The Design-Build Approach Explained. The design-build approach to construction makes a lot of sense for both residential and commercial applications. In essence, one company or project manager is entirely responsible for both the design phase and construction phase from the very start of the process to the completion of the project. The bottom line is that design-build takes a significant amount of the burden off of the property owner or project developer because the design team and construction team are working hand in hand under one umbrella. For example, you decide to put a large addition on your existing home.
Under the design-build contract you would hire one company that’s responsible for overseeing both the design and construction of the new addition. Everyone who is taking part in the project must report to the company that’s in charge of the project. That includes any and all employees who work directly for the business and all sub-contractors such as electricians, plumbers, and painters to name a few. The design-build contract makes life easier for the property owner because it eliminates you from the management equation.
It also reduces your risk from a financial standpoint because a construction professional is handling the overall budget. The design-builder is 100% responsible for all management and budget related aspects of your new addition. The design-builder is 100% responsible for ensuring that the job is done on time and on budget. So, how does the design-build process actually work? It starts with the pre-design phase. First and foremost, you’ll work with the design-build contractor to determine the particulars of your project. That includes the specific items you want included.
You’ll also figure out a realistic budget with the design-builder. The next step is the design phase. This is where it starts to get fun. The design-build contractor will work with you and a designer to bring your vision to life. Once you agree upon the blueprints and the city or town approves them, the construction phase begins. The design-build team is responsible for pulling all necessary building permits with your city or town. They’re also responsible for lining up all sub-contractors that will be used to complete the construction phase.
The sub-contractors are chosen by the design-build company based on a variety of variables such as pricing structure, work quality, and availability to name a few. Once the construction’s complete, the final stage is the post construction phase. The design-build contractor ensures that all parties involved in the process did everything properly. That includes any touch-ups or repairs that are needed.
With design-build there is a better flow from one phase to the next because all parties are working in conjunction with each other. This typically leads to higher-quality workmanship. It also helps with scheduling objectives. If you would like your next construction or home improvement project completed on time and on budget with as little involvement on your end as possible, it makes sense to work with a design-build contractor.
For more information about the design-build approach to contraction in Connecticut and Massachusetts or to schedule an initial consultation please contact us today at 860-341-6373. DBC Solutions takes great pride in providing the highest quality custom carpentry and contracting services in the home improvement industry. Our business model has been the same for 17 years. Doing things, the right way the first time every time is the only way to do it.