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What is a Design-Build Firm vs. a General Contractor?

A design-build firm is a local remodeling company that specializes in a method of project delivery that works under a single contract with the homeowner to provide design and construction services. At DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen, we specialize in this method of project delivery because we find that it simplifies the remodeling process for our homeowners. This on time project delivery system provides our local homeowners a unified workflow with their designer and production team from concept through completion. The design-build project delivery system simplifies the communication and provides homeowners piece of mind with one main point of contact.

What is a Design-Build Firm vs. a General Contractor?

<p>An alternative cost-saving option is you, yourself acting as the general contractor for your own<br>remodeling project, you may save some costs, but you’re required to commit more time and communication between the designer, the contractor, the subcontractor, and oftentimes the shopping for materials. If you’re responsible for material selections and shopping, you are also responsible to oversee the ordering and delivery of your materials. If there are any defects, missing items, short-ordered quantities, etc. it is also your responsibility to contact the vendors to order more. With this option, you will also be responsible for managing multiple contracts with trades and vendors.</p>

What is a Design-Build Firm vs. a General Contractor?

<p>Another alternative project delivery option would be to hire a general contractor to<br>oversee the project. A general contractor will most often hire out subcontracted trades such as: designers, carpenters, plumbers, tile setters, electricians, and flooring installers. With this method of project delivery, there are frequent delays with the project as one trade is waiting on another. When<br>there are unforeseen circumstances that require schedule changes or create cost overruns it oftentimes creates an adversarial relationship between the designer and the contractor leaving the homeowner stuck in the middle. This project delivery method often leads to homeowner frustrations and a lack of efficiency.<br></p>

What is a Design-Build Firm vs. a General Contractor?

<p>As a design-build firm, our team works seamlessly together so that the homeowner does not get caught in the middle of any communication breakdowns. We control the process from start to finish creating the space you’ve always dreamed of! We take care of the communication internally, managing the materials and installation so that you don’t need to worry! We create the most harmonious relationship possible for your remodeling project. Our process starts with an initial design consultation, a home visit, a concept review meeting, contract signing, and finally – installation!<br></p><p>We provide kitchen remodeling, bath remodeling, basement remodeling, and all other interior remodeling services to Ann Arbor, MI, South Lyon, MI and surrounding areas. </p>

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