The Building Process is Broken

Ever been a part of a terrible building project? As a builder, developer or homeowner, I’m sure you have a sour taste in your mouth from a ‘certain’ past project. You know the one I’m talking about. The project that dragged on for months. And what you saw in the plans is definitely not what’s built in the field.

The traditional design-bid-build way of building is the VHS player in a Netflix world. When a project starts with an architect, ends with a builder, and when those two barely have a conversation, you’re bound to end up unhappy and wanting a do over.

The chicken or the egg? No matter what side you favor, it’s time to realize that #bothsidesmatter. They both play a key part in the overall building process. So why keep them separate? Why hire an architect before a builder? Why hire a builder prior to finding an architect? This is the team that’s about to build one of your biggest financial assets. Put the team together at the start.

Make sure they have chemistry and can work well together. MJ wouldn’t have been near as amazing without Scotty Pippen. And Steve Jobs wouldn’t have been anything without Steve Wozniak. The designer and builder need each other to create a fantastic product.

Hello, meet my new friend Design-Build. This is a new(ish) process to the building industry. The design-build project delivery style simply means that the designer and builder form a team and work on a project together from beginning to end. No longer is the architect pointing fingers at the contractor because they are all on the same team working for you. If one fails, the other fails.

A streamlined process and a better product. No joke. When design-build is used, the building process takes less time and the finished product is much higher quality. The reason being is that from the beginning the builder is in the room with the architect hearing out ideas and giving input. The architect also can tailor construction drawings more to the builder’s style. Some builders need a lot of details. Others don’t. But the important thing is that both sides understand each other’s needs before a shovel hits the ground.

When you’re gearing up for your next project, think about how you’d like to execute it before hiring anyone.