Hammersmith Building Process: Design-Build
When possible, we prefer to work as a design-build contractor. This process teams up the architect, the engineers, and the contractor from the beginning and allows us all as a group to immediately design a project that coincides with the owner’s budget and expectations.
Design-build involves beginning with the end in mind to discover the owners’ needs, desires, and budget, then planning accordingly. The collaborative time spent during this process results in many project efficiencies without compromising the integrity of the final product. The process also gives the owners and the design-build team the opportunity to provide input throughout the creative process.
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS… AND ALSO THE
BEAUTIFUL GRANITE COUNTER TOPS.
As part of this input, one of our goals is to play devil’s advocate. Sometimes great aesthetic ideas will make their way into the plan but are inefficient or expensive to implement. We never want to stifle creativity, but rather offer alternatives for a more effective solution to reduce costs or potential problems down the line. Building material X might look great, but if we know it will need to be replaced after five years, why not use the similar, more durable material Y instead?
Yet just because we prefer to work using design-build doesn’t mean we won’t take an architect’s plans and complete a project in a traditional manner. We are happy to do that as well.
Got a custom home or large-scale remodeling project in mind? Give us a call. We’d love to talk to you about it.