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What does Design/Build mean in the Custom Home Building Industry?

Design-Build. A project delivery system used in the construction industry. A method in which the architectural drawings and all construction services needed for the build are contracted by one business. Where architects, estimators, builders and designers work together, under one roof, to create the best possible solution for any custom home contract.

So, what does this mean to you, the homebuyer? This process means that you will only be contracting and interacting with one company. In the design-bid-build or general contacting method, buyers use an architect, and a separate builder. The homebuyer has to coordinate with both entities and manage the two of them successfully with hopes that each program integrates well with the other.

With a design/build company, architects work on the same team with estimators, carpenters and designers. Lead team-members work together from the inception of each home project to the final stages to achieve the most cost effective viable solution. This process minimizes the risk for the project owner, and reduces delivery time by overlapping all design and build phases from the beginning.

  • One bid phase – one estimate

  • One team of architects, estimators, carpenters, designers, all working under one roof

  • No gaps in the production – quicker delivery

  • More control on quality, craftsmanship, and design

  • Single source accountablility

  • Better pricing resulting in reduction of cost for the customer

At Paquin Design/Build, our 15 years of experience has helped us to perfect this process and has contributed to building our reputation as a sought after custom homebuilder on the Eastern Shore. We have successfully built homes in Annapolis, Severna Park and Shady Side in Anne Arundel County; Stevensville, Kent Island, and other areas of Queen Anne’s County; and in many communities in Talbot County including St. Michaels and Easton. From the architectural renderings to the interior selections, we work hard to streamline the entire design/build process, creating a better buying and building experience for our clients.

If you’re considering building new, or remodeling your existing home, we’d love to discuss the process with you and assist you in taking the first steps towards your new home.

Contact our team at or by calling us at 410-643-7811 and we’ll get started today.

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