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both the Architect and General Contractor to the owner. The amount of finger pointing is all but
eliminated, as they are responsible to the project. Whereas in the traditional method, the Architect
and General Contractor are not accountable to each other, resulting in the owner paying for
mishaps. In addition to the money not spent on change order expense, the design process typically
cost about 10% less then contracting each professional individually.

Plan Design & Budgeting

The actual home design process involves multiple meetings and multiple phases of design
drawings. Most design processes begin with a fresh review of the owner’s objectives and goals for
the project. You have likely already discussed these with your Design Team during the interviewing
stage, but at this point we want to outline the tasks and procedures on accomplishing these goals as
a team. As previously suggested, it is important to be prepared with your photo portfolio in hand
when engaging your Design Team and sharing your needs, your wants, all special required features
and products. Architecturally speaking, the actual home drawings usually begin with concept space
plan sketches, which are converted into a rough floor plan. The concept floor plan is used to
illustrate the interior room views of the exterior vista and site orientation on the owner’s lot. Once
approved, the next phase is converting rough sketches into preliminary drawings. These will
include front elevation, roof design, interior elevation sectional drawings, all of which provide you
with visual images and cut-through sections of your home.

We recommend to all homeowner’s, who may or may not have challenges with reading layouts and
blueprints, to request the Design Build Team to provide a 3D drawing model. It will enable the
homeowner to visualize how the home interior layout flows and experience the feel of the space
and detail of each room. This is indeed a very useful exercise in gaining confident of the direction of
the design process to achieving your design goals.

From the beginning, you should always share your home budget dollar amount expectations with
your Design Team. One of the primary benefits of using a Real Design Build process is that during
the various phases of home design, the General Contractor will be providing reasonable estimation
assurances as to whether the home design is within the budget range or not. The typical Design
Build process has 5 phases of design drawings and the corresponding 5 levels of cost estimation.
Each of the phases adds more construction documentation, which in turn provides a higher
assurance of confidence in your accurate project cost. If at any point the home design exceeds the
budget’s parameters, the incomplete design drawings can be value engineered to scale back to the
budget threshold, without causing a huge delay in the design process or unexpected major design
cost added to the project.

After your general acceptance of the preliminary drawings, and receipt of supporting construction
documents, the Architect will move forward with more detailed drawings and specifications.      


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