The lynch difference
Our goal is to meet and exceed your expectations by employing innovative design-build methods, attentive communication, and expert craftsmanship. We’re your trustworthy partner throughout each stage of the planning and construction process. That way, there are no surprises in the design, budget or timeline down the road.
Design & Build Experts
Design & Build Experts
As local leaders in the industry, we know a thing or two about design & build best practices. Know that before construction begins, our team has laid the foundation for your remodeling project or new build. No matter how lofty your goals are, we'll find a way to make your ideas and visions come to life.
Six Decades of Experience
Six Decades of Experience
Lynch Design | Build is a full-service, family-owned design and build firm with over 60 years of experience. Our decades of service in the industry mean we’re skilled at taking the guesswork out of home remodeling.
Lynch Design | Build has been honored as the Homebuilders Association of Maryland Remodeler of the Year and has an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau–its highest rank!
We are a family-owned business that understands how important it is to build a space that fits your family’s needs. Our team is neat, professional, and committed to maintaining a safe and clean environment. This way, project construction affects your family as little as possible.
Who WE are
Lynch Design | Build can make your home's vision come to life:
Our team serves locations throughout Maryland, most notably Harford County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Cecil County, Howard County, and Anne Arundel County.
We specialize in extensive and large-scale home projects such as whole-house remodels, home additions, exterior renovations, and new builds. We will also accommodate your grand vision for a new kitchen, bathroom, master suite, or specialty project.
The Lynch team takes a hands-on approach to planning your home project. We will help guide our clients through the planning process with thorough discussion and meticulous attention to detail so there is no confusion about aesthetics, budgets, and timelines.
Meet Our Team
Donald F. Lynch Jr.
Donald F. Lynch, Jr. proudly carries his father’s name and reputation as a quality home builder and remodeler. Only a teenager when his father, Donald F. Lynch, Sr. passed away, Donald, Jr. continued the legacy his father started in 1958 and propelled Lynch Design | Build, Inc. into the company we know today.
Past President and board member of the Homebuilders Association of Maryland Remodelers Council, Lynch, Jr. was named HBAM Remodeler of the Year in 2008 “In Recognition of Excellence in Professionalism, Construction, Customer Service and Contributions to the Industry.” Lynch Jr. is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist and holds Certified Graduate Remodeler Status. His work has been honored by receiving dozens of Awards of Excellence from HBAM and other remodeling associations.
Donald F. Lynch III
EXECUTIVE SUPERVISOR AND CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER
Donald Lynch III is the third generation of Lynch homebuilders, the eldest son of Donald F. Lynch, Jr. and his wife Mary Sue. Working for years alongside his father, Lynch III joined the family business after graduating from John Carroll High School. Now, he’s one of the main drivers and decision-makers within the company, fueled by his passion for seeing luxury projects carried through from inception to completion.
A Certified Residential Project Specialist and an EPA Certified Renovator (RRP), Lynch III has also studied Green Building for Professionals offered by the National Association of Home Builders, professional CAD design, and software-based construction and remodeling drafting.
Lynch III provides hands-on client support, making sure our homeowners understand and are comfortable with their new construction or remodeling project from start to finish. His attentiveness has gained him a worthy reputation, like his predecessors, for his professionalism, honesty, and work ethic. He loves working alongside his father to uphold the values and ideals the family business was built on.
The Design | Build Process
Lynch Design | Build employs a proven, step-by-step process that ensures customer satisfaction:
During our initial contact with the homeowner, we listen carefully to your needs, and gather some general information. Your wants and needs will stimulate specific project questions, the answers to which allow us you to give us some specifics regarding the project you have in mind.
Once we finish gathering the initial contact information, we schedule a no-charge consultation appointment (about 1-2 hours) with you at your home.
Every one involved in your project should attend this meeting. This not only includes the homeowner(s), but also their children!
At consultation we will take photos of:
- your home
- your lot
- and the area involved in the proposed project
- Design criteria
- Structural considerations
- Window/door styles and brands (as appropriate)
- Cabinetry and countertops (as appropriate)
- Bath fixtures and ceramic tile
- Options to be considered
The Initial Site Visit is your opportunity to assess Lynch Design | Build as well.
You will learn that Lynch Design | Build is sensitive to your concerns about security, construction dust and debris, communication, and the all-important issue of safety. We treat your home as if it were our own.
There is no charge to create the Budget/Estimate.
This feasibility tool allows homeowners to have a benchmark for or on the project budget.
We will schedule a time to meet with you for this meeting.
In most cases, the project’s final cost ends up within a plus or minus 10% range of the original estimate.
The range may vary due to:
- The age of the home
- Hidden structural features of the home (that may not become apparent until construction begins)
- The existence of factors such as high level of detail
- The complexity of the project
If you’d like, we’ll attach a list of our references with names and phone numbers of homeowners in your area where we have worked on similar projects or projects that have some reference to yours.
After several days, we will give you a follow-up phone call to discuss the estimate.
When you accept the Budget/Estimate, you give Lynch Design | Build the “go ahead” via a Design Agreement, and the Design Phase now begins.
Our designer combines site photographs, project photographs and concept sketches, and with the help of a sophisticated software program, produces a visual digital design rendering that allows the homeowner to see what their finished project will look like – usually with options and suggested variations to consider.
The benefit of this, of course, is that you do not have to depend on your imagination. Our digital rendering allows you to see things from many different angles.
Working together, we will review with you the new floor plans and elevations, and analyze them for space planning, suitability and construction feasibility; the best ideas are redrawn and reviewed again.
Once both you and we are satisfied with the concept, we print preliminary drawings. At that point, we schedule a meeting at your home for our trade contractors to review the project. At that meeting, they are given a copy of the plans, and may ask questions about your home. This important step gives our clients the opportunity to speak with representatives of the trade contractor companies we engage to work on your home.
Also at this time, you, as the homeowner will select all components and items to be ordered (some commodities have long order times!). Lynch Design | Build will then obtain specific price quotes as needed from siding, framing, HVAC, plumbing and electrical contractors. Depending on the complexity of the project, consultation with a structural engineer may be required.
Once quotes are received, we compile the information into a report that includes the following:
- The Project Specifications Sheet. This document contains details such as the calculation of allowances, footing definitions, structural data, HVAC needs, plumbing, electrical, finish components, etc. This document is generally several pages long.
- The Project Budget. This document divides the project into a construction payment schedule.
- The Construction Agreement contains legalities and reviews the permits pertaining to the project. Its content outlines the protections for both the customer and Lynch Design | Build.
At a pre-construction meeting, Lynch Design | Build and the homeowner will review all documentation together again and decide upon a forecasted start date. Other topics covered at this meeting may include (as appropriate to the project):
- How you should prepare your house for remodeling
- Setting up a temporary kitchen (if necessary)
- Location of the portable toilet
- Location of the material staging area
- Location of the debris/dumpster
- Dust control
- Home security and project safety
- Children and pets.
- Parking for our construction crews
- How production schedules and working hours will impact your family
- Payment schedules
- Delays incurred and why
- Job signs and permit box locations
Also at this meeting we will discuss the project with your family, so everyone knows what to expect.
Remodeling can be stressful, particularly for small children, and especially if the area being remodeled is a kitchen, bath or bedroom. The workmen, noise and dust can be a very real annoyance.
We understand this and will do our part to make a minimal impact on your life and your schedules. We make extensive use of drop cloths, plastic room dividers, shoe covers and vacuums – but remember: sheetrock and plaster dust are difficult to completely control. We will provide special plastic carpet covers where construction traffic is likely.
There are many other precautions that both the contractor and the homeowner must take to ensure a project where frustration is minimized.
When construction is ready to begin, Lynch Design | Build will draft a production schedule that is shared with all parties involved. Then the real work begins! Remodeling is exciting. Making design choices is creative and absorbing. It is rewarding to turn a dream into reality, but at times it also can be chaotic, messy and challenging.
Lynch Design | Build never lets a homeowner operate under the illusion that a remodeling project is a “walk in the park.” Let’s face it – remodeling creates a major disruption in your family’s lives.
Although Lynch Design | Build will take precautions to minimize the overall level of stress, in our experience even the most even-tempered homeowner will find that a home remodel taxes the emotions!
That’s why good communication – and hiring a contractor who is sensitive to your expectations and needs – can make the experience exciting, fun and rewarding.
The construction process continues through completion of the project and of the final punch list. Workmanship matters! Although Lynch Design | Build strives for perfection, everyone knows that small details will inevitably need attention. That is the reason behind the final “punch list”. Created at the end of the project by the homeowner with the project manager, the “punch list” contains items or tasks that need repair, adjustment or completion.
Here are some typical “punch list” items to check for:
- Painting flaws
- Caulking flaws
- Missing hardware or hardware needing adjustment
- Trim flaws or missing pieces
- Inoperable electrical fixtures and outlets
- Plumbing fixtures that need repair or adjustment
- Appliances that need adjustment
- HVAC controls that need adjustment
Upon completion of the “punch list,” the final payment is due; this payment initiates the one-year standard warranty. Lynch Design | Build guarantees our quality of workmanship will exceed the Home Builders Residential Construction Performance Guidelines as published by the National Home Builders Association.
Lynch Design | Build has a reputation for customer satisfaction that we intend to uphold. That’s another reason why we will at periodic intervals check in with you to make sure your project, now complete, continues to meet and exceed your expectations.
Plus, we will remind you when your warranty periods end is approaching, and specifically advise you to check things that are covered to make sure everything is exactly as it should be.
Thank you very much for your interest in our services.
Have more questions? We have answers!
Counties We Serve:
Lynch Design | Build serves locations throughout Maryland:
If your home is located in a county outside of these areas, please call us! We would love to speak with you about your project.
We are proud to support organizations in our community that share our values. Our partnership with these organizations is a part of our passion for supporting the well-being of individuals and families in Harford County, Baltimore County and beyond. Below is a list of local organizations we are honored to work with: