Design to Build Construction Made Easy

Fears Construction featuring B Design is your trusted Shorewood design-build firm, specializing in design-to-build construction. Design to build is a unique service that combines the design and construction phases of a project into one cohesive process. This ensures that the final product exceeds your expectations and eliminates delays and communication problems.

What is design-to-build and why is it important?

As mentioned above, what makes this process different is the integration of both the designer (Blair Kramer) and builder (Tim Fears) to work together through the entire process. When design and construction are separate entities, it can cause delays and communication problems. With Fears Construction and B Design working together, these breaks in communication are eliminated and our partnership makes it work more seamlessly. Our shared passion for exceptional results – both beautiful and functional – drives us to create creatively designed spaces built with quality craftsmanship. We find that this cohesive effort from start to finish exceeds expectations and brings our clients the most optimal results. You can learn more about our process on our process page

On top of a seamless design-to-build philosophy, we purchased top-of-the-line technology that helps manage our clients' projects, so they can always stay up-to-date on progress. The homeowner or business owner can log into their account on any computer, mobile app, or tablet app to view real-time updates, upload and review pictures, and communicate with the design-to-build team.

Fears Construction featuring B Design came from humble beginnings in Shorewood, IL over a decade ago. We can perform any job no matter how big or small and are proud to offer four different scope of work choices. Get a plan for your next DIY project or get a complete upgrade.  We are confident that we can help you create the perfect space for your needs and we are committed to making sure that you are satisfied with the results.

If you looking to bring your dream home to life look no further than Fears Construction featuring B Design! Specializing in design-to-build services in Shorewood, Plainfield, Joliet, Naperville, and beyond, we are dedicated to turning your vision into a stunning reality. Trust us to handle every step of the construction process with precision and expertise. Let us be your partner in creating the home you've always wanted.


"We can do it all, from changing light bulbs to building homes."

Tim Fears
Fears Construction CEO

traditional Build versus design-to-build

When it comes to design build construction projects in Shorewood or anywhere in the US, there are two main approaches: the traditional bid-build method and the innovative design-to-build process. At Fears Construction featuring B Design, we believe that the design to build approach is the way of the future. Rather than separate entities working independently, our seamless collaboration ensures that your vision is brought to life efficiently and effectively. By eliminating confusion and allowing for real-time adjustments, we are able to provide our clients with a finished product that exceeds expectations. Let us show you the power of design to build in transforming your space.

The infographics below give you a visual of how each method works, from start to finish. As you can see with a traditional design bid build the designer and builder work independently at each phase while in a design-to-build process both design and builder work cohesively throughout the entire process looping in the business owner when needed. These graphs are based on an illustration we found on Wikipedia

traditional design bid build model
design build construction Shorewood model from Fears Construction featuring B Design

Our Design to Build Services

At Fears Construction featuring B Design, we provide a wide variety of affordable design build construction services to residents and businesses across the Chicago suburbs. Whether you're looking for kitchen remodelers, or bathroom remodel contractors, or want to tackle a basement remodel and finish, we're your one-stop shop for Shorewood design and build firms. We specialize in luxury kitchen remodel design and other renovation projects, big or small.

Our efficient design-to-build process ensures your project is streamlined, completed on time, and within budget. We work closely with you throughout the entire process, from design consultations to carpentry and construction, to bring your vision to life. Our services include remodeling, design consultations, carpentry, and new construction, with flexible scope of work options to fit any budget and project, from a "Choose a Plan and Vision" refresh to a complete home upgrade.

Our Services

Kitchen Remodel by Fears Construction Featuring B Design in Shorewood, IL
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Remodeling Services

We are remodeling experts  with a  design-to-build mindset. We take on any home remodeling project, big or small.  Bathroom remodels, kitchen remodels, basement remodels, living room remodels, and outdoor remodels.  Let us know your vision and we will make it our mission to make it a reality.

Remodeling Services

Modern, energy-efficient appliances in a complete kitchen upgrade by Fears Construction featuring B Design in DuPage County.
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As your local Shorewood, IL carpentry experts, we can help you with all your carpentry needs. Our Carpentry expertise includes trim work, custom cabinetry, custom built-ins, and even custom furniture. Custom carpentry can update the look and feel of any space.


Custom dark grey wine and wet bar in a complete kitchen upgrade by Fears Construction featuring B Design.
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Design Services

Partnered with local Shorewood, IL design experts at  B Design, Fears Construction will work with you to understand your needs and goals, and to design a personalized space that is functional for your needs. We are local to the Chicago suburbs so understand the harsh climates making it easier to design a functional and beautiful space.

Design Services

Beautiful kitchen designed by Fears Construction featuring B Design in Glen Ellyn, IL.
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New Construction

Room additions, house extensions, and basement finishing are the perfect ways to add space and functionality to your Midwestern home. New construction has been on the rise in the Chicago suburbs and we have been satisfying many clients using our design to build methodology

New Construction

What Makes Us Different

Design to build has always been in our blood. Fears Construction began with a mission to help homeowners with all of their construction needs, from changing light bulbs and painting to roofing, siding, and even additions. At the same time, B Design was helping homeowners everywhere create spaces that fit their personality and made them feel at home. After working together over the years, they decided to join forces to bring clients a more efficient process. They aim to be the number one design builder construction company in Shorewood and beyond.

With combined expertise in their fields while strategically working together Tim Fears and Blair Kramer have built the most seamless, functional, and stress-free process in the Shorewood/Plainfield area. With Tim and Blair leading the team, they have built a dedicated team that holds themselves to the highest standards of excellence. It shows through our finished products and satisfied clients. This web design is new so please keep coming back as we will be adding a portfolio of work and introductions to our amazing team members. 

Let's Design Your Space Today!

Chris HargreavesChris Hargreaves
18:16 04 Mar 24
Tim and his entire team are simply the best at what they do. Not only are they great technical experts, but they are all awesome and wonderful, respectful people.
Justin likarJustin likar
21:42 10 Jun 22
Lenny DuncanLenny Duncan
23:02 16 Jul 21
I know Mr. Fears very well. Throughout the year he has helped our house. Taking down bee nests and wasp nests as well. I definitely will recommend Mr. Fears for any job.
Jason MathewsJason Mathews
21:59 08 Feb 21
I'm very happy with the service I received for Fears Construction. Jake was extremely diligent and responsive during a project I had at home. For a project I was expecting to take weeks to fix, the company got out there, assessed the situation, got the appropriate personnel on-site and fixed the issue all within the course of a week. Jake continued to keep me in the loop throughout the repairs regarding the work being done and the estimated completion date.
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