Building a new luxury home in San Antonio sounds straightforward enough, but the exact project delivery method you choose impacts the process—and outcome—in several significant ways.
Traditionally, prospective home buyers would design the schematic drawings for their new construction project with an architect and then turn the project over to a general contractor based on a bid process. However, home owners looking for an elevated experience have a different—and we think preferable—project delivery option to choose: working with a single full-service design and build company that handles both major components of the project. The Urbano Design & Build team encompasses a wide range of skilled professionals, from interior designers and architects to construction managers. They work with only the most dependable and professional consultants and tradespeople, eliminating your need to search for multiple resources to build a luxury home.
BENEFITS OF DESIGN BUILD VS. TRADITIONAL DESIGN-BID-BUILD
Creating a beautiful, functional home for your new life has as much to do with the design phase as it does with the actual construction. The choices you make during the initial planning process will impact the cost and timeline, as well the overall home-building experience.
While independent architects, draftspersons, and interior designers are skilled professionals who can craft attractive house plans that make sense in theory, those conceptualizations don’t always translate well in real life when implemented in conjunction with certain floorplan requirements and project site conditions. Unfortunately, those challenges may not be revealed until after you’ve already bid out the project to a home builder who then has to make adjustments. This is one of the problems with design-bid-build since the builder is not part of the team until after the plans and specs are done.
In contrast, here is a look at some of the benefits from working with a design-build firm where the team for your new custom home is together from the start:
1. IMPROVING COMMUNICATION
Unlike the alternative home building process, your design-build builder supervises both the design and construction, which enhances communication and collaboration. With design-build, you avoid the struggle of trying to collaborate with your architect and builder separately. You won’t have to just hope important messages get shared between them in a timely, accurate manner. With different companies involved in a single project, there is more risk of potential miscommunications and disagreements—especially if your builder and architect have different approaches to their work.
2. ELIMINATING STRESS
Stress during the custom home building process often comes from lack of information or not knowing what to expect. It’s natural to feel worried that something might be missed during the design phase that could negatively impact the project later on. During the design-build process, however, we’re present from the beginning to act as your advisor and overall project administrator to help you remember all the important details. They are looking at the project from a high level customer-centric point of view, rather than just designing a nice plan.
With the help of our extensive design questionnaires and their trusted expertise, you can feel confident you’re not overlooking anything. With Urbano Design & Build at the helm of your project your plans and specs will ensure that your new home totally supports the way you live.
3. STREAMLINING THE PROCESS
Smart design-build luxury home builders across the country have refined their process to insure a completely streamlined experience for every home. All the service-minded professionals you need to complete your project are in one location which optimizes each meeting. This is especially helpful if you are planning to move to the San Antonio area but currently live somewhere else. During each trip you take to design your home or check the progress of construction, you don’t have to run around trying to catch up with different professionals who work separately. With both the architectural designer and builder working on the same team from the get-go, you’ll have a cohesive group working for you to maximize your time and efforts.
4. EFFICIENCY AND ACCURACY
Another advantage of the design-build approach is increased efficiency, as well as budgeting and scheduling accuracy. With one company driving the bus, you don’t have people duplicating work or missing opportunities to streamline the process. Every person on the project has immediate access to the information and people they need, so problems are avoided and delays averted. Additionally, architects working alone may not foresee challenges that might arise during the construction phase that are obvious to the builder. Involving them both from the start allows them to work in tandem to create very buildable plans. The construction crew won’t be left trying to figure out why something doesn’t line up or fit during construction when fixing an oversight is more costly.
5. FASTER DESIGN AND FASTER BUILD
Obviously every project involving multiple parts and people needs good management to stay on track and that’s the job we take on for every home we build. Urbano Design & Build fulfills the critical role of team leader and coordinator that is missing from the design-bid-build scenario. With our experience we can anticipate and maneuver around potential problems long before they slow down the design team. Just as important as keeping your design project on schedule is producing plans that will avoid problems in the field. Accurate and complete plans will naturally result in much faster build times. Our motivation in the design-build system is to include all the information in our construction documents so your home can be built without delays.
6. GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY
The unfortunate reality of design-bid-build is that an independent architect working alone and not a part of a design-build team doesn’t have to be as concerned with actually building the home. Once their design work is completed their contractual responsibilities are fulfilled whether or not the structure gets built. In fact, a large percentage of residential designs developed by architects working alone don’t actually end up being constructed. For design-build firms, they must build what’s been drawn because that is where the bulk of the firm’s income is coming from. There is tremendous motivation to create feasible, cost-effective and detail-oriented plans that will build well and on budget.
7. VALUABLE REAL ESTATE MARKET ADVICE
Our team is intimately familiar with the local real estate market. We know what’s trending in the industry and what’s popular in the San Antonio area. Because of this insight, you can rest assured that you’ll design and build a home that won’t be difficult to sell later. By having our team involved from the very beginning we can help you design plans that fulfill your family’s needs and also result in a home very desirable to others as well when it comes time to sell. Although many of our clients aren’t concerned about re-sale later we still bring our experience and market insights into the discussion to protect your equity.
DESIGN-BUILD FOR SAN ANTONIO LUXURY HOMES
When it comes to building elegant custom homes in San Antonio, Urbano Design & Build takes a design-build approach that has been continually refined and improved upon since 2002. Our firm consists of a team of experts in architecture, design and construction who work together for each luxury home build in the most upscale neighborhoods of San Antonio (Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills, Monte Vista, Hollywood Park and more). Our project management results in increased accountability, efficiency, and communication. We take full responsibility for giving you a rewarding luxury home building process, as well as an end product that captures your vision and supports your lifestyle now and in the future.