Architect Builder Collaborative – A B C
The emergence of a transparent team approach is changing the building industry. Over the years, the model of competitive bidding has proven to be less efficient and potentially adversarial. A new model has begun to take hold of the custom residential industry: the Architect Builder Collaborative (A B C).
The collaboration of an early team can help to prevent a client from spending lots of money for construction documents and permitting, only to find out that the bids they receive are over the project target budget. Another situation a transparent negotiated price can prevent is when a low bidding contractor doesn’t include expected features that weren’t on the original plans. Understand that in an effort to manage costs, a custom home set of plans can be much less detailed than that of a commercial structure.
The Graphs below give a depiction of the potential savings of time and money during the ABC process:
The design process takes many forms: below are typical steps and how a builder can get involved at the various stages.
Programming (These are the earliest conversations about what you need and what the Master Planning Budget will allow).
- Semmes will site-assist the buildings for maximum passive solar, reduced grading and utility costs, retaining walls and day lighting.
Schematic Design (These are basic floor plan and elevations. This usually starts with two or three simple plans that are refined into a single plan).
- Semmes will use historical costing data to work up a preliminary estimate. We outline many options and begin to develop placeholders for finish allowances (ie. cabinets, tile, fixtures, etc.). This is the time to get pricing on all the bells and whistles and see what items are going to move forward in your project. If the Preliminary Estimate is not within your target budget we can revisit the Schematic Design.
Design Development (Details like interior elevations, mechanical design, and engineering comes into play)
- Semmes will assist with material development and system articulation.
Construction Documents (This is usually the most expensive part of the planning process, as this is where the full set of drawings for permitting and construction are created. Here we bring in all the consultants: structural engineer, civil engineer, energy analyst, fire sprinkler engineer, and perhaps even a mechanical engineer. This includes permitting coordination).
- Semmes will price the work and get “firm” quotes from our most trusted subcontractors where necessary and put together a final proposal for the construction of your home. We can also assist in any lending coordination efforts that you may need.
Construction Administration (During construction you will want your architect to stay involved so we can communicate openly about the best way to execute details throughout the process).
- Semmes will of course be building your home during this phase. We are schedule-driven so you will know what is happening and when we will need to have various decisions made; like flooring or roof color, for example.
The idea is that everything is very transparent throughout the whole process so a trust can be developed and you know that your team is constantly working for you.
Give the Architect Builder Collaborative (A B C) a try on your next project.