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3 Advantages to the Design/Build Approach

We are big supporters of the design/build approach, in which one contractor handles both tasks. JM Construction sees the benefits this brings to our clients every day and our clients do as well. Here’s what Nancy from Wellesley had to say:

“We’re so impressed by the outstanding quality of the work and the top-notch people at JM Construction. The attention to detail from design through construction was fabulous.”

Here are three key advantages to the design/build approach vs. hiring a traditional architect for your next remodeling project:

Implementation is our priority

Typically an architect’s primary interest is in the design of the project. Architects often are designing their next award-winning project, yet you as the client, might not have asked for that or cannot afford it. On the other hand, a design/build firm’s primary interest and goal are to actually build the project being designed. It’s in our mutual best interest to present a design that you’ll love, but that’s also achievable financially.

Design/build firms make the budget the priority because we know what it will take to implement the design at the contracted price. A design/build firm should be asking tough questions as far as the budget is concerned so that what is designed is financially attainable.

We are aware of all of the associated costs of a project

Most architects don’t really know the final cost of a project and don’t necessarily consider the incremental costs (e.g, the plumbing costs associated with moving a kitchen sink across the room). Project costs when using an architect’s design could greatly exceed your budget.

It’s worth noting that on a particularly challenging design, we may bring in an architect as part of the larger design/build team. Their skill set can be invaluable to us and we value their contribution, however, we take responsibility for continuously keeping you up to date with where the budget is at.

The design/build approach streamlines relationship-building

Design/build firms provide a single point of contact to simplify working with all trade partners and suppliers, including plumbers, electricians, painters, and all the other trade partners. We have built a rapport with these team members because we have long-term relationships with them. They know what to expect from us and we know what to expect in return.

How many times have you heard the woes of friends who have acted as their own general contractors, resulting in delays in getting materials, sub-contractors not showing up, and sliding deadlines? It can be a huge headache. It’s best to avoid these issues and work with a trusted, experienced, professional team.

When you work with an architect, you build a certain level of trust, but then when the job starts, you need to build a new relationship and sense of trust with your contractor. If you work with a design/build company, you are working with the same company and professionals throughout the entire project; it’s seamless from design to final walk-through.Want to learn more about the design/build modeling concept? Learn more here.*this article was updated in October 2022.

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