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Pros and cons of design and build

Do I need to use the architect hired by the builder or an independent architect?

If you are considering an extension or renovation home, many people are thinking of hiring a builder in one place who will do the design and construction at a fixed cost. In the world of construction it is known as “design and build” and is different from the traditional method where you choose an architect/designer to carry out the drawing and design work first, and then request quotes and select your builder. The “design and build” method gives you a cost-predictability early and an easy person to contact. It’s very appealing and could be the right choice for you. But, it shouldn’t be considered easily. The goal for this piece is to provide you the details that you require to make the right decision on your particular project.

Cons and pros of “design and build’ vs . the traditional way of doing it

1. The traditional way to travel

(Using any independent designer, architect or architect)

What’s the procedure?

You select an independent architect / design professional.
They analyze your requirements and present to you a concept design an idea of what they can do.
After a meeting, they will are then required to submit plans (if needed).
Then , they draw sketches and a specification for the construction.
This set of documents will be packaged and handed to the builder you select to obtain their quotes and timescales.
If the builder’s estimate is accepted, you’ll be able to sign a contract and the building work can begin.

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The advantages of the traditional approach Design quality and the ability to adapt

1. Design / architect of choice

Instead of being assigned your builder’s design team You are free to choose the best designer to meet your individual needs, style and budget. A professional with experience can provide the most appealing concept for your project with a price you feel at ease with. They’ll help you decide where to invest and how to save money, to ensure that you have a home that you truly are happy with.

2. Your designer or architect works for you, not for your builder.

Your builder’s in-house designer is likely to be seeking ways to reduce costs for the builder. This could not yield the best design that fits your requirements. A professional architect is not bound by any other agenda other than making the best design you want, within the budget you have set.

3. Making a change in your mind isn’t so expensive as by design and construction

When your builder comes in with your design, you’ll have been through a meticulous design process . At this point , you’ll be content with your designs to ensure that you receive an accurate quote for your construction company. It’s not difficult to make modifications after this point, since your builder will let know about the price implications when you make changes.
(where the loft or builder company employs an in-house or an affiliated design expert)

It is recommended to approach design and construction companies in the early stages in your plan.
Following the initial meetings(s) After initial meetings, they will give you a one-time quote of the whole project including their designer’s costs and you enter into a contract with them.
The design process begins with the designer.
Once they have reached an agreement, they can are then required to submit plans (if needed).
The design process continues, sometimes interspersed with the construction.

Advantages of design and building Simple, quick and cost-effective

1. It’s quick

This is the primary benefit having one stop shop for designing and building your extension. Loft firms, for instance have the ability to finish projects after projects very quickly. Do not expect any prizes for their creativity They know what is effective and how to construct efficiently and in the most cost-effective and time-efficient manner.

2. One point of contact

Many homeowners appreciate the ease of working with just one company. There is less risk of miscommunication or misunderstandings during the process. This alone accelerates the process and causes less stress for you.

3. You will agree to a fixed price at an early date

Cost certainty is a major attraction to this design-build option. However, I’m not saying it’s less costly in any way; more on the subject below.

It is it more cost-effective to work with an engineering and design company?

There’s no clear solution unfortunately. It’s a myth to believe you’re saving money on the architect’s fees. Instead your builder will add this to their estimate.

The benefit of having your design and builder teaming up is that, in conjunction they can determine the most cost-effective method of building your extension. Some of this savings (hopefully) will be passed on to you via their estimate. When they do this, they may choose to build with cheaper materials that aren’t always the most efficient. This means that, while it could be more affordable, but there’s certain to be a factor of ‘you get what spend for’.

But, since the costs are fixed early in the process of design with the design and construction the possibility of changing your mind on certain aspects of your project could be more expensive as opposed to the traditional approach.

Before you designate someone to perform design work , make sure you have a list of requirements

If you choose to work with an architect who is independent or a design expert or partner with a design-and- build firm, it’s worthwhile to keep these considerations in your head:

Are they insured to cover you from a mistake in the course of their tasks (Professional Indemnity Insurance)?
If the drawings or specifications shouldn’t be used in construction. Instead, the design responsibility could be transferred to your builder. For instance, the architect designer could draw preliminary sketches to be used for planning purposes only. The contractor could make the design into precise drawings for construction and assume responsibility for the design under their own insurance (note the insurance should specifically cover design liability, which differs from a builder’s typical building liability insurance).
Have they worked on similar projects previously? Have them show you examples at the time you meet.
Request references from their past clients.