Building your brand-new home can be such an exciting, fun experience. It can also be quite overwhelming, especially at the early stages of the process when you’re trying to work out who are the best people to hire for this important time in your life.
There are many different ways to approach the design and build aspects of your home. One option is to choose a designer / architect first, and then source a builder who will bring the designs to life. However, this process can sometimes cause budget blowouts and take far longer than if both the design and construction is undertaken within the same team. That’s why we recommend working with a design + construct builder as you’ll end up with an easier, more streamlined process that will result in a high-quality, cohesively built home, to your budget.
Here’s five reasons why we think you should choose a design + construct builder for your new home.
1. You’ll stick to your budget
Architects can be somewhat detached from the actual construction process, and this can cause discrepancies between the design and the cost to build. Sometimes, architects will estimate a project to cost far below the actual costs of building, which can lead to a lot of disappointment and wasted time. This can be avoided if you decide to go with a design + construct builder. In these types of construction businesses, designers will work closely with builders to ensure their design ideas for your home are aligned with your designated budget.
2. Better quality control
Sometimes, when builders have told clients that the design they’ve commissioned doesn’t fit within their budget, they’ll shop around their design until another builder agrees to construct the home to fit their budget. This often leads to poor quality homes built with short cuts. This may seem like an economical choice at first, but it actually causes defects, delays and ends up costing far more in the long run, as the house will most certainly need repairs and maintenance sooner than later. These issues are less likely to arise in a design + construct project, as everyone will be on the same page and better understand budget constraints so that no corners need to be cut.
A reputable building company will also include a hard-working team who value and prioritise quality craftsmanship in every facet of the home. Using one team will ensure everyone is working towards the same outcome and is easier to hold accountable if there are any issues.
3. A more centralised point of contact
If you’re working with many different companies to build your home, it can get confusing to know who is best to contact, and who is responsible for what aspect of the build. Working with a design + construct team means you’ll have one point of contact that will be able to update you on the build from start to finish. This will make it easier to overcome any issues or problems you come across. It will also mean more transparency and open communication as you’re dealing direct with the source.
4. A streamlined, shorter build
Don’t want to encounter delays or an extended timeline for your build? Go with a design + build approach, which is a faster and more streamlined process because everything is being done by one team. Having multiple parties involved will cause ruptures in your timeline as certain group may have to pause their work to accommodate other parties involved in the process.
5. The expertise of builders and designers will work more harmoniously
While some may see the design and building process as separate entities, they can actually complement and influence one another, which only benefits the build in the long run. Builders can use their expertise of materials and techniques to flag any potential problems with the design before the build begins. They can also suggest certain materials be used and can tell the designer from the get-go if aspects of the design are feasible and well-suited to the client’s brief.
Want to begin your own design + construct project? Get in touch with us at SX Constructions today!