When it comes to home remodels, finding the right contractor and team for you and your project is one of the first and most important decisions you’ll make.
Design-build and design-bid-build are two different methods for construction and remodeling projects. Each has its benefits, and which one you choose can have a major impact on the cost, duration, and outcome of your entire project.
In this post, we’ll break down the differences between these two approaches and help you determine which is right for you.
What is design-build?
With a design-build approach, you work with one company on both stages of the design-build process. In other words, the same company works with you every step of the way, from conception to completion. The result is a more streamlined process that eliminates delays and saves you time and money.
Here’s how the design-build process works step by step:
- Your design-build company will meet with you to discuss your project goals and to develop a plan and budget.
- Your designer will present you with detailed, professional plan drawings and cost estimates.
- You’ll work with your designer to select materials, colors, fixtures, and other design elements.
- Your company will secure the necessary permits, coordinate with suppliers, and develop a construction schedule. A good company will handle the logistics and details for you.
- Throughout the construction process, your company will stay in constant contact with you to make sure you’re kept up to date and involved in decision making.
- Your company will clean up the project site and leave you to enjoy your new space!
Working with one company not only makes your life easier — it also reduces the potential risks you face as a homeowner, because you won’t be dealing with multiple contracts.
What is design-bid-build?
In contrast to design-build, a design-bid-build approach requires you to work with at least two different companies on the design and construction phases of your project.
With design-bid-build, you essentially take on the role of a project manager and all the responsibilities that come with it. Although this approach gives you more hands-on control over your project and more companies to choose from, it also typically requires additional investments of time, effort, and money on your part. Plus, this less-direct relationship between the designer and contractor increases the likelihood of delays, miscommunications, and conflicts.
Which should you choose?
There’s a reason more and more homeowners are choosing to work with design-build companies for their remodeling projects. With the right company, it’s hard to beat the convenience, efficiency, collaboration, and savings that the design-build process offers.
If you feel confident in your ability to oversee the entire project yourself and it’s important to you to have as much direct control as possible over the logistics of your remodel, a design-bid-build process may be the right choice for you. But for most homeowners, the added convenience and benefits of the design-build approach are impossible to ignore.
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