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Design-Build VS basic Remodeling contractor

Which Is Better  for Homeowners?

It can be difficult to trust someone with your home and your hard-earned money, especially when you've heard horror stories of contractors who don't deliver on their promises. Frustration is a natural reaction when a contractor doesn't communicate well or takes longer than expected to complete a job.

In the United States, 79% of homeowners outlined that having little risks is the main reason why they tend to pick and engage with a Design-Build business.

What Is The Design-Build Model?

The design-build model is a project delivery method in the construction industry that involves a single entity being responsible for both the design and construction of a project.

In this model, the owner or client contracts with a design-build firm, which is typically a team of architects, engineers, and contractors who work together to provide a comprehensive solution for the project. The design-build firm is responsible for managing the entire project from start to finish, including the design, construction, and any necessary permitting and approvals.

At Phoenix Home Remodeling, we believe in the power of the design-build model because it puts you in control of the entire process. Evading potential conflicts while ensuring that the project meets your requirements and expectations.

Since the design-build team is responsible for both the design and construction phases, we can work together to optimize the design for construction and ensure that the project stays on schedule and within budget. 

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Benefits of the Design-Build remodel process

The biggest difference between you going through contractor nightmares or having a good experience, depends on if you choose a design-build remodeling company versus a general contractor.

Luckily there are plenty of design-build remodeling companies in Phoenix to choose from.

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Minimize Homeowner Risk

It is extremely risky being locked into a construction agreement with a regular remodel contractor without knowing what design items you will go with, how much those design items cost, how much the total remodel will cost, how the remodel will look, and not having it all planned out. 

We plan out everything in advance which allows us you to know what items will be used, what it will look like, how much it will cost, and then you decide if you want to sign the construction agreement.

Accurate & Controlled Budget

A basic general contractor spending 1 hour at your home and then giving you a correct price in unrealistic and irresponsible on their part.

The Feasibility, Planning, & Design phase ensures everything is planned and helps with having a more controlled budget before getting to the construction phase.

Communication & Transparency

As a design-build firm, you work with an integrated team of design and production staff who all adhere to our renown customer service standards.

Specific design & construction details are being developed throughout the entire process and the focus stays on owner “value”.

The communication benefits of working with a design professional and a construction expert at the same time ensures that potential problems are discovered before the project starts.

This creates transparency a general contractor cannot provide.

Lower Cost

The homeowner saves money by eliminating redesign fees and receiving valuable cost-saving advice during the design, planning, and construction process.

Potential cost savings due to a more practical approach to design since the design-build company is more likely to design with an eye toward construction costs versus a general contractor.

Faster Project Completion

Design-build remodel companies get your project done faster since almost everything is planned out in advanced.

One of the reasons is the planning and design phase handles all those decisions that would normally happen after the regular contractor already demoed your space.  So by planning the majority of the remodeling in advance there are fewer changes that can cause project delays.

That means we are in your house for less time - weeks sometimes even months compared to some general contractors.

Detailed Scope Of Work And Pricing

At the end of the feasibility, planning, and design phase, we produce a detailed written description of all work to be performed during your project, presented to you in the form of a proposal with a lump sum price.

Attention to every detail during the estimating process ensures that we will deliver your project without numerous “surprises” and unwanted additional change work orders.

The design build method helps to remove ambiguity that may arise in material and construction specifications. Since the designer and contractor are from the same firm, the focus remains on protecting the homeowner's interest.

Accountability & Continuity

A design build company manages a project from beginning to end; from the initial planning stages to post-construction cleanup.

Because of this, design-build contractors are able to work more efficiently, and the opportunity for things to be lost in translation is greatly reduced.

There are far fewer “places to hide” during the construction process because everyone is on the same page.

The smoother workflow and closer connection creates a more positive and supportive working environment.

Single-Source Management / Team Work

Single point of responsibility, so there is no finger pointing.

The design-build process eliminates the need for the homeowner to act as a referee between the general contractor and the designer/architect/subcontractors. If something is wrong or missing, there is a team approach already in place ready to resolve the challenge.

This makes a significant difference in the team's ability to work together seamlessly with better understanding of what the homeowner wants to achieve.

Most importantly, you only need to contact one person to understand what's going on at any given moment with your house, rather than calling back and forth between 3 to 8 different companies to find out who has the "ball" right now.

Experienced Guide With Specialized Expertise

We have all heard the stories of construction getting out of hand and messy. However, design and construction should not be so stressful or chaotic.

The design-build contractor acts as a trusted advisor to homeowners throughout the construction process, guiding the way to the best possible outcome.

Homeowners can't be expected to understand all the intricacies and challenges with construction and the remodel process.  

The Design Build model is setup to walk the homeowner through all steps and the backbone of the process is the planning phase. This is a big difference in Design Build VS General Contractor.

Higher Quality

With design-build, singular responsibility drives quality and performance in every stage of the process.

During the design phase, we are highly motivated to generate designs that are accurate & error-free.

This motivation continues throughout the construction process, since we alone are accountable for the quality of the final product.

Project Management

Having a project coordinator saves you time from managing contractors, subcontractors, designers, architects, structural engineers, inspectors, etc.

If you go that route you have to collect all of their initial paperwork like general liability insurance, license, bond, workers comp, and all the other things you need to evaluate them properly.  Then you to get bids and evaluate which ones will do a good job.  After that, you have to watch over them to ensure they are completing the construction properly.

Design-Build takes all of that is off of the homeowner so they don't have to be chasing people all day long for several weeks if not months.

The design-build firm and the homeowner work together as a team to create a relationship that would be impossible with each working in isolation.

All of the planning, design, demo, construction, clean up, project management, and other items are “under one roof”.

Better Process To Reduce Homeowner Stress

Construction is stressful no matter how good a contractor's process may be.

If a contractor doesn't have a process or a mediocre one, the homeowner will greatly suffer.

If a homeowner works with a Design-Build remodeling company, they know that this company wouldn't be this business model without a process in place.  It may not be a perfect process depending on the company, but it ensures they have some processes setup versus some general contractors.    

The Design-Build model ensures there is a process in place from the first initial phone consultation, until after the project is completed.

This provides a smoother process that homeowners love being a part of.

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When it comes to design build companies, you'll find that they do a better job of picking out good materials that don't break the bank.

Design-build contractors usually have an in-house designer that helps you pick out all of your design selection items.

This ensures that they are good quality, work well functionally, look nice, and go with the rest of the design style of the space.

We recommend only considering a deign-build company compared to a general contractor.

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General Contractors near me

Hiring a general contractor near you is a step in the right direction but it is riskier compared to a design build firm.

It helps if the contractor is not too far from you. When the contractor is located nearby, arranging meetings, communicating, and visiting the construction site is more convenient, saving time and travel expenses.

Another significant benefit is the local knowledge that a nearby contractor can provide. A general contractor with experience working in your area will know the local building codes, regulations, and requirements.

This is especially important when working on time-sensitive projects that require quick action and responses.

When working with a local contractor, you can have face-to-face meetings, which can help ensure clear and effective communication.

This can prevent misunderstandings and mistakes that arise from unclear or inadequate communication channels.

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Schedule Your Phone Consultation

By scheduling the phone consultation, it ensures everyone gets a call back at an exact time that works for both parties.

Our Admin Manager will review your remodel needs, provide advice, answer your questions, and give a price estimate. If it's a good fit at the end of the call, we schedule the in-home evaluation, and then provide a written proposal.

What Is The Typical Timeline For A Design Build Project?

The timeline for a design build project can vary depending on the size and complexity of the project, as well as other factors such as permitting requirements and client needs. However, a typical timeline for a design build project can be broken down into several stages:

  1.  Pre-design phase: This phase involves initial discussions between the client and the consultant to determine the project's scope, budget, and timeline.
  2. Design phase: During this phase, the design build team will work with the client to develop design concepts and plans. The team will also provide cost estimates and make any necessary adjustments to the design based on the client's feedback.
  3. Finalized Pricing: Once the design phase has completed, our construction team visits your home again to review the project in detail to finalize the pricing.  We then send you the new proposal and you get to decide if you want to move forward with the construction stage.
  4. Construction phase: Once all permits and approvals are in place, construction can begin. The timeline for this phase will depend on the size and complexity of the project but can typically take several months to a year or more.
  5. Project closeout: Once construction is complete, the design build team will conduct final inspections and address any outstanding issues. The client will then take possession of the completed project.

Areas we Provide Contractor Services

Phoenix Home Remodeling is a professional and reliable remodeling company that is dedicated to providing top-notch services to clients in the Arizona cities of Ahwatukee, South Phoenix, Laveen, Sun Lakes, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, and Gilbert

Our team of skilled professionals have many years of experience in the home remodeling industry, and we are committed to delivering high-quality workmanship on every project.

Feel free to schedule a phone consultation from the website or call us at 602-492-8205.


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To find a reliable contractor that uses the design-build approach, thorough research is essential. 

Start by asking for recommendations from people you trust and examining online reviews and ratings to gauge customer satisfaction. It's also crucial to ensure that potential contractors have experience in the type of work you need and to ask about their past projects to assess the quality of their work.

When meeting with potential contractors, ask about their process, team members, and subcontractors. Ensure they are willing to work collaboratively with all parties involved in the project and prioritize cost savings while delivering quality results on time. 

Request proof of insurance coverage and safety certifications to protect everyone involved in any unforeseen circumstances.

Before signing any contracts, ensure that all details are clearly outlined, including a budget, timelines, payment schedules, and contingencies for changes or cancellations during construction.

By conducting thorough due diligence, you can select a reputable general contractor that uses design-build, ensuring the success of your project from start to finish.

By using Phoenix Home Remodeling for our contractor services, you'll be in the best hands possible.

Lets chat about your remodeling project. Simply use the button below to schedule your call today!

Thoughts on Design Build

Here is a question to consider...

If we don’t design it, how can we price it? 

If your space isn't designed up front, how could you possibly get a correct price from the remodel?  If that part of the planning isn't done, think of all the issues that will come up as the project starts.

"How much can a 30-60 min visit at your home do to get all of your needs, ensure everything is functionally planned, and priced correctly? "

Licensed contractor services

We are licensed, bonded, and insured.  ROC#313636.

Our skilled professionals are here to assist you at every step. We use only the highest quality materials and employ the latest techniques to ensure that your project is completed to the highest standards of craftsmanship and design. 

We offer a wide range of remodeling services, including:

  • Kitchen Remodeling Services
  • Bathroom Remodeling Services
  • Shower Remodeling Services
  • Laundry Remodeling Services
  • Home Remodeling Services
  • Entertainment Wall Remodel Services
  • Home Office Remodel Services

We aim to make the remodeling process as stress-free and enjoyable as possible for our clients. From the initial consultation to the final walk-through, we work closely with you to understand your vision and bring it to life.

We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, communication, and commitment to customer satisfaction.

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Our Consultation Manager will review your remodel needs, provide advice, answer your questions, and give a price estimate. If it's a good fit at the end of the call, we schedule the in-home evaluation, and provide a written proposal.

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