Let’s start with a fun fact: design-build construction accounts for almost half of all non-residential construction. And there is a reason behind that. Contrary to the design-bid-build delivery method, the design-build delivery method is where both design and construction functions converge as one team in a single entity. There are many advantages to this method of completing construction and renovation projects. Here are a few of the reasons why the design-build delivery method is the best:
In design-build, the builders and the owner are one team and want to achieve the same goal –to finish a successful project that meets the homeowner’s requirements. When construction teams face challenges on a project, blaming others is not an option. Alternately, they buckle up, roll up up their sleeves, and come together to solve the problem.
A design-build firm is engaged in the project from beginning to end, rendering the building process more effective and efficient. Any chances of articles/items/ areas being overlooked are greatly reduced.
The design-builder alone is held accountable for the whole project, including the results, costs involved, and the time for completing the project. When the group that designs the custom home also builds the project, extra attention is paid to pricing and scheduling during the design phase. All kinds of project costs are taken into account during the initial stages; construction costs, all fees, landscaping allowances, utilities, and other costs are duly considered.
Sadly, it is not uncommon to hear about design-bid-build situations where the price of the project is twice or more than the designer’s original bid. A scenario like this is absolutely unacceptable in the world of design-build. Design-build tends to focus on results, not excuses.
Design-build firms have expertise in both fields: construction and design. The principals/heads should have licenses and formal architectural training and experience in the field. Additionally, they should have experience in construction and an understanding of pricing, sequencing, and how buildings are brought together. Professional design-build firms know about general construction and have strong partnerships with trustworthy subcontractors.
Though there is a significant advantage to working with architects with builder-like thinking and builders with architect-like minds, design build projects are a big commitment. A company should be dedicated to the design-build process to guarantee high-quality outcomes and complete customer satisfaction.
Design-build works under the assumption that the owner genuinely wants to participate in the design and construction of their home. Being involved in the project can help owners guarantee that their goals are accomplished and that their wishes are realized. An involvement like this makes homeowners feel proud of their building.
We’re all familiar with the stories of custom homes’ construction and design getting messy or out of hand. Yet, that’s not how it’s supposed to be. Design and construction shouldn’t feel stressful or chaotic. A design-builder must fulfill their role as a trusted advisor to owners through the construction process, leading to the best possible results. Design-build improves the construction process from start to end and manages the chaos into order.
Design-build removes the menace of egos, common in the design industry. In custom homes’ construction, the owner takes total control over the project, and the team is there to support and collaborate with them.
Construction and design include managing multiple timelines that need coordination in lockstep. Design-build gives the owners opportunities to contemplate major decisions, ask the big questions, and think about other options. Anything that helps the construction team move backward will lead to faster, better, and cost-efficient results. The design-build process is incredibly responsive and adaptive out in the field. Any major decisions can be revisited throughout construction without extra fees or change orders. Even though the common idea is that making changes requires money that is not necessarily true for design-build.
Integral to the design-build system is a savings of nearly 6% of the total expense.
There are a number of reasons why the design-build construction method is so effective for new construction and restoration projects, many of which are not listed here. To learn more about design-build, its cost-benefit analysis, and if it could be an answer to your construction troubles, get in touch and avail of our services today!