Do I have to choose between the architect of the builder or an independent architect?
If you’re considering doing an extension or home improvement homeowner are thinking of employing a single-stop builder that can handle the design and construction work for a set price. In the construction industry this is known as “design and build.” It differs from the conventional approach where you select your architect or designer to complete the drawing and design first, and then obtain quotes and choose your builder. The “design and build” method gives you a cost-predictability early and one source of communication. This is attractive and may be the most suitable option for you. However, it shouldn’t an option that is taken casually. The purpose for this piece is to provide you all the data necessary to make the best choice on your particular project.
Cons and pros of “design and build’ as opposed to the traditional method
1. The traditional way of travel
(Using any independent designer, architect or architect)
What’s the procedure?
You select an independent architect / design professional.
They will analyze your needs and present to you a concept design an idea of what they can do.
Once they have reached an agreement, they can are then required to submit plans (if necessary).
They then draw up plans and specifications for the construction.
This set of documents will be put together and then given to the builder you select to obtain their quotes and timescales.
If the builder’s estimate is satisfactory, you’ll be able to sign a contract and the building work can begin.
The advantages of the traditional approach Quality of design and the ability to adapt
1. Design / architect of choice
Instead of being assigned your builder’s design team You are free to choose the best designer for your individual needs, style and budget. A professional with experience can provide the perfect style for your project within a budget that you are at ease with. They’ll help you decide where to invest and where you can save to ensure that you get a house you are happy with.
2. Your designer or architect is working for you, not for your builder.
The designer in the building company will be seeking ways to cut costs for the builder. However, this might not produce the most effective design possible for your requirements. A professional architect is not bound by any other motive other than creating the most effective design you want, within the budget you have set.
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3. The process of changing your mind doesn’t have to be so expensive as when you design and build
At the point that your builder is involved the process, you’ve completed a thorough design process . At the point of completion, you’ll be content with your designs to ensure that you receive an accurate estimate of your contractor. But, it’s fairly easy to make adjustments after this point because your builder will let know the costs when you make changes.
(where the builder or loft company has an in-house associated design specialist)
It is recommended to approach design and construction firms at the start in your plan.
After the initial meetings(s) They offer a lump sum estimate of the whole project that includes the designer’s fee and then you agree to a contract.
The design process begins with the designer.
After a meeting, they will are then required to submit plans (if necessary).
The design process continues, sometimes interspersed with the construction.
Advantages of design and building Simple, quick and cost-effective
1. It’s quick
This is the primary benefit having one stop shop to design and construct your extension. Loft companies, for instance are able to complete each project in a short amount of time. You shouldn’t be expecting any prizes for their creativity They know what is working and how to create efficiently and in the most cost-effective and time-efficient method.
2. One point of contact
Many homeowners enjoy the ease of working with just one company. It is less likely to have confusion and miscommunication throughout the process. This alone accelerates the process and causes less stress for you.
3. You will agree to a fixed price in advance.
Cost certainty is another major benefit of designing and building method. However, note that I’m not saying that it’s more expensive in the end; more about this below.
Do you think it is cheaper to go with an engineering and design company?
There’s no clear solution to this problem unfortunately. It’s an error to believe you’re saving money on the architect’s fees. Instead the builder will include this in their quote.
The benefit of having a design and builder teaming up is that, together they will be able to determine the most cost-effective approach to building your extension. Some of the savings (hopefully) will be passed on to you via their estimate. While doing this, they may choose to build with cheaper materials that aren’t always the most efficient. This means that, while it could be more affordable, but there’s definitely a part of ‘you pay for what you spend for’.
But, since the costs are fixed early in the process of design with construction and design making changes to certain aspects of your project could be more expensive as opposed to the traditional approach.
Before you designate someone to perform the design work, you should have a checklist
If you decide to go with an architect who is independent or a design expert, or collaborate with a design and build company, it’s worthwhile to keep these considerations in your mind:
Do they have adequate insurance to cover you from a mistake in the course of their job (Professional Indemnity Insurance)?
If the drawings or specifications shouldn’t be used in construction. Instead, the design responsibility could be transferred to your builder. For instance, an architectural designer could draw preliminary sketches for the purpose of planning. The contractor would then make the design into precise drawings for construction and assume responsibility for the design under their own insurance (note the insurance should specifically cover design responsibility, which is distinct from the typical coverage for construction-related liability).
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