The Design-Build Method & Its Advantages

The Design-Build Method & Its Advantages

When it comes to doing a home renovation or starting a custom build, there is an important choice you have to make in terms of who you choose for the job. There are two different people that you can choose from; an architect or a general contractor. Where an architect uses the design-bid method, a contractor uses what is known as the design-build method. But what are the differences between the two and why do we recommend the design-build method over the design-bid method? To learn more, we here at iRemodel have come up with an informative blog post. 

The Difference 

In simplest terms, the design-build method involves hiring one service over two. A contractor will work on both the design plans and the implementation & construction of those plans, while the architect will not. In the design-bid method, on the other hand, you will have to hire an architect expert for the designs and then another separate person for the construction phase. This method is good if you want full control over who you want your contractor to be, as each person has different needs for their build/renovation. 

Here at iRemodel, we believe that the design-build method is more efficient, effective and convenient overall. Below we will explain some of the reasons why we believe this. 

More Control 

This point is quite simple — working with one source over two is much easier. Using this method means you don’t have to run around looking for both an architect and a contractor at once. With the design-build method, you are in much better control of your project and how it turns out because communication is simplified. Tackling problems becomes easier when you’re talking to one collective team over two, so the risk of ideas clashing and miscommunications taking place lowers significantly.  


It can be quite a stressful experience waiting for the design phase to complete while also working on trying to hire a contractor, and that doesn’t even mention the stress that comes with the bidding process. When you choose the design-build method, however, your contractor will take on all of the responsibility and hard work (like the project cost, end result, deadlines, etc.) so you can sit back and relax knowing your project is being taken care of in the best way possible. 

Efficiency is Maximized 

Not only is the design-build method easier for communication and convenience, but it is also the perfect choice in regards to efficiency. The bidding process is something that takes up a lot of your time and effort, so being able to avoid this step entirely makes for an easier and much quicker end date. In addition, because of the increased rate of communication, it is a lot faster to come to agreements, add adjustments, etc.  

Let Our Team Help 

If you’re in need of a custom home builder in Toronto and you’re looking for only the best of the best, look no further than our team here at iRemodel! For years on end, our team has worked on a number of different homes and made clients’ dream designs come true. To learn more about what we do and how we can help with your next building/renovation project, be sure to call us at (416) 825-2542 today!