Don’t Skip the Design

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Don’t Skip the Design

Why a Complete Set Saves Time, Money, and Frustration

The urge to break ground, get started, and see your dream project become reality is understandable. However, when it comes to construction, rushing into bidding and building before a holistic and properly documented design is complete can backfire. Time saved on the front end is typically paid back with interest on the back end. 

While it might seem technically feasible to begin with a “light-set” of plans, this shortcut often ends up costing more time, money, and, ultimately, satisfaction in the long run. Here’s why:

Change Orders: The Costly Ripple Effect

When a contractor bids on a project, they do so based on a specific set of construction documents. These documents outline everything from materials to finishes and construction methods.  If elements are left undefined, and a client later makes changes – even seemingly minor ones, like switching from a deck-mounted to a wall-mounted faucet – it can trigger a change order. Change orders mean your contractor will charge you additional fees to cover work not accounted for in their original bid. These added costs, while frustrating, are a direct result of an incomplete design.

Construction Conflicts: Unforeseen Obstacles and Frustrating Compromises

Quality design and construction often announces itself through thoughtful alignments and relationships between spaces and materials. Datum lines are consistent, materials properly express themselves and transitions are flush. So the greatest risk of starting construction prematurely is encountering construction conflicts, or “misses.” These occur when elements of the design don’t work together as intended, or when unforeseen conditions arise. For example, an electrical outlet might be placed incorrectly, or a desired light fixture might not fit due to structural constraints

These construction conflicts, or “misses,” are common when plans lack detail. While some are unavoidable, starting with an incomplete design exponentially increases the chances of encountering them. Each “miss” requires on-site solutions, often leading to compromises in functionality, aesthetics, or both.

Time is Money, and Quality Matters

Incomplete plans not only translate to higher costs but also to delays. Resolving conflicts during construction takes time, pushing back your completion date and incurring additional expenses. Furthermore, the rushed solutions necessitated by “misses” can compromise the quality and overall feel of your project. Soffits, strange corners, miss-aligned lights, strange strips of tile, drawers that hit molding are all examples of the type of things that can drag the quality of project down.

Investing in Upfront Design Saves in the Long Run

Taking the time to finalize and document your design thoroughly before bidding and construction might seem like a delay, but it’s an investment that saves you significant trouble down the road. You’ll enjoy:

  • Clear and Accurate Bidding: Contractors can provide accurate estimates based on complete information, minimizing the risk of change orders.
  • Fewer Construction Conflicts: A detailed design anticipates potential issues, leading to fewer on-site surprises and more efficient construction.
  • Timely Completion: By avoiding delays caused by unforeseen problems, you get to enjoy your finished project sooner.
  • Superior Quality: A well-planned design allows for thoughtful material selection and precise execution, resulting in a project that truly meets your vision.

At our firm, we believe in the power of thorough planning. We prioritize creating wholistic and comprehensively documented designs that not only capture your vision but also anticipate potential challenges. This commitment to upfront design ensures your project is completed on time, within budget, and to the highest quality standards. Remember, skipping the design step might seem like a shortcut, but it often leads to a longer, more expensive, and ultimately less satisfying journey. Let’s work together to build your dream project the right way, from the ground up.

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