The Advantages of Hiring a Design-Build Firm for Your Next Remodeling Project


What does design-build mean?

First, a short design-build definition: design-build is a simple approach to a construction project in which a single entity provides both the design and construction services.

This single point-of-contact approach has a variety of advantages over the traditional design-bid-build method in which a person uses two different companies to complete the subsequent phases of a construction project: an architect/designer for designing and a general contractor for building. Here at Model Remodel, we do both. There are some wonderfully talented architects in the Seattle area, and we work alongside many of them to bring their designs to life. However, we often receive inquiries from people who are starting from square one. If you don’t have someone in mind to complete the design phase of your next project, you might consider going with a design-build firm to simplify your project and increase efficiencies.

We feel strongly that every job should boil down to a satisfied customer who received quality work and communication every step of the way. A design-build process is one, common way to achieve that result. Using a Seattle design-build firm for your next remodeling project has three main, and directly-related, advantages:

  1. Simplifying the process and people
  2. Balancing the budget with your design goals
  3. Increasing efficiencies

Below we break down these advantages in detail. We also explain when a design-build process may not be the right fit for you. [Read more…]

Model Remodel Scores a Record Four REX Awards

Model Remodel is on cloud nine after winning a personal record of four Remodeling Excellence (REX) Awards from the Master Builders Association. The company was so proud to represent at the ceremony the architects, clients, subs and of course crew, who all brought the project together.

Model Remodel’s awards for the night included

Upon accepting the awards for Ada’s and the Wallingford Family Kitchen, Model Remodel remarked how much the company appreciated the sustainability elements of the projects—a core value of the company.

The awards ceremony took place in South Lake Union and included subcontractors, developers, remodelers, architects and friends. Everyone was extremely supportive and congratulatory to Model Remodel for winning the most awards that night. The comradery and positivity were wonderful.

Model Remodel would like to congratulate all the winners and participants at the REX Awards, in addition to thanking the judges and the Master Builders Association. In addition, we cannot overstate the importance of our architect partners, who we thank sincerely. Finally, a very special thanks goes out to all the Model Remodel staff- project managers, supervisors and carpenters- who worked on these projects directly. The awards never would have been possible without them!

Sammamish Bath Goes Zen

Between their corporate jobs and their two kids, this Sammamish couple is busy. However, with some help from Model Remodel’s design department, they were able to seamlessly remodel their dated guest bathroom.

How do you make a remodel as quick and straightforward as possible, for two busy people? The couple first described their vision to the designer and asked her to present two different bathroom plans. Then they cherry-picked their favorite features from each. The chosen aesthetic was clean, modern and with simple detailing.

The designer got creative to make the bathroom appear larger than it started. First, she picked tile planks with long grains that gave the illusion of an elongated room. Second, she chose a vanity open at the bottom, to give the illusion of more space in the entire room. Last, she chose a mirror with a deep frame that acted as a built-in ledge. This gave a little extra depth in the room and allowed for extra storage for small items, such as a tooth brush or hair brush.

The project boasts other nice changes, too. The toilet is dual flush, the faucet is low-flow, and a sleek new shower replaced the old builder-grade tub. The use of dark and light tile created clean lines and broke up any monochromatic feelings. The tile is definitely a conversation piece, even more beautiful in person than in pictures.

Now, the couple can return to life’s many other to-dos and enjoy their new, luxe bathroom.

Photo credit: Cindy Apple Photography