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Welcome to JFK Design Build, where we…
have the capabilities to build a custom home that represents your
Unique Lifestyle with your Vision of Luxury. We take great pride
in truly making each room a comfortable and personal experience.
Because of our knowledge and expertise…
we have the ability to create timeless environments that will
impress for generations.
Experienced custom home builders with a personal approach…
Our specialized and personal approach allows us to bring a relaxed enjoyment to the building process.
Success built on practical luxury
Jeff Burg, president of JFK Design-Build, Inc., started in the industry as a young boy. His father, Jim, was a carpenter and contractor who brought his son up through the ranks. “At age 14, I started as a summer helper and then a rough carpenter,” Jeff remembered. He worked his way into an apprenticeship; by his third year he was a roughing foreman. With a love and an eye for detail, Burg earned his way into finish carpentry. Soon he was leading finish crews, and then managing projects including a condominium complex in Brookfield. In 2003, after nine years of managing and constructing multi and single-family homes, Burg took over the general contracting division from his father and officially formed JFK Design-Build. The custom-home builder builds five homes and seven remodeling projects a year. JFK Design-Build continues to thrive and specializes in the design and construction of unique custom, single-family homes, multi-family condominiums and commercial projects.
How do you differentiate your business from others?
I’m part of the process from design, estimation and construction to completion. From beginning to end, the client works with me. I’m hands-on. I’m not afraid to do what needs to be done, whether it’s picking up a hammer, broom or paint brush.
The market has changed. We are seeing customers wanting more functional spaces and more luxury features. Designing practical luxury is a talent. It takes a tactical eye for seeing space, and the knowledge and ability to make and see it functional and create spacial relationships. It takes a good listener to hear and understand the lifestyle and unique needs of each individual client, and that comes from experience.
What advice would you give someone looking to build or remodel?
Look for a builder with who you can have a good relationship and connection with so you can enjoy the process. You will be working with your builder from design to completion, for more than a year. If there is no connection, the experience will not be as it should be. Also, ask the builder for the names of the subcontractors. Contact the references, and ask if the builder is easy to work with, is a good scheduler and pays promptly.
How has being a member of the MBA helped your business?
We have been an MBA member since 2003. The MBA offers valuable educational opportunities to learn about new building sciences and products. It has helped us grow and improve our business.
What activities do you participate in at the MBA?
As part of the MBA, we have won numerous awards including winning the Parade of Homes People’s Choice Award in 2006 with our model in the Cobblestone Woods subdivision. I have been a member of the MBA board of directors and I most recently have been sat on the Parade of Homes site selection committee.
How has technology changed your business?
The change has been so rapid. We use it primarily to be more efficient when sending photos, drawings, change orders and schedules. It makes communication much more efficient too, with building partners, architects and clients.
What advice would you give someone looking for a career in the building industry?
Listen to the people around you, work hard and enjoy what you’re doing. That really is the key to any successful career.
What is your proudest professional achievement?
In 2006 and 2008, I was honored to win the MBA Associate’s Choice Award. It was the first time a builder won this award twice. It means a great deal to me to be respected by my peers. It’s important to me to have integrity with my building partners and clients.
What is one of your greatest business challenges?
Technology is a double-edged sword. A client sees something on the Internet, maybe a design or product, and it’s just not practical in cost or for our climate. Those can be challenging discussions with the client.
What is the best advice you were ever given?
Listen to the people around you. There are many ways to do things to get to the goal. Be open to it.
What is your business philosophy?
Our philosophy of practical luxury means you decide what luxury means to you and what is most important for your living style. Does it mean a moderate-size home with finer amenities, an expansive home with many rooms or a completely functional home with quality amenities? You get to decide, because ‘custom’ means it fits your specific needs and your wants, with no extras, rooms or amenities you don’t need nor will ever use. We want to design and build just the house that accommodates your life.
Whitefish Bay Colonial gets a space upgrade
The home of Tom and Morgan Vance in Whitefish Bay is the quintessential family home. Their two young sons, ages 8 and 4, fill the house with the noise and fun of play.
The 1939 Colonial-style home was typical of its time: rooms and doorways. We were either going to move or spend the money to make the changes we wanted. We did look around at other homes. It came down to either buying a different house or spending the money on this house.
We contacted Jeff Burg from JFK Design/Build to do the addition and remodel. They were awesome — a friend recommended him to us. He hit our budget and the timeline. They did a great job. They started digging a new foundation in May 2015 and we moved back in in November.
On the first floor, walls were taken down to open up the living space. The back of the home was pushed out about 16 feet to expand the first floor and to create a master suite on the second floor. Walls were removed to make the kitchen, dining area and den an open gathering spot. A large mud room was added with lockers to give the boys a place to shed their coats, boots and schoolbooks.
Dark stained knotty Alder Craftsman’s style cabinets have bold hardware. The large kitchen island with its gray quartz counter top and a back splash of oversize gray ceramic tiles lend an industrial look to the space.
The second level had four bedrooms, and a bath and was destined to be reconfigured. With the redesigned space and the addition to the house, a master suite was created. The original main bathroom was relocated, and a laundry room was added on the second floor.
The master suite is a private space that includes a large bathroom with double sinks and an oversize walk-in shower and a walk-in closet. The pitch of the master suite’s ceiling adds a beautiful design element to the room.”JFK Design did a really good job of tying everything all in,” she said.