Transforming your building vision from ideas to tangible reality is an exciting opportunity that doesn’t happen often. It’s a time that can also be very stressful. Who doesn’t want their building to be the best it can be? Having a well seasoned design-build firm in your corner is the key to achieving that dream with the best experience possible. A design-build firm offers the strengths of both worlds by marrying the construction and design spectrums into one place. How do you know when you find the right firm, and when you do, how do you communicate your dreams with them effectively for the ideal outcome? Below are some tips to get you started.
The Trust Factor
Because your design and construction aspects are both coming from the same firm, it is absolutely essential for you to have a strong bond of trust with your design-build company. This means that it’s important to take your time with each design-build firm to get to know them during the shopping phase. Is their conduct of business sound? What does their portfolio look like? How many years have they been in the business? What qualifications do they have? How do they charge for their services? Review the design and construction aspects as two separate areas even if they’re coming from the same firm. It may help to write your findings down and keep them in a file. Remember that you’re going to be working with the firm for a significant length of time, so relationships are important. When you’re satisfied with the answers to all of your questions, you’re ready to make the next step!
Moving Forward with Your Firm
You can see why trusting your design-build firm is crucial in moving forward with your project. A good design-build firm is your partner in all stages of the construction process and they receive the same benefit as you do in enjoying the outcome when it’s done. With this in mind, it’s important to not hold back anything from your firm when you’re working with them. Mulling over a certain design idea you’ve had for a while? Share it with them! A good design-build firm is certainly willing to work with you in the planning stages and has the know-how to put it all in the right places. That is the time to find out if these ideas are technically feasible, and if so, to what extent. You just might run into more possibilities than previously thought.
The Benefits of Working with a Design-Build Firm
There are many benefits you can take advantage of when you partner with a design-build firm. Some of these include:
- One Stop Shop – Having all your design and construction strategies come from the same place saves a significant amount of ‘hunting’ time that you can allocate to the other things on your to-do list.
- Potential Cost Savings – Working with a design-build firm is like having two services rolled into one. You can save a lot more revenue compared to hiring a contractor and an architect separately.
- Smooth Team Building – You won’t run into disputes over design flaws and interpretations if your contracting and design services are from the same company. This reduces the risk of upcharges and change orders from unclear specs and keeps the timeframe on track.
- Timely Communication – The communication flow of your project will also be much simpler because it’s all in-house. MH Williams, for example, conducts weekly progress meetings to keep you up to date on all aspects of the project, from permits to safety checks to progress of the general contracting.
With more than 20 years’ experience, MH Williams has helped fulfill the dreams of many people one building at a time. We understand the value of trust with each client we work with, and we take the time to listen to you. Contact our design-build team to learn how we can fulfill your dream. We look forward to getting in touch with you!