The Design&Build Method – Part 1
For the last seven years I have been consumed by a single thought – ‘how can I improve the home extension and renovation process in a way that works for all parties?’
The highest respect for my clients
The roots of the Design&Build system came from the 19th Century figure of the Master Builder; men who had the highest respect from their peers and clients, due to their mastery and knowledge. In the 20th Century, most projects were being executed under the traditional system and professionals continued to receive training under this system. However, Design&Build has been gaining more and more leverage as clients and Architects have started to understand and realise several benefits that this system brings. Not everyone can be a Design&Builder. It takes an Architect with qualities and talent as a designer, while being pragmatic, practical and technical as an engineer at the same time. It takes deep knowledge and understanding about various systems, construction processes, along with an unquestionable honesty and reputation.
The 5 key advantages to using the Design&Build method of home renovation over the traditional ‘design-tender-build’ method
Single source of accountability – The Design&Build approach provides a single source for your entire project. In the classic design-tender-build process the owner must: Select an Architect/Designer, finalise the design, tender the project, select a contractor, and then act as an intermediary. The Design&Build method fosters teamwork and lends itself to cooperation. The relationship built during the design phase helps to ensure that the stage is set for a successful construction project.
Budget management – Discussing budget during the design phase helps to keep the projects within a realistic budget. Communicating the cost implications of design decisions ensures that the owner plays a key role in arriving at the final project price. Once the scope of works has been finalised, the project costs are clearly defined and controlled by the Design&Build firm.
Enhanced communication – Specific design and construction details are being developed throughout the entire process and the focus stays on owner ‘value’. The communication benefits of working with a design professional and construction expert at the same time ensures that potential problems are discovered before the project starts seriously reducing additional costs – we call this ‘delayed design’.
Faster project completion – Design&Build projects can be completed in a shorter amount of time because: Tender time is reduced, scheduling for the project can begin before design is finalised, potential construction problems are uncovered early and enhanced communication keeps everything moving.
Quality control – The Design&Build method helps to remove ambiguity that may arise in material and construction specifications. Since the designer, engineer and builder are from the same firm, the focus remains on protecting the clients interest.
Because of its inherent flexibility, Design&Build lends itself well to a variety of project types. By combining the design and construction experience into one team, the homeowner realises the benefits of ‘one stop shopping’ at its best.