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Design-Build: What It Is & Why You Should Hire a D-B Contractor

You’ve decided to remodel, and you’re excited – we get it! But wait…not so fast. If you don’t properly plan and design your remodeling project first, it could end up costing you down the road. We’re here to go over several factors and considerations of a remodeling project that will prepare you to make informed decisions about how to move forward! Let’s get started.

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What Is Design-Build?

What is design-build and what is a design-build firm? A design-build firm utilizes a design-build process in which the owner of a remodeling company provides services that include remodeling design and the actual building services, as well. These design-builders offer their services as one package, rather than outsourcing them to other companies or subcontractors.

When Would You Use a Design and Build Contract?

If you are looking for remodeling services and don’t have a lot of time to spend researching, hiring, scheduling, and managing a bunch of different contractors from different companies, then hiring a design-build contractor will be key. There are some significant benefits of hiring a design-build firm, which we will talk more about those in a moment.

What Is the Role of Contractor in Design-Build Contract?

A design-builder can be a contractor who offers custom design homes and that would be one role of a contractor that would use a design and build team. However, any construction or remodeling company can offer design and build services, but many don’t.

In the case of a remodeling contractor that does provide design-build services, the role of the contractor would be that the contractor is offering a convenient, more accurate remodeling process. This is because the customer can contract both services from one company.

What Is the Advantage to the Contractor Under a Design and Construct Contract?

There are many advantages to choosing a design-build contractor to complete your remodeling project. Doing so creates one singular team between you, the homeowner, and your contracting team. This leaves one path for any communications regarding ideas, needs, wants, budget, materials, and more. Choosing the design-build method minimizes, if not eliminates, the possibility for miscommunications throughout the entire process, which, in turn, eliminates the possibility for budget or timeline overages. 

How is it possible that the design-build methodology is so much safer sounding than traditional building methods? Unlike traditional methods, design-build teams don’t have to depend on other companies to do their jobs before your contractor can finish theirs – having an on-staff design and build team ensures better communication, efficiency, and workflow. It’s a win-win for everyone.

What Are the Benefits of Using a Design and Build Contractor?

If you are going to spend money on a remodel, you probably want it done right, to both protect your investment and to save yourself from future headaches down the line.

Therefore, hiring a design-build remodeling company will keep you from having to research and deal with different contractors that may or may not communicate effectively or accurately!

In other words, if one contractor doesn’t properly communicate any facet of your project to the other one properly, you could be looking at scheduling issues, time delays, inaccurate measurements, and products, or worse. These issues will ultimately cost you time, money, and a lot of aggravation and frustration.

Here are more benefits of using a design and build team:

  • Time and cost savings
  • More accurate and timely communication
  • You aren’t responsible for researching, hiring, scheduling, and managing different contractors from different companies
  • Eliminates scheduling conflicts
  • Reduces the chances of project delays
  • Helps avoid miscommunication and project misinformation
  • You only have to deal with one project manager

If you’re now thinking “this all sounds great, but what’s the catch? Is hiring a design-build contractor more expensive?” Spoiler alert: it’s not!

This is because the chances of making mistakes when using one or more contractors who don’t work for the same company are far greater. Contractor mistakes using a traditional building method can cost you money when you have to pay for change orders or pay another contractor to fix the mistakes another contractor has made. These types of mistakes are common in the remodeling world and are generally due to miscommunication between multiple contractors.

What’s Next?

If you want to remodel your Cedar Falls, Iowa home and need a team that will be by your side from start to finish, contact Home Indeed’s design-build team today, or simply stop by one of our two showrooms! We promise to make your remodeling experience extraordinary and put everything that matters to you first.

Why Should I Choose Home Indeed?

At Home Indeed, we only hire the best-of-the-best design and build professionals in the industry. Our designers and project managers are employees, not third-party contractors. That means we have complete control, our communication levels are solid, and our workflow uninterrupted because we won’t have any conflicting contractor schedules. This will save you time, money, and hassle.

We also have a 3,600 square foot showroom where you and your design team can browse, shop, and compare all the different design and material options to ensure the end product matches your vision. Additionally, having a one-stop shop will also keep you from having to drag samples all over town and having to deal with different establishments that might all have a vision that doesn’t match yours.

Get with Home Indeed today, and together we’ll take your vision and turn it into a reality.

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