What Is Design/Build?
Design/Build is a term that describes the process where architects and general contractors work together to develop a project. Unlike the traditional architect/general contractor relationship, where the design is complete before the builder becomes involved, in design/build, the builder is involved early on in the process. In our office, that takes a couple of forms. Matthew is both a licensed architect and a licensed general contractor, so his designs always incorporate a builder’s and an architect’s perspective. Amy’s experience is weighted in the building end, but her degree in architecture gives her an aesthetic background. As design build firms go, FB combines the two aspects very thoroughly- our carpenters and architects are in daily communication from beginning to end.
The advantages of design/build can be seen throughout our projects.
From preliminary through final design, our intimate knowledge of construction costs allows us to provide real world estimates for our design solutions. Clients benefit by making design decisions weighed against budget concerns.
Advance design input
During the design phase of a project, we often bring our subcontractors and carpenters to the site to provide us with valuable design input, leading to a more cost effective project.
Lower architecture fees
Since we are on site daily, and have close contact with our employees and our subcontractors, we do not have to provide the same level of detail as a traditional architecture firm in order to achieve an excellent project, thereby resulting in lower fees for the client.
Faster solutions to design problems
Our small office works together quickly and efficiently to solve problems as they arise. No “missed calls’ here- we are all in the same office.
Team oriented approach
We enjoy working together collaboratively. We respect each others’ skills and input and rely on the entire team to make a project work.