Integrated design process


There are companies who are great in one thing, and those who are great in many things. Depending on the context, you might prefer working with one company over another.


Say, for instance, you go to John’s butcher shop because these guys sell the best meat in town, better than any supermarket. They obviously specialize in meat, more specifically raw meat and chopping them into the ‘right portions’ for people to take home to cook with. Often, you can ask them to chop the meat in a certain way, but chances are they are not equipped to cook it for you. You can take that piece of meat to your private chef (of your house) and they’ll cook it for you however you want. The problem is, the chef might then tell you that the cut of meat you have isn’t ideal for cutlet (which is what you are craving for), or the portions might be too big, or not enough. It’s not that the butcher purposely tried to make your life difficult, but it’s simply not their job to be the master chef and understand your needs.

Building a house is more or less the same, except it’s often one of the biggest investment you’ll make and there are thousands of variables involved. From structural to the interior to landscape design, finding individual firms can be a tedious task on its own, not to mention having to coordinate all that and manage a general contractor. Sure, it’s doable, but unless you are well experienced in this area of work, it’s just extremely time-consuming and you are likely to make mistakes, possibly some irreversible ones.

So here is why a design-build Process works. Since we are coming from a builder’s background, we know exactly what the builders and trades will look for in the drawing sets. This eliminates any guess work associated at the time of the build. The design team is able to anticipate the difficulties in the different features, and how the end product will turn out. The construction project manager will take part throughout the design process, point out any concerns and play the crucial role of managing the budget. Starting from a high-level budget to an increasingly more accurate estimate as the design progresses. Within the design team itself, interior, structural and landscape designers work closely together with a clear understanding of the clients’ needs and wishes. This collaboration reduces the need to redo details in designs, offering a smoother transition, thereby expediting the process while minimizing cost.