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Four Proven Benefits of Design Build: Timeliness

BENEFIT 2: Timeliness

Like most things over time, the remodeling industry has gone through some changes. It would be safe to say that the remodeling industry has been renovated over the last few decades. The old norm of performing a renovation, or constructing a new home, was to seek out a designer/architect, plan the project, create the construction drawings, bid the project, and finally choose the contractor to perform the work. The contractor would either work under the supervision of the homeowner-hired architect, or report directly to the homeowner. The design build model for residential remodeling and home construction has many benefits over this dated method of performing home construction projects.

Over the course of this year, I will explain the four distinct benefits of the design build model of renovating and building homes; Communication, Timeliness, Cost Savings, and Accountability. Let’s continue this series today with Benefit Number 2, Timeliness.

The design build model of home remodeling and custom home building is more time efficient than the outdated methods of separating the two distinctive aspects of design and performing residential home construction projects. Important aspects such as schematic design, estimating the project, engineering, and changes to the scope of work can be done quickly and efficiently, saving time and eliminating the likelihood of misinterpreting the exchange of important information.Communication triangle

Schematic design can produce some unique, functional, and important considerations for remodeling and new home construction projects. However, most homeowners are constrained with a budget that may limit the overall scope of work. Being able to produce accurate construction costs during this initial design phase provides important information for the client early in the planning phase. Design build firms typically employ professional estimators that are trained in accurate market rate costs of all aspects of the construction project. The result is a very quick turnaround in project costing and value engineering. The final scope of work can be identified early without having to produce a bid set of plans and find out that the overall scope of work is not within the client’s budget range.

Additionally, design build firms employ designers that are trained in purchasing finish products, and therefore they are very aware of the costs associated with them. By narrowing down type of finish the client is attempting to achieve, budgets can be applied for product costs early in the schematic design phase in order to finalize the full scope of work. This saves time by budgeting early for products that will not supersede the overall project budget.

Throughout the schematic design phase, design build firms can consult efficiently with the structural engineer in order to foreshadow tricky, and perhaps sometimes costly, structural issues. These structural issues can be estimated accurately with the construction estimator and/or trade partners associated with the design build firm. By keeping this communication internal, the costs associated with moving load bearing walls and constructing unique features can be quickly estimated for the client’s consideration.

During a remodel or new home construction process, a client may wish to incorporate a change to the overall scope, or make minor modifications to the existing finish. The design build model allows the quick exchange of information regarding the project changes to be designed and estimated within one organization, saving time and decreasing the chances of miscommunication. These changes can be value engineered quickly in order for the client to make a timely decision and keep the project momentum on schedule.Time is Money

In most cases, time is money. It takes time to design and construct projects with detail and high quality standards. Stay tuned for part three of this four part series, as we will talk about the cost savings associated with the design build model of home construction and renovating. Until then, design, build and most of all, ENJOY!

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Four Proven Benefits of Design Build: Communication

By Marty Morse

Like most things over time, the remodeling industry has gone through some changes. It would be safe to say that the remodeling industry has been renovated over the last few decades. The old norm of performing a renovation was to seek out a designer/architect, plan the project, create the construction drawings, bid the project, and finally choose the contractor to perform the work.  The contractor would either work under the supervision of the homeowner-hired architect, or report directly to the homeowner. The design build model for residential remodeling has many benefits over this dated method of performing home improvement.

Over the course of this year, I will explain the four distinct benefits of the design build model of renovating homes; Communication, Timeliness, Cost Savings, and Accountability. Let’s get started today with communication.

BENEFIT 1: CLEAR AND CONCISE COMMUNICATION

Communication is one of the most important elements of a renovation project. With the design build model, the design team is in constant communication with the production team.  The employees work as an orchestrated team under one roof, and have a common goal of creating satisfied clients. If a design question or production issue arises during the construction phase, an answer or design solution is available immediately.

Communication

Through experience, I have learned that communication can be broken down when there is a working triangle of an independent design/architectural firm, Client, and general contractor. During construction, quick answers can be critical to maintaining construction timelines. However, when issues must be coordinated through three independent parties, delays are often inevitable.  Additionally, information can be miscommunicated.

With design build models, communication is constantly being updated within the organization. Systems are streamlined and communication within each department flows freely and easily, without pointing blame on the design, or faulting the construction crew for mistakes.  Working as a team, the production staff can send photos and project information to the designer, who understands that timing is critical. Field modifications can be approved swiftly by the Client, and communicated properly back to field technicians.  The team understands the goals and objectives, and also realizes the importance of time.

Another critical aspect of the home renovation communication is the organic nature of the construction drawings.  As construction projects progress, the drawings are constantly updated to insure all field technicians have the most current information. Updating plans due to field modifications or last minute design modifications is easily communicated within the same design build team.  For example, a client request to add a new window to a room during production can quickly be estimated, approved, designed, drafted for permit, and implemented within the internal communication channels of one organization with greater simplicity than even the best coordinated efforts of multiple agencies.communication

Communication is vital in the remodeling industry. I just touched base on timely communication as being a major benefit to the design build model of renovating homes. Stay tuned for benefit 2 in this four part series as I will discuss other timely aspects of the design build process.

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