When it’s time to remodel your Maryland home and you need to choose a custom home builder in Annapolis, there are two options. You can choose a conventional remodeling service or you can opt for a design-build approach. "But what is design-build?" Put simply, it is a custom approach to making changes to your home with a builder that does both design and construction. At Tailorcraft Builders, we work with you from start to finish, ensuring you have fewer headaches, heartaches and surprises along the way. We hope choosing an Annapolis builder becomes easier when you understand the benefits of the design-build process.
Read more about what makes design build special below.
As a design-build remodeler, we generally break the process down into three important phases. Here’s a quick overview of what happens in each phase:
This part of the process involves in-depth conversations about your investment. After carefully noting your desires in our initial meetings, we create a design that includes a list of items you would like in your home. This will determine the initial scope of work.
Many Annapolis home builders use “off-the-shelf” home plans to remodel your home. But if your goal is to have a distinctive style that reflects your specific lifestyle, a cookie-cutter approach won’t do.
Great remodeling results don’t just happen. They require careful planning. A quality design-builder will listen to your needs and desires carefully before creating the plan.
This part of the process makes sure you and your remodeling team see eye to eye.
To get superior construction results, we need a comprehensive plan of action to ensure the project is completed successfully and on budget. It requires a thorough knowledge of design and planning. The experts at TailorCraft are well versed in all phases of project planning. They know exactly how to ensure every detail is covered.
During the pre-construction phase, we work with you closely to determine the quality materials needed to deliver the results you want as we plan for building. We work with you to finalize the selection of interior and exterior finishes.
We then walk you through the entire project with our construction team. Once all decisions are made, we will finalize the costs, schedule, and contract.
This part of the process eliminates the surprises (for both cost and schedule) that so many homeowners dread.
In this part of the process, you’ll be introduced to your project manager for a full on-site project review. It’s an opportunity for you to ask questions about the process.
Once construction commences, you’ll receive regular updates on the process as well as answers to any questions you may have.
Forty-five days after the completion of your project, we will contact you to check in, get feedback from the project, and ensure you’re enjoying your new space.
Some people are content to simply give their homes a bit of a "facelift" and freshen things up a bit. But if you want your home to better fit your family's needs for style and comfort, you may want more. Design-build provides a design that is created to meet those demands. And it's also a process that identifies scope and cost up front, so there are no financial surprises when you get the final bill.
If that appeals to you, we invite you to contact us with the form to the right. We can show you first hand why design-build is the better option for home remodeling in Annapolis, MD.
There are a number of things that separate the way design-build remodelers approach a project from the way that general contractors do. Let’s look at five of those things — and how they benefit you as a homeowner in Annapolis, MD:
Great remodeling results begin with great design. When you work with a design-build remodeler, members of the same team are working on both parts of the remodeling equation. Your designer won’t create a plan that the craftsmen can’t build. Even if you have complex needs, a design-builder team works together to make sure the solution is aesthetically pleasing and functional.
You’ve heard about delays some homeowners experience when remodeling. Because of the superior communication between team members mentioned above, there’s no such time lost due to miscommunication. There’s no waiting for someone to get back to the contractor to clarify. Everything is handled as a tight-knit team effort.
Every aspect of the design and construction is closely monitored at every stage of the process. Once again, because everyone involved in the renovation is on the same team there is no debate or variance about what constitutes a quality result. You get consistency from start to finish.
General contractors will often propose the least expensive materials for your project (commonly referred to as “builder quality” materials). That’s not the way we work at TailorCraft Builders. After finding out what you want, we acquire the materials that will deliver the quality, look, and comfort you want when the project is complete, and for many years to come.
Sometimes remodeling projects can go wrong and everyone assigns blame. That won’t happen with an Annapolis design-build remodeler. There’s no room for finger pointing. Everyone on the team shares responsibility. Everyone is motivated to get it right the first time. And as the homeowner, you have the ultimate say. An Annapolis design-build remodeler depends entirely on your satisfaction for its reputation.
Having the designers and builders working together from the very beginning results in better planning and processes. That eliminates costly “surprises” in the remodeling process. The result: the price you’re quoted is the price you’ll pay.
In a way, the design-build process is a bit like “one-stop shopping” for your remodeling needs. You have everything you need in one place. Of course, choosing the right remodeling company (one you can trust) is essential to getting the right results.
Educating yourself about the process is essential to getting the best results. We’re committed to help our clients get the information they need to come up with the best ideas and make the right choices for their home. That’s why we offer free remodeling resources that help our clients inform themselves. To see more helpful resources go to our client resources page.
Our Remodeling a House eBook walks you through all the information needed to start the Annapolis home remodeling process. There is a lot of planning involved in a remodeling project, and this eBook will both inspire and prepare you as you learn about:
The benefits of remodeling your home
Tips for kitchen layout and kitchen design
Bathroom lighting and amenity design ideas
Tips for making the most out of your space
Ideas for outdoor remodeling
Here are some additional free resources on the remodeling process from our blog:
Do Reviews Matter When Choosing a Design-Build Company?
3 Advantages of Working with a Design Build Firm
How Remodeling Can Influence Real Estate Taxes on Your Home
Finance or Cash: Smart Ways to Pay for Your Home Remodel
It’s one thing to talk about the concept of design-build remodeling in Annapolis, MD. It’s another thing to see actual examples of how the process works. Here are a few examples of projects we’ve successfully completed using the design-build process.
It’s been said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s arguably the most used room in the house. Meal preparation, casual meals, family meetings, and entertaining all happen here. That’s why when you remodel with an Annapolis home builder, it's essential to plan your kitchen properly to meet all of those needs and give it a look you’ll love. Click here for additional photos that will show you how we created a kitchen that does all that for one Annapolis family.
Are you nervous about making mistakes with your first remodel? Read about the 5 Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid or Mistakes to Avoid When Remodeling Your Kitchen.
Bathrooms today are much more than purely functional “necessary rooms.” They are private spaces that comfort and pamper you and make getting ready for your day—or winding down for the night—a pleasure. Click here for photos of the Master Bathroom we created with a Maryland homeowner.
If you're still unsure about remodeling your bathroom with a Maryland home builder, read our blog articles on How to Remodel a Bathroom and compare the benefits of remodeling the Kitchen vs. Bathroom.
In the past, basements were (and sure, some still are) dark and smelly with a weird uncomfortable moisture that lingered in the air. Today’s remodeled basements are brighter, more beautiful and can be great spots to watch sports, movies, or simply listen to music with friends. Click here for images of some amazing basement remodels by TailorCraft, Annapolis custom home builders.
Sometimes there’s just no substitute for more space. Maybe you need an extra bedroom because your kids are too old to share. Perhaps you want to build an “in-law suite” for aging parents. Or it could be that you want a special room for entertaining friends. Click here for additional pictures of home addition projects by TailorCraft, custom home builders in Maryland.
What can you do if you love your neighborhood and really like the exterior of your Annapolis home but find that the interior no longer reflects your style? A whole home remodeling may be in order. It’s essential, however, that you work with an Annapolis builder who will make sure all the parts work together to create the look and flow you want in your home. Click here for photos.
Read our blog to learn about some recent trends and design ideas:
6 Stunning Design Build Homes Annapolis
Should I Remodel My Annapolis Home in 2019?