The Grimm Brothers told fairy tales. So do some grim contractors and builders. Let’s talk about some common contractor fairy tales and what you can expect from Dream Design Builders, one of San Diego’s most trusted home remodeling contractor. “Sure…we can build your project on that budget.” We can’t and neither can anyone else if the budget is unrealistic. Such contractors are either making promises they won’t keep or planning on writing multiple change orders as a back-door way of increasing the final overall contract price. Therefore, the low bid may not always be the best way to go. Unsuspecting homeowners often learn too late that an unscrupulous contractor knew they could not complete the home remodel for the homeowners’ original budget and have now limited the options available to the homeowner. We put all of our exceptional knowledge, experience, and expertise at your disposal during the design phase to make certain our estimate is complete and will realistically meet your design aspirations and allocated budget.

Fairy Tale #1

“It won’t make much of a mess.” Yes, it will. Construction is especially messy work when there’s demolition involved, as with a room addition or complete kitchen renovation project. We pay close attention to minimizing the dust and debris, clean up thoroughly after ourselves every day, and are always respectful of your family and your home.

 Fairy Tale #2

“There won’t be too much noise.” Yes, there will be construction noise and we won’t pretend otherwise. We strive to mitigate or eliminate unnecessary noise including loud radios or equipment left needlessly idling to minimize the disruption to you or to your neighbors.

Fairy Tale #3

“We always use only the finest products.” What does “finest” mean? Your product choices and budget establish what we use for your project. We carefully and completely explain the options. We help you determine how your product selections will work within your defined budget, and help identify alternative products that may be better suited to your needs and budget.

Fairy Tale #4

“We’ll be done in no time.” Well, perhaps no time they’re really committed to. Each project comes with a realistic schedule based on its complexity. If we encounter unexpected delays, we alert you at that stage and provide an adjusted timeline if required. We don’t wait until the last day, as we think surprises should be saved for birthday parties.

Fairy Tale #5

“Sure we’re licensed and insured.” Licensed to do what? Insured by whom? For how much? Dream Design Builders encourages all homeowners to check the Contractors State License Board as well as the local Better Business Bureau to verify a general contractor’s credentials before selecting a remodeling partner. Each general contractor should be currently licensed in the state of California, fully insured, carry the appropriate worker’s compensation insurance, and be in good standing with the Better Business Bureau.

Fairy Tale #6

“You don’t need a permit to do that. In fact, I can give you a better price if we don’t pull a permit.” Any time you are moving plumbing, electrical or gas services a permit is required by law. Remodeling your home without the appropriate permit(s) may save you a few dollars now, but possibly with potential legal risk and financial headaches down the road. Dream Design Builders’ design and workmanship on each custom home or home remodel project is fully and properly permitted, reviewed and inspected for your safety, protection and peace of mind. Each city has its own building and permit requirements set forth to ensure the community’s overall safety and welfare are not put at risk.





Dream Design Builders
11411 W. Bernardo Court
San Diego, CA 92127
Phone: 1.858.674.9818