Designing Building Creating
Lasting Value Since 1987
Kraus Design + Build has developed and been utilizing for its clients a program we call our Design + Build Custom Home Program. It is a process that calls for a collaborative effort between you, the client, Kraus Design + Build, the builder, and a group of professional consultants, suppliers and quality contractors working together from the inception of your project to produce a beautiful home within a budget. Everyone engaged by Kraus works as a team for the client.
Singular Responsibility: With both design and construction in the hands of a single entity, there is a single point of responsibility for quality, cost and scheduling which avoids "buck passing" and finger pointing.
Quality: The greater responsibility implicit in Design+Build serves as a motivation for high quality and the proper performance of building systems. Once the client's requirements and expectations are documented in design terms, it is the Design-Builder's responsibility to produce results accordingly. The Design+Builder warrants to the client that the design documents are complete and free from error. By contrast, with "traditional" design-bid-build, the client warrants to the contractor that the drawings and specifications are complete and free from error. Because it is the client's warranty for the design documents under "traditional" design-bid-build, the approach relies on restrictive contract language, extensive audit and inspection and, occasionally, the legal system, to ensure final project quality.
Cost Savings: Design and construction personnel, working and communicating as a team, evaluate alternative materials and methods efficiently and accurately. Value engineering and constructability are utilized more effectively when the designers and contractors work as one team during the design process.
Time Saving: Because design and construction are overlapped, total design/construction time can be significantly reduced. Under this method, construction work is allowed to begin while the final drawings are being completed. The time savings translates into lower costs and earlier occupancy of your home.
Early Knowledge of Firm Costs: Because Kraus Design+Build is responsible for design we are simultaneously estimating construction costs and can accurately conceptualize the completed project at an early stage. Therefore construction costs are known far sooner than is otherwise possible. This permits early establishment of financing, reduces exposure to cost escalation and avoids the possibility of committing substantial time and money for design, only to learn that the cost of the project is prohibitive.
Risk Management: Project performance aspects of cost, schedule and quality can clearly be defined and appropriately balanced (individual risks are managed by the party best able to manage that risk). Change Orders due to drawing and specification errors are eliminated because the correction of such issues is the responsibility of the Design-Builder, not the Owner.
For all these reasons we believe that our Design + Build Custom Home Program is the best way for you to build your home.
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