You may have heard of the term “design-build”, but what is it, exactly? Design-build is a one-stop method for a home remodeling project. There are two parts, as the name suggests, the design and the build parts. Many homeowners seeking to remodel their homes see these two activities as separate tasks best separately approached for unique, specialized firms, but they do not have to be.
In fact, most remodeling projects benefit from a collaborative design and build approach. One trained and prepared company can better manage and integrate both of these parts for the best results. The design-build approach means that the entire process of your renovation project, from concept to execution, is managed by trained specialists working within a single entity.
Rather than employing a separate architect who is unable to confirm the costs and direction of your design and then hiring a separate builder, the activities are streamlined into one firm that does it all. Design-build offers the opportunity to consider the costs of various options before you waste your time and emotional investment into details that are outside of your budget.
A qualified design-build firm will make suggestions during design that will help simplify and reduce the overall cost of the project, using their knowledge of how to most efficiently build your project and solve your home’s unique construction challenges. Bellweather Design-Build will take responsibility for managing the permitting process, as well as any required zoning and engineering work needed for the project. This is unlike a separated services renovation model where the homeowner is responsible for coordinating between an architect and a general contractor, with little hope that the design intent is achieved for the initial price quoted. This is because the contractor has a poor understanding of the architect’s plans, providing a free estimate in a ‘lowest bid wins’ approach.
Now that you know what design-build means… The question is: is it a good fit for your remodeling project? As you can imagine, there are multiple reasons to partner with a design-build firm, some of which include cost control, timeline compression, budget-directed design, consistently high-quality construction methods, trustworthy communication, and easier project management. Below, we’ll highlight five reasons you may find it advisable to partner with a design-build firm.
Many homeowners pursuing a Philadelphia renovation have a general understanding of what isn’t working about their current design, and they may even have a concept of the changes they want to implement. The headaches begin with vetting and hiring professional contractors, finalizing incomplete technical details, managing budget and timeline expectations, and selecting a myriad of materials. These areas can quickly make the project overwhelming and increase your risk.
One reason our clients opt to partner with a design-build firm is that we follow a thoroughly defined and finely tuned pre-construction and construction approach that has been developed from serving homeowners in Philadelphia for over twenty years. Our systematic process involves the following steps:
Our clients choose design-build because they know that the process is systematic and serves to facilitate transparent communication and easy project management, reducing their stress and boosting their confidence.
One of the primary advantages of partnering with a design-build firm is budget transparency and reliability. Because our specialists are involved in the project from the beginning, costs are much easier to estimate. Plumbers, electricians, carpenters, HVAC contractors, and other professionals will all have input on your project before construction begins. This focus on design development eliminates a lot of disparity in budgeting you might find when working with a separate architect and builder.
The greater the scope and complexity of the project, the more you’ll find it advisable to hire a design-build firm. Not only does the design-build model offer the advantage of improved design direction from seasoned construction managers, but it also alleviates the stress of managing unforeseen eventualities. As the homeowner, you can rest assured that your experienced team is asking all of the questions needed to create a detailed roadmap that will take the entire team to project success.
Yet another advantage of partnering with a company like Bellweather Design-Build is that the team’s ability to successfully collaborate is already proven. Our team is composed of carefully selected specialists who have a proven track record of producing beautiful Philadelphia designs our clients love. Additionally, all partners and subcontractors are thoroughly vetted because their reputation is linked to ours.
Because each professional is “playing on the same team” and operating under the same roof, you’ll avoid the “blame game” that sometimes comes when multiple parties are involved, and you’ll also benefit from our swift and seamless communication. This means that you can trust your design-build partner to be transparent since any project challenges will more likely come from the building itself rather than the personnel, process, or internal team dynamics.
Every home renovation project comes with multiple decisions, from the overall ambiance you want to achieve to the specific gloss and pattern of your bathroom tiles. Indubitably, the first and most important decision you’ll make is which contractor you’ll hire. We encourage you to learn more about who we are and how we operate, and we welcome a conversation about your project objectives as soon as you are ready.
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