When your Kennebunk home feels cramped, outdated, or no longer a perfect fit for your preferred lifestyle, it’s frustrating. It’s not unusual to outgrow a house’s space and layout as your family grows, your needs change, and you desire room that your current property doesn’t have.
Remodeling is often the perfect solution to get the interior flow, outdoor living areas, extra rooms, and spacious bathrooms and kitchen you require to love your home all over again. And there are two approaches to remodeling—the design-bid-build process in which your architect, interior designer, and construction company are all separate groups, or the design-build process, in which your builder offers full services in-house for your convenience as a client.
Homeowners tend to prefer to work with design-builders. Here are the advantages of doing so.
How Does the Design-Build Process Work?
As design-build construction occurs, a client has a single point of contact for both the design and building aspects of their renovation. From pre-construction to post-construction and everything in between, the design-build company handles it all, giving homeowners a seamless, stress-free experience.
What’s the Value of Hiring a Design-Build Builder?
When it comes to remodeling and home additions, more and more homeowners are seeing the benefits of hiring a company that takes care of everything. Here are some of the most important benefits of working with a design-builder.
1. Expertise and Experience
When the company you hire is accustomed to thinking like both a designer and a builder, you, as a client, are in great hands. They know the ins and outs of both design and construction, and are able to blend both skills to ensure your home renovation achieves your goals. And they’ll be with you through every phase of your project, reducing stress as the job is taken to completion.
2. Faster Completion
A traditional design-bid-build process takes a lot of time. The architect and interior design team create plans that are bid out to various remodelers. You as the client must juggle those bids, hire the builder, then coordinate the project. Delays may also occur if designs need to be redrawn to suit the contractor’s requirements. By contrast, the design-build approach provides homeowners with rapid completion of their construction project because design and construction happen at the same time, so the project gets done more quickly.
3. Cost Savings
Clients of design-builders save anywhere from 6-10% on projects compared to traditional design-bid methods. Since the builder you hire is not only well-versed in the latest design trends, but also the appropriate construction costs, they can factor them in accurately from the start. Your entire budget is part of the plan from the beginning. Due to the smooth nature of the design-build approach, clients spend less time worrying about the timeline and budget.
4. No Undue Stress
When you don’t have to spend time worrying about the construction team following the design plan and staying within your budget, the remodeling process becomes a lot more stress-free. Since only one company manages every aspect of your home upgrades, it allows for much more organization. A more streamlined project allows you, as the homeowner, to focus on enjoying your project’s progress, rather than micromanaging it to stay in budget and accomplish design goals.
5. Smooth Project Coordination
In traditional design-bid-build projects, tasks are often done out of order or require agonizing wait time from one phase to the next because of poor planning and failure to coordinate trade professionals properly. When you hire a builder (like us!) that uses the design-build approach, we’ll make sure that the appropriate trade professionals needed for any particular phase of the project are ready to work at the proper time. Instead of allowing the work to slow to a stand-still, the design-builder expertly coordinates each part of the project so there are seamless transitions between each phase.
In traditional construction projects, the design company and the builder have separate agreements with the client, with no invested partnership—and this can cause friction. But a design-builder is an all-in-one company you can expect to work as a team. This removes any finger-pointing when problems need to be addressed during your home’s remodeling project. When you’re working with one builder who understands your design vision for your home, communication is easy and fluid.
7. Unlimited Possibilities
When hiring a design-builder, the sky’s the limit! Your project is their project, and they’ll work creatively to help you get the home layout you desire, in a stress-free manner. The only limit your builder has will be found within the confines of the specific design and budget you’ve agreed on to make your home the way you envision.
How to Find the Right Design-Build Company
Before choosing your design-builder, read reviews and browse the company’s gallery of finished projects to see the type of work they can achieve. Consult with at least three design-builders in person, and consider not only pricing but also factors such as how easy they are to communicate with, and how reliable their reputation is.
Get the Home Remodel of Your Dreams
When you’re ready for home upgrades that give you the spacious, luxurious home lifestyle you’re longing for, our team at Auld Building Company is ready to bring your dreams to life.
As a skilled design-builder for the Kennebunk, ME area, we streamline the process, providing services from design and engineering to permits, material and finish selections, and installation. As a client, you simply relax and enjoy your beautiful new space.
Learn more about ways our home remodeling design-build team can turn your property into a dream home.