Many ask about the advantages of design-build systems over the conventional architect and general contractor system. Below are just a few reasons why the design-build system is so good:
All players involved have the same goal – to arrive at a successful project that will meet or exceed the client’s expectations for their project. When the inevitable challenge pops up (and it will), with everyone working together there isn’t any finger-pointing – rather everyone involved works on the solutions.
There aren’t numerous entities simply working on their aspect of the project. Rather the same group that designs the project, is also building it. There tends to be much more attention given to pricing and scheduling in the design phase. You won’t find a remodel costing twice as much as the architect said it would in a design-build system – focus is on results, not excuses.
The design-build firm is involved from beginning to end, adding an inherent efficiency. Things don’t fall through the crack in a design-build system.
With a design-build system, staff are experts in both fields. Licensed architect with formal training and experience in their field. They will also have professional experience in construction and understand pricing, sequencing, and how buildings go together. Many will also have structural engineering experience as well.
Traditional design and construction projects can get out of hand and messy – that shouldn’t be the case. A design-build firm provides the focus to clients throughout the process, guiding the way to the best possible outcome. Design-build systems refined everything from beginning to end, managing the chaos into orderly steps.
Design-build assumes that the client wants to be an active participant in the design and construction of their home. Such involvement gives people a lasting sense of pride about their home.
Communication is Open, Honest, and Often
Design-build is transparent – we want clients to understand the process and know what is going on. The budget is defined early, and through clear communication an agreement is present throughout the whole project.
Design and construction projects have hundreds of timelines that must be coordinated in lockstep. Design-build creates opportunities for clients to be involved in the major decisions, ask questions, and ultimately consider all their options. The design-build system is highly adaptive and responsive – big decisions can be revisited during construction without change orders or additional fees. Changes to big decisions typically will cost you money – not necessarily the case with a design-build system.