Difference Between Architect and Design Build Model

Are you planning a remodel or addition to your existing home? Before you begin your remodel process, the question arises of whether to hire an architect or a design build firm. What is the difference?


Why A Design Build Firm is the Right Choice

We Build Your Vision
With hiring an architect firm, you will not only pay for their work separately but also you will be only getting the big picture of the project. As you contract with a builder, there may be additional costs if the drawings or potential changes occur that the scope of work had not anticipated. With Mosby, our architects and design team are on site and heavily involved in the building process.  

Saving on Cost & Time
When using an architect separately, this may increase your upfront cost as you pay for the initial plans. With a design and build firm, you get to control your design and budget with the actual builder from the start. Utilizing our in-house architects and designers, you save on cost since both services are combined.

But Do Design-Build Companies really “Design”?
There has been much criticism from the architectural world that design build companies are not truly experienced in the design component of a remodel. At Mosby Building Arts, the design and arts are an essential and vital element to our remodeling process. Our architects and designers have the passion and expertise to bring your vision into a reality.

Design Build vs. General Contractor
A general contractor who might call his/her company “design build” but “subs out” design services is not the same as a design build or architect-builder firm that is staffed with architects, builders, and carpenters. Cookie-cutter designs and expedited service are top priorities for these contractors. A design build firm employs full-time architects who handle conceptual design options, construction drawings, and product/finish selections to finalize drawings and commence with permitting for construction. A thoughtfully prepared set of plans, based on a budget, is turned over to the team’s lead carpenters to begin construction for a beautiful home remodel. That is what defines a design-build firm.