Benefits Of Working With A Design Build Contractor To Remodel Your Home
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
We are sometimes asked about the advantages of using a design build method over the conventional method of architect and general contractor. As a company that has employed both methods, we felt like it would be good for us to take the time to highlight what we feel are some of the main advantages to working with a design-build contractor as opposed to one who uses the more traditional method employing an architect in addition to your general contractor. Without further ado, here is a short list of five of the main benefits to you as a homeowner to working with a design-build contractor when looking to remodel your home.
Single Source Of Accountability
One of the greatest things about the design-build approach to any remodeling project is that you have a single source to go to for the entire thing. In the classic design-bid-build method, the owner has to first select an architect/ designer, finalize the design, bid the project, select a contractor, and then work as an intermediary between the contractor and the designer to make sure the final project comes out like it was intended to. Oftentimes, the relationship built between all parties during this time would greatly influence the likelihood that the project would come out as a success. In other words, if there was a breakdown in communication between any of the three parties, the chances that the project would come out looking exactly like you wanted it to were fairly slim.
Discussing the budget during the design phase, and not having to wait until the bid phase when working within the classic method, helps to keep your remodeling project within a realistic budget, and helps to minimize any surprise expenses that could normally come up after the fact. Communicating the cost implications of design decisions helps to ensure that the owner plays a big role in deciding what the final price of the project is going to look like. Once the scope of the work has been finalized, the project costs are clearly defined and controlled by the design/build firm.
Specific design and construction details are being developed throughout the entire construction process, but the focus can remain on owner value. The communication benefits of working with a design professional and a construction expert at the same time ensures that any potential problems are discovered before the project ever starts and won’t come up as a surprise halfway through.
Faster Project Completion
Design/build projects can be completed in a much shorter amount of time than a project using the traditional setup because bid time is reduced, scheduling for projects can begin before design is finalized, potential construction problems are uncovered early on, and enhanced communication allows everything to keep moving, even if there happens to be a hiccup.
The design build method helps to remove any ambiguity that can arise during material and construction specifications. Since the designer, engineer, and the builder are all from the same firm, the focus can remain on working to serve and protect the client’s interests as opposed to shielding oneself from any potential blame that may come as a result of someone else’s mistake.