Evolution of Design Build Over the Last 10 Years
Design-build remodeling is the ideal technique to streamline the remodeling process, minimize risks and integrate both design and build contracting for better quality results. Based on the cumulative experience and knowledge gained, design-build contracting has evolved and changed over the last decade. Here we look at the growth and changes made, and how it impacts homeowners seeking design build remodeling.
With the mantra of a home remodeling process and improvement of ‘bigger is better’ no longer being true, design-build is now focusing on producing better quality with the work that is done. One aspect of this more focused approach is a cleaner and safer remodeling process. Whereas 10 years ago, the approach of remodeling may have been waste heavy, design-build contractors are now looking at more ways to minimize waste and recycle materials where possible during the home remodeling process. Extra effort is also put into removing waste and by-products from the construction site, and minimizing dust and particles for a cleaner, safer home during construction.
Advances in technology have also allowed for greater connectivity and communication between design-build contractors and clients. With purpose-built apps, construction site monitoring and online project management systems, clients can stay up to date with their contractors and the remodel process from the beginning of planning to final construction. This helps homeowners keep an eye on the schedule, photos, selections, invoices and get an inside look at the progress. Not to mention this technology facilitates smooth communication between homeowners and contractors helping to keep both parties up to date.
2D Design Becomes 3D Design
The last decade has provided an evolution in the use of technology for the planning and execution of the design-build process. Premium design-build contractors can now offer homeowners 3D design for remodels, allowing clients to get an ‘inside view’ of plans before building starts. This not only allows homeowners to create the home they want but helps to minimize errors and changes in the remodeling process.
Focus on Ecology and Sustainability
One of the most significant trends and changes in the last 10 years is the increasing importance and focus on environmental sustainability and impact in remodeling. Design-build companies are continually learning and improving ways to make home remodeling more sustainable and environmentally friendly, taking their cues from the innovations and research from ‘net zero’ or ‘positive impact’ homes. Integrating water reuse, water saving devices, energy saving appliances, solar energy and recycling processes allows both the remodeling process and the new home to be more environmentally friendly.
Design-build firms start the design process within an established probable investment range. Construction costs and design are developed at the same time which keeps the design within budget. This approach significantly reduces the risk of additional time and cost for the redesign.
This keeps the design and product selections within budget reducing the amount of design time & cost required for revisions due to cost overruns.
Less is More
With soaring property prices over the last 10 years, homeowners need solutions to do more, with less space. Design-build remodeling has answered this need with the increased implementation of designs that make efficient use of space. Incorporating hidden and ‘smart’ storage and creating designs that change and adapt to suit different needs means that every quake inch in your home gets maximum value.
The evolution of design-build remodeling over the last 10 years has produced many benefits and improvements for homes, homeowners and the remodeling process. To learn more about how a modern approach to design-build remodeling can revolutionize your home, contact your local design-build firm about creating the best contemporary design build remodel.