has revolutionized the way that consumers, architects,
designers and contractors work together to accomplish a common
The approach is not new, Design
Build has become a very popular because it eliminates many of
the common problems, frustrations and set-backs associated
with the traditional construction process.
Design Build is a “one-stop-shop” approach to home
building and remodeling where the contractor, architect and
designer are all offered by one unified source – the Design
Build Contractor. This unification allows the team to operate
as a team.
Design Build advantages include:
point of contact from project conception to completion.
client building plans are executed with maximum precision and
cost over runs and unexpected expenditures.
client creative input.
finger pointing between subcontractors.
you contract with Brookhaven Homes, Inc. you can be certain
that your project will be treated with the highest levels of
professionalism - from concept to completion.
In keeping with our commitment to total client satisfaction,
we approach each project with the quality and care that has
earned us our outstanding reputation, and allowed us to lead
the industry in design and remodeling excellence.
When you retain Brookhaven Homes, Inc. you can rest assured
that our workmanship is of the highest quality, and that your
project will be properly managed, supervised, and completed on
time and on budget with the least amount of disruption to your
We stand behind our work, warranty every job, and go to great
lengths to ensure that our clients are involved in the process
- every step of the way.
Institute of America
forecasts that by 2006, the number of Design-BUILD projects
will surpass the number of traditional bid projects.
DBIA has been a leader in the education of Design-BUILD
professionals. Timothy J. Williams, President of Brookhaven
Homes, Inc., is currently working on his DBIA designation,
which will certify him as one of the leading Design-BUILDERS
in the country. One interesting note to mention is the
principals of Brookhaven Homes, Inc. have had a strong
orientation toward design since they began. Timothy and his
partner, Leslie Williams, designed and drafted many of the
buildings they built in the early years of the company.
Design Build Process
Design Build process usually begins with only a concept or an
idea. An initial meeting is set to determine the scope and a
feasibility study is prepared. From this, the Design/Build
contract is drafted and the design phase begins. Design
solutions are presented to the client, and from approved
schemes, cost options and project specifications are developed
and solidified. Final documents are prepared along with the
contract for construction. This, of course, is only a simplified
overview of what can be an involved process, depending upon the
nature of the work and the variety of design solutions, but does
provide an outline of how the process proceeds.
With Brookhaven Homes, Inc. involvement in the site
selection analysis, the client is confident the site will
work for the type project desired and knows how much will need
to be invested to prepare the site for construction, which can
be significant in relation to the raw land cost.
A guaranteed maximum price for the total
project that is within the client’s budget is established
early in the process. The client will pay this amount or
Risk for the client is virtually eliminated
since there is a single source of accountability for the
design, quality, schedule, and budget. There are no change
orders for the client after construction begins unless the
original scope of work is changed or concealed conditions are
discovered. The goal of the project is “no surprises”.
The project is people and relationship driven
versus document driven. Since the team worked closely to
design it, they have common objectives and goals to
make the project a success. You get the best ideas form the
team due to the cooperative spirit.
Since the finger pointing is eliminated and
chances for misunderstandings are reduced, legal fees are
Design fees are usually less since the team is
assisting the architect with design. In addition, the
construction documents usually take less time to prepare than
if it was bid. The fees are determined and fixed from
Engineering fees may be reduced on
specific types of projects if subcontractors with on-staff
engineers design certain systems.
Quality is maximized since subcontractors are pre-qualified,
are known to do excellent work, and enjoy the collaborative,
Time can be saved since construction can begin
as the design is being completed.
Realistic completion dates are established by the
contractor doing the work.