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Gilbert Design Build

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About GDB

Premier Remodeling Company in Sarasota


Gilbert Design Build is a full-service design/build remodeling firm that specializes in kitchen and bath & other select remodeling projects in both Manatee and Sarasota counties.

We are passionate about remodeling homes. After all, we are homeowners too. That’s why in 2001 we created a company that offered everything we thought would be important if we engaged a remodeling company.

We had been involved in new home construction and saw that home remodeling is typically fragmented. Usually, a homeowner must engage the services of several different trades or subcontractors, spend endless hours shopping at various stores trying to decide and select all of the materials to be used, and manage the project and oversee the performance of the strangers coming in and out of their home.

We believe in a better way. Most of the folks that hire us do not have the time, or simply do not want an experience as previously described. They wish to describe what they are looking for and to have someone (who has done this hundred of times before) guide and assist them throughout the entire process in a professional manner. 

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Our Core Values

  • Treating others like we would want to be treated

  • Actively listening to understand the intent of what the person is saying

  • Responding in a timely manner

  • Speaking kindly and respectfully

  • Making our best effort to understand the other person’s needs and perspective in every situation

  • Making only agreements we are willing, able and intend to keep

  • Communicating any potentially broken agreement at the first appropriate opportunity to all parties concerned

  • Searching for ways to continually improve

  • Operating with integrity, communicating honestly, and making choices which aim for excellence

  • Asking questions to increase understanding and clarity

  • Seeking ways to show appreciation to maximize loyalty to clients and team members

  • Enjoying life and having fun in the process!



Remodeling homes involves the careful coordination of designers, specialty tradesmen, craftsmen, and construction. Our leadership team meets regularly to oversee every detail to ensure every project runs smoothly. Most importantly, they make sure the homeowner’s remodeling experience is stress-free.


Owner / Contractor

Ernest Gilbert

Business Development Manager

Cindi Jackson

Director of Program Operations

Jeff Wiscomb


Christa Garriot

Administrative Operations Manager

Rose Burns

Design Coordinator

Evan Gilbert

Our Awards

Qualified Remodeler Top 500 

  • Qualified Remodeler 2019:  #400 
  • Qualified Remodeler 2018:  #444

Remodeling Magazine Big 50 

Remodeling 550

  • Remodeling 550 2019: #157
  • Remodeling 550 2018: #162 

Manatee Chamber of Commerce 

  • Small Business of the Year Winner, Manatee Chamber of Commerce (2018)
  • Small Business of the Year Finalist, Manatee Chamber of Commerce (2016, 2017)
  • Small Business of the Year Finalist, Sarasota Chamber of Commerce (2017, 2018)
  • Better Business Council Member, a division of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce


  • Best in Design (2018)
  • Best of Houzz (2018)
  • Best in Service (2015)

Business Observer

  • Business Observer Top 500 2020: #491
  • Business Observer Top 500 2019: #496

Additional Recognition 

  • Gulf Coast Business Observer Top 500 Companies (2019)
  • A+ Rating, Better Business Bureau
  • Jennifer Strohl, Salesperson of the Year
  • Bob Meehan, Production Facilitator of the Year
  • Adam Dromgool, Lead Carpenter of the Year
  • Residential Kitchen Under $60k winner
  • Residential Baths Under $20k finalist
  • Super Service Award, Angie’s List
  • Best Website, Manatee Sarasota Building Industry Association
  • Best Magazine Ad, Manatee Sarasota Building Industry Association

"It is a privilege to be considered for these high-profile lists," said Gilbert Design Build President, Ernest Gilbert. "To actually be listed is a great accomplishment and honor in which we hope to obtain every year."

Gilbert Design Build
Family-Owned Remodeling Company in Sarasota

Family Passion

Ernest Gilbert’s children always admired his work ethic and passion. Over the years they helped in various ways and slowly came to understand what a difference remodeling makes in the lives of homeowners.

Today, Ernest’s wife, two sons, and daughter are involved and continue building on the foundation Ernest established and carry on his legacy.

Our family name and reputation are tied to the work we do. Some ask why we go the extra mile – it’s a family thing! Running a business and working together as a family brings its challenges, but it is also a rewarding experience as we all work toward the same goal.

Gilbert Design Build is a team but more importantly, Gilbert Design Build is a family.


Visit Our Showroom

Not all showrooms are created equal. Gilbert Design Build’s Sarasota remodeling showroom contains various kitchen and bath vignettes and is loaded with samples of cabinetry, tile, accessories, faucets, fixtures, countertops, lighting, storage solutions, flooring, and more. 

We believe you will find it to be the perfect environment for you and our designers to use and work within in order to create your one-of-a-kind bathroom or kitchen space. You can see all of your selected materials together in one place while viewing the renderings of your space with our color 3-D architectural software.

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Full-Service Design and Construction in Sarasota and Bradenton

We are a full-service design-build company. This means that we handle every detail of your project from the initial consultation to final cleanup after remodeling construction.

Our professional staff of experienced and certified remodelers provides expertise that is unmatched by our competitors. Starting with a free consultation, we’ll provide 3D renderings of your new remodeling project, discuss material selections, provide a detailed scope of the work contract, outline a project timeline for construction, communicate regularly throughout the project, and complete the remodel with a clean and finished reveal. Having one point of contact for your remodel will give you peace of mind.

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