What is Design Build?
Design-Build vs. Design-Bid
In a conventional Design-Bid construction process, there are two separate entities, a designer who supplies your new homes plans, and a builder who has to interpret and often revise these plans in order to build the home on your lot and to local building codes. The designer and the builder are typically two separate entities who are hired independently by the homeowner.
In a Design-Build construction process, the design professionals and the construction professionals are integrated together as part of the same company. The design and construction process are closely coordinated to maximize efficiency and minimize cost. Your home is designed to your lot, to local codes, and to construction standards and specifications used by the contractors that will build your home. Your home is designed specifically for you, and is not a recycled plan.
Design-Build is for people who appreciate the convenience and continuity of working with one firm and who want a more active role in planning the design and construction of their home. During the design process, you are the most important member of the design team. Your wishes and ideas drive the design, the material selections, and the budget. You bring to the table, your specific design ideas and desires, while the professionals of the design-build firm provide the building and design expertise to turn your ideas into reality.
During the construction process, you have the reassurance of knowing that the team in charge of building your new home is also the team that worked with you to design your home, thus assuring that the ideas and concepts developed during the design process are carried through to the construction.
- Emphasizes quality and value
- Contractor heavily involved in design
- Emphasizes service
- Project is designed around budget thus minimizing cost overages
- Emphasizes cost over quality
- Contractor not involved in design
- Emphasizes price
- Design does not reflect the budget, thus cost overages are common
Benefits of Design-Build
- With both design and construction in the hands of a single Design-Build company, there is a single point of responsibility for design, construction, budget, and schedule.
- Design and construction work as a team.
- Homeowner participation in the design process
- The homeowner is not required during design and construction to coordinate between separate contractors or resolve budget and schedule conflicts.
- Conflicts between design and construction are the design builder’s responsibility
- Singular responsibility for budget, schedule and quality of workmanship.