Are you a perfect fit for the Giraffe team?


We are looking for a few exceptional people.

Giraffe Design Build is a small company with big vision. Our mission statement describes how “We love creating inspired designs and environments, building with excellent craftsmanship, and delivering it all with integrity and empathy to delight people.”  We design and build residential spaces from remodels and additions to new builds, while also building lasting relationships with our clients. We are passionate about design and delivery.

Giraffe Design Build, a fully licensed, insured contracting company, has been in the community for over 20+ years. We specialize in sustainable residential projects and home remodels in Washtenaw County and surrounding areas. We promise competitive pay, collaborative teamwork, and a dedication to ongoing improvement.

If you would like to work with Giraffe, we are always looking for talented designers, artisan carpenters, skilled project managers, inspired interns and apprentices. Please send us an email with your resume.

Giraffe Design Build, LLC is growing rapidly. We are always looking for excellent people filled with integrity, who want to create inspired livable spaces while building lifelong relationships.

If this sounds like you, we want to meet you! Please send your resume and cover letter along with the type of work you are seeking and your availability. Compensation is based on your skill set and experience.  We do not offer benefits. Please reply only through email, no phone calls. Thank you for considering us.

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Giraffe Design Build is seeking talented, qualified Residential Lead Carpenters with strong carpentry and organizational skills, an aptitude for problem solving and the ability to take a leadership role in a collaborative work environment. Knowledge of custom residential construction, estimating and communication skills, and strategic thinking are essential. We specialize in high-end residential design in Washtenaw County, with a strong presence in Ann Arbor and studio base in Chelsea, Michigan. Giraffe Design Build offers a comprehensive benefit package including medical, paid holidays, wellness benefit, paid time off, gas allowance and tool stipend. We support continuing education and professional development of our staff.

Lead Carpenters at Giraffe Design Build collaborate with the design team on projects from design development  through to the completion of the build. We recognize the importance of a work/life balance for longevity in our careers. Typical work schedules are M-F, 8-hour days, with flexibility to enjoy Michigan’s beautiful seasons. This is not a remote-eligible position.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Review, understand, approve, and follow project plans, specifications, and estimates
  • Lead a build team through all levels of construction with focus on quality and craftsmanship
  • Solve construction challenges while maintaining design intent, and work closely with designers as needed – you are able to build a box, and to think outside of it too
  • Find the appropriate balance between excellent execution and budgetary constraints
  • Coordinate daily tasks to keep projects on time, on budget while meeting client expectations
  • Manage a team of carpenters,  trades people and vendors 
  • Drive productivity and meet daily production goals
  • Communicate with clients, manage their expectations and ensure change orders are processed accurately
  • Perform material take-offs and framing layouts
  • Implement best practices, code law and industry standard construction methods
  • Promote leadership by example
  • Provide positive training and direction for carpenters and laborers as needed

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 10+ years of relevant experience in the residential construction industry, focus in custom, high-quality residential renovations and new home building is preferred
  • 2+ years of experience as a lead carpenter or similar management position 
  • A sense of design and appreciation for aesthetics
  • Building skills include framing, material take-offs, siding, window, and door installation, interior and exterior trim, finish work, staircase  and cabinet installation 
  • Artisan level carpentry skills; fluency with both power and hand tools
  • Ability to read and interpret architectural floor plans, elevations, shop drawings, and structural plans
  • Desire to train apprentice carpenters using an inclusive management style
  • Skilled in leading a jobsite while also working as a team member and promoting a positive culture
  • Ability to communicate with clients, subcontractors, coworkers, and designers
  • Reliable transportation to a variety of worksites throughout Washtenaw County
  • Self motivated and capable to perform duties with minimal supervision
  • Use of  personally owned  power tools and hand tools

 

Giraffe Design Build is an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOC). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Giraffe Design Build is seeking a talented, qualified Residential Construction Estimator with strong design and organizational skills, an aptitude for problem solving and the ability to take a leadership role in a collaborative work environment. Knowledge of custom residential construction, estimating and communication skills, and strategic thinking are essential. We specialize in high-end residential design in Washtenaw County, with a strong presence in Ann Arbor and studio base in Chelsea, Michigan. Giraffe Design Build offers a comprehensive benefit package including medical, paid holidays, wellness benefit, and paid time off. We support continuing education and professional development of our staff.

Estimators at Giraffe Design Build collaborate with the design team and build team on projects from inception through to the completion of the build. We recognize the importance of a work/life balance for longevity in our careers. Typical work schedules are M-F, 8-hour days, with flexibility to enjoy Michigan’s beautiful seasons. This is not a remote-eligible position.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Review client specifications for projects and provide accurate estimates
  • Confirm subcontractors are providing accurate pricing based on complete understanding of plans and specifications for the project
  • Negotiate costs with suppliers and subcontractors 
  • Solicit, develop and maintain long-term relationships with qualified subcontractors, suppliers, and manufacturers
  • Present budgets to clients and maintain good client relations throughout the  project
  • Consistently update budget to identify cost and supply issues, review budget changes with team
  • Update schedules and work timetables for transparency and project progress
  • Track progress of each project against approved budgets and timelines
  • Review and understand project specifications, architectural documents, blueprints to provide accurate estimates and bids
  • Review proposals and contracts for feasibility, cost, and scheduling issues
  • Identify cost concerns and review with teams
  • Communicate with team members to ensure you have a complete and accurate understanding of the project’s scope of work and the design intent
  • Create and maintain an accurate historical cost database 
  • Review and negotiate subcontractor bids to select the highest quality, design appropriate, and most cost-effective options
  • Ensure on-time deliveries and adequate material resources

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum 3-5 experience writing detailed estimates
  • Self-motivated and able to perform duties with minimal supervision
  • Own the project from the first estimate through project completion
  • Possess a complete and detailed understanding of all pricing documents and be able to present to clients and answer questions 
  • Present budgets to clients and maintain good client relations throughout lifecycle of project
  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering or a professional degree, preferably in Construction Management, or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of five (5) years, full-time experience in estimating custom residential homes, new home designing and building and/or remodeling projects
  • Proficient in BuilderTrend, MS Office, Asana, Google Documents, Gmail, and Box
  • Perform well under tight deadlines with multiple projects 
  • Proficient in the use of a personal computer to maintain accurate up to date budgets, and review construction projects
  • Willing and able to learn online applications and use proficient on a daily basis
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Working knowledge of residential construction methods, techniques and systems; and building codes 
  • Complete understanding of the build process and steps, construction experience a big plus
  • Appreciation for craftsmanship and design
  • Work well as an active team member, and interact professionally with clients
  • Assist with reconciling allowances

Preferred:

  • Hands-on experience in residential custom home remodeling as a carpenter or other tradesperson in a similar field or equivalent experience
  • Ability to identify needed process changes and participate in improving procedures 
  • Master’s degree in construction management, civil engineering or architecture

Please apply only if you have residential design build experience, and you live near Ann Arbor MI or are planning to relocate. This is a hands-on, in person position. 

 

Giraffe Design Build is an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOC). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Giraffe Design Build is seeking talented, qualified Residential Apprentice Carpenters with strong desire to learn and practice carpentry, an ability to develop and apply learned skills, an aptitude for problem solving, a positive attitude and the ability to work in a collaborative work environment. Some knowledge of residential construction and excellent communication skills are essential. We specialize in high-end residential design in Washtenaw County, with a strong presence in Ann Arbor and studio base in Chelsea, Michigan. Giraffe Design Build offers a comprehensive benefit package including medical, paid holidays, wellness benefit, and paid time off, gas allowance and tool stipend. We support continuing education and professional development of our staff.

Apprentice Carpenters at Giraffe Design Build work with the build team on projects from the start of the build to the completion of the project. We recognize the importance of a work/life balance for longevity in our careers. Typical work schedules are M-F, 8-hour days, with flexibility to enjoy Michigan’s beautiful seasons. This is not a remote-eligible position.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Reliable member of our construction team with a keen focus on quality and craftsmanship
  • Work closely with carpenters to learn all aspects of the trade
  • Assist construction team with all tasks including keeping the job site tidy, demolition, framing, drywall, cabinetry and window installation, finishing carpentry, etc
  • Possess the ability to become an integral team member embracing and encouraging our company values of trust, safety, teamwork, responsibility, and service
  • Strive to exceed expectations for quality, craftsmanship, and schedule
  • Learn to read and interpret construction documents and drawings
  • Load and unload materials, carry tools to and from the job site
  • Develop problem solving skills and resourcefulness to provide and build positive solutions

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge and experience in residential carpentry is beneficial but not required
  • Physical strength for vigorous work with a positive attitude
  • Willingness to learn and take direction from carpenters
  • Self motivated, hard working, dependable, and ready to work full time
  • Good communication skills and basic math skills
  • Provide basic hand tools
  • Willingness to purchase further tools as needed

 

Giraffe Design Build is an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOC). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Giraffe Design Build is seeking a talented, qualified Architect/Architectural Designer with strong design and organizational skills, an aptitude for problem solving and the ability to take a leadership role in a collaborative work environment. We specialize in high-end residential design in Washtenaw County, with a strong presence in Ann Arbor and studio base in Chelsea, Michigan. Giraffe Design Build offers a comprehensive benefit package including medical, paid holidays, wellness benefit, and paid time off. We support continuing education and professional development of our staff, including LEED certification programs and pursuit of licensure.

Architectural Designers at Giraffe Design Build typically lead and collaborate with other designers on a project from inception through to the completion of the build. We recognize the importance of a work/life balance for longevity in our careers. Typical work schedules are M-F, 8-hour days, with flexibility to enjoy Michigan’s beautiful seasons. This is not a remote-eligible position.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead all phases of architectural design: schematic design and presentation, design development, construction documentation, construction administration, and permitting.
  • Well-versed in all facets of residential building envelope design and construction
  • Produce working drawings and 3D models (renderings a plus)
  • Familiarity with residential construction budgets and designing within specified budget
  • Prepare accurate and coordinated documents with the project team and lead carpenters
  • Provide support during the construction phase
  • Be able to work on a variety of projects simultaneously
  • Research codes and materials

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture required, M.Arch preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years full-time experience in an architectural firm, with project lead experience
  • Proficiency in Archicad. Adobe Creative Suite a plus
  • 3D modeling, visualization & presentation skills
  • Firm knowledge of applicable building codes, accessibility, code research, and permit coordination
  • Self-motivated, energetic, enthusiastic and organized
  • Strong graphic skills
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills

Please submit your resume, portfolio, and samples of work demonstrating your design ability and interests. Limit file size to 10MB.

 

Giraffe Design Build is an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOC). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.