What Is Design-Build?
The Design-Build construction delivery method is the fastest growing and most efficient method used to deliver construction projects in North America. Design-Build methods provide owners with a single point of contact for both the design and construction phases of a project. One single entity, also referred to as the Design-Builder, holds sole responsibility for and manages every aspect of a build — from estimation, assessments and contractual agreements to architecture, engineering, construction and post-construction check-ins.
Not sure where to start with the process of designing or building your dream home? Let us walk you through our 6-Step design-to-build process!
Step One: The BBH Team likes to schedule a quick meeting with potential new clients to discuss things like budget, designs and expectations. Once we're all on the same page, then the early stages of the project can begin.
Step Two: Typically requires a visit to the project site, where further discussions regarding expectations, overall concepts of the project, and a broad scope of work are conducted.
Step Three: We provide a preliminary “high-level” budget for your project. Assuming this budget meets expectations, we then conduct a "Concept Plan" for your review. After going back and forth on adjustments to the concept, we are able to use the plan to provide a preliminary estimate for the costs of your project.
Step Four: With approval on the preliminary estimate, the next step is to create a more detailed estimate for the project containing more comprehensive specifications.
Step Five: This is usually the hardest part of the process, where most of the difficult decisions take place. With the more detailed estimate in hand, together we make modifications to the plans to align your budget with the finished product. While juggling the budget, plans and specifications, we often work to get some of the red tape out of the way for your project, including:
- Applying for a Scope with electrical company to identify any costs associated with connecting your home to the power grid.
- Apply for a driveway permit.
- For rural lots, test pits are dug and applications for onsite sewer systems are filed.
- Once Sewer and Driveway permits are approved, we can apply for a footing permit. Your permit typically is good for one year to begin construction and doesn't expire once construction has begun.
Step Six: Once the specifications, budget and plans are all handled sufficiently, we then look to add the legal contract to tie them all together. Among other things the legal contract covers payment structure, financing confirmation, start and finish time, and warranty.
Following this six-step process, the only task that remains is the building of the actual structure. As many people know this process can add a lot of stress and confusion to your life, but here at BBH + Allen’s we pride ourselves on our ability to relieve our customers of any added difficulties. We promise that you’ll be living happily in your new dream home in no time!
All cost associated with the preparation and administrative work noted above is calculated into the estimates provided throughout our process. We understand that it’s difficult to commit to a project without knowing all the details or costs, and so if at any point prior to signing the legal contract you decide not to continue with the project, you will only be invoiced for the incurred costs and time to that point. At no point in the process are you under any obligation to build or finish the process, and so we only invoice you for this work if you choose not to proceed, or to go in another direction.
Typically these costs range from $2, 500.00 – $3, 500.00 and include:
- Sewer Permit
- Driveway Permit
- Permit ready construction drawings
- Contract and specifications ready to sign
- All necessary building permits
*If at some point in the process, it becomes evident that the costs as presented are not going to cover the expenses being incurred, you will be notified as soon as possible.