What does “design build” mean to you as a homeowner?
The term design build means that, as a client, you will get to work with a single team of professional tradesmen, who will plan, oversee and complete your project from start to finish. This takes a lot of the hassle out of home renovation and construction projects, because designing and building companies eliminate the need for multiple contractors and multiple bids for your job.
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Working with a contracting company that both designs and builds your project will allow you to lend more creative input to the work that you are about to commission. This is not to say that any other trade professionals disallow or dissuade their clients from explaining the detailed visions that they are expected to bring to life. However, it is to say that when you work with a contracting company that designs and builds your project, you get to participate in the planning process and see your visions come to life in blueprint or computer generated graphics before the actual construction or renovation work ever even begins.
Design build contracting companies are full service construction operations that employ or subcontract tradesmen from every discipline, in order to provide customers with the full range of services that they will need in order to bring their home renovation projects to life. This means that there is no need to contact multiple contractors for:
- Building plans and blueprints
- Foundation excavation and pouring
- Demolition and debris removal
- Structural framing
- Electrical wiring and circuitry
- Plumbing and pipe re-routing
- Drywall installation and plastering
- Roofing and siding installation
- Insulation installation
- Ventilation and duct work installation
- Heating and air conditioning installation
- Door and window hanging
- Custom carpentry for baseboards, moldings and cabinetry
- Interior and exterior painting
- Countertop and appliance installations
- Design build contracting companies perform every aspect of the construction process, from start to finish.
Much of the convenience of working with a full service contractor comes in the form of communication. Working with a single team of tradesmen eliminates much of the confusion that occurs when multiple teams of contractors attempt to work together. Multiple contractors do not typically have synchronized schedules, and that means that progress can often be delayed for an indefinite period of time, if one team of independent tradesmen is unavailable to perform their portion of the project and make the site ready for the team that is supposed to follow them. Falling behind schedule is often quite costly, in terms of both money and time. And a single setback due to the unavailability of one independent contractor can trigger a series of setbacks due to the scheduling and availability of the other contractors on the job.
As a solid workforce, design build contracting companies are better able to coordinate their teams and complete their jobs more efficiently and effectively. Timelines and expectations are relevant to homeowners, who typically want nothing more than to be able to live in their new or newly renovated homes. So, if you are considering a home renovation or new construction project, look into some of the full service designing and building contractors available in your area, because communication, design participation, timeliness and work coordination all contribute to making any building project successful.
P and P General Contractors construct customized residential and commercial properties of design build in Rockville, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Annapolis, Silver Spring, Bethesda, Potomac, Germantown, Montgomery Village, Chevy Chase and Olney, Maryland as well as Washington DC.