5 Top Reasons Design-Build Firms Simplify the Process & Maximize Your Results
Remodeling your home can initially feel intimidating, daunting, and incredibly overwhelming when you look at everything that needs to be done, but it doesn’t have to be. Let go of trepidations and embrace the idea that the process can not only be pleasant, but it can be easy when you hire a design-build firm.
The Increasing Popularity of Custom Design and Multi-Generational Homes in the Bay Area
With an increasing need for affordable housing and multi-generational living options, homes that add ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units) that incorporate ADA or Aging-In-Place design modifications and Universal design are gaining popularity in the Bay Area. While keeping population density in mind, State regulations and local lawmakers are easing up on their permitting restrictions to accommodate families seeking more innovative housing solutions. Pre-pandemic, ADUs were built to offset the rising cost of living within the area, however their rising demand is now in response to the Baby Boomers’ desires to retire safely at home.
Design/Build Method Advantages
The design/build method offers homeowners many advantages for most remodeling projects.
Before design/build, homeowners typically used the design/bid process. If you wanted to remodel your home, you had to find and hire an architect to design your project and then find and hire a builder to construct it. This can be a time consuming two-step process and if things go wrong you can find yourself uncomfortably in the middle between your architect and builder.
Establishing Your Remodeling Priorities
In order to get the most out of your remodeling project, it is important that you and your remodeling firm know and understand the priority order of what is most important to you.
Questions to Ask References
Here is a list of questions you might want to consider asking a prospective remodeler’s past clients. Ask them all or select the ones you feel are most important to you.
Questions to Ask Remodelers
Here is a list of questions you might want to consider asking a prospective remodeler. Ask them all or select the ones you feel are most important to you.
Selecting the Right Remodeler
Importance of Selecting the Right Remodeler
- Not all remodelers are alike—some are highly qualified professionals, and some are not. Some are specialists and some are generalists.
- It is important that you trust and feel comfortable with them.
- You should choose a design/build remodeling firm that can reflect your sense of style.
- Remodeling your home is more than an investment. You will live in your home for some time, and selecting the right remodeler is an important part of making sure your remodeling project is done right.
Priced For Problems
Unlike when purchasing mass–produced, brand-name products, which are identical to each other regardless of the price, comparing the prices of remodeling firms is rarely the best indicator of the value you will receive.
In fact, one industry observer has said many times that “remodeling horror stories often start with a great price.” Why is that?