The Oregon Homeowners’ Guide to Design/Build Construction

What is Design/Build Remodeling, and Why Should Oregon Homeowners Care?

If you’re a homeowner that has spent any length of time researching and comparing residential remodeling contractors, chances are you’ve encountered the term “design/build” at least once already. But what does it really mean, and is it the right approach for your next remodeling project? Before we jump into the specifics, let’s start with a basic definition of the design/build process and its counterpart, the traditional design-bid-build process.

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Design/Build (DB)

The design/build process is an approach to residential or commercial construction in which the client(s) funding the project work with a single entity (a design/build construction firm) throughout each phase of their project; from concept to completion. This method is characterized by an emphasis on communication and collaboration among designers, engineers, draftsmen, architects, contractors, and carpenters that work together simultaneously and synergistically to achieve the desired finished product.

The Design-Build Institute of America was founded in 1993, but the process has been utilized for centuries before then.

Design-Bid-Build (DBB)

The design-bid-build process is the most traditional and common method across the United States’ construction industry. This method suggests that clients work with two separate entities, each contributing individually to the construction process: the designer (and their sub-consultants), and the contractor (and their sub-contractors). First, the designer is contracted by the client to deliver complete design documents, and then the client uses these documents to request bids from contractors to perform the work as shown.

Which One Is Right For My Project?

Assuming that you want to get the best value for your money, the design/build method is the clear winner. A Penn State study showed that when compared with traditional DBB projects, DB outperformed them with an average 6% reduction in change orders, 33% faster project completion, and 6% less overall cost. Read on for more detail on the advantages of DB construction.

Single-Source Accountability

Working with a single entity throughout each phase of their project allows clients to maintain clear lines of communication at every step of the process. With traditional DBB construction, the client is forced to act as an intermediary between the design side and the construction side, which often leads to unnecessary stress and miscommunication.

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Quality Control

When one firm is responsible for meeting all of the client’s needs, the risk of ambiguity in construction specifications and material selections is minimized. DB construction allows the designer, engineer, and contractor to work closely with one another, which keeps the client’s best interest front and center.

Budget Transparency

Working with a DB firm allows clients to have a much stronger understanding of the cost implications that come with each decision made during the design phase. This translates to higher levels of flexibility and confidence with budgeting and other financial considerations during each phase of your project.

Improved Foresight

When working separately, discrepancies between designers, engineers, and contractors can quickly become very costly and inconvenient. DB construction eliminates this risk from the beginning since potential problems can be easily identified and solved before the project starts.

Why Work With Us?

At Straight Line Design and Remodeling, we are firm believers in the cost and time-saving efficiency of DB construction. We have provided design/build construction and home remodeling to the Portland, Oregon area since 2010, and we take pride in offering our clients the highest value for every budget and every project.

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