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Understanding Design/Build Remodeling: On-Time Project Delivery

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.


Because design and construction processes are not integrated in the Design-Bid-Build process, project completion may take longer from start to finish. Each phase is implemented separately and cannot start until the previous phase has been completed, so one setback can easily create a domino effect that causes the project to fall behind schedule.


Design build firms understand project timing and scheduling. They are familiar with permits, lead times and scheduling requirements. They also have relationships with suppliers and vendors that they factor into the design process. All of this adds up to better timing and budgeting for the remodeling project. In addition, the process is streamlined. Construction and design services overlap, instead of waiting for one phase to end before another begins. This results in a faster delivery while allowing the owner to make any last-minute changes before the design is finalized.

What is your preference?

Internal processes that control timelines, or separate processes that require careful coordination?

Related Posts:

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

Fundamental Differences Between Each Approach: #1 To Bid or Not to Bid

Fundamental Differences Between Each Approach: #2 One vs. Multiple Contracts

Fundamental Differences Between Each Approach: #3 Cost Control

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