If you have ever seen a building project to the end, you know it can get messy and frustrating really fast. Trying to play referee between architects and contractors, staying in budget, and managing delivery times require serious commitment and effort. It is even worse if you, as the project owner, have to split your time between the project and other undertakings like your job or running your business. This is why design-build is popular among homeowners these days. This is a single point-responsibility approach to construction where either an architect or contractor is given control over the project.
Let us zero in on architect-led design build and examine why new homeowners are crazy about it.
What Is An Architect-Led Designer Build?
As the term sounds, this approach is where an architect is responsible for the means of construction, safety procedures, techniques, and the well-being of everyone handling the project. They are in charge of the total cost of the project (both the design and construction phases), timings for substantial and final completion, all project delay costs if applicable, all safety procedures, costs of mechanics, and architect’s sub-consultants or subcontractors. In other words, the architect is the person controlling all design and construction services necessary to complete the project. To do this, the architect must obtain the contractor’s commercial general liability policies and proper licenses.
Why Architect-Led Design Build?
There are several reasons why the architect-led design build is huge in the construction industry now. Here are some of them.
- Single Point Responsibility
In traditional construction, the designer and contractor are notorious for playing the blame game when something goes wrong in the project. Often, this causes issues with honoring warranties and litigation because none wants to be responsible. In architect-led design build projects, the architect has full responsibility for the project’s outcome. This means that if the plan fails to develop the required number of kilowatt-hours, the architect bears the blame even if the parties don’t know what caused the failure in the first place.
- Shorter Time Of Delivery
The second reason homeowners fancy the design build strategy is because it guarantees a shorter duration of the project. When the same party is handling both the design and construction phases, initial construction and procurement can take place before the completion of the design phase. The last months of the design stage overlap the first months of the construction/procurement stage. The end result is time savings which translate to reduced construction costs and faster revenue.
- Minimal Claims
Single-point responsibility also ensures that there are few or no claims for extras during building projects. This is in contrast to traditional construction projects where a contractor is entitled to compensation caused by errors, ambiguities, or omissions in the specifications and plans.
- Performance Warranties
Finally, architect-led design build makes it possible to construct overall performance warranties and to tally them alongside coordinated damage causes. Traditional construction largely does not have performance warranties because the constructor may throw the blame to the designer and vice-versa in case of a failure.
Building a house is a huge undertaking. This is why homeowners prefer using a method that leaves with the least amount of worry, anxiety, and concern. The architect-led design build can do that and more.