Design / Build

Why Should You Choose One Company To Be Your General Contractor and Design-Build Your Dream House?

Oh, So Many Reasons. But Mostly It’s About Peace of Mind...

Traditionally, when someone wants to build a new custom home or do a major home renovations, they first hire an architect to design it, and once the design is completed, gather competitive bids from several different builders. On the surface, it may seem like a good idea to the homeowner. After all, getting several companies to complete against each other means you get a better deal and save money, right? Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as that, and there are many inherent dangers and pitfalls in the traditional process that doesn’t serve the homeowner in any way.

Here’s why the Design/Build process (using one company to handle both) is far less risky, and removes many potential headaches and costly situations...

ASSURANCE OF A DESIGN THAT FITS YOUR BUDGET.

Many people wind up paying for expensive design services only to find out later that the design—however beautiful it may be—can’t be built within their budget. The architect may have gotten overly creative, pushing the design beyond the allowable budget… or he may simply not have a clear idea of the actual costs of building the design.

Quite frankly, most don’t.

This can result in a huge waste of time and money, not to mention the disappointment and frustration that goes along with it. At Praxis Home Builders, we establish your budget from day one, and work with our architect to ensure each design fits within your budget. His design expertise combined with over 20 years of building experience means we have a clear, accurate understanding of building costs, so you are presented only with design options that can be built within YOUR budget.

ASSURANCE OF A DESIGN THAT CAN ACTUALLY BE BUILT.

Unfortunately, not all architects are competent professionals. It is surprisingly common to see incomplete or inconsistent designs, or designs full of errors. This can complicate the bid process, not to mention the construction. Many companies will not catch these problems during the bid process (after all, they are doing “free” work and may not look too closely at the designs). That means their bid winds up being inaccurate, and must be revised in the middle of the job, causing confusion and anger for the client, and blame between the architect and builder.

Why not work with ONE team who is responsible for both design and building? That way, you are assured that no arguments, conflicts, or finger-pointing arises between the architect and builder.

At Praxis Home Builders, we work closely with a very competent, talented, and award-winning architect to design a house that can actually be built—within the price you want to spend.

ASSURANCE OF HAVING ONE POINT OF CONTACT IN CHARGE OF THE ENTIRE PROJECT.

In the Design/Build approach, you have ONE point of contact—ONE person—responsible for the entire job. As we touched on above, using a separate designer and builder can result in possible problems or conflicts between the two parties, with neither one wanting to assume responsibility. That leaves you having to deal with the headache. By choosing one company for design and construction, you have one entity assuming responsibility for the entire project, so you’re not stuck wondering who to blame if a problem comes up. Another benefit of having one point of contact take care of everything is that you can decide exactly how much you want to spend on the entire project before even getting started.

At Praxis Home Builders, your established budget becomes a guaranteed quote. You won’t pay a penny more than this amount, as long as the original parameters don’t change. (Change orders are certainly accepted, and you will be informed before signing a change order exactly how it affects the price and timeline.) This means you’re always in control of exactly how much you spend.

ASSURANCE OF MAKING THE MOST OF THE MONEY YOU INVEST.

The Design/Build process almost always winds up being less expensive than the traditional method of gathering bids.

Why? Well, for all the reasons we mentioned above. If there is a problem with the drawings, it means change-orders are necessary, and it adds to the cost. It creates potential conflict and blame between the architect and builder, delaying the project, which has costs of its own.

The Design/Build approach means you can rest assured that your money is going further, and more of your money is being invested into your house, rather than in costly mistakes, delays, disputes, and other potential pitfalls of the traditional approach. With Praxis Home Builders, you are investing in a team that works like a well-oiled machine. Whatever problems or issues that may come up will almost always be handled without you ever even having to know about them.

ASSURANCE OF HAVING YOUR PROJECT COMPLETED SOONER.

Having the same company design and build means your project gets going that much faster.

  • It eliminates the time-consuming, and often confusing, process of gathering bids.
  • It cuts the need for back and forth between the designer and the builder.
  • And because one party is responsible for the entire project, there are no delays due to disagreements, misunderstandings, or disputes between the designer and builder.

In short, the whole process is that much smoother, allowing everything to proceed at a faster pace. In fact, an independent study has shown that on average, Design/Build services with the same company results in projects being delivered 33.5% faster, while actual construction proceeds 12% faster, versus using separate entities for design and build. That means you can move into your dream house that much sooner!

ASSURANCE OF HAVING A BETTER-BUILT HOUSE.

Because one party is responsible for the entire project, it actually serves as motivation to produce the highest quality result possible. There is no one else to blame! At Praxis Home Builders, we are so confident in our Design/Build process, in the talent of our architect, and in the professionalism and mastery of our crew, that we guarantee our work product for a full two years—twice the industry average.

If you’d like to learn more about how the Design/Build process with Praxis Home Builders can save you time, money, and stress while delivering a higher quality dream home, contact us today for a FREE, no-obligation consultation.