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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.Read More
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 no be disappointed.
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 keeps the ball in your court. 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.
SD HOUSE REMODEL
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.
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
Check out our public profile on Houzz to see all of our raving reviews
Rufino was an absolute pleasure to work with on our mudroom/laundry room project. We’re thrilled with our new space and his creative design skills, attention to detail, excellent craftsmanship and genuine dependability and thoughtfulness are big reasons why. I highly recommend Rufino and look forward to working with him again. Background: We started our project with another excellent contractor and our laundry room and mudroom were separate rooms divided by a wall and archway. We had planned to buy semi-custom cabinets for the laundry room and for our contractor to build custom lockers within our existing mudroom closet. When we confirmed we could remove the wall and closet and make the space one room instead of two, we wanted the cabinetry and lockers to transition seamlessly and our current contractor said we really needed someone with a full shop to do it right as the scale of the work was beyond what he could do on site. I asked around and a friend suggested Rufino. I emailed Rufino on a Sunday and we set up a meeting for the next day. Process: Rufino listened to my wants, needs and ideas, translated them into a design during that very first meeting and within a couple hours had a good baseline design and 3-D drawing. He made a few suggestions and we tweaked the design together over the next few weeks until it was perfect. Then, since he is a designer AND a builder, he was able to move right into the build phase and didn’t lose anything in the translation which was wonderful and made it easy on me. While Rufino built the cabinets and lockers off site, our original contractor finished the tile floor and prepared the plumbing and electrical for the new layout. Outcome: In short, Rufino exceeded my high expectations. Being an engineer, I’m quite particular with design, build quality, fit and finish and the function of a space. Rufino communicated well and went above and beyond to help me make decisions. For example, one weekend and unsolicited, he built and dropped off a full scale prototype to help me better visualize the wainscoting. It was a huge help. The Bottom Line: Rufino is a gem. He is talented, dependable, courteous and an overall pleasure to work with. I like being in the room so much that I truly enjoy doing laundry!
I have worked with Rufino Labra for almost a year. We explored a simple kitchen remodel to a full scale blow out with major additions and open concept ideas before settling on a final plan. His thoughts and ideas were very good, helpful and his design program helped us visualize what we could have and helped us settle on a final design. I don't make decisions easily and Rufino was patient with me and encouraging. I have to explore everything to be sure I am doing the right thing. He didn't get exasperated with me , just kept offering ideas in whatever direction I was going at the time. His fees were reasonable and he was very accommodating time wise. I love his furniture design. He is low key personally but quite talented professionally. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending him.
We had our main deck completely demolished and rebuilt; we had a second-story deck demolished, a door removed and replaced with drywall; we had a smaller lower level deck rebuilt; we had the slope of a curved bridge modified and refinished. I highly recommend working with Rufino Labra and Labra Design + Build. The most important aspect of our project was demolishing our aging cedar deck overlooking a ravine, adding 120 square feet to it, and adding deck lighting which we had never had. We also needed an unused (except by the raccoons) smaller deck area demolished, the door removed and replaced with drywall. Additionally, we had a curved bridge over a gully leading to our entrance on which we wanted the slope modified to make the tie-in to the landing gentler. Initially we were looking at Trex or Azec (both "faux" wood) for the deck but after some investigation discovered cumaru, a Brazilian hardwood similar to ipe. Rufino was the only contractor we contacted to investigate this possibility, and offered to do the deck in the cumaru for the price of Azec, and included the lighting package at no additional charge. We were also initially considering glass railing panels, but knowing that we live in a wooded area and feed the local birds, Rufino mentioned that the birds might fly into the glass and get hurt or killed, so he gave us the option of stainless steel cable, and we are so glad we opted for that! The finished deck is spectacular! The woodworking detail is amazing. Rufino also offered to install soffit lights at no charge because he knew we would love them. We do! Rufino and his crew showed up every day on time, they worked efficiently and with enormous attention to detail. He has a degree in architecture from Lawrence Tech, so in addition to being an incredibly skilled craftsman he is also artistic and talented. He was in constant communication on any changes or issues (they found carpenter ants had chewed up a lot of the old deck and advised us to call an exterminator -- we did!). They all really went above and beyond, they finished within the time Rufino had estimated despite some rainy days, and we are enormously pleased with the results. We will definitely work with Labra Design + Build in the future.
Rufino Labra of Labra Design and Build did a great job on our house. literally the only builder I spoke to that grasp the full concept. Then he made incredible design suggestions and improvements throughout the process. Great handmade quality work at beyond reasonable prices. Give him a call!
We were so pleased with the project that Labra Design did for our Mid Century Modern house. I saw a project he did (found it through Houzz) and Rufino was very quick to respond to my request, and he was able to squeeze our smaller project in quickly. We had a huge hole in our main room, and we needed a stair rail, needed it quickly because we have a two year old and the house just wasn't safe as it was. He was quick to draw up sketches and seemed to understand our aesthetic and what we wanted without ever seeing the project in person. He was also very willing to research different price options to keep within our budget. I was impressed with his effort and commitment to making sure the stair rail was as safe as possible. The install went smoothly and was right on time. We can't wait to use Labra Design again when we redo our master bathroom and kitchen!
We worked with Rufino to update the bathrooms and closets in our home – master bath/closet and two upstairs bathrooms and closets. He is a “True Professional” in many ways. He worked with my husband and me to create a modern design that encompassed our ideas. He introduced us to options that are more current in design as well. He created 3D images of our proposed master bathroom and custom closet using our material choices. These images were incredibly helpful in understanding what the finished rooms would look like. His calm demeanor put me at ease with the project and took away my reservations of having our home renovated. Also, having workers in your home can be stressful and Rufino completed the work in the time proposed! Most importantly, I feel Rufino is very trustworthy and was very accessible to me during the project - answering my questions and communicating the next steps in the work being done via cell, text and email. Our bathrooms and closets were finished with detailed workmanship and expert service. He worked hard to make sure we were totally satisfied. They look simply AMAZING. We look forward to more projects with Rufino and Labra Design Build!
Here are are few of the projects we have completed. Click on one to see more about that project.
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