What’s the Difference Between Design-Build and the Design, Bid, Build Process and How to Choose Between the Two When Starting Your Home Remodeling Project?

So, you’re thinking about giving your home a makeover, and you’ve heard about these terms—Design-Build and Design, Bid, Build. But what’s the real deal, and how do you decide which one is right for your home remodeling project?

It should be no surprise what our recommended approach is. It’s in our name! But every project is truly individual and has different needs.

Let’s break it down in simpler terms, so you can decide what is right for you.

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Design-Bid-Build is like a step-by-step self-guided journey. First, you hire an architect, then maybe an interior designer to create your dream plans. Then, these plans go out to contractors who bid on the project. Unfortunately, those contractors were never involved in the design process or had the benefit of collaboration. Once you’ve picked your contractor, they start building based on those initial plans. Easy, right? Maybe. But maybe not.

Here’s the catch: there’s a clear divide between the design and construction teams. You end up playing the middleman, bouncing between the two, trying to ensure everyone is on the same page and that can lead to some serious communication headaches. Plus, if you want to tweak anything once construction starts, be ready to break the bank—it’s expensive and a bit of a hassle. Because of all this management and back and forth, the process is often inefficient, making your renovation schedule longer than necessary.

Design-Build Diagram

Now, let’s talk about Design-Build. This is where things get interesting.

In Design-Build land, it’s all about teamwork. The same crew handles both the design and construction, creating a seamless collaboration all while guiding you through the entire process with ease. No passing the baton, no middleman. It’s a one-stop-shop for your home transformation with a single source of responsibility and accountability to rely on.

Picture this: the design and construction teams working together right from the start. They talk, they collaborate, and they make things happen, on time, on budget and in line with your expectations.

Design-Build Diagram

Oh, and here’s the sweet part—communication is streamlined. The direct link between design and construction means quicker decision-making and problem-solving. Plus, it often turns out to be more budget friendly. Why? Well, no bidding-related expenses, accurate and precise budgeting, and fewer surprise costs.

Time is money, right? Design-Build usually wraps things up faster. One team, one point of responsibility, and your project moves like a well-oiled machine.

But hold up, there’s more! With Design-Build, you get a front-row seat. Homeowners are part of the process, offering feedback and making decisions side by side with the Design-Build team. It’s your home, after all—your say matters.

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So, if you want a smoother ride, a faster journey, and a pocket-friendly experience, Design-Build might just be the perfect fit. Too good to be true? Nope. We live and breathe this process every day.

If you’ve gotten this far and believe that Design-Bid-Build is still the best for you, then our team is not going to be the right fit. However, if every cell of your body is saying “Yes, please. That is the experience and guidance that I am looking for!” then we can’t wait to have a conversation and learn more. Contact us here to get started! [include link to contact us]

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