This phase includes constant monitoring and interaction. We keep an eye on budgets to ensure the lowest costs, stay on top of schedules for timely delivery and work closely with the design team to create your vision.
Working with trusted subcontractors, we keep them accountable throughout the entire build. From sequence to production and quality control, we stay focused on the goal.
The last step in any build. This phase includes site cleanup, systems training, final inspections and move-in coordination. After completion, we have a final walkthrough to ensure your complete satisfaction.
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T. LaFaye Construction, Management, & Design
As a leading California design-build company, a question we often hear is, “Isn’t design-build expensive?” There isn’t a simple answer to this question because what’s “expensive” is inherently subjective–$50,000 might qualify as expensive to one homeowner, while to another, $500,000 might be no big deal. An easier question to answer is, “Is design-build more expensive than building or remodeling a home using the design-bid-build method, or buying an existing home?” The answer is…not necessarily.
Read on to find out how using a design-build company can actually save you money and give you a home you can live in for the rest of your life.
What Is Design-Build?
The traditional construction method is known as “design-bid-build,” wherein homeowners hire an architect to draw up blueprints for a new home or remodel, which they then take to a builder. The builder may then subcontract the work, so at the very least, the homeowner is dealing with two separate contracts and two (or more) firms – the architect and the builder.
The design-build method simplifies this process by giving the homeowner one unified team to work with. Having the architect and builder employed by the same company, working hand, in hand all the way from concept and design through construction and follow-up, is the crucial difference between the two methods that opens the door to higher efficiency and lower costs. Read on to learn more about design-build and the exact step-by-step process.
Design-Build vs. Design-Bid-Build:
A Look at the numbers, bearing in mind, that home remodeling costs depend on a wide variety of factors including geographic location, size of the home, materials used, and more. Let’s consider some of the average costs for the design-build model compared to design-bid-build. Although the two methods are usually considered in the context of remodeling or new home construction, many homeowners choose to hire a designer when renovating or adding a kitchen or bathroom.
According to Angie’s List, kitchen remodels between $10,000 and $20,000 will cost approx. between $1,500 and $3,000 in designer fees. Because of this, many homeowners have begun opting for skipping a designer and trusting their remodel design, to experienced remodelers.
New home construction is where the cost differences are especially noticeable. According to HomeAdvisor, the national average for hiring an architect is approx. $5,124. However, this number includes remodeling projects.
Some architects’ fees are calculated as a percentage of new home construction costs, meaning they could easily soar if the architect isn’t on the same page as the builder regarding what construction will actually cost.
Architects may instead charge by the total square feet of the project or an hourly rate, which can leave you with an expensive bill if the property is large or the architect is the principal of the company who commands upwards of $150 per hour.
With a design-build firm, the cost of the architect will be itemized and built into the overall cost of the project, so while it won’t be free, it should certainly be lower than an architect on an hourly or square-footage-based rate.
How Design-Build Translates to Savings
“A penny saved is a penny earned,” as the saying goes. While a remodel using a design-build process might not be the least expensive, it may result in the lowest cost to your bank account in the long run.
The following are some of the potential money-saving avenues design-build offers:
As design-build firms take on the two leading roles in a project – design and construction – they also inherit more risk. However, in terms of cost risks, they are better positioned to deal with those risks for two key reasons. Firstly, by working together through the design phase, change orders are kept to a minimum.
Change Orders are a fairly common occurrence of any new home construction or remodel, that are acceptable, as long as they’re approved by the homeowner.
However, crossed wires among the architect/designer, builder, and homeowner can result in massive rework costs. In fact, construction software company PlanGrid recently found that miscommunication is the source of 48% of all construction rework in the U.S. to the tune of $31.8 billion in 2018.
A responsible design-build firm will not only hold multiple planning and pricing meetings with you during the design phase, they’ll check in with you consistently throughout the construction process to ensure there’s no need for costly rework.
Having an experienced General Contractor involved early in the design stage means costs are more accurately defined from the start. In design-bid-build, designers can sometimes be wildly off in their price estimations, and when Subcontractors come back with bids out of your budget, the whole process needs to start again, and homeowners need to reach into their pockets for another set of design plans.
Design-build may very well be more expensive in the short-term compared to buying a prefab home or housing development, but what about the long-term?
This is where the ability to customize your home pays off. From the bathroom fixtures, to the kitchen layout, to the arrangement of the second story. Instead of having to go back in after 15 or 20 years to do costly additions or renovations, you already have a home built or remodeled exactly to your preferences.
A home designed and remodeled with energy efficiency in mind can save you hundreds of dollars every year. The fewer barriers to communication between the builder and architect, the more likely you are to achieve a sustainable design that looks and works great.
As an added bonus, the tools and resources involved in green building can help protect your family’s health and lower medical costs.
For example, our climate control solutions at T. LaFaye Construction, Management, & Design can mitigate mold, mildew, and allergens in the air.
Although a design-bid-build home would also qualify, a design-build home gets the benefit of savings through tax credits and tax deductions. These include federal and state tax breaks for green building, deduction of state sales taxes on building materials, and writing off construction loan interest.
This is something many homeowners might not consider when building or remodeling a home, and the same is likely true for a contracted architect. A General Contractor that is intimately familiar with the latest construction trends that are popular, because they’re constantly building new projects, is a fantastic resource to have when it comes to designing a home.
If you express to your design-builder that selling the home is a possibility at some point in the near future, they can help you strike a balance between your personal taste and broader appeal.
Other Intangibles to Consider It’s not always a universal truth in the construction industry, but it’s worth remembering that more often than not, you get what you pay for. In other words, the price tag for a reputable design-build firm may come in higher than XYZ Builders, but you need to take into account intangibles like reliability, flexibility, craftsmanship, professionalism, and warranty.
When you’re working closely with a design-builder, you should be able to get a reasonably good feel for how they do business. As long as the relationship between the two of you is solid, you should end up with a successful project at a price you’re satisfied with.
When you hire someone to work on your home improvement project, you certainly want a specialist in the task at hand — but you also need someone who is licensed and capable of fulfilling, and taking responsibility for the entire Project. As a General Contractor, T. LaFaye, Management, & Design has the resources and talent to assume full responsibility for New Builds, remodeling and renovation projects.
By choosing a licensed general contractor, you protect your investment and safety because the work will be completed up to code, on schedule, and on budget by someone who knows how to handle both small and large jobs.
WHEN TO HIRE A GENERAL CONTRACTOR
What seems like a small remodeling project may entail a broad variety of skills and expertise. For example, plumbing contractors work on bathroom remodels but the job likely requires licensed contractors for flooring, insulation, HVAC, asbestos abatement, and other fields.
How to know if you need a general contractor for remodeling:
The parts and labor exceed $500 ▪ The work involves multiple specialties ▪ You want protection against injury and property damage during the project ▪ You want to reduce your personal stress levels and the time spent coordinating the project.
In other words, ALL projects always benefit from the expert services of a Licensed General Contractor.
Commercial Construction and Management
Commercial Construction Services in California
Our commercial construction services at T. LaFaye Construction, Management, & Design, a highly-experienced and licensed general contractor in California, is top of the game in customer satisfaction.
We manage your building project and we hire highly-skilled craftsmen and subcontractors, give our clients the best possible results for their projects. Our experienced team has an in-depth understanding of the entire development and construction processes and we work closely with professionals to plan, manage and assess construction projects and ensure world class results.
Upon commencement of every construction project, we consider all issues. which is the most valuable stage in the development of any project. With our hands-on construction experience, we consider key logistical requirements, appropriate timing or phasing of work, constraints, design management, procurement strategies for all our retail construction projects.
T. LaFaye Construction, Management, & Design also specializes in, Tenant Improvements, Commercial Retail, Operating Remodels, Development, New Construction, Restaurants and many other commercial renovation and construction projects in Tustin, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange County, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Orange, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Monica, Northridge and Dana Point, just to name a few.
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The pre-construction is central to the success of every project. Assisting with project feasibility factors, cost vs. design analysis and conceptual design study and evaluation is amongst the expertise of our team. We develop a thorough process of understanding your goals, scope of the project, outline a strategy and assemble a dedicated team to get the project done in time and within budget.
It starts from the initial project kick-off phase where the build team starts to work or break ground. Our detail oriented on-site staff are aware of every detail of the job to ensure the quality of the job is maintained throughout the work. Whether it's at the foundation phase, waterproofing or finishing details, it requires and eye for detail Project Scheduling and Timelines Drafting a real-time construction schedule that makes sense and facilitates the main objectives of the project. It’s an important task that we perform here at T. LaFaye Construction, Management, & Design to insure on time delivery of the project.
Maintaining full communication with the clients, design team and all parties involved at all times, leads to a high level of project success. Effective communication is vital to the overall success and completion of construction projects. Good communication can help lead to better project collaboration. Lack of proper communication can result issues that can cause delays in delivering projects.
Every project that we build is fully under T. LaFaye Construction, Management, & Design’s professional on site superintendents and Project management team on a daily basis. Ensuring the project is being built on time and according to the plans and specifications.
Project inspections vary from job to job depending on the nature of the project. Whether it’s a City Inspection, Deputy Inspection, Engineer Observations, Fire Dept. Inspections, or 3rd part Safety Inspections (just to name a few) that needs to take place, our field staff are present to address any questions or coordinate any scopes necessary to ensure the inspection goes smoothly and takes place as scheduled.
Understanding and implementing site safety is our number one (1) priority, and one we take very seriously at T. LaFaye Construction, Management, & Design. We consistently train and emphasize on maintaining safety measures on our jobsites to mitigate/eliminate any risk of "close-calls", injury, or accidents. Safety is the number one concern for all at our job sites.
Solutions and Troubleshooting Problems and issues may always come up. The way they are handled is what matters. We immediately wrap our minds and attention around the project, by focusing all of our resources on the issue in order to rectify it immediately. Whether working with the design team or our build team, the issue will be remedied efficiently and successfully.
Insurances and Bonds
T. LaFaye Construction, Management, Design ensures that the work in progress is under proper insurance and bonding coverages. Providing adequate insurance for the project adds to the surety of the job and so the owners can rest assured.
Project Close Out
We ensure owners receive all necessary close out documents for the project for any future needs. Any manuals, or product data needed for the job. There will be a close-out packet including but not limited to; all owner's manuals, commissioning's, warranties, Inspections and Engineers reports, As-built plans and Certificate of Occupancy.
We provide a solid warranty for every project, along with the manufacturer and labor warranties on every build. Providing our owners, the assurance needed for the continued quality of their job. Building a quality project with proper warranties, guaranties and contact information for each. You can always contact T. LaFaye Construction, Management, & Design and we are always happy to help with these concerns for you as well, in order to provide certainty and consistency for our clients.