When building or remodeling a home, a homeowner has two main options. You can either hire one firm to design and build your home, or you can hire two different companies to fill both roles. Most construction projects follow the latter format, but it is becoming increasingly popular to work with one design-build firm. Here’s why you should do the same.
Single Point of Contact
When working with two contractors for two different roles, you may often find yourself playing the role of mediator and liaison. The contractor and architect may not see eye-to-eye on key aspects of the project, and because you hired both of them, it will be up to you to find common ground. When you hire a design-build firm, those disagreements are resolved in-house between the designer and builder. Your only concern is the final result.
Time is money and the design-build option can save you both. By hiring just one company, you pay one fee that is typically less than the total of hiring two different companies. Also, the time between designing and building is significantly shortened, allowing you to gain or regain full use of your home in a much shorter time period.
Every so often, there are surprises when building or remodeling. The builder may come across termites on an older home or may discover an endangered species while removing trees. When this happens, the old plan must be adjusted to either resolve the issue or work around it without tacking on a lot of time, money or both to the original plan.
Building or remodeling a home is an expensive decision riddled with risk. How successful and cost-effective the project is will depend on the contractors you work with. Thankfully, with a design-build firm, you can simplify the process to save time and money.