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:
- Simplifying the process and people
- Balancing the budget with your design goals
- 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…]