What is Design/Build?

A design/build company such as McBride Construction can often offer an easier and more affordable remodeling solution than hiring an architect and then putting your plans out for bid. The key to deciding what’s right for you is to understand the differences between the following two approaches:


Working with an independent architect to remodel your home, you will use a process that is known as design-bid-build. First the architect provides the plans that will be used to build your project, then you request one or more remodeling contractors to develop a bid for how much it will cost to build. Once you approve one of the estimates and sign the construction contract, the remodeling contractor you selected then starts construction.

One of the possible detriments of the Design-Bid-Build process is that you can get great plans only to discover that those plans are simply too costly for you to build. At that point, you will pay for the architect to revise the plans and then you will have to repeat the bid phase, while expending unnecessary energy and increasing your own personal frustration. Another difficulty is that you must manage more than one contract.


With McBride Construction’s design/build approach, our firm provides the services to design as well as to build your remodeling project, so you only have one contract. Our team of professionals draws up your plans and is held accountable for the final result. It is a collaborative effort that can save you time and money through its efficiency.

From the very beginning of your project, you are invited to be actively involved with our team, so the entire group can be responsive to your needs and desires. Your vision for the project, your budget needs, and your desired time frame for completion are all taken into consideration. A thorough cost estimate during the design phase reduces the likelihood of unforeseen expenditures during the material selection and construction phases.

Our team will help guide you in the material selection phase so you can freely choose the products you prefer without stressing about staying within your budget. Then the project can move seamlessly into the construction phase, since it was placed into the construction schedule during the design phase. After construction starts, communication with you will continue as needed, and you will be kept abreast of the progress. The goal of the design/build approach is to make your remodeling experience as enjoyable and positive as possible, and to guarantee that your completed project will be of the high standard of quality and design that you envisioned at the outset.

You can work with us even if you have your own architect. We bring to the table budgetary and schedule controls as well as an expertise in guiding our client through 100% of the product selection process. When the project is complete our clients will not be surprised by incomplete design, budget, schedule or quality.

Let us help you plan your next kitchen remodel.


Providing Commercial Building Services for Petoskey, MI and the areas of Bay View, Bay Harbor, and Walloon Lake