If you are considering working with a design and build contractor for a building project, you will need to understand how this process differs from other methods of completing a project. Traditionally, anyone who is interested in completing a building project would first need to find a qualified designer or architect to help them create necessary plans for the type of building they desire. Once the plans are complete and all details of the design have been worked out, the project is often sent out for bids from various contractors.
These contractors will bid on the project according to the outlined plans and the job is typically awarded to the lowest bidder, or the one deemed most capable of delivering on time. However, when you hire a design and build contractor, you leave all of the work to this one entity and they oversee the entire project.
Choosing a design and build contractor can make the process much easier for the property owner. For one thing, there is no need to work with a variety of different contractors in order to get the project completed. You simply hire one company, individual or entity to handle all aspects of the building project. Everything from the initial design through project completion is left in the hands of the company who has contracted for the project.
Of course, the property owner will still have input as to design features and other issues, but they are not the one who needs to constantly be coordinating activities and making arrangements with the subcontractors.
When you work with a contractor on a design and build project, you will be able to concentrate on other important matters and leave the construction of the building to the professionals. They will typically have a construction general contractor who will oversee the subcontractors, materials and day-to-day aspects of the project. This person will be responsible for making sure that the project stays on target and that everything is coordinated and managed for optimum efficiency.
While there may be some advantages and disadvantages to each type of method for project completion, it is important to keep in mind that most property owners are not experts in construction or building. Having a company dedicated to ensuring that you get the type of building you want and that all the important details are handled in a timely manner is an important step in having the project completed on time and successfully. Negotiating and overseeing contractors and workers is something that can be left to the general contractor that the design and build contractor has hired for this position.