If you’re planning to have your dream home built you may be getting a little confused by all of the terminology used to describe the designing and building process—especially when it comes to initial planning phase. Knowing whether you should be looking for an architect, designer, construction company, or a design-build firm is one of the first dilemmas many people face. Perhaps the least well known among those terms is design-build, but it’s also the one that you should pay most attention to. Design-build is a phrase used to describe the method of a single company planning and constructing a new home from concept to completion. But design-build is more than just a process, it’s the phrase used to describe a construction company that embraces the concept of building homes by managing the process from it’s idea phase through to finished home. So why is it important to look for company that offers design-build services? Using a design-build approach to construction provides numerous benefits not offered by other designing and building processes. To really understand the advantages of a design-build remodel it’s important to understand how it’s different from other construction methods.
The traditional design and construction approachIf you’ve ever had your own home designed and built before there’s a good chance that you started the process by working with an architect. The architect’s role is to design your dream home that includes all of your dream features. Once you have architect’s plans for the house you’ll then have construction companies submit bids to complete the project. In an ideal world the bids will be within your budget, but what frequently happens is that the architect’s plans for your perfect home actually require you to spend much more on the construction process than your budget allows. At this point you’ll be left with only a few options; undertaking a redesign process, scrapping the plans, or finding a way to increase your budget. Once you have an affordable construction quote you’ll be able to move forward with the building process.
The design-build approach to home remodelsTo begin your design-build project you’ll choose one company to compete the entire process. Once you’ve chosen your design-build remodel company you’ll meet with their team to discuss your home needs and budget. The design-build company will create home plans that take into account your needs, wants, and budget to produce home plans that are affordable and desirable. To ensure plans meet your needs and your wants the architects work with the designers and the construction team to produce the plans. Once plans are approved the design-build firm will manage all aspects of the construction process, liaising with the client and suppliers to make the process quick and stress-free. The design-build company’s job is complete when the client signs off on the property.
The benefits of choosing a design-build remodelNow that we’ve outlined the basic processes of traditional and design-build projects let’s take a look at the benefits a design-build process brings to a home building project:
- Design-build offers tight control on costs
- It’s a one-stop approach
- The simplified design-build process saves time
- Improved communication improves the finished product
- Increased flexibility