In the custom home industry we have two ways to build a home: the traditional bid and build model, or the design build approach. As design build firms, we have two ways as well: in-house and outsourced design. In-house design means the designer is actually on the firm’s staff, while outsourced design means a designer or architect works for another firm, or for themselves. Here, we’re going to talk exclusively about in-house design.
Benefits of In-House Design
Keeping design in-house allows for entire control of the creative, cost and delivery processes, ensuring homeowners of a better overall experience. From a practical standpoint, having a designer on staff means she or he has immediate access to other members of the team who can provide resources and cost feedback in short order. And because the design build firm will also manage the construction, great care is taken to ensure accuracy and completeness of the plans.