A design-build firm gives you access to all the professionals you need to transform your home, all under the same roof. A single Chicago company specializing in design-build is responsible for your renovations or expansion every step of the way, from your original vision to the design process, to the actual build and finished product. No more waiting for external contractors, or finding out that you’re over budget when it’s too late.
The antithesis to what is now known as ‘design-build,’ design-bid-build is the process by which you, the homeowner, starts off by discussing your plans with an architect. The architect is responsible for finalizing the design, at which point the homeowner pays for them. These plans are then sent to several building contractors who bid on them, and then the homeowner can choose which contractor they think is right for the job. This can be a laborious process, and often results in the homeowner going over their budget as they have already paid for plans which may well transpire to be more expensive than they initially thought. They would then have to return to the architect and invest more money in downsizing their design in the hopes that the changes will be more budget friendly.
The design-build process cuts out the middle man and ensures that a single entity is with you throughout the entire process. With design-bid-build, it can be difficult to know who to turn to for answers, as each contractor may well defer responsibility to someone else. A design-build firm provides one point of contact for all your needs and queries, and can often guarantee that you don’t go over budget, as your approval is needed before each development can take place. This is the most financially-friendly way to go, as it also provides peace of mind knowing that you and your home are in safe hands.