At Design Build Detroit, distinctive design is coupled with creativity and innovation. Built into our designs are features that increase sustainability and energy efficiency. Skill, experience, passion, and commitment go into the craftsmanship of each project. Our family of dedicated employees, team members, and trade partners work diligently to develop properties that will be enjoyed for years to come. We pledge to design and create projects with enduring value.

ABOUT Design Build Detroit

Design Build Detroit has been full time real estate investors for 30 plus years completing over 300 properties and 84 Million in volume. Our experience in construction and real estate began with custom framing, which grew into a design build company, building energy efficient custom homes and large residential projects, including senior living condominiums, and multi-family apartment buildings. With the further expansion of our capabilities, Design Build Detroit, is currently buying apartment buildings in Detroit to rehab and stabilize, to professional cash flowing properties.

Providing our investors with professional and on time, in house construction services for maximum profitability. We are a 30+ seasoned builder, we do not charge the project a developer fee and we work with local Detroit companies. We manage in house, deal with local trades and suppliers to ensure maximum saving to complete the project on time and on budget! 

​Design Build Detroit reputation as a developer is based on honesty, reliability, and accuracy. We have a strong sense of vision and excellent design skills and attention to detail.

Some of our past projects:
​Multi-family units:

  • Senior condos of 50 units totaling $5 million.
  • Apartments of 3-6 units totaling $2 million.
  • 3-story adult living residences of 46 units totaling $8 million.


I'm honored to give my highest recommendation to Design Build Detroit. They are creative and work to assist their clients through the pursuit and implementation of new methods and ideas. They take action and demonstrates a high level of integrity in his building and development business. I would encourage any investor to work with Design Build Detroit and their staff.

Ralph WatkinsPartner Attractor and Developer, Author, Speaker, Challenger of Assumptions at KLR Consultants.

Dear Sir or Madam,
The purpose of this letter is to speak to the character of Michael Rivait. I have known him for 11 years as I am a former employee and eventual business partner in the financial industry.
I can also speak to his moral character, which is upstanding to say the least. He is honest and possesses a strong sense of integrity. He know's the importance of being responsible for one’s obligations and uses integrity with his business decision making.
It is his kind and generous nature that makes us want to work in the building of communities and his passion for making the world a better place through his use of environmentally friendly green products.

Jaime L. Hunt

I am writing to thank you for a job well done! When we first began this project, I don’t think that my wife and I truly realized the enormity of developing a home in the Royal Oak community. You certainly had your hands full with my wife and mother-in-law as the interior decorators! However, you and your staff handled our new build magnificently and professionally at every turn. The pre-construction value engineering and budgeting was constructive and accurate. The scheduling, sub-contractors and supervision was professional. The timing, delivery and pricing was excellent... we were always treated fairly and respectfully. As a real estate developer myself I have an intelligent ignorance of your side of the business and I must commend you and your organization. The greatest testament to you may be that even now that we have lived here for over two years, everything is true, straight and squeak free. When we call, you answer immediately and any problems that arose were handled promptly, courteously, with no hassle and at no charge.
Thank you,

Fred & Cynthia M

It is with gratitude and enthusiasm that I am writing this letter of recommendation on behalf of your staff. As you know I have said many times, rehabbing a home is a thrilling yet demanding process. Both Architect and Owner have the highest expectations as to the level of quality, cost and schedule. You clearly have the ability to handle the most challenging projects while maintaining the budget and schedule. Perhaps what separates you from many other developer's is your ability to see beyond the plans and really understand the Architect’s intentions and the Owner’s needs. I feel you are a strong team player always looking out for the good of the project.
We have recommended you to many of our clients and will continue to do the same in the future.
Sincerely Yours,

Doug Moore, AIA, LEEP APDGA Architects, LLP

We purchased a home that was originally a small 2 bedroom/1 bathroom built in 1942. They had the vision to completely transform the original home into a beautiful 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home with multiple additions, granite, hardwood, virtually creating a new Craftsman style home that integrates very well with the neighborhood!
I have my own staffing business for 17 years and have built a reputation for quality placements with my clients, and I have an appreciation for a solid company to deal with. Upon touring the home the first time, I was very impressed with Craftsman Design, the floor plan and detailed execution both inside and out. This amazing home is a result of Michael Rivait skills, vision, and attention to detail.
While our experience is a little different from those contracting for major remodeling projects, as "new" home buyers, we ran into a few minor kinks after moving in that we reached out to them for help with and they were highly responsive in helping us resolving them. If your considering a major remodel project or building a new home, you need to talk to Rivait Design to see what he can do for you!

Rodger and Susan Fields