What is a Design-Build Architect?

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Kurt Krueger Architects specializes in the design and building of modern homes in Southern California–from concept to move-in.

Simply put, a Design-Build Architect designs your home AND builds it. Design-Build firms create home designs and then they oversee the building of that design from the first to the last nail. They provide continuity through all the steps of the design and building process–from concept to move in. Think of a Design-Build Architect as the modern version of a 19th century master builder. They were skilled craftsman in their own right, with a mastery of trades and the greatest respect of their peers, and who through vision and skill with proportion, scale, light, and space built iconic structures.

You may say to yourself, “I thought all architects were design and build.” This just isn’t the case and here are some of the further distinctions:

Among Design-Build firms there is a difference between an architect-led, design-build firm and one without an architect. Some builders will say they’re design-build, but they’re often using off-the-shelf plans or doing minimal design work to customize the home for its occupants. Using an architect-led, design-build firm means you’re utilizing all the talents and skills of a professional architect who’s been trained to evaluate your needs and has the design skills to create a truly unique home that is best suited for the people who will be living in it and the building knowledge and skill to be able to build what has been designed.

A traditional architect, one who is not Design-Build, can only do the design. They lack the understanding of how to build the project. They may design something beautiful, but the plans might not be able to be built as designed because the architect lacks the knowledge of what is required. Most architects will have some basic knowledge of construction that they’ve acquired over the years, but most don’t have the skills to oversee the actual building of the project. They rely on structural engineers and contractors to do this. They need engineers for technical trades, a builder for construction, individual tradesmen for plumbing, electrical, HVAC and so on, and an interior designer to finish the space. Who fills in the skill gaps? When you work with a traditional architect, the homeowner is often the one left bridging the gaps and trying to connect all of the trades…

At Kurt Krueger Architects we are an Architect-led, Design-Build architectural firm–we are the master builders of today. We create inspirational, modern spaces and build one-of-a-kind dream homes. We inherently understand flow and scale and light. Our signature style incorporates clean lines, open spaces, and the integration of natural building materials. We design our homes to be “California Cool.” We oversee every detail of the construction process. We are on site to troubleshoot any issues and resolve them quickly. When construction is complete, we bring dimension and sophistication to the interior space with finishing details including lighting, furniture, paint. We pride ourselves on making a home as unique as its occupants. When you first turn the key and open the door, your home feels like it was made just for you.

Kurt Krueger Architects designs sophisticated, modern homes in the Los Angeles area. We specialize in the restoration of historic homes—and the construction of new homes—in Brentwood, Bel Air, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Hollywood Hills, and Palos Verdes Estates. Learn more about Kurt Krueger Architects.