About Forward Design Build
We are a small design build firm located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We focus on residential projects and enjoy helping people live better in their homes and add value while doing so.
Jef Forward is the president and creative director of Forward Design Build. He worked his way through a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan by building decks and working as a carpenter for a local remodeler. After graduation, he spent 4 years working in local architectural offices, which was a great experience, but he missed building. He loves to design and he loves to build. In 1997, Jef started this company focusing on a Design-Build method to ensure successful projects.
To Jef, a successful project is a happy homeowner with a beautiful, functional home completed within ‘stated’ expectation of cost, service, and schedule from the beginning of design to the end of construction.
Design-build services feature us as your designer and builder, an all-inclusive one-stop shop experience. All of the projects on our website are products of this.
Our Mission is to create client satisfaction and loyalty by providing a "wow" experience. We begin with the end in mind. Starting with design executed with consistant communication and delivering beautiful craftsmanship, on time and on budget.
Forward Design Build takes pride in not only our projects, but also our community. Seeing Michigan grow and strive forward is always a delight for us, and we love being a part of it. We are advocates for several local organizations in Southeastern Michigan, and the list is growing.
Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist