11 Initial Questions to Ask When Selecting a Design-Builder

There are many things to consider when interviewing design-builders. Our biggest advice is to start the interviewing process prior to designing your home. This way you will have a clear understanding of whether it makes sense for you to use a design-build firm or hire an architect and then later a builder. It also helps you understand the costs to build before designing a home that you can’t afford to construct. 

 

1.     How many years have you been in business? How many homes have you built?

  1. Are you licensed and insured?
  2. Are you familiar with working in my city? (This is important because if they are, they understand the codes and permitting needs for your location, and each city is slightly different in how they operate.)
  3. What type of warranty do you offer?
  4. Can you provide references from past clients? Do you have homes I can tour?
  5. What departments do you have in-house? Which trades do you sub-contract and how long have you been working with them?
  6. Do you have a process to ensure that the build will happen within the timeline you state? If so, what is it?
  7. Who will oversee the construction of my home? Will I have one dedicated project manager?
  8. From the estimate you give me to a final construction price, how close to the original estimate are you typically? Does that cost take into account finish selections, consultant fees, permitting?
  9. Do you have a process for inspections at key points during the build, and at final walk-through to address matters that need to be corrected or finalized?
  10. Have you been in any lawsuits?

 

About Timeline Design+Build

At Timeline Design+Build, we specialize in providing comprehensive design+build services for a wide range of projects. Our experienced team of architects, designers, and construction professionals work collaboratively to deliver exceptional results. From concept development and architectural design to construction management and final execution, we ensure a seamless process that meets your project goals and exceeds your expectations. Contact us for a free quote: https://tldesign.net/contact/.In

Specializing in luxury custom homes in the communities of

Current project

Los Altos Contemporary Rebuild

This is a whole house remodel with small addition to modernize all the infrastructure of the home as well as change the exterior aesthetic. The entire structure is 3,400sf including a 2-car attached garage. There is significant demolition and rearrangement of the interior walls allowing for a more efficient, contemporary living style.

Location

  • California

Photography

  • Panaskopic Productions

Scope

  • Architecture, Interior Design, and Build

Current project

Cupertino Eichler Rebuild

In collaboration with Klopf Architecture, Timeline is remodeling a Cupertino Eichler with upgrades to electrical and HVAC, improved radiant heating, new roofing and waterproofing, insulation throughout the home, and a new kitchen.

Location

  • California

Photography

  • Panaskopic Productions

Scope

  • Build