So, you’ve decided to remodel your home and for obvious reasons you want it done quickly. After all, the less time a remodel takes the less money you spend on workers, and the sooner you can get started enjoying the innumerable benefits of a stunning new remodel. As you begin to research contractors, you may be wondering if it is faster to hire a separate designer or work with design-build contractors—moreover, what do each of these roles offer their clients?
At Jates Remodeling and Construction, we specialize in residential remodeling and construction with more than 30 years of experience. Our contractors are certified design-build contractors in Chicago and are dedicated to the satisfaction of their clients. If you’re ready for both design and build services in Chicago but unsure of a design-build contractor, below is our helpful guide on how to decide which path to take.
What does a design-build contractor do?
A design-build contractor is responsible for both designing and constructing your project from start to finish. The presence of a design-build contractor actually eliminates the need for a separate designer to design the plans for a space before giving it to the contractor to execute. Essentially, a design-build contractor is a one-stop shop for all things remodeling. Design-build contractors have just as much training and knowledge of design as dedicated designers, they just simply go the extra mile to actually execute their designs.
Design-build contractors’ ability to actually carry out the plans they dream up actually serves to make them better designers—as they not only know how to design but they exactly how designs will be implemented. This knowledge can save you loads of time and money down the road as they will never come out of plans that exceed the physical possibilities of your space. Given this info, you may be wondering why anyone would hire a separate designer or math still want more info on hiring a design-build contractor, let’s get into that.
Hiring a separate designer
When considering hiring a separate designer, the first thing that comes to mind is the cost. It can be expensive to hire an independent designer, as they usually charge by the hour or take a percentage of the total project cost. However, if budget isn’t an issue for you, there are several benefits to this approach.
One of the most appealing advantages of working with an independent designer is that you will have access to their full range of services. From helping select materials and finishes for your space, to creating custom millwork designs and furniture pieces for your home — their services are comprehensive and tailored specifically for each client’s needs and wants. Also, since they are not affiliated with any specific contractor or builder, they can provide unbiased recommendations on who might be best suited for your project.
Working with Design-Build Contractors
On the other hand, if budget is an important factor when selecting who will help you remodel your home, then working with design-build contractors might be the better option. Companies like Jates Remodeling and Construction offer both design and build services under one roof; meaning that you won’t have to coordinate between two parties throughout the entire process.
This also means that we can provide more accurate estimates because our designers understand how certain elements affect costs during construction—something that an independent designer wouldn’t necessarily know since they don’t have direct knowledge about what goes into building specific components of a project from start to finish. In addition, our team has decades of experience in both design and construction which helps us complete projects quickly and efficiently without sacrificing quality or functionality along the way!
When deciding between hiring a separate designer or working with design-build contractors like Jates Remodeling and Construction for your residential remodel project there are many factors to consider including budget, timeline expectations, and desired outcome from the completed project. Ultimately though it comes down to what path makes sense for you individually—whether it's fast-track completion times or personalized attention throughout every aspect of your project—there is no one size fits all answer. Contact us today, so we can discuss which option would make sense for you. We look forward to hearing from you soon!