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What is Design-Build and Why Should I Consider It?

What is Design-Build?

If you’ve recently embarked on exploring home remodeling options, you might have come across the term “Design-Build” for the first time. But what does it actually mean? Design-Build refers to a particular method of managing a project, from its inception to completion. Let’s say you’re considering a full kitchen renovation. With the Design-Build approach, a single firm is responsible for both the design, whether it’s developed by an architect or an architectural designer, and the construction process.

In contrast to the traditional approach, where separate entities are involved, the Design-Build method streamlines the process by consolidating all aspects of your remodel under one company. In the past, you would typically hire an architect and designer to create the design and plans, and then hire a contractor or subcontractors to carry out the construction. However, with Design-Build, you work directly with a single company that takes care of every stage of your project, including:

  • Conceptualization and design
  • Planning
  • Obtaining necessary permits
  • Scheduling and coordinating with trade partners
  • Procuring materials and products
  • Carrying out the construction
  • Finalizing the project and addressing any follow-up needs.

By opting for Design-Build, you benefit from a seamless and integrated approach that ensures effective communication, efficient decision-making, and a unified vision throughout the entire remodeling process.

Why choose Design-Build vs. a General Contractor?

In summary, selecting the Design-Build approach can significantly reduce your risks and overall costs. When you work with BARJAL Design-Build, we become your main point of contact and the driving force behind your entire renovation, taking responsibility for every aspect from initial ideas to project completion. This eliminates the need for you to:

  • Search for and evaluate an architect firm to create plans and specifications.
  • Research and hire a general contractor to oversee the project.
  • Handle the process of obtaining permits, including historical commission approval if necessary.
  • Seek, hire, and manage subcontractors for various disciplines such as electricians, plumbers, painters, and structural engineers.
  • Ensure that all parties involved have a shared understanding of the project’s overall vision, timeline, and budget.

By aligning everyone involved in the process and fostering shared goals, the Design-Build approach eliminates many challenges, setbacks, and delays. In essence, choosing Design-Build is your best option to ensure your project is completed within the designated timeframe and budget.

What are the benefits of using Design-Build?

Communication & Accountability: 

With Design-Build, you’ll have a dedicated point of contact throughout the entire project, ensuring effective communication and minimizing the chances of miscommunication. We take on the responsibility of overseeing every aspect of the project, ensuring that nothing is overlooked.

Better Budgeting: 

Our approach provides a realistic and accurate budget from the start. During the Design Phase, we discuss the cost of each item, allowing you to understand how design changes impact the overall cost in real time.

Fewer Delays: 

By connecting with Trade Partners during the design stage, we proactively address potential challenges, resulting in a more realistic and accurate timeline. This helps avoid delays that may arise during construction.

Quality Finished Product: 

With everyone involved in the process sharing the same vision and understanding the project requirements, we deliver a high-quality final product that meets your expectations.

Realistic Vision and Budget: 

Design-Build helps you develop a realistic vision for your home renovation early on. We provide detailed 3-D renderings of your remodel, allowing you to visualize the new space. As adjustments are made during the Design Phase, our in-house architectural designer updates the renderings to ensure you feel confident about every detail. Additionally, any changes you make to your product selections are immediately reflected in your budget. This way, you have a clear understanding of the financial impact of any upgrades or changes before the final scope of the project is approved, minimizing surprises during construction

Managing Construction & Completion

One of the most challenging aspects of any home renovation is staying on schedule and minimizing disruptions for the homeowner. To alleviate this stress, we take several measures. At the beginning of the construction phase, we create a comprehensive schedule and present you with a protection and cleanup plan. We also assign a dedicated project manager who will serve as your central point of contact throughout the entire process. This project manager will keep you informed about the presence of workers in your home and the tasks planned for each day. 

By meticulously planning each step in advance, our team can work efficiently, ensuring minimal delays and disruptions. As construction nears completion, we will maintain regular communication with you to address any outstanding issues, ensuring that the final product meets your expectations.

Even after the project is finished, our commitment to you doesn’t end. We will check in periodically during the first year after construction and remain available to address any questions or concerns that may arise during the warranty period.

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