Three 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 they do too. 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.
Architects often are designing their next award-winning project, yet you as the client, might not have asked for that or cannot afford it. Design/build firms make the budget the priority because we know what it will take to implement the design at the contracted price.
An architect’s primary interest is in the design of the project. A design/build firm’s primary interest and goal is 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.
We are aware of all of the associated costs of a project. An architect might only know the final cost of a project, but not necessarily 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.
A single point of contact simplifies working with sub-contractors.
Design/build firms work with the same plumbers, electricians, painters, and more. We have built a rapport with these sub-contractors because we do lots of work with them. They know what to expect from us and we know what to expect in return. It’s all about relationships, and we have the advantage of selecting the best craftsmen who have proved to be reliable and who do quality work. If you opt to hire a traditional architect, you won’t have this local, inside industry knowledge.
How many times have you heard the woes of friends who have acted as their own general contractor, resulting in delays in getting materials, sub-contractors not showing up, and sliding deadlines? It can be a huge headache. It’s better to avoid this and go with a trusted, professional team.
The design/build approach streamlines relationship-building.
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. Your designer is always available and works with the production manager and lead carpenters throughout your project. It’s seamless from design to final walk-through.