Gathering a team is the first step in an integrated design process. This should be done as early in the process as possible. An integrated design team includes everyone that will be involved in the project from the design phase to construction to actual day-to-day operations. We have found that getting the team together early is crucial to a successful, low stress project.
Integrated design team members:
- General contractor
- Interior designer
- Architect or building designer
- Specialists that may be needed include a structural engineer, landscape architect or HVAC specialists
Benefits of integrated design
- Cost control- One of the key roles we play in the integrated design process is to provide buildability feedback and discuss the cost implications of design choices. This could lead to major cost savings without compromising on materials or finishes. In addition, during the design phase we provide preliminary pricing. This often helps prevent designing a building that is over budget and potentially needs to be redesigned.
- Buildings are a large, complex systems and conventional design and planning often fail to recognize that. Failure to recognize buildings as a system can result in solving one problem while causing another. Early in the process we bring our subcontractors in. This helps ensure that all of the systems work together. The end result is a durable, efficient, lower maintenance home.
- We’ll admit it right now; integrated design requires more time up front. But it’s worth it! Major design decisions are made ahead of time, resulting in a faster, smoother and less stressful project. In addition, less design is done in the field and fewer changes are made during construction. This in turn results in few changes orders and less frustration.