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Should I Hire an Architect For My Home Renovation When a Contractor Offers Design Build Services?

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In today’s market, many general contractors have decided that they can do the design work as well. Before you know it you are hiring someone to design your home who is only marginally qualified; you are paying enough for the service as if you had hired a bona fide architect; and, the design for the project usually ends up in the simplest form. When you inquire about more complex designs they and are likely to give you reasons why these designs can’t be done.

Hiring an architect to custom design your home renovation, and putting the plans and specifications out to bid, can cost you more than you are prepared to spend. Usually the bids come in way over budget because the costs are much higher than the architect anticipated. In turn, the architect ends up reducing the scope of the project. Also, since most architects are not builders – they can conceptually draw the plans, but it takes a quality builder to see the architect’s plans and know if the concepts can be transformed into practical, effective solutions without costly alterations during the project. What works on paper doesn’t always convert smoothly to the building process.

Before hiring the architect, it is usually best to retain a builder along with your architect to budget and estimate throughout the design process. On the other hand, if the architect and builder are not on the same page the joint venture can cause confusion, a loss of the client’s vision, and unclear communications, all areas which lead to significant disappointment during the process of a remodel or addition. It is best to choose an architect and builder that have worked well together in the past and can give you a partnering method.

When done right, remodeling design is thoughtful and complex. Quality remodeling contractors know how to reconfigure rooms to fit in your existing home by utilizing the space to its maximum potential. Choosing a design-build firm that has experts and licensed professionals working on both the architecture and construction portions of the project usually delivers a project on budget. The design-build process is completed faster, less expensive than an architect bid-build project and tops in quality measurements.

Titus Built has been remodeling homes for over 15 years. We are design-build remodeling experts. Our experienced staff and trade contractors specialize in residential remodeling by communicating clearly, keeping your home clean and livable while we are working, protecting your property, and paying special attention to the safety of your children and pets. Our integrated service provides a proven, systematic and efficient process from start to finish.

Next time you remodel choose a design-build firm, you gain the advantage of working with just one source for your remodeling project.