You’re ready to remodel and need to select a remodeling team. You’ve seen the term design-build and aren’t really sure what that means . We’d like to shed some light on why you should hire a design-build firm for your next remodeling project.
The more traditional approach for hiring remodeling professionals, sometimes called design-bid-build, requires first working with a designer or architect to draw your plans. Once plans are complete, a general contractor would have to be hired to interpret those plans and handle construction. However, as the terms suggests, a design-build firm integrates the designer and general contractor into the same company.
We believe the design-build model ultimately results in a less stressful remodeling experience for the client. Let’s dig a little deeper into why the one-stop shop option might be the best option for you.
We bring together our design professionals, construction experts, engineers, and specialty trades (electricians, plumbers, roofers, etc.) to consult on your project early in the process. This means potential “tricky” issues are often worked before construction begins.
Our designers and craftsmen work together on a daily basis. They are in constant communication throughout your project. Since we’re used to working together we can quickly work through any issues that may arise during the job. There’s less reason for any finger-pointing or blame shifting, which can sometimes occur between architects and contractors if something goes wrong. Since we all work for the same company our goals are aligned.
In the typical “design-bid-build” model, there’s a perceived notion that you can save money on construction by getting multiple bids. However, often the initial bid doesn’t match the final price. Poor communication between designer and contractor can sometimes lead to excessive changes, missed deadlines and project delays. With the design-build model, the team collaborates from the beginning and foreseeable issues are addressed early resulting in fewer contractor-driven change orders during the project. This ongoing communication results in a smoother process with fewer delays that can add to your costs. At Classic, we also begin ordering your product once you’ve signed a contract so that most materials are on-site at the start of construction.
Regardless of how simple or complex your remodeling project is, it can be an overwhelming process by its very nature. A design-build firm reduces the number of people with whom you need to coordinate and communicate. As your full-service design-build remodeler, we handle everything. We’ll guide you through design options and selections, handle permitting and inspections and leave you with a well-built, beautiful new space to enjoy for many years to come.
We hope this helps shed some light on what a design-build firm is and why you might want to hire one for your next home remodeling project. Visit our website for more insight into our design-build process.