Remodelers Advantage Peer Group


One of our best assets here at Stearns Design Build is an organization called Remodelers Advantage (RA.)  RA brings together top notch Remodelers from around the country forming peer groups to share insight and information. RA provides experienced facilitators and coaches to help its members improve and grow.

Peer groups meet twice a year for intensive review and learning.  It is like having a board of directors made up of the top people in your industry. In addition to meeting twice a year there is regular communication thought email and phone calls.

Each of the members of my peer group provides a wealth of information and guidance.  I will share these members here because their websites are well worth a visit to find inspiration and knowledge and if you have family or friends in these areas you will want to recommend these companies. RA members must adhere to high ethical standards and business practices. 

Fiderio & Sons - Meriden, CT - Fiderio & Sons Website

Kaufman Construction - West Des Moines, IA - Kaufman Construction Website

Tier1 Group - Leander, TX - Tier1 Group Website

Petra Custom Builders - Boulder, CO - Petra Custom Builders Website

Gordon Reese Construction - Walnut Creek, CA - Gordon Reese Website

Schloegel Design Remodel, Inc. - Kansas City, CO - Schloegel Website

The Merrill Construction Group - Nashville, TN - The Merrill Construction Website

5th Generation Contracting - Marietta, GA - 5th Generation Website

Daniel Builders Inc. - Anderson, SC - Daniel Builders Website

A Caring Culture

Stearns Design Build has four core values: 1) Quality, 2) Caring, 3) Honesty and 4) Relationship.  This quarter we focus our attentions to our core value CARING.  Some may ask why a business cares about being caring. says that the definition of caring is “displaying kindness and concern for others”.  At Stearns, we feel like caring goes much further than that. We believe in our core values and it is apparent through the Team we have at Stearns Design Build.  Not only does our team care about our clients, they care about one another.  This authentic caring culture is evident throughout the office and out in the field. While they all serve separate functions to the organization as a whole, the Stearns Design Build team works together as a cohesive team.

This caring culture at Stearns Design Build has a positive effect on our clients, vendors/suppliers and anyone else that the staff come in contact with.  Fortunate for us, this does not go unnoticed by our clients. One client says, “The SDB staff is its strongest asset. They are knowledgeable and courteous. They have a way of making you feel like their most important customer. They know their jobs and they perform them well. “Do you think it’s important to have a caring culture in the workplace? 

Kitchen Inventory

The thought of designing and enjoying a new kitchen is exciting! There are so many new materials and trends. The possibilities are endless. You can picture those new appliances, a back-splash just like the one you saw in Houzz or the counter top you saw on the Stearns Design Build page.

It is easy to get caught up in the glitz and lose sight of designing a kitchen to fit your life style and your stuff. It is not at all uncommon for customers of other design firms to get finished with their new kitchen and start to wonder where they will put everything. Of course, that is backwards. 

It is best to consider where you are going to put everything as you begin design. That is the advantage of custom design – it allows you to design to the specifics of your life. It is exciting to design a kitchen that fits you like a glove.

Don’t forget to think ahead. Plan for what you have and what you think you will have in the future. If you had more pantry space, what would you put there?

To help you list your Kitchen inventory we provide the Kitchen Inventory Worksheet. 

Press Release

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Stearns Design Build Named by REMODELING Magazine to its 2017 Big50 Class of America’s Top Remodelers

College Station, Texas (September 12, 2017) – Stearns Design Build has been selected by REMODELING magazine to join the REMODELING Big50. Each year since 1986, the REMODELING Big50 inducts 50 remodeling companies that have set exceptionally high standards for professionalism and integrity through exemplary business practices, craftsmanship, and impact in their community or the industry at large. Big50 remodelers run successful companies that have taken the lead in raising industry standards.

“To give a sense of how unique this status is, consider there are roughly 92,000 remodeling firms in America with paid staff,” noted Craig Webb, REMODELING’s Editor-in-Chief. “Since 1986, we have selected only about 1,550 firms. That’s 1.7% of all the remodeling businesses in the country.”

“We are honored to receive this distinction,” says Hugh Stearns, president of Stearns Design Build. “The award recognizes excellence and leadership, and we are privileged to be named to this select group of remodelers.”

REMODELING editors, columnists, industry leaders, and companies themselves make the nominations each year.  Following a lengthy evaluation and interview process, the editors select the 50 companies who exemplify the best of the industry that year, and who have something to offer other remodelers in proven practices.

The Big50 selection process has become increasingly rigorous in recent years, and the result, REMODELING editors believe, is one of the strongest classes to date. “Uniting the 2017 inductees are high standards and a determination to excel. They are taking the opportunity to build or adopt new efficiencies into their systems and processes— ensuring that they are poised to meet their sales, production, and customer-service goals and continue to thrive,” according to REMODELING.

The Big50 awards will be presented at a dinner at the Remodelers Summit and Awards Gala on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in Minneapolis. The 2017 Big50 winners will be featured in the September issue of REMODELING, with longer profiles of the winners posted on the REMODELING website,

Stearns Design Build was founded in in College Station in 1993. The company specializes in all aspects of single family residential remodeling such as kitchens, baths, additions and whole house remodeling. In addition to being a Big50 recipient, Stearns Design Build has also been a Newman 10 recipient and winner of the GuildMaster customer service award. They can be found at

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Are Your Reviews Real?


We were recently asked if our great reviews are real.  Yes, they are.  But to be totally transparent, they are not sent unsolicited. 

After a project completes our clients receive a survey asking for feedback.   This surveying is done by GuildQuality, a company that specializes in survey for the residential housing industry.  We work hard to make sure that our clients are happy and will have good things to say about us. 

Sometimes we get feedback that is more instructive than flattering. While this feedback is not as gratifying, it is very helpful in providing the fuel for our growth. 

We are fortunate to have won several GuildMaster awards for customer service and we are fortunate to have a company like GuildQuality on our team to help us be the best company we can.  And of course we are very fortunate to clients who are our advocates in singing our praises and providing valuable insight into how we can improve what we do.

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