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Kathy Sullivan

There is another compelling reason: you are doing the project from long distance. I chose a design-build firm because we wanted to do our US kitchen expansion-remodel while still living abroad so it would be finished when we return.

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dreamdoctor

beary, kristielouwho - well said. The best builders and architects are rarely good at selling themes and if you look closely at their work they don't have to. Sales people are trained to sell things - regardless of quality.


I have a saying, "They are very good at what they do I just don't like what they do."


There are inherent potentiate conflicts of interest in many professions/trades - honest people are what makes the difference between good and bad - that is what you have to figure out which is not always easy.


I don't sell myself I just show people what I do and explain how I do it, and say if they can find someone better and less expensive to use them, and tell me their name so I can use them too.


I tend to shy away from the shiny new truck and equipment people - they didn't come from rubbing a bottle found on the beach.

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SKETCH3D Residential Design

As a professional building designer I'm a strong believer is sticking to your focus. For me it's designing and documenting buildings. I always outsource the specialist items such as structural design etc. and tender out the construction. As a designer, you have to understand what's required by the other consultants, however you don't want to be over extended when there are better people for the job. Rather stick to delivering a design that meets the clients requests and is functional.


Not to say that design and build companies don't work, some work very well and have talented in house designers. Some Design and build companies subcontract the design and/or documentation element out to the likes of a building design or architect so as they don't have to have a dedicated member of staff in house. Only difference is that the D&B contractor are the main point of client contact rather than the designer so there is a lot of 2nd hand information getting back to the designer. I've done my time with a larger house builder / D&B on custom homes as the in house designer and it was always a struggle to get between the sales agent, estimators and client to really get to the client and understand what they want before the bean counters tell them what they are having.

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