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Our Process

Northland Construction Inc. started using the design/build process in 1998, and it’s been a proven roadmap to success for all building projects. We know from client feedback that following our process leads to projects completed on time, on budget and clients who are happy with the end result. The NCI design/build process consists of three phases: Initial contact, the Design Phase and the Construction Phase.

At this point in the process, you’ve approved the design including floor plans, elevations and product selections and been given the fixed price for your project. Once you sign the construction agreement, you are assigned a project manager, a schedule is developed for the project and construction begins.


As an added bonus, the design/build process saves you valuable time. You won’t experience the delay of putting your project “out to bid” between design and construction because we manage the entire schedule, from our initial conversation to the hammering of the final nail.


The entire staff at Northland Construction Inc. works hard to keep you informed with weekly progress reports including photos. All that’s left now is for you to enjoy your new space!

The final step is the Construction Agreement

We would love to discuss your project with you. We begin this process with a site evaluation to consult with you on design styles, topography, and zoning requirements. We will help you identify your construction priorities and talk about a budget that you are comfortable with.

The first step is to talk to us

The next step is the Design Agreement

In this phase we work together to develop a design that meets your needs and choose finishes that reflect your style. The fees for this phase are for design only and are separate from the cost of construction. Throughout this phase we work closely to value engineer the project to meet your budget needs. One of the most important advantages of the design/build process is that it allows you to feel more confident about estimated costs and feel more secure about staying within your budget. Our designers have immediate access to our experts in building, so they can specify the most cost-effective materials and methods for construction.

“I am extremely satisfied with my experience with Northland Construction. It was very easy for me to communicate with them when I had questions. I would recommend NCI to any of my friends or family.”

– Kristin H.


“Northland Construction was able to maintain the projected schedule for my project while providing a high level of craftsmanship in a professional manner.”

– Ralph S.


“The NCI staff kept my wife and I informed very well with the status of our project and were extremely professional to work with. I will tell all of my colleagues of Northland Construction.”

– Tom D.


Why Northland Construction?

At NCI, our clients are our priority. Everything we do throughout the design build process is geared toward ensuring your happiness with the building or remodeling experience. As the premier Brainerd Lakes Area home contractor, we will put you first.

The Premier Brainerd Lakes Area Home Building Contractor

NCI Design Build has been servicing the Brainerd Lakes Area community for more than 20 years. We’ve developed lasting relationships with our clients, our trade partners and community organizations.

NCI Design Build Process

To make the Brainerd Lakes Area home building process smoother and more enjoyable, we’ve developed the NCI Design Build Process, a set combination of best practices and proven procedures that provide homeowners with greater value as well as a sense of comfort and control.


The design build model brings the entire building process – from design through construction – under one roof. The benefit to you is a design that fits your budget, an easy process, and the security of knowing one company is responsible for your project from beginning to end. At the heart of the NCI Design Build Process is open and constant communication through each project stage. Our clients love the ease and flow they experience when they work with us.


“The whole design/build process made it easy. They kept on-schedule and to the budget. There were no surprises.”

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Our Mission

We believe that truly superior homes are built by people of high character, whose values are marked by honesty, accountability, and a dedication to doing things right the first time. Based on these timeless principles, our goal is to create long-term business relationships, to treat every project as if it were our own, and to stand behind everything we say and do. This is our passion, our mission, and our commitment to our clients.


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