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The Design/Build Advantage

What is Design/Build?

Design/Build is one of several methods of arriving at the ultimate goal for a client wanting to build a custom home or renovate their existing one.  A custom home or remodel, designed to meet their needs and desires, at a price that meets their budget, in a timeframe that meets their schedule.

Simply put, Design/Build is a one stop shopping approach to custom home building and renovations. The Design/Builder, taking the lead as project coordinator, is hired to manage the entire process. From conceptual design to detailed working drawings to construction to warranty, one entity is responsible to the Homeowner for the final product. This results in a seamless process and clear accountability by a single, qualified source.

This joining of design and construction means you can expect greater continuity of service, since one party is involved in the entire process and all communication is clear and consistent between the client and the design and construction team. In essence, the Homeowner is forming a “partnership” where their objectives are known and as a team all parties work together to attain them.

Design Process Summary

There are three ways in which the custom home and renovation design process works:

Architect Design

  • Builder bids plans (over/under budget?)

Designer (BCIN) Design

  • Builder bids plans (over/under budget?)

Design/Build Advantage

  • Design meets budget!

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Muddy Paws and Boots

Muddy Paws & Boots

Mudrooms have come a long way. Yesterday’s out-of-site dumping ground for muddy boots and wet snow suits is today’s multi-functional designer space. An extension of the home where the laundry room is a feature, where storage seems a non-issue and cleaning your dog is a true walk in the park. Mudrooms are today’s central hub for growing families who battle with space every day.

More and more homeowners require “mudrooms” with equal finishes to the rest of their home. Convenient access to the outdoors where they can store and organize everything from dress shoes, winter boots, sandals, soccer shoes and seasonal coats to cubbies for school knapsacks. A space wheredoing the laundry is no longer a dreaded trek to the basement or letting the dog in and out feels like competing in the local Tough Mudder Challenge.

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Knob and Tube

Is Knob & Tube Wiring Dangerous ?

Knob and Tube Wiring, also called Open Wiring, was commonly used in the 1900’s to the late 1940’s.

If the Knob & Tube Wiring system remains unchanged, has been carefully maintained, and all repairs have been made by a licensed electrician, this wiring method would still be safe to use today. Unfortunately this is almost never the case. As the wiring ages and deteriorates, porcelain knobs and tubes may break up, old wires sag and fray, and the sheathing turns brittle and falls off, exposing the live wires.

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