We offer a valuable process of project development starting with our first consultation. We know the right questions to ask to dig down to the core issues that we then solve in the most effective way.


We are a small and resourceful firm with a strong background in design and construction and our hearts set on improving the way people live through the spaces they live in.


Click here to see some of our past projects. We think our work speaks for itself and we know that we strive to improve our process and results every day.


Have a project you'd like to discuss? Feel free to call Rufino directly on his cell at 248.953.1823 or click below to jump to the contact form.


The services we provide add up to a full design build package allowing you to deal with one business from design concept through construction completion.


Is what you're dreaming of even possible? Within budget? Within code? We can help answer that.


We come out and measure to create floor plans of the existing house to begin the design process.


Not the best at visualizing what a floor plan will look like in reality? No problem. We provide 3D computer renderings of the design that will make you think you're standing in your new space.


We handle all the drawing from the first sketches to a full set of plans to build from.


We take care to verify our designs with structural engineers to ensure a safe and long lasting structure.


When you want the best ideas for your new kitchen call us. We design more than cabinets. We make sure the whole space works the best that it can for your unique needs.


We see your project through to the end. Whether it be remodeling, a home addition, or an new house, we are more than capable of seeing it through to the end.


When the project calls for something unique, and built to your exact requirements, let us handle your cabinet order and you will not be disappointed.


Woodworking is a passion of ours and it shows in everything that comes out of our workshop. Give us a call to get started on you next custom piece.

MEET THE OWNER – Rufino Labra

I am a designer with a wide range of construction skills and an architectural background. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Lawrence Tech where I was trained to think outside the box, question the rules, and dig deeply to find the best design solution for the problems at hand. I’ve been on a construction site helping my dad build homes since I was about 4 feet tall. I enjoy fine carpentry and furniture building, excel at residential design and construction, and guide the business is a way that keeps my hands in it all.  I personally lead every project from design through construction and guarantee to provide the best service I can.


At Labra Design+Build we have a simple and straight forward process that ensures a high quality result specifically developed around your unique circumstances. Here is a brief overview of what to expect.


On our first call we will ask for an overview of the project you have in mind. We are looking for an idea of the scope, the challenges, the budget, and the timeline. Don’t worry if you don’t have it all pinned down, that’s what our job is. Most people’s initial idea of the scope is not the best solution but merely a starting point.


If there are questions left unanswered in the initial phone call/email we will schedule a meeting. In this meeting I will explain how our process will be applied to your specific project and express the value gained by having us work on your project. The next step would be to begin the design process starting with conceptual design.


This is without a doubt the single most valuable use of time and money spent on the entire project. This is were the creative ideas flow and the project begins to develop it’s shape. Our knowledge of the construction process keeps the design in line with reality and ensures the design stays on budget and in line with your goals. Our design fee is hourly to keep the design cost in your hands. I will give you an estimate of the number of hours for each design phase in the initial meeting so there are no surprises.


This is where the remaining design details get worked out. Not all the details are required to be finalized at this point, but the more that are the more straight forward the construction process will be. For example, if you’re not sure which type of counters you’d like that can be decided closer to their installation. At the end of this process a fixed construction price and schedule will be proposed.


You can rest assured that your project will get completed with the design goals in mind at every step of the way and improvements made with each stride. As the owner is the designer and the general contractor there is no room for miscommunication or conflict between the designer and the builder. A quality result is our first priority. To be honest, which you will learn is a trait of mine, we put quality ahead of profit and schedule and can sometimes take longer to complete a project than planned. Please see the long list of testimonials that attest to the quality of service and results we offer.


  • Up front pricing ($125/hour rate)
  • Clear value (High quality designs built to high standards)
  • No headaches (We handle each step and give pricing up front)
  • Smooth process (No surprises)
  • High quality (We guarantee our work)



Open views, modern aesthetics, quality workmanship

This project involved fully remodeling the first floor, including removing the walls dividing the entry, dining, kitchen and living areas. A new open staircase was built which spanned the floors without intermediate support. The new design opened up views from one corner of the house to the other. The kitchen was expanded and remodeled including new flat panel walnut doors, open floating shelves with recessed lighting, and new quartz countertops with a waterfall island counter.

Customer Reviews

(Could also be described as Ravings from our Fans)

Here are some things a few of our past (and likely future) clients have said about working with us. To see all of our reviews on Houzz click here: Our Houzz Reviews

Our Portfolio

Here are are few of the projects we have completed. Click on one to see more about that project.

  • All
  • Bathroom
  • Cabinetry
  • Closet
  • Custom Home
  • Deck
  • Design
  • Exterior
  • Furniture
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Remodel
  • Residential
  • Staircase

See more of our work here: Portfolio Page

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