Build.com is an online home improvement retailer and subsidiary of Ferguson plc. It sells bathroom, kitchen and lighting hardware, appliances and other supplies. The company is headquartered in Chico, California, United States.
In 1995, Build.com was launched by David Berman who was at the time a successful plumbing wholesaler. Berman's new Build.com enterprise built websites for companies in the building products industry and Berman launched the company officially at the 1995 Kitchen and Bath Show in New Orleans that year. To launch the company he built a website for German faucet company, Grohe. Berman worked with Al DeGenova, Grohe America's head of marketing, and traded the website for a corner of the Grohe America booth at the KBIS trade show. At this point in the infancy of the internet, Grohe.com represented the first website in the U.S. plumbing industry. Following the Grohe America website, Build.com acquired other clients including Delta Faucets. Quickly, Berman realized the power of e-commerce and launched retail sites: Faucet.com, Lighting.com, etc. The url Build.com became an umbrella site for all of Berman's e-commerce kitchen and bath products websites.
In 1999, Christian Friedland and David Boctor created an e-commerce website called FaucetDirect to sell plumbing supplies. The pair offered 40% of their business for $40,000 to their employer, Slakey Brothers, but the offer was declined. The team continued to work on the website and launched FaucetDirect.com, which they operated out of Friedland's condo.