How To Choose A Design-Build Firm

The prospect of starting a residential refurbishment is all the more overwhelming if you’ve yet to select the team to help you do it. 

If you’ve decided to opt for the design-build procurement route, it’s essential to carry out thorough research to select the right design and build firm that can deliver functional and thoughtful design. 

No matter the project, you want to ensure the design-build firm you’re hiring is reputable and reliable.

This can make the difference between a seamless refurbishment and one rife with complications, so this decision process cannot be underestimated.

What Is A Design and Build Company?

As the name suggests, a design and build company is a firm that manages both the design and construction phases of a refurbishment project.   

Design and build in construction thus eliminates the need to mediate between two businesses, as the same company manages both phases.

The right design-build firm will provide all the working parts of a project, from architectural design all the way to project management. 

How To Choose A Design-Build Firm 

There are many factors you should look for when choosing a design-build firm.

These factors include:

  1. Managerial skills
  2. A clean safety record 
  3. Interpersonal skills
  4. Years of experience
  5. Numerous positive references 

1. Managerial Skills

Numerous components go into a construction project of any size. 

That said, finding a design-build firm that has excellent managerial skills is crucial to the success of your project. 

Experienced firms have managerial skills they’ve developed over several years in the industry, managing projects from start to finish. 

Failure to appoint a firm with strong managerial skills can lead to communication breakdowns and costly delays.

Considering a study that found ‘delays impacted over 85% of those in the construction industry’, you don’t want to add to this prevalent issue with an incompetent design-build firm.

Without strong managerial skills, then, a wealth of other issues are more likely to occur. 

A design-build firm
The right design-build firm will provide all the working parts of a project, from architectural design all the way to project management. 

2. A Clean Safety Record

You will also need to look for a clean safety record when choosing a design-build firm. 

To determine a design-build firm’s safety record, it’s possible to request its Experience Modification Rate. 

This number is a universal measure of a builder’s safety standards used by insurance companies and is based on a company’s historical cost of injuries and future risk chances.

If their score is below 1.0, they’re considered a safety-conscious company. 

A clean safety record will help to ensure the design and build company that you choose is well-versed in safety standards, thus minimising the risk of having them on-site.

If you’re curious about how to choose a contractor for your project, read our blog here.

3. Interpersonal Skills

Another factor you’ll need to look for in a design-build firm is interpersonal skills. 

Communication plays an essential role in the construction industry and interpersonal skills are crucial to help foster good working relationships.

The right design and build firm will be able to communicate effectively on-site with team members and off-site to keep you in the loop as their client. 

An excellent design-build firm will keep in close contact and communicate with you to ensure the design and overall refurbishment exceed your expectations.

An open line of communication will allow you to collaborate with your chosen firm and will ensure that they can successfully manage your project to completion.

 

How to choose a design-build firm
The right design and build firm will be able to communicate effectively on-site with team members and off-site to keep you in the loop as their client. 

4. Years Of Experience

When choosing a design-build firm, it’s essential to look for a company with years of experience.

A reputable design-build firm will also have a diverse portfolio to back up their years of experience in the industry from basement conversions and kitchen refurbishment to full-on house-builds. 

This will also provide you with peace of mind that they can complete your project to a high standard. 

At Rose Line Premier, we have 20 years of designing and building stunning properties and a sprawling portfolio of a variety of projects we’ve completed over the years.

Get in touch with a member of our team today to see how we can assist your refurbishment project.

5. Numerous Positive References 

Lastly, you should choose a design-build firm with numerous positive references. 

References allow you to gauge a business’s reputation and whether other customers vouch for them and their service.

If the firm in question doesn’t have any references or testimonials on their website and can’t produce any when asked, this should be taken as a red flag and you should proceed with caution.  

Verifying that a company has positive references will provide you with the assurance that they can carry out your project to a high standard and that they are a reputable company to work with.

A design-build firm working on a refurbishment
At Rose Line Premier, we have 20 years of designing and building stunning properties and a sprawling portfolio of a variety of projects we’ve completed over the years.

We hope that this article has given you a better understanding of how to choose a design-build firm. 

If you want to find out more information about our work at Rose Line Premier Construction, contact us today for any questions or queries you may have.

Written by Jemima Thomas for Rose Line Premier Construction.

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