Using Turnstone to Design and Build Your Custom Home
“With Design/Build, the owner trusts one company to coordinate a design that works functionally, aesthetically, and financially. The designer and builder work together as a team under one contract with the owner”
Turnstone supports all the options to design your new home, but our preferred methodology is to work under a Design/Build contract. We believe Design/Build is clearly superior to the old Design/Bid/Build model. Here’s why we are clients are overwhelmingly choosing Design/Build over other design options:
- With Design/Build you get one unified team, working seamlessly to meet a shared goal – to design and build a home that you will love to come home to - on time and on budget. With a true design-build firm, the design and contractor roles are fully integrated. One entity drives work flow from the initial concept design through construction. There is no blame game or finger pointing with Design/Build. Any design, budgetary, scheduling or construction challenges are tackled by the team as a cohesive unit. In all other building systems, the owner can become a middle person involved in disputes between the designer and contractor. With Design/Build, the owner trusts one company to coordinate a design that works functionally, aesthetically, and financially. The designer and builder work together as a team under one contract with the owner.
- Under the Design/Build model the Design-Builder assumes complete responsibility for the entire project – from inception to completion. That accountability means the design team is 100% invested in meeting the budget and construction schedule throughout the design process, when it really matters. Design/Build is an alternative model based on collaboration between the builder and the architect or designer, rather than the sometimes-dysfunctional relationship in the traditional Design/Bid/Build model.
- The Design/Build process is simpler for clients because it eliminates the need to negotiate separate contracts with an architect and a builder, and it eliminates the bidding process, focusing instead on delivering the best possible home consistent with your budget.
- Design/Build fosters continuity: A design-build firm is involved from start to finish, which adds an inherent efficiency. The chance for things to fall through the cracks is greatly diminished.
- Design/Build is cost-effective because the design-builder can procure quality design and architectural services for less than you can on your own. There are significant cost savings compared to hiring an architect for design and even bigger savings compared to hiring an architect for design and construction administration. A single contract streamlines the project by fostering a collaborative alliance between the owner and the design-build team.
- The process is much faster because you can go to contract as soon as the key project parameters and preliminary budget are agreed to. Design, site preparation, permitting, procurement and even construction activities can begin as soon as you sign your contract, and these processes can advance simultaneously on parallel tracks. This is not possible with a Design/Bid/Build model. Other parts of the process that can begin early include preparing for HOA approvals, feasibility studies, demolition and lot clearing.
- The collaborative approach between the designer/architect and builder eliminates many problems that can cost you time and money, including:
- Potential over-engineering by the architect – Design/Build is a practical approach to design that emphasizes “value-engineering”, with an eye toward controlling construction costs.
- Constructability issues in the design - these are resolved by the team as the design is developed – no finger pointing
- A potentially dysfunctional relationship between the architect and the builder.
- The architect not having any “skin in the game” with respect to cost overruns
- Disputes between the architect and builder over design errors or interpretations, or the “right” way to build, which lead to change orders or upcharges related to unclear or incomplete plans and specs.
Make an appointment today to meet with Harvey Ryan and learn the details of how the Design/Build model can benefit you.