For homeowners looking to build an addition that will require a functional design that uses space efficiently, there are 3 main ways to turn to.
- You can turn to an architect or draftsman.
- You can turn to a general contractor.
- You can turn to a design-build company.
We already went over the idea of hiring an architect in a previous article, but just to reiterate, architects/draftsman typically design your plans in a way that will make them the most money in the shortest amount of time. And if you don’t like what they’ve designed, it’s more money in their pocket if you ask them to design it again.
Likewise with general contractors, their primary focus is on what’s easy to build with little complications or expenditures. If you’re looking for quick and easy with little design functionality or space planning, a general contractor would be perfect.
If however, you are in need of a functional design that will use your space well and can give you the best return on your investment, then a residential design-build company is a prime option for you. A design-build company will have the experience and the training to give you the financial return on your project while designing you something that is both appealing to look at and comfortable to live in.
You may think that hiring a design-build company is more expensive than hiring an ordinary general contractor or architect. But you have to ask: What is the cost of living in a home that’s been remodeled inefficiently and with little functionality? And what is the cost of losing out on the value of the home when the floor plan of the project doesn’t make sense with the rest of the home?