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Meet SJ Design | Build

Founded by Stephen Jenkins, SJ design | build is a design-centric construction firm serving the greater Philadelphia region. Stephen is partnered with longtime family friend, designer Kristin Norris and they collaborate extensively with his wife Francesca Prieto and her real estate brokerage +Realtors, operating under Compass RE. The plus represents the extensive experience and connectivity to buying, selling, designing and building these friends bring to every project. They consult independently or in tandem to elevate your design, property development, and purchasing needs

As a family business, we support local talent. For the last 15 years, SJ design | build has worked with a number or architects, designers, artisans, and craftspeople throughout the Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. At SJ design | build we believe each project is a partnership and that creativity is at its peak when we collaborate. As your partner, our goal is to bring your vision to life. Our job is to provide the professionalism, knowledge, and experience needed to realize your vision.

Understanding that all projects and physical spaces are unique, we adapt to your needs. We prioritize customization, restoration, and sustainability. Our full-service design | build firm and our relationship with + Realtors provides a one-stop shopping experience; from small interior design projects to fully converted homes.

Thank you for considering SJ design | build as a partner. We appreciate the trust you extend us when you welcome us into your space and share your vision for a happier home. We strive to translate the needs and wants of our clients into finished spaces that are more than they imagined – more beautiful, more balanced, more comfortable, more efficient - more livable.


Client Testimonials

I highly recommend Stephen, he is a one-of-a-kind GC .. easy to work with it, listens to what you have to say, willing to have open honest conversation, intelligently navigates through the challenges, and produces high quality results. I’ve worked with several GC’s over the years and Stephen stands out… He is a straight shooter, runs his business with integrity, and has established a phenomenal team.

- Ari

We selected SJ design | build for the significant renovation of our home in Jenkintown, PA. Working with Stephen and his team was amazing and we could not be happier with his craftsmanship and flexibility throughout the project. We love our home and Stephen and team made it happen!

- Mike Y.

Stephen Jenkins is an incredibly industrious and skilled general contractor with an incredible eye for design. On top of that, his incredibly sunny disposition means that even the most complicated of scenarios is handled with a conscientious demeanor with a bottom line of integrity and optimism. I would hire Stephen all over again and recommend him as a resource whenever asked.

- Chris P.

We had a particularly challenging project. Stephen took a very calm and measured approach to our design work, contributing practical ideas and enhancements to the project while ensuring that we maximized every dollar spent. Examples of this were his suggestion to widen a staircase (which hadn't even been on our radar) to allow for a much more expansive view of the living room. Stephen asked us to reconsider our desire to have a jack and jill bathroom as it allowed us to save more money, and in thinking it through it wasn't a practical approach. We would recommend him time and again.

- Rab S.