One is the design-bid-build approach, where you appoint an architect or professional designer to design your home and then put it out to construction contractors for tender.You then select the contractor with the best bid to build your home.
The other approach is to use the services of a design builder with the in-house expertise to manage the entire project from design through to clean up. This is by far the most effective approach and there are five compelling reasons why you should work with a design builder.
Single Point of Contact for
A design builder takes on the role of project manager right from the conceptual design stage, co-ordinating the architectural and construction teams. The design-build representative takes full responsibility for the project and is accountable for all aspects, including costs and quality. As the client, you get the convenience of having just one point of contact for all communication throughout the project.
In contrast, the design-bid-build scenario involves dealing with an architect for the design, another party (or yourself) for the bid process, and then a contractor during construction. There is a greater risk for miscommunication, confusion, incorrect work, delays and cost overruns.
The design build process eliminates the bidding stage, thereby saving significant time. There is a seamless progression from design to construction. The main timeline, or critical path, of a project is dependent on hundreds of other timelines that have to be managed.
The design build system is the most effective at keeping a project on track and controlling any problems that arise.
Additionally, if one contractor is wholly responsible for the project, it’s in his best interest (and yours) to complete everything on time.
At the design stage, the contractor will consult and brief members of the construction team – who can provide valuable input – while advising designers on materials or building methods that can help reduce costs.
During construction, should design changes arise, a design builder can handle those revisions immediately and save you time and money (as much as 10%) by not having to call in the architect and other outside personnel again.
Better Communication and Teamwork
With everything under one roof, the design and construction staff work as a team, with one goal in mind. This eliminates finger pointing and disputes that can arise when these two aspects are managed by different contractors in the design-bid-build setup. Disputes can delay a project and negatively affect cost.
With one contractor responsible for completing the project on time and within budget, quality is placed front and centre right from the get go. That’s quality of design, quality of work, quality of communication, quality in managing the team, and quality of personal service to you.
It’s clear that a design builder will save you time, money and stress by taking full responsibility and accountability for your home renovation or new construction. Having all the necessary expertise under one roof ensures you get the best quality work and the best quality home.
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