We’re often questioned the advantages of design-build over the conventional system of architect and general contractor. It’s a great question and with many years of design-build experience under our belts, we think that it’s a great time to shout out our top ten reasons that the design-build system is so good.
1. Everybody Works Together on the same team: We’re all in this together and all of us have the same goal– to reach a successful project that exceeds the client or meets expectations for their project. When challenges are encountered on a project (and there are always challenges), pointing fingers is not an option, everyone rolls up their sleeves and tackles solutions.
2.Greater Attention to Detail. When the same group that designs the project also builds the project, there tends to be much more attention given to pricing and scheduling in the design phase. The cost of everything is taken into account early on in the process; all fees, construction costs, utilities, landscaping allowances– everything.
It’s not unusual for us to hear from people that “their remodel cost twice as much as the architect said it would”– such a scenario is entirely unacceptable us and certainly should be in all of the design-build world. Design-build emphasizes results, not excuses.
3. Continuity: A design-build firm is involved throughout the entire project–from the first sketches to mission accomplished– and this adds an integrity and efficiency. The chance for things to fall through the cracks is greatly diminished.
4. The Real Deal. There is a tremendous advantage to teaming up with architects that can think like builders and builders who can think like architects. Design-build is a commitment, something you dedicate yourself to for an entire career– not just when it’s beneficial.
In the new economy we’re noticing architects trying a bit too hard to pose as design-build operations without having any field training. We’ve raised our eyebrows at a few general contractors who claim to, all the sudden, be accomplished designers.
5. Expertise: Design-build firms are experts in both fields: design and execution. They should be up to speed with the latest design technologies.
A design-build firm is a beacon to clients throughout the process, guiding the way to the best possible outcome. Design-build refines a system from beginning to end and manages the chaos into orderly steps.
6. Interaction and Personal Involvement: Design-build operates under the assumption that the client actually wants to be an active participant in the design and construction of their home. By taking an involvement they’re guaranteeing that they get the outcome and satisfaction of their goals– what they want is going to be achieved.
7. Collaboration: Design-build eliminate the big egos so common in the design industry. In design-build the client retains total control over the team and the project exists to empower them.
8. Maximum Communication. The best kind of communication is reciprocal, honest and often: Design-build is transparent because we want clients to understand the process and to know what’s going on. Through clear communication the budget is defined early on and it becomes the agreement for the entire project.
9. Relational. Design-build creates opportunities for clients to sit down with the builder to kick around big decisions, ask questions, and consider their options. The design-build system is responsive and highly adaptive in the field. The conventional story is that if you make changes it will cost you money– not necessarily so in design-build.
10. Cost Savings: Inherent to the design-build model is a savings of approximately 10% of the project costs. Contact DMJ Restorations today for your free consultation!