It's a building term that a lot of remodeling and construction companies are throwing around.
In fact, it's become a rather common category in the building industry. Unfortunately, many are using it wrong. And this creates confusion for the homeowner.
A design-build contractor is not a contractor who can draw with Revit or AutoCAD as well as swing a hammer. Although many would like you to think that this is true.
Rather, a design-build contractor is one who makes sure that everything drawn on Revit or AutoCAD meets all of your needs.
In short, a true design-build contractor makes sure the project only has to be done once.
How do you know if you are speaking with a true
You will know in a matter of minutes, because we start with questions--a lot of them--and then we make suggestions.
- We figure out the root of the problem you are trying to solve.
What does this approach look like? Many people tell us they need more space in the kitchen. This seems pretty straight forward. A simple place to start would be to check to see if an addition will work.
|We added drama and light by opening up the cathedral with windows.|
We ask why. Is it because of a need for storage? Counter work space? An island where all the kids can sit at once? Would you believe that most of the time the customers who come to us looking for more space end up deciding to reorganize their existing space?
- We determine whether you want your project to "fit in" or if you want you project to be "transformational."
And we have a different design approach for each. We are not there to sell you the latest and greatest. We are there to give you budget responsible solutions to your problems.
- Large or small, transformational or subtle, we work within your budget.
- We help you prioritize your needs, wants, and wishes so that you can get what's most important to you relative to the amount of money you are willing to invest.
These clients needed to add a storage room but didn't want to lose the light from the existing window. We created a light box behind the glass and installed stained glass to create a piece of art that served as an additional light.
Let's face it. We can never have everything we want. A true design-build
contractor will be honest with you about this. We will help you decide if you will be happier with upgrading the countertops, or if the money should be spent on creating dramatic views with patio doors. Often times we help our customers find less expensive solutions than they thought possible, simply because we start at your budget, and then fit all of your dreams into it.
- We won't lie to you.
Many of our jobs are accomplished without change orders. This is because we take time in the planning phases, and we approach your budget honestly and responsibly. If you call us and say that you want those granite countertops, we won't make it happen by giving you lower quality cabinets, and then hit you later with a change order for the upgraded doors. We won't tell you we can give you everything just to win your business. We respect you and your budget more than that.
- We want you to be a lifelong customer.
Life changes. All the time. And it is likely that you will need a number of transformations to your house as life evolves. Frankly, your lifelong business is worth much more to us than the extra bit we might make by getting you to buy the expensive light fixtures that you really don't need.
We provide solutions that are
Designed for Your Life.