Advantages of Hiring Your Contractor Before Your Architect

When considering remodeling your home – or building a new, custom home to suit your needs – many people choose to find an architect first. After all, it is not every day that you design or remodel your home, and most homeowners do not have home building or design experience.

However, it is essential to note that choosing the right architect and builder can be arduous; the wrong combination can result in poor communication, increased costs, and a high amount of stress for you, the client. Because your architect and builder are working separately, you will have to manage all the communication between the two, and will possibly have to handle other professionals as well – something you likely do not have the time for given the busy schedule most people have in today’s modern society.

When you choose to hire your contractor first – or to hire both your contractor and architect together by working with a design-build company – you can save yourself a lot of stress and trouble. Choosing an experienced contracting company to handle your home remodeling or custom home construction project will make the entire process go faster, more smoothly, and hopefully create a positive home-building experience for you.

At Razzano Homes & Remodelers, we believe there are a lot of benefits to hiring your contractor or home builder first and then working with them to find an architect or designer that meets your needs. Let’s go over a few of the benefits of working with a design-build contractor.

Project Planning

When you work with a contractor first, you will establish a relationship that will take your budget and home needs into account – an architect may not discuss these constraints with you, creating plans that are stunning but may include additional features that you would not choose if you knew the cost going into the design.

Plus, starting a major renovation with a skilled design-build contractor in your corner makes communication and planning much easier. At Razzano Homes & Remodelers, we start with a complimentary consultation that will set the framework for our design, discussing your timeframe, design options, preferences, budget, and more. Once we have created a design agreement with you, the communication and planning process will be on our shoulders instead of yours, allowing you to have far less stress than if you were trying to organize everything yourself. We will even assist you with filing the proper building permits, so that you do not have to worry about making sure that you have done all the paperwork. Because we are familiar with the regulations, we can handle all the permits for you.

Budgeting Assistance

Because we have discussed your budget with you, we can work with both you and a chosen architect or designer (if they are needed) to choose products and materials that both fit the style you want to capture and work within your budget. With both the contractor and architect or designer working together, it becomes much easier to coordinate, manage costs, and keep your project on track, ensuring that you will not experience any sudden budget surprises or unexpected costs.

You also will not have to worry about wasted time. When we know what your budget looks like, we will not try to convince you to overspend on projects or materials you do not really need, therefore helping you to avoid budget arguments and minimize the risk of cost overruns. Working with a design-build team can keep surprise costs to a minimum

Streamlined Construction

When your contractor and your architect are in sync, it becomes much easier to communicate with everyone involved with your home remodel or custom home building project. For example, at Razzano Homes & Remodelers, we schedule weekly meetings with you to let you know the progress of your project and to address any concerns you may have, which means that problems get fixed quickly and without delay.

By choosing an experienced construction company, you will work with skilled, trusted subcontractors, if there is a need for them. Because we have been in the construction and remodeling business for years, we have preferred designers, architects, and other building professionals that we know will provide you with high-quality, stunning work at prices that fit within your budget. You won’t have to worry about finding, hiring, or managing this process – our team will take care of everything for you, letting you live your day-to-day life without having to worry about your construction team.

Dedicated Attention

When you choose to work with a dedicated design-build team, you’ll enjoy unparalleled service from both your contractor and your architect. Because you are working with a team that has an existing relationship, you know that their communication methods are already established and each understands how the other works best. This ensures that your project receives the full attention of both your contractor and your architect, and your concerns, budget, needs, and wants will all be taken into account by both parties. As a result, you will have to deal with far less editing and modifications than if you would have taken the traditional route of choosing an architect first and received plans for your home that may have to be modified due to your budget, property, or other constraints.

Whether you choose to work with a design-build team, prefer to hire a contractor first and rely on their recommendation for an outside architect, or decide to go the traditional route and hire an architect first, Razzano Homes & Remodelers is here to work with you. We believe every new home construction or remodeling project should run as seamlessly as possible for everyone involved through project management, online information, and access to our team for any concerns or questions related to your project.

With over a decade of experience, an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and a passion for creating beautiful homes that fit within your budget, you are sure to have a thoroughly enjoyable experience when you work with us. Get in touch with us today to schedule your consultation and begin the process of building or expanding the house of your dreams – let us show you why so many of our clients give us rave reviews!

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Founder Dan Razzano developed a passion for construction at a young age. As one of seven children, Dan's family tree has deep roots in the Greater Loudonville community. He grew up with strong family values and spent his childhood building Legos and playing with Tonka trucks. As an eighth grader, he wrote about his dream of becoming a business owner. As a teenager, he worked various construction jobs before entering a carpenter's apprentice program. By age 23, Dan laid the foundation for his own business. Today Dan and his business support his family, along with employees and their families.

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