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Who’s Watching the Hen House?
Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 • Posted July 27, 2010 10:00 PM

As a Builder/Realtor, I read many articles. This was taken from the Residential Design and Build site. So much good information out there and I love passing it on. Enjoy!

A custom builder recently told me he believes the only way to truly protect a client’s budget is by letting one firm handle the design and a separate firm handle the construction. Only then, he asserts, can checks and balances truly ensure that costs are effectively controlled and that design integrity is preserved. The business model that supports the single-source design/build approach protects a design/builder’s profit more than it protects a client’s budget; There are no two ways about it, he told me. This was the first time I had heard someone verbalize this perspective on the design/build process.

On one hand, I understand the builder’s point. He’s implying that the fox is watching the hen house. I supopose this is true in theory, but I know many trustworthy foxes. Unfortunately, as is true in all aspects of life, there are those who always have their own interests at heart, and I believe these people eventually get what’s coming to them.

On the other hand, such generalizations are unfair to those one-stop-shop design/build firms that serve their clients with integrity every day. The world is not a black and white place; there are many shades of gray and it’s silly to think otherwise.

Above all, the collaborative design/build approach to delivering custom homes is the superior process, regardless of who handles design and who handles build. There are no two ways about this. Ultimately, responsibility falls on clients to enforce their limits on their budgets and to make sure the architect and builder know that no means no, and it’s your job to respect their wishes.

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