WHAT IS DESIGN-BUILD?
The term Design-Build was coined in 1993 by what is now the Design-Build Institute of America. The concept dates back to 40 B.C.E when the Roman writer, engineer and architect Vitruvius wrote the original design book, Hammurabi’s Code. The handbook assumes that the responsibilities for design and construction were vested in a single individual. The original term used then was Master Builder or Master Mason.
To read more about the specific benefits of a Design-Build project delivery process over a “traditional” delivery method, read our article:
We are a full-service design firm with all phases of services offered below. However, since the Conceptual Design Contract is a standalone contract, there is no obligation to move into a Permitting Contract upon completion of your plans.
- Residential As-Builts Drawings
- Conceptual Drawings with 3-D renderings
- Construction Documents
- Interior Design Development & Layout
As part of our process, we can relieve the stress of obtaining a permit through the city or county. A permit is required for just about every project. The process differs by the size of the project and the city you are located in. We can empower you upfront with important information regarding the fees and requirements that will be required for your type of project, limiting any surprises and “hidden” fees. Building code is constantly changing as are permit fees through the city which can be very frustrating for home owners and contractors alike. Because of this we stay up to date on regulations and current code enforcement through continued education and research. Gannage Design & Construction has working relationships with many technicians in all the different Building Departments on the Central Coast of California. In an effort to relieve your stress, we at Gannage Design & Construction provide the following services, as needed, as part of the Permitting Contract:
- Feasibility studies
- Permit application completion
- Building permit fee estimate
- Project submittal & processing with correct entity
- Plan check correction
- Coastal committee reviews (and the like)
- Permit status follow up
- Code enforcement violation resolution
- As-Built permits
- Engineering requirements (GDC will obtain bids prior to signing a Permitting Contract)
- Title 24
- Soils Report
- Structural Engineering
- Fire Sprinkler Requirements
- Arborist Report
As you can imagine, all of this takes time. Utilizing our relationships and experience can save you months of time and frustration. Waiting is hard. Probably the hardest part of the construction process. That is why we like to use this time to get you set up on Co-Construct.
Once you have created a login for Co-Construct you will be able to start making Selections. Flooring, sink faucets, paint color, counter tops, tile, lighting, etc. We build your job in Co-Construct with Specifications and Selections.
For every Selection we give you an Allowance, this is the amount per item that you can spend without increasing the estimated cost of your project. We like to give our clients a healthy budget based on your tastes and desired finishes. This allows you to maintain control over the cost of your project. It also reduces the chance of budget overruns. After all bids are received back from involved Sub-Contractors and you have made all your Selections. We can present you with a Hard Construction Number which we use for your Home Improvement Contract.