What to Expect When Working with a Design-Build Contractor

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work with a design-build company? If so, you’re in the right place! This article will cover what a design-build company is, the benefits it offers, and what to expect when working with a design-build contractor.

But before we get into the nitty-gritty details, let’s first clarify what a design-build company is and how it compares to a traditional remodeling company.

What is a Design-Build Contractor?

While every company has its own nuances, the two main differences between a design-build contractor and a remodeling contractor are their company structure and service offerings. Remodeling contractors tend to have a small team of carpenters and will typically hire subcontractors to complete other elements of the remodel. Some remodelers may provide design help, but in many cases, the client has to hire a separate architect or interior designer.

A design-build company offers clients a more streamlined approach to home remodeling. Most design-build teams include a contractor, project manager, interior designer, architect, and experienced carpenters working collaboratively under one roof. Having a well-rounded team allows the company to handle both the design and execution of the project.

The Design-Build Remodeling Process

There are many benefits to working with a design-build company. The collaborative nature means everyone has a unified vision, communication is clearer, and things move faster. A design-build company also places a higher value on design, which means more time and consideration is spent developing the remodeling plan.

All of these things come together to create a better, more organized, and streamlined remodeling experience. While the design-build remodeling process varies from one company to the next, there are four distinct components that set Excel Builders’ process apart from other remodeling companies.

One-On-One Design Help

Built-in interior design services are a major perk of working with a design-build company. As part of the design-build company, the designer is intimately familiar with the project, from your budget and project goals to your unique lifestyle needs and style preferences. At Excel Builders, our clients work one-on-one with our interior designer, Christine. She helps each client identify their needs and wants, choose design selections, visualize their project with renderings, and communicate the design details to our carpenters and craftsmen.

Layout Planning

When it comes to a well-designed remodel, the layout is everything. But it’s not just about looks! A good layout accounts for function and flow, ensuring your remodeled space performs just as great as it looks. Excel Builders makes layout planning easy. When developing a layout, we consider the footprint of the space, how elements within it are used, and the placement of hidden components like electrical, plumbing, and vents.

Project Renderings

Remodeling your home is an exciting process, but it requires a pretty high level of trust. It isn’t like buying a previously lived-in home; there’s nothing to see beforehand. But that doesn’t mean you have to go in blind and hope for the best.

Excel Builders helps clients visualize their completed remodel with detailed design renderings. We take your goals, ideas, and style preferences and create a design concept that gives you a snapshot of how the completed project will look. You have the final say on the design, and we’ll perfect it until it matches your vision.

Detailed Design Proposals

Every project at Excel Builders includes a design proposal that outlines important details about the remodel before construction starts. The design proposal is essential to ensuring everyone is on the same page regarding the project scope, vision, and budget. It will have information about what is and isn’t included in the project, who is responsible for what, and a breakdown of costs and allowances.

Minnesota’s Trusted Design-Build Contractor

Excel Builders provides a superior design and build experience in the Twin Cities area. We specialize in kitchen remodeling, bathroom renovations, basement finishing, and more. We can even design and build custom cabinets, millwork, and furniture for your project through our in-house custom cabinet shop!

When you’re ready to start planning your remodel, call us at (612) 306-4064 or reach out to trent@excelbuildersmn.com. Excel Builders proudly serves Minnesota homeowners throughout Greater Chanhassen and the Twin Cities West Metro, including Minneapolis, Plymouth, Edina, Carver, Chaska, Excelsior, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Shorewood, and the surrounding area.