This is the second entry in a series about the advantages of the Design-Build process. Previously, we posted about the benefits of having an integrated team.
Another important distinction between Design-Build firms and traditional General Contractors is a seamless work flow. Like a baton passed between relay runners, projects are expertly handed over from design to production. The client receives one all-inclusive contract, and it includes all services rendered: from the first design consultation to the final walk through.
With the Design-Build process, all materials and delivery schedules are confirmed before construction begins. Work does not stop because of out-of-stock tile, granite with a five week lead time, or new appliances that don’t fit into the custom cabinetry. Any possible delays regarding these selections are discovered during the design phase, not when its time to order the tile, granite or cabinets.
Sometimes, clients initiate a design change after the work has begun. With Design-Build, construction continues while the design team (that did the original plans) revises a portion of the project.