Our History

Founded in 1981 by Bob Degnan, Degnan Design Builders has served the Madison area for over thirty-five years. Over the years, the company has developed a substantial reputation for quality and superior customer service.

The company continues to grow under the direction of current President, Abe Degnan. Known for remodeling expertise, and custom built homes, Abe brings the the highest level of professionalism, customer communication, craftsmanship and experience to our clients. 


Community Service

Madison Area Builders Association
Board of Directors 2008-present
Government Affairs Committee
Public Relations Committee
Green Committee
Career Advisory Group
Executive Committee 2009-2011
Finance Committee 2009-2011
President elect 2009, 2012
President 2010, 2013
Past President 2011

Green Built Homes Steering Committee
WEI Appointee 2005-2008
MABA Appointee 2009-present

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition July 25-31, 2008

DeForest High School — Youth Apprenticeship Program 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011
DeForest Area School District — Technology Education Advisory Group 2010-2011

Lord of Love Lutheran Church — H.S. Youth Group Leader 2000-2006, Sunday School Teacher 7th and 8th Grade 2006-present

Village of DeForest Board Member, 2002-2008 — Committees: Planning and zoning 5yrs—Chair 4yrs, Finance and Administrative, Fire Board, Board of Review—Chair 2005-present, Board of Zoning Appeals—Chair 2006-present, DeForest Redevelopment Authority Member

MABA Green Built Home Makeover — Project Manager 2007, 2008, 2009

Home Builder Awards

  • Best of Houzz 2015
  • NARI ACE (Achievement in Consumer Excellence) Award 2014
  • Wisconsin Builders Association Remodeling Awards
    • A Cut Above the Rest
    • Finished Basement Project 2007
    • Bathroom Project over $30K 2007
    • “Green” Remodeling Project 2007
    • Kitchen Project under $50K 2006
    • Commercial Project 2005
    • Finished Basement 2005
    • Whole House Remodel 2005
    • Room Addition under $60K 2005
    • Commercial Project 2004
    • Finished Basement 2004
    • Kitchen/ Bath over $30K 2004
    • Kitchen/Bath under $30K 2004
    • Rising Star Award 2009
  • NARI Contractor of the Year
    • Kitchen Remodel $30-60K – FB
    • Honorable Mention Kitchen Remodel $60-100K – FB
  • Dane County Small Business Award 2010
  • 2010 Madison Area Builders Association Builder of the Year
  • 2010 Presidents Award
  • 2007 WBA Rem. Council Member of the Year
  • Remodeling’s Big 50 – Fine Design 2010
  • Master Design Awards
    • Finished Basement – Honorable Mention 2008
    • Green Remodel – Honorable Mention 2008
  • Wisconsin ENERGY STAR Excellence in Creative Advertising 2005

Where We Work

Degnan Design Build Remodel provides construction services to neighborhoods throughout the Madison area including: 

Nakoma, Maple Bluff, Shorewood Hills, West Madison, East Madison, and the University area, as well as the Dane County communities of DeForest, Waunakee, Sun Prairie, Cottage Grove, Verona, Fitchburg, Monona, McFarland, Middleton, and Cross Plains.


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