This process begins when a homeowner hires a designer or architect to develop a design for a project. The architect or designer draws the project unencumbered by a defined budget and excludes the contractor cost assessment. After the design is completed, the job is sent out for bid to numerous contractors who have not been involved in the developing design of the project. The scope of work is often generic, electrical and lighting plans are not finalized, fixtures and products are scoped as allowances and assumptions are made for unknowns. More often than not the bids come in over the budget. Here is where the blame game begins. The owner tells the designer the bids are way over budget, the designer says it must be the contractors fault, call more contractors. You question the contractors bid amounts and they claim the designer over drew the project and you need to cut back or invest more. Maybe you take a chance on the lowest bid who bid per the plans not mentioning what was missing. In the end the homeowner ends up scaling back the design, throwing out the design, or starting over. This triangle includes three separate competing parties who never had a chance to work as a team. Everyone loses. The homeowner loses the most; time wasted, money on design wasted, pressure to work with lowest bid contractor (with reservations), scale back while paying more for design or canceling the project.
This approach is participatory and includes design, feasibility, scope development, product selection, construction and project management. The homeowner, contractor and designer are all equally involved as partners from the outset. The Design/Build Professional accepts single source accountability for the entire process. Instead of projects budget being the result or afterthought of the project’s design with the Design/Build process your design is derived as a result of your budget. One Design/Build contractor works with an architect or designer during the design phase in order to accomplish cost efficiency and function while the design is being developed. The contractor either employs or brings in the qualified designer or architect who will agree to draw within the set aside budget range given by the homeowner.
Next a set of plans, elevations, and other drawings necessary to visualize the design are proposed. Simultaneously the estimate, scope of work, a projected schedule, and a detailed warranty are provided to the client before a final contractual commitment to build the project takes place. This gives the client a more accurate and complete picture of what the project entails well before the project starts.
The Design/Build process allows the contractor as project manager to do as much pre-planning as possible before the job, so that when things are ready to proceed they are done in a more efficient and orderly manner. This enables greater cost efficiencies by more closely integrating production procedures with the project’s intended design.
From concept to completion, you are working with one firm which manages the entire process. This eliminates blame shifting which usually leads to the customer falling through the cracks.
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