Five Advantages for using a Design-Build Company like Eastrock Landscape over the design-bid-build method.
1- Single Source Of Accountability – The design-build approach provides a single source for your entire project. The design-build method fosters teamwork as the architect / designer, engineer and contractor work together developing the project. The relationship built during the design phase helps to ensure that the stage is set for a successful construction project. However, in the classic design-bid-build method the owner must; select an architect / designer, negotiate the design fee, finalize the design without the expertise of a contractor, bid the project, determine if bids are complete, select a contractor, and then act as an intermediary.
2- Budget Management – Discussing budget parameters during the design phase helps to keep the project within a realistic budget. Communicating the cost implications of design decisions ensures that the owner plays a key role in arriving at the final project price. Once the scope of work has been finalized, the project costs are clearly defined and controlled by the design-build firm. The owner is not overwhelmed by reviewing several detailed contracts trying to compare pricing or looking for incomplete bid information.
3- Enhanced Communication / Efficiency – Specific design and construction details are being developed throughout the entire process and the focus stays on owner “value”. The communication benefits of working with a construction expert and design professional at the same time ensures that potential problems are discovered before the project starts. Many architect / design companies do not have the construction knowledge to recognize future installation issues that can cost the home owner additional time and money.
4- Faster Project Completion – Design build projects can be completed in a shorter amount of time because: bid time is reduced, scheduling for the project can begin before design is finalized, potential construction problems are uncovered early and enhanced communication keeps everything moving .
5- Quality Control – The design build method helps to remove ambiguity that may arise in material and construction specifications. Since the designer, contractor and engineer work together, the focus remains on protecting the clients interest.
Because of its inherent flexibility, design-build lends itself well to landscape projects. By combining design and construction experience onto one team, the home owner realizes the benefits of “one stop shopping” at its best.
- Details are worked out prior to construction providing the frame work for a smooth and efficient running project.
- Provides a visual tool for both the homeowner and contractor. Concerns and problem areas are thoroughly considered to determine the best course of action.
- Homeowner's receive a design that encompasses balance, interest and a thorough review of their likes and dislikes.
- The estimating process will be more accurate and decrease the possibility of missed items, inaccurate measurements and extra charges.
- It is cheaper to make changes on paper then to make changes during the construction process.
- Material orders can be made in advance assuring supplies are available when needed reducing delays.
- Designs can be done based on an hourly fee or on the overall scope of the project.
The Importance of a Landscape Design?
Having a professional design completed before you start your project provides considerable value and many benefits. Designs help reduce problems, manage budgets and provide a useful tool for both the homeowner and the contractor. An experienced design-build firm will listen to your ideas and help clarify your objectives while offering competent suggestions. A beautiful scaled rendition of your project will be presented and thoroughly reviewed creating a clear understanding of your project. You will have an increased level of confidence and knowledge knowing you received professional advice and consultation.
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