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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The design build model of home remodeling and custom home building is more time efficient than the outdated methods of separating the two distinctive aspects of design and performing residential home construction projects.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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