When you set out to build your dream home, it’s supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime type of event — it should be a positive experience from start to finish, something that’s handled smoothly and professionally from beginning to end. When you work with a design-build firm, you guarantee that your dream home is going to be handled by one team the entire way through, that there are no chances for things to get confused or go off the rails when work is handed off from your architect to your contractor to your various subcontractors.
What Building a Home Looks Like When You Don’t Choose Design-Build
To start with, the conventional build process requires you to find the right architect, one with a solid resume, someone who understands what you want and can draw up plans that fit exactly what you have in mind (or who can help you come up with a design if you’re not sure what you want).
Working with someone who has experience teasing out the intangibles of your dream home, someone you can communicate well with, someone who listens and carefully and helps you to realistically achieve what you want, can be a real challenge.
For the sake of explanation, let’s assume you do find the right architect and he or she designs your dream home, something you are totally satisfied with.
That’s a great first step, but then you have to undergo that same type of search (with its inherent risks) all over again. Now you have to figure out who is going to take those amazing plans and actually build your dream home for you, making it into a reality based entirely on the work your architect has done previously.
You have to find a builder or general contractor, which may include a complicated bidding process, to get that done. And then you run into another potential complication.
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Bid processes and selection of a separate construction company, and any subcontractors they might hire, can be complicated.
The more people and groups involved, the more interface points required, which means that there is a greater likelihood of confusion and miscommunication, all of which might result from a more complicated relationship between mostly independent parties.
But what if you’re lucky enough to find someone who’s up front, who listens, and who is transparent about what’s going on during construction?
The designer may have been completely on board with the ideas you had to build your dream house, but what if you wind up with a builder or general contractor who just isn’t as dedicated to delivering the same level of quality necessary to build your dream home?
What If They’re Not as Good as They Appear to Be?
What if they give you a great estimate or low bid, but can’t deliver within the time frame or amount agreed upon? Nothing can make the home building process as miserable as long delays or price changes.
These situations often lead to overages, changes with added costs, and other additional, unforeseen expenses, all of which are stressful just on their own. But, when it’s your dream home on the line, the problems almost seem magnified.
There’s just too much at stake.
Let’s imagine the builder decides along the way (you know, halfway through building your home) that they can’t do something the designer has laid out in the plans?
Now, you’re in the position of negotiator, working to settle disputes between teams and running a kind of arbitration between the two teams, trying to get what you want and are paying for accomplished.
That’s not something any client should have to do!
The builder blames the designer, and the designer points the finger back at the builder, and what do you have but a giant headache?
Now we’re talking about delays, more added expenses, bruised egos, and frustration.
You Don’t Need to Deal With All That
Needless to say, this is less than what you expected when you set out to build your dream house.
These type of frustrating experiences really happen in the traditional model for getting a house built and put a negative blemish on the whole experience, and most importantly you may not end up with what you had your heart set on in the early design phase.
Why Choose Design-Build to Build Your Dream Home?
We believe these kinds of problems should be a thing of the past when it comes time to build your dream home, and that’s exactly what design-build offers — a superior way of getting that home of your dreams from conception to an actual reality you can move into without the potential headaches or friction of the traditional model.
In short, a single-team approach, taking the project from design to completion, gets the job done faster, better, and with fewer headaches than with the architect-contractor method.
Here are a few of the benefits of the design-build process.
As a design-build firm, we’re a single team.
We make decisions on what to do (design) and how to do it (build) up front — any other decisions or complications that come up along the way can be handled smoothly by that single team.
We’re all on the same page from the start, and we stay there, dedicated to the project and ready to do whatever’s needed to build your dream home.
When you get that home you’ve always dreamed of, we know we’ve succeeded.
Because you’re working with one team the whole way through, there’s a level of accountability throughout the entire process that just doesn’t exist when you’re working with multiple teams.
The complicated relationship between parties in the traditional model, where both parties point fingers at each other when a problem pops up, doesn’t exist when you go with a design-build firm.
That means you don’t have to go back and forth, running negotiations or trying to figure out who’s responsible for what.
When you work with us, you have one point of contact. We communicate with you, we reach a decision, and we then develop a plan to take care of the problem.
We follow through on that plan — there’s no “passing the buck” in the design-build approach.
The responsibility is solely ours to build your dream home, and at Edge Crew, we do our job well.
Since you have only one team you need to communicate with, design-build firms make it much easier for you to interface and be a part of the process.
We’ll keep you informed and involved throughout the entire process, and we’ll work with you to avoid delays and additional expenses.
You can be involved in the smaller decisions and more easily make changes by dealing with a single design-build firm, someone who’s responsible for the entire project.
All the above factors are going to lead to greater efficiency, both in terms of time and in terms of cost.
In fact, we often build our homes a few months faster than the industry average, usually around 4–5 months.
Your dream home shouldn’t be a tug of war between two sides, slowing your project down and creating unnecessary overages and hidden expenses.
When we make a decision, we don’t have to consult with anyone else — we just make sure you’re on board and then go and carry it out efficiently and quickly, saving you time and money (while avoiding anxiety and headaches for you!).
Let’s talk about how to build your dream home today. Click the button below to get in touch with us.
We’ll help you build your dream home just the way you’ve always imagined it.