What is a Design-Build Architect?
Simply put, a Design-Build Architect designs your home and then builds it. Design-Build firms oversee the entire process from concept to completion. They make sure that their clients dreams are materialized not just on the paper drawings, but with every nail, beam, post, and wall, during the construction period. They carefully consider every finishing detail to make the home perfect for its new owner on the day the client moves in. The continuity of their oversight is invaluable and is key to achieving the dream of a luxury home. True luxury is a custom home with unique details, craftsmanship, and character unlike anything else you’ve ever seen. Imagine a home built just for you with stunning, high-style details and the quality that only master craftsmen can contribute. You need a professional who can execute and build, not just with design skills.
Architect-led, Design-Build Firms Versus the Other Guys
You may say to yourself, “I thought all architects were design and build.” This connection is a natural assumption, but unfortunately it’s not the common case. Most architects have little to do with the construction part of the project. Here are some important distinctions to be aware of:
- Firms that are led by an architect, like Kurt Krueger Architects
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. Architect-Builders also have the building knowledge and skill to be able to build what has been designed. They are the modern version of a master builder–they are skilled craftsman in their own right; they have a mastery of trades; and they have the greatest respect of their peers. With their vision and skill with proportion, scale, light, and space, they build enduring structures.
- Firms that are led by a contractor
These types of firms may only have designers on staff, not architects. 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.
- A stand-alone Architect
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, contractors, and an interior designer. 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.
The Benefits of Working with am Architect-led, Design-Build Firm
The benefits of working with an Architect-Builder who handles both design and construction have never been clearer.
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