Sweeney Designbuild LLC, takes an enlightened approach to renovating and building. From the onset of the design process, we address the client's wishes equally with their budget. Throughout the entire design phase, we constantly review and revise the budget keeping the client informed about what the costs are and more importantly, letting them have control of what the final price is going to be. At the end of the design phase, the client has made all of the hard decisions, chosen 95% of the materials and has agreed to the fixed cost of the project.

When building begins, there is very little to do but sit back and enjoy the building process. Regular meetings are held keeping the lines of communication open and stress free. At the end of a job, clients have experienced an entirely new construction process. There are no surprises, clients have been involved every step of the way and the decision making has been easy and relaxed. Most importantly, the job has been completed on time, on budget and the finished product being thoughtfully planned out and executed, consistently exceeds expectations.

In 2007, Sweeney Designbuild LLC, was established, bringing together a team of highly experienced and skilled carpenters and craftspeople who apply a practical point of view and caring work ethic to the building and renovation process.



  • Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Northern Vermont

  • Shelburne Business Association

  • Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce

  • Federal Lead Paint Removal Certified

  • American Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (ASPNI) Board Member, since 2008





2016 - Best of Houzz

2015 - Best of Houzz

2013 - Best Renovated Kitchen - Home Builders and Remodelers Association

2010 - Best Residential Renovation - Home Builders and Remodelers Association




  • "A Fresh Start for a Farmhouse Kitchen" written by Shawn Sweeney

  • "Breakfast Bars"

  • "Workspaces"

2009 January - FINE HOMEBUILDING - KITCHENS & BATHS - Annual Issue - 
"A Modern Master Bath, Built to Last"

2008 November - BETTER HOMES & GARDENS - "Remaking an Entrance"

2007 September - REMODELING - Design Awards 2007 - "Sport/Utility" 

2007 Edition - BETTER HOMES AWARDS - "Most Innovative Design/Build"


July, 2014 Shelburne News "Shelburne's Baseball Booth Celebrates Community"




“All we can say is: fabulous… three times! Usually at the end of a build project you say “Next time we’ll do it differently or with another builder”. Not with Shawn and his quality team. They have designed and built three projects for us. Design, new construction or remodeling, they do it all. We started the process with a spatial lifestyle design and several meetings later had a plan that worked for us. We were delighted every time.”

R.H. & S.H.

"Unique. Awesome. Perfect. Sophisticated. Gorgeous. Well-designed. Superb partnership. Terrific team of professionals. Fun. Lots of laughter. Inventive. Elegant. Outstanding design. Spot on execution. Deft redirects. Collaborative spirit. Timeless beauty. Balanced spirit of honoring old bones with new construction. Boundless appreciation of you and your team. Over-the-top delivery of my dreams. Over the moon appreciation."


"Thank you and your whole crew for the wonderful new home! It has been delightful getting to know all of you, and we are very happy with how everything turned out!"

 S.U. & S.U.

"Thank you so much for your amazing support and donation to help us build the new playground at Shelburne Beach. I can honestly say we couldn’t have done it without you and your wonderful crew! You really stepped up to the plate and helped bring this project to a successful finish. Thanks again for all you do!"


"Always a pleasure working with you. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to boost your business."


"I'm working from home a lot now that the semester is over. My office is upstairs on the South side of the house so I'm a bit removed from the action, but I wanted to say how awesome and kind of sweet it is to hear people laughing from time to time while they're working, even with all the rain we've been having which, to me, seems like it would make things miserable out there. You really have talented and remarkable guys on the team, and I'm very happy they're the one building our addition."


"What an absolute gift to be able to work with you and your team. I see my dream house coming true and I am so appreciative of our wonderful collaboration!"


"We are so pleased with the results of our kitchen and master bath renovation. They are now spaces that are not only beautiful but suit out lifestyle better. A sincere thank you for your expert design assistance. I enjoyed working with you through the design build process. To me, this really is the best model to ensure a seamless realization of the design. Your team was excellent to work with and are an extension of SDB’s philosophy of giving the client what they want."


"Thank you so much for all your work toward our project. Your vision for the spaces exceeded our expectations and the result, now that it's done, have astounded us! We are thrilled at how it’s turned out. Thank you for everything!"

J.E. & M.E.

"Our call for help was again answered by a fabulous work crew donated by Shawn Sweeney, owner of Sweeney Designbuild and a number of hardworking volunteers"

Shelburne Parks and Recreation Department