You’ve started your project. Well, at least you have the idea to start. It is beginning to settle in the forefront of your mind, the labor-intensive, mind-boggling task of not only planning and designing the look of the finished work. To top that off, you have the work itself and the logistics of your home. How do you live with the project while it is in progress and how will you clean the mess once it’s done. Suddenly, the weight of all these tasks hits you and you realize that you are in need of help. By turning to traditional designers and contractors, you realize that you now have two contracts to manage, time interfacing with both and all the headache that comes with those processes. It seems hopeless. That’s where you need a design-build construction company.
What is a design-build construction company?
Simply put, a design-build construction company is a firm that will handle both aspects, design and construction, of your project. In traditional scenarios, you would spend face time with your construction company discussing materials and structural concerns. Only then to have to go to you design company later and discuss design ideas and solutions. Then back to the general contractor to talk over what your new design means in terms of materials and scope of work. The constant back and forth is costly, ineffective and frustrating. Design-build construction companies put you in front of one face, or a team of faces that all discuss the project collaboratively and in joint meetings. Best of all the cost savings, time and actual cash, is significant.
How much does a design-build construction company save?
The “costs” of a project and their savings is discussed on the Design-Build Institute of America’s site. In the article, the DBIA lists several costs that can be saved through proper collaboration of your architect/designer and general contractor. First, and often most important to home owners, is the monetary cost. Four to six percent of the money you would otherwise spend could be saved. Equally important is delivery time. Design-build construction often delivers a staggering 23% to 33% faster build. This means more time spent enjoying your project and less time wading through construction mess. Other factors include the construction time, cost control and schedule keeping. It should be clear that design-build construction is a big win for home owners.
The prospect of remodeling a kitchen or bath, adding a room or other home improvement is a momentous task. Keeping financial costs down and saving time, energy and wasted effort should always be at the top of the list. No one wants to feel as if they are taking on a second job just to handle all this work. By utilizing a good design-build construction company, you will find peace of mind and comfort with your next home improvement project.