8-29-13 Advantages of a design/build contractor

The advantages of working with a design-build contractor can be significant.  A talented designer with extensive construction experience will build the house on paper for you several times in the process of completing the architectural drawings.  They will envision the framer getting the material to the site and cutting the studs or using a standard length.  They will envision where the HVAC and hot water heating equipment is best located and know where to put bearing walls to minimize floor deflection and squeaks. The designer should not sacrifice curb appeal for cost and ease of build without your approval, but they should be able to build value into the house.  Usually, the designer will have many years of experience working in the construction industry before taking on the design responsibility, while the experience of an architect or architect’s intern is often limited to schooling and design work.