3 Top Tips For Choosing The Right Design And Build Partner
Designing and building a house is complex, so it’s imperative you find the right design and build partner to work with. Unless you know a lot about it you are bound to feel, at some point, you are making a leap of faith. You’re entrusting your project, and perhaps one of the biggest decisions and financial commitments of your life, to other people.
You will be working with those people for somewhere between 18 and 24 months. Not only do you need confidence they can do their job, you probably want to enjoy working with them.
So how will the leap of faith become one you can make? Listed below are the three key areas we feel you should look into when choosing your design and build partner.
Have confidence in the process. Look at how different design and build partners will go about delivering your bespoke home. Does it make sense to you? Find out what their approach is to things such as project viability, design, cost control, procurement routes, value engineering, contract preparation and contract administration.
Look at the skills and expertise of the team you’ll be working with. Are they qualified to do the job? For example, there’s a big difference between being a qualified architect compared with an architectural designer. The ideal solution is to work with a multi-disciplinary team of fully qualified architects, and architectural technicians, that are supported by project coordinators and cost consultants who work collaboratively and efficiently all under one roof.
The clear majority of people in the construction industry spend their time working with industry professionals, designing and building commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, mass housing and so on. They spend their waking hours speaking industry language, they all understand how the processes work. They never need to consider that someone might need an explanation in a language they can understand. Choose a design and build partner who selects their staff for their passion for working with clients and helping them to realise their dreams, who take time to really understand what you want and need from your project. Staff that specialise in guiding and advising clients throughout the process, in the full knowledge that for many this is a once in a lifetime experience, and one that should be enjoyed.
“From being nervous about the project, we now feel confident and are enjoying the process. We are looking forward to when it’s complete, inviting you to come and experience what you have helped create for us.” Mr Hammond, North West.
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