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Hygge Design + Build: Becky and Nate Vandenbroek on Tips for a Successful Design/Build Business

Episode 979 of A Well-Designed Business®

Today With Becky and Nate Vandenbroek

Hi, Welcome to A Well-Designed Business. Today I have on Becky and Nate Vandenbroek from Hygge Design+Build.

If you are someone who wants to get into the design-build industry, this episode is for you. Becky and Nate know how to help designers who want to break into the design/build world and share what to consider when choosing to collaborate with builders.

Both possessing Erika Ward transferable skills, Becky with her upbringing with a builder dad and Nate as a previous project manager, they ditched their 9-5 and in 2020 formed Hygge Design+Build.

As you can tell, they are thriving. They are here today to explain the process of working with design/build clients, give advice to designers looking to start a relationship with a builder, as well as red flags.

Pick It Apart:

[2:07] Nate shares his perspective as a builder as to why one should break into the design/build world.

[6:49] Doing design or building separate from each other.

[17:03] Becky’s experience growing up on construction sites with her dad who is a builder.

[28:02] Nate shares how you can work with a builder, electronic project management system, or not.

[31:59] Becky and Nate explain how it works when you do find your builder.

[37:43] Explain how a designer can discuss their pricing to a builder.

LuAnn Nigara and Becky and Nate Vandenbroek’s Ah-Ha Moments

“If you’re not able to have a clear line of communication with a builder and you’re not on the same page with his process, it’s going to be a disaster.” – Becky Vandenbroek

“If you can find a builder who doesn’t have a designer on staff and the both of you mesh well with the design aesthetic, it could be a win-win for both of you.” – Becky Vandenbroek

More About Becky and Nate Vandenbroek

Ok, let’s get this right out of the way…It’s pronounced who-guh even though it looks like hi-gee.

Hygge Design+Build was formed in 2020 after Becky and Nate Vandenbroek decided to ditch their 9-5 and start their own design+build company in Grand Rapids, MI. Becky grew up in the construction industry while watching her dad develop land, build spec homes, and commercial properties. Nate had always been interested in building, renovating, and creating. They took their love of home building and design and turned that into what is now known as Hygge Design+Build.

Hygge Design+Build homes are designed and built with a focus on creating a warm, cozy, and inviting atmosphere that promotes well-being and comfort. Their Hilltop Farm home was featured in the national publication of Dwell Magazine in collaboration with Marvin Windows and was awarded a National Best in American Living award by the NAHB. Their most recent project, The Slate House was chosen by Marvin Windows for their national ad campaign and will also be featured in Dwell Magazine.

They are all about designing “outside of the box” when it comes to designing and building their homes.

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