a few smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.

What do general contractors charge?

If you’re doing a home remodel, building a new home or embarking on a commercial building project, you’ll hire a general contractor. A general contractor is a professional who is qualified to oversee and execute construction projects. Each construction project is unique; even two duplicate homes built on lots next door to each other could have different construction costs due to factors like different excavation costs when building the foundation. Since each project is unique, many general contractors make bids on potential construction projects. These bids can then break down to a per square foot cost that encompasses the labor of all the workers needed for the job, materials, the scope of work, and any equipment needed. Materials and finishes make a major difference in your cost per square foot. For example, choosing standard kitchen tiles at $3 per square foot will result in a lower total project cost than imported marble tiles that cost $63 per square foot. Where you live will also affect how much general contractors charge, as labor and the cost to do business can cost less in many regions than in high-cost areas like New York or San Francisco. Here are some examples of average costs general contractors typically charge in various regions:

  • Home addition in San Francisco: $250-$270 per square foot.
  • New home construction in Knoxville, Tennessee: $100-$200 per square foot.
  • Kitchen remodel in Tennessee: $40-$80 per square foot, depending on finishes.
  • Bathroom remodel in Vancouver, Washington: $110-$170 per square foot.

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