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L Design/Build, LLC

Bringing design into your construction project..

Lida Carlson is the owner, designer and licensed contractor of L Design/Build. Robby Carlson works on the site supervision and material flow to make sure that each project runs smoothly. She and her husband work together to turn their client’s vision in to reality. Since 2000, L Design/Build, formerly known as Wakefield Builders, has been the most trusted design build firm in the North Raleigh and portions of Wake Forest areas. In the beginning, focused efforts on Wakefield Plantation and Wakefield Estates, were the basis for the strong design/build firm known today as L Design/Build. Lida is very hands on from the beginning planning phase, to designing, all the way through to the completion of your project or your new home. Lida’s goal is to make every client feel comfortable and excited about the design and construction process. She is there from start to finish to achieve her clients’ visions. After a successful career in clothing design while raising her 2 boys, Lida started her business in new construction homebuilding and has been in the business working on all forms of renovations/additions/new construction for more than 25 years. L Design/Build is different than most design/build firms in that Lida can take your desires and needs, draw them up, then work with an incredible team while using Robby’s vast experience from both the construction and inspections portions of the process … making L Design/Build the contractor that gives you the expertise needed to make the job right and look good at the same time. L Design/Build feels strongly that home building and renovating should be a good experience and aims to make it so for every client.

Since 2000, L Design/Build, formerly known as Wakefield Builders, has been the most trusted design build firm in the North Raleigh and portions of Wake Forest areas. In the beginning, focused efforts on Wakefield Plantation and Wakefield Estates, were the basis for the strong design/build firm known today as L Design/Build. We have now expanded our focus on work from North Raleigh to inside the beltline.

Lida is very hands on from the beginning planning phase, to designing, all the way through to the completion of your project or your new home.


Testimonials

Lida is an incredible builder. She has such an eye for detail. She is able to tune into each individuals style and customize the home specific to the home owner. Truly makes the whole process fun. I can't imagine a better experience.Read More

L Design/Build undertook an extensive renovation to our 1950s ranch home, requiring us to move out for 7 months. We started with a 1500 square foot home and ended with an updated 2500 square foot new home. First, we met with Lida to discuss our list of needs and ‘nice to haves’ over many face to face meetings. Lida listened and advised us throughout the design phases of the project, taking into consideration our wishes. Lida’s design input during this very important planning phase is obvious in the result of our completed home renovation. During the building of our home, her coordination and timing of sub-contractors and city and county permitting made the process run smoothly and on schedule. Even the unexpected buried oil tank in the back yard was handled with little disruption to our schedule, as she was able to source the appropriate people to remove and remedy this unplanned hiccup. Having Robby, her husband, on site each day was also an asset during the building process. Robby and Lida know all of their sub-contractors and have established long-term relationships that made the construction of the home go very well. Lida also has strong relationships with local companies for fixtures, lighting, tile, stone, countertops, etc. Her design background was a huge asset when we had to make decisions on every detail of our renovation project. She gets to know you and can help you with selections – taking into account your style preferences, the home itself, and your budget. Lida is hands on during the entire process. She dedicates her time and crew to your home and you. She is available and communicates throughout the project about status, what’s next, when decisions have to be made, etc. Building a new home was a new experience for us but with Lida’s style, communication, and professionalism, we were extremely happy with the result!Read More

Lida designed and coordinated a turnkey kitchen makeover for us. She was a delight to work with and took the extra steps to ensure the project stayed on schedule and budget. The finished design is beautiful and current. We could not be happier with the results and experience.Read More

I truly cannot say enough good things about working with Lida. Over the years, she helped us renovate our entire house, and we added on as well. She handled every single detail from the design process to seeing that our projects were completed beautifully and in the most timely manner possible. I promise that you will never find someone who pours her heart into her work the way she does. She's just incredible - honest, reliable, hardworking, organized, fair, and she has an amazing eye for design. The contractors she uses are carefully chosen so that homeowners are not only pleased with their quality work but also comfortable having them in their home. Lida is constantly mindful of the fact that it's hard to live through a renovation, especially for a family with young kids. She always bent over backwards to be sure that we were as comfortable as we could be as we lived among the chaos of a major project. Unfortunately, we had to move recently, and it was heartbreaking to leave the dream house that Lida helped us create. I wished I could have taken Lida with us to help us work on our new home a few states away! I already appreciated her, but once I was working with a different company and other contractors, I realized just how lucky we had truly been to have had the pleasure of working with someone as special as Lida. She is simply the best there is!Read More

Lida & Robby are tremendous! Lida goes out of the way to really understand and design for the specific person and space! She made the design process so easy for my husband Brian and I and went OVER THE TOP to always answer texts/calls anytime/anywhere! All of her help is incredible, we truly became "friends" with all of them and everyone was so professional! I work from home and sometimes it can be intimidating for people working all of your home, but not Lida's crew... they were all so friendly and a true pleasure to be around... It's was sad to see them go :) Lida took our 1990's inspired interior and transformed it to a contemporary space my husband and I wanted! Lida took the guess work and stress out of renovations (which is almost impossible) and made the entire project enjoyable! We totally recommend her and her crew for any job!Read More

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