Construction glossary term


Design-build is a process whereby a single entity, such as an architect, builder, or contractor, is responsible for both the design and the construction of a project. It differs from the traditional model where a designer and builder are hired separately. Design-build could also involve multiple entities working together to complete both tasks.

The advantages to this method of construction include:

• Cost savings due to streamlined communication between teams
• Less risk for budget overruns due to having one point of contact for coordination
• Faster timeline due to simultaneous design and construction processes
• Greater efficiency due to shared resources such as materials and labor

By utilizing a design-build approach in residential construction, homeowners can benefit from more accurate budgets since there is less room for discrepancies between estimates from design services and contractors. Homeowners can also rest assured that the final product will meet their specifications since designers have the opportunity to consider constructability during the initial phase of design. This allows for better optimization of materials and labor costs during construction. Furthermore, a smoother schedule can be achieved because each phase of work is tailored towards completion at different stages with limited overlap or delays.

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