Traditional vs. Design-Build Construction

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The design and construction process

Traditional Building Method Design-Build Construction
Conceptual Design Conceptual Design
Initial Drawings Price Established
Architect and Engineer Detailed Drawings Architect and Engineer Detailed Drawings based on approved and cost-based plans
Bids From Construction Companies Permit(s) Pulled
Price Established Interior Design
Potential redesign to fit budget (back to the start of the design process) Project Management
Bid accepted Construction
Construction Punch List

The role of the homeowner

Traditional Building

  • The homeowner must choose, manage, and have contracts with both the design team and the construction team.
  • The homeowner is the communication point between the design team and the construction team.
  • The homeowner must manage the project to ensure the plans are completed to the design concept.
  • The homeowner must manage the construction costs and scheduling of trades/contractors.


  • The homeowner chooses a design-build firm and establishes a budget and concept.
  • The homeowner is assigned a Project Consultant, Drafter, Conceptual Designer, Estimator, Interior Designer and Project Manager
  • The homeowner enjoys watching their dream home building project being fully managed and completed by one team.
Key differences Traditional Design-Build
Designed to budget No Yes
Easy Design Changes No Yes
Single design and construction contract No Yes
Quick and simple design and duild Process No Yes
Whole project managed No Yes


Benefits of the Design-Build process

It’s quicker:

  • The project price is established early in the process—your home will be designed to fit your budget eliminating the need for time consuming redesigns.
  • The simplified process eliminates unnecessary tasks.

It’s more cost effective:
-Working to a defined budget from the concept phase often results in significant cost-savings.
-Design-build teams have established processes from concept to completion, making the project faster and more cost-efficient.

It’s less stressful:
-The design-build team manages all aspects of the build process removing the project management role from the homeowner.
-The homeowner only needs to work with one business making communication much easier.
-The simplified process establishes costs early on so the homeowner doesn’t need to worry about spiraling construction expenses.