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Understanding Design/Build Remodeling: One vs. Multiple Contracts

The Fundamental Differences Between Design/Build and Design-Bid-Build

Understanding how design build vs. design-bid-build contracts work may help you better decide the type of remodeling contractor you need—and to find one whose approach suits both your comfort level and your pocket book.

As a follow up from last week, MainStreet Design Build invites you to continue your exploration of these fundamental differences to make a decision that is just right for you.


In the traditional design-bid-build method, contracts between the interior designer, architect, kitchen designer, bathroom designer, engineer and remodeling contractor are all separate. So the owner has greater liability for anything that goes wrong and there is no clear definition of responsibility. This leaves open the possibility for finger-pointing and conflicts between designers and contractors. These disputes also have the potential to cost the homeowner a lot of time and money to resolve, not to mention the added stress.


In the design-build process, there is one point of accountability with one entity (the design build firm). The firm is responsible for the entire project, from concept through completion. Therefore, they assume liability if any problems occur, eliminating owner risk for design and construction issues. In addition, design build firms combine the talents of both designers and contractors. They understand the material and labor costs that go into a remodel, and take these costs into consideration when they design a scope of work that fits within an agreed upon budget range. As a result, they can provide you with a comprehensive cost analysis of your project before construction begins.

What is your preference?

Multiple contracts or one point of accountability?

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Understanding the Difference Between Design Build and Design-Bid-Build

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