Our mission is deliver excellent service to our Ann Arbor design build clients, building relationships that go beyond the duration of their design project. Here are a few generous words we've received about projects we were a part of.
Lake Front Cottage, Custom Home Design and Build | Ann Arbor, MI
"Our experience with Jef Forward and Forward Design Build was very positive. Jef designed and built a lake home for us. We especially appreciated his willingness to listen to our ideas and desires and then produce a home that incorporated those in a very liveable and beautiful way.
Our home is "us" and we have the designer touches that make it special. The workmanship and timeliness of the project were great. We are happy to recommend Jef and Forward Design Build."
- Laurie & Fred
Basement Retreat Design and Construction | Ann Arbor, MI
"Forward Designers & Builders exceeded our high expectations in all aspects of their service from creative conceptualization through superior construction. We had many ideas to incorporate in the design and no details were overlooked. The project moved in accordance with our agreed upon timeline with minimal disruption to our daily household activities. Every member of the team, including their partnering subcontractors, was a skilled professional and dedicated to the highest quality of work and created an enjoyable build experience.
We continue to be exceptionally pleased with our lower level "lodge" that the Forward team delivered and we would engage Jef Forward and his team again without hesitation."
- Doug & Nancy
Transitional Kitchen and Breakfast Bar Remodel | Ann Arbor, MI
"From the outset you can tell they are a quality company with thoughtful, compassionate, and most of all knowledgeable employees. They assign a master carpenter to the job along with a designer, and a full complement of people to make sure things are done right and on time (yes, they were exactly on time!). But it doesn't stop there, since their follow up goes for a full year after the job is done - and they do follow up! We can't say enough good things about their work and you can just look at other contractor's jobs to see how they are more than a step above the rest (one of the reasons we chose them in the first place). They came up with a design that really worked and was completely different from anyone else's (yes we checked out designers builders as well for over 2 years) and exactly fitted our lifestyle. We have been in the "new" house for 3 months at this point and it is performing way above expectations for having guests overnight, a cooking demonstration, and Christmas and family parties. The kitchen has worked fabulously and the house looks wonderful. They kept it in budget and kept us informed all the way through.
You can't go wrong with these folks. It is like buying a new house that was designed especially for us, but we could still keep our family house heritage. Forward you ROCK!"
Bathroom Renovation, Modern Spa Retreat and Vanity | Ann Arbor, MI
"Forward is a pleasure to work with. We have used them for two large home renovations in the past few years -a completely redone basement and a new master suite. Both projects were a success and we are very pleased with our improvements. Jef and his team are enjoyable to work with and always professional on the job. They work hard to accommodate the home owner's schedules, deadlines and specific needs. (We brought a new baby home during our bedroom remodel!) I was especially happy with the amount of interaction the design team allowed us to have in the process. I always felt like we were able to add us much of our own personal contributions to the design decisions as desired and the Forward team would happily take it from there.
I found Forward eager to meet all of our goals whether the project called for things they have done a million times before or for the first time. Jef and his team at Forward also earn high marks for one of the most difficult skills, listening and improvement. In any large project there is bound to be opportunity for improvement.
They care deeply about what they could have done better as much as what went well. I have personally seen them excel, listen, learn and improve across the time we have worked together."
- Guy & Robin
Major Bathroom Remodel | Ann Arbor, MI
"We used Forward Design Build for both a minor kitchen remodel, and a major bathroom remodel in a 1930's house. Jef and his team did a fantastic job and the results are wonderful.
What I like best about working with Jef is his attention to detail. I am very picky and the quality of the work is excellent. If there is anything I don't like, they take care of it until I am satisfied.
We had our bathroom and two closets completely torn out, all the plaster, tile and flooring, then rebuilt into a larger master bath. The jobsite was left clean each day, and they sealed the rooms to keep dust out of the rest of the house. We are extremely pleased with the results, and will use Forward again on our next project."
- David & Charlotte
Contemporary Kitchen and Dining Area Remodel | Ann Arbor, MI
"We removed a wall between the kitchen and dining room and moved the location of all the appliances (including the sink).
They took it down to bare walls and essentially rebuilt it. It's beautiful. The workmanship is beautiful...they were not only skilled workers but they were extremely neat, and pleasant to have around.
As often happens, we did encounter structural problems when we got into the job, but Jef and his crew had the resources and knowledge to take care of everything."
- Priscilla & Fred
Outdated Kitchen Remodel | Ann Arbor, MI
"Jef Forward met with us several times to learn how we lived, how we planned to use the new space, and what we envisioned. A few things were "non-negotiable", like a hidden kitty litter box, plenty of shoe storage, the Viking range, wine refrigerator, and cookbook shelves that were easy to access but out of the way. We also needed lots and lots of storage. Within a couple of months, we had nailed down the final design and budget. Work began in earnest in July. By October as expected, we were cooking and entertaining in a new kitchen that seems bigger - and better - than we could have ever imagined.
From start to finish, the process was upfront and exciting. Regular meetings and hands-on materials selection - for everything from cabinets to flooring, light fixtures to drawer pulls - kept us in the loop. Any changes in scope were documented practically on the spot, so there were no surprises. Even our pets were involved, thanks to a "cat height" window in the dust wall installed between the living and construction areas.