If you’re not familiar with the term “design-build” and are in the market for a home renovation or remodeling project, it’s a term you will want to get to know. Keep reading to see what we mean!
What is Design-Build?
Design-build has become increasingly popular over the last fifteen years as an innovative method of project planning and delivery. Instead of working with multiple teams that may or may not directly interact, a design-build team works together under one cohesive contract that combines both the design of the project all the way through the building process and to completion. Instead of receiving multiple bids for the building process after the design phase, design-build eliminates the need for multiple contracts and separate contractors working to envision a singular project.
Why Choose Design-Build?
The design-build process helps keep a project streamlined and within budget by employing a single contract between the owner and their team. This saves money in a multitude of ways and helps ensure that the team designing your project and the team building your project have the same goals. Nothing is lost in communication, and costs are well-defined ahead of time. This saves both money and time over the broad scope of the project.
Specific Advantages of Design-Build
Design-build essentially keeps the entire project under one roof. With all teams as a cohesive group, the motivation, vision, investment, and quality remains the same. There is no extra effort needed to coordinate between unfamiliar teams. Let’s look at these advantages more closely.
The entire team has an understanding of the total budget from start to finish, meaning they are better able to accurately budget along the way, keeping you from accidentally under-budgeting in key areas. Both design and construction teams intercommunicate, meaning that the construction arm can keep the design arm in line, and they can collaborate to engineer the greatest value into the original design. Construction costs can be quickly and accurately estimated into the overall project plan, meaning that decision points are made well before they can cause an upheaval in the project plan or pose unexpected challenges.
Having one consistent team means that the quality is known well before the first nail is hammered. This means that expectations are set early and documented along the way, leaving no room for interpretation later on in the game. There is total accountability throughout the project, including the end-result. Designers are accountable to the builders and vice versa, meaning there is greater attention paid to ensuring both teams are taken into consideration. The builders must make sure that they adequately achieve the designer’s vision, and designers must make sure that they design in such a way that the builders can reasonable and accurately achieve the expected end-result. There is no conflict of interest, meaning that what you see from the designer is what you get from the builder.
Because the teams overlap, construction can begin much more quickly. And because there is no need for bidding wars and evaluations, the time between phases is eliminated. Team collaboration means that deadlines are a shared responsibility, and efforts toward that goal are combined. Communication between teams is freer, removing the need for callbacks and clarification. And as a client, you can sit with both the design team and the build team at the same time, allowing you to make quicker and more informed decisions. This also eliminates time needed to redesign or renegotiate parts of the project.
With one cohesive team of designers and builders, you are working with individuals who understand the full scope of your project and are fully responsible for the end-result, not just their part. This reduces misunderstandings, over-budgeting, time necessary for bidding and researching additional teams, and removes the lag time between designing your project and beginning construction.
When you are looking for a team to complete your next home project, will you make it a design-build team?