The design-build process

Design-build is one of the fastest-growing and modern concepts in the world of construction. Within this method, the entire scope of a project is under one contract with the design team and the building team working together. This is in contrast to older methods where a design firm performs the initial drawings and an unrelated, separate company completes the building phase. There are numerous benefits to utilizing a design-build process.

Single point of contact: The design-build process works through one project manager, which alleviates miscommunication that can happen when multiple people are trying to lead one project. With one person at the helm, everyone stays on track and knows who is the point person to contact when questions or concerns arise.

Builds teamwork: When one team is handling the entire design-build project, a sense of teamwork develops between the design/construction crews and the homeowner. Everyone is on the same “team” with the shared goal of completing a task in the best, most efficient way possible, and most importantly, completing a task in the way a client envisioned.

Open/transparent communication: As with everything in life, communication is key when it comes to renovations. There are many decisions that need to be made, so clear communication is paramount. If the homeowner is trying to converse with multiple project managers and team leaders, things can very easily get lost in translation. Within the design-build framework, everyone is on the same page so to speak. This helps all parties understand the timeline and vision for the renovation.

Saves money: There are often added fees for labor and project management. With a design-build model, these would lessen significantly because you’re working with one team as opposed to two. Not only can additional fees be consolidated, but in some cases, team members can wear multiple hats, which eliminates entire budget lines. Streamlining a process always helps with both cost and efficiency.

Speed: Another advantage to the design-build process is that it propels a project forward. With one project manager and clear communication, everyone can focus on tasks and completion, as opposed to meetings and clarifications. Deadlines are well-defined when everyone is in the know. Further, speed and cost work in synchrony. The quicker a project is completed, the less money out of the client’s pocket.

Owner involvement: Owner involvement tends to heighten when using a design-build method. There are typically fewer individuals involved so the client can take on more ownership if he or she so chooses. Also, because there is more frequent and clarified communication, the homeowner feels more knowledgeable about the scale and scope of the entire project.

More amicable dynamic: Disputes can often arise in any type of professional contact. When two different companies both have their hands in the mix, the potential for controversy and miscommunication increases. When there is one company serving in the project management role, there is less of a chance for negativity. Further, if there is a dispute between the homeowner and the design-build company, it’s often resolved easily because the two have made a commitment to complete the project; there is not a third entity to get involved and try to “fix” the issue for one party or another.

The design-build method is becoming more popular by the year. Companies that offer this process work with a group of skilled designers, architects, and builders. They know how to take their clients from point A to point B to accomplish a project. Braemar is proud to offer the design-build model. We have years of experience working with our clients from idea inception to project completion. Give us a call today and let’s get started.