Many residential construction companies perform work with clients utilizing an approach known as design-bid-build. This is where the client works separately with their designer or architect to complete their design and then begins requesting bids from builders or contractors to construct the design. The problem with this approach is that there can be unforeseen elements that occur during the bid process (such as exceeding the budget due to overdesign, unknown costs, or unattainable schedules). If this occurs, the entire process needs to move back to the design phase, delaying the project and extending the preconstruction process. In a design/build approach, the architect, designer, and builder work together throughout the design, providing accurate pricing throughout the design, and value engineering any necessary parts to make sure they align with your budget and timeline. Click (here) to read our article on the benefits of the design-build process.