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Design Options for Design/Builders: Partnering for Design

The design build model’s greatest strength is the single-source responsibility and accountability it offers to homeowners. But that single source is not one person, it’s the team that has been carefully put together to ensure a smooth and successful project. That’s why it’s imperative that contractors and designers work in partnership for the mutual benefit of everyone involved, including the homeowner. Contractors more often than not now find themselves in the position of “interviewing” and choosing designers, which represents a major role reversal in the industry. Continue reading

What Sets Successful Design Build Firms Apart from Other Business Models

Given the number of parties involved, even the smallest of remodeling projects can be a complicated affair. Besides the homeowner, there’s the architect and interior designer, general and specialty contractors, along with the countless vendors who supply the raw materials and home finishing products. Throughout the life of the project they must all work together to deliver a finished space that meets the homeowner’s expectations, and they must do it all while staying on schedule and budget. Continue reading

Advantages of offering the Design Build Model to Your Clients

One of the biggest challenges faced by design build companies is discovering an effective way to convince homeowners that this form of project delivery is in their overall best interest. If you’re to exceed, it will require a fundamental change in your attitude and behavior towards the sales process. Although most evidence in the residential arena remains anecdotal, the DBIA sees signs of real growth in the design build method. Continue reading
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