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What is a Design-Build Company?

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Have a home construction project coming up? Regardless of the project, finding a company that fits the needs of your remodel is essential. While you could hire different companies to carry out the design, bid, and build process, there is an easier way; working with a design-build company.

What is a Design-Build Company?

As the name suggests, a design-build company handles both the design and execution of a new construction home or home remodeling project. If you were to hire a general contractor or builder to complete your project, you would typically have to hire an architect or designer as well. Working with a design-build company streamlines this process because the designer, builder, and architect are housed under one roof. Essentially, a design-build company is a one-stop-shop for home construction.

What are the Benefits of Working With a Design-Build Company?

As you can imagine, there are many advantages to working with a design-build company. As I mentioned above, it’s more convenient for homeowners because there’s no need to vet and hire several different companies to handle various project stages. Although that can help homeowners save both time and money, there are some other benefits to consider.

1. Better Budgeting

Remodeling can be a costly endeavor, and it stands to reason that you’d want to stretch your dollar as far as possible. Working with a design-build company can make that happen. They can help you set (and stick to) a realistic budget because they are familiar with construction costs as well as design and finish costs.

2. Better Communication

When you work with multiple companies, communication can be lackluster at best. Mistakes can happen without frequent communication — and those mistakes can cost both time and money. A design-build company thrives on collaboration. Each department communicates regularly to ensure everyone is on the same page.

3. Accelerated Timelines

Sometimes project delays are unavoidable but working with a design-build team can help keep things moving quickly. Not only is there less downtime between the design and construction phases, but any last-minute changes can be approved much quicker than if you went the traditional route.

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How Does the Design-Build Process Work?

The design-build process can vary from company to company, but most firms share a common belief: design is the backbone of every project.

Whether it’s a decked-out mudroom, finished basement, or remodeled kitchen, the design is critical to the project. That’s why design-build companies spend a lot of time in the design and proposal phases. Developing the design provides an accurate representation of what the final project will look like, and the details needed to make it happen.

The details may change a bit, but the usual design-build process will follow one similar to the one we use at Excel Builders:

  1. Phone consultation
  2. In-home consultation
  3. Preliminary design
  4. Design approval and contract signing
  5. Construction

These phases tend to overlap, with all members of the design-build team collaborating throughout the project.

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Minnesota’s Trusted Design-Build Company

Excel Builders is a premier design-build firm servicing the Twin Cities Metro and surrounding area. Creating an excellent experience for our clients is important to the Excel Builders team. That’s why we’ve added an in-house custom cabinet shop, which helps us streamline the design-build process and better serve our clients. From kitchen and bathroom remodels to custom cabinets and millwork, our design-build team can make your home improvement dreams a reality.

When you’re ready to get started on your home remodeling project, be sure to get in touch with Excel Builders. We can be reached by phone at (612) 306-4064 or by email at info@excelbuilders.com.

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