At Oxland Builders we have been using various methods of delivering projects for several years. Recently we started using the design-build process with great success. We have found it allows for us to help shape the budget, while keeping in mind the construction process that will have to follow the design. It also allows us to be more proactive to potential issues or pre-existing conditions within an existing home we would be working on. We involve any licensed or specialty trades much earlier in the process than normal. Most importantly, it allows the project to be designed with a specific budget in mind.
More often than not, projects get designed only to discover that the cost to build is more than the client thought it would be or even worse, can afford. Most clients get attached to a project while in the design process, and it can be disappointing and frustrating to find out the cost is over the perceived budget. There are a lot of influences in the market place that drive one’s perception of the cost of any given project—such as displays at home improvement stores, a project at a friend or neighbor’s house, or any number of DIY programming on television. While these outlets may provide a sense of the cost of one specific item in one project, or perhaps the total cost of another project, many factors can drive the final cost of your project that may vary greatly from others.
The Design-build process is an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility. This minimizes the risks for the project owner and shrinks the time needed to complete a project by overlapping the design and the construction phases of a project. Across the country and around the world, the design-build method successfully delivers office buildings, schools, stadiums, transportation and water infrastructure projects with superior results.