What sets Houchin Construction apart is our Project Delivery System.

Having started as fabricators and erectors of metal buildings, residential projects were not initially a significant part of our portfolio. However, when one of our long-time commercial clients asked us to build his house, we agreed, and soon found that our Project Delivery System worked just as well to manage residential projects as commercial. This internal process includes various procedures, cost-controls, and schedule-controls. Our Project Delivery System brings balance to the project, and ensures each project receives the same commitment and attention to detail it deserves.

Although by name we are “contractors” or “builders”, at Houchin Construction we understand that our true role in your project is as Managers. We manage all parties, information, funds, and time needed to deliver an excellent product and an excellent experience. We utilize our Project Delivery System to manage all projects, regardless of size, scope, or contract type.

Why We Use Design-Build?

Design-Build works well for our residential projects as it is a more streamlined building process, allows for better collaboration, and provides better management of the selection process.

In the Design-Build approach, we become the head of your team with our Project Manager as your one point of contact from start to finish of your project. With in-house architectural services, we are involved in the design process and start managing costs and schedule from day one. We hire, and manage, not only the subcontractors and material suppliers, but also the engineers and other consultants. There is no blame or “finger-pointing” when problems or changes arise. We are accountable for and manage all changes and conflicts.

Residential projects are a much more personal process. This is the construction or renovation of your home, not an office or other commercial building. Everything that goes into it is a reflection of you and your tastes. We want to create a unique design that not only accurately represents you, but which you are comfortable in and proud to show off. The Design-Build model allows for better collaboration, and lets us deliver that one-of-a-kind look for you by having all parties on the same page from day one.

Residential projects require precise attention to detail in the selection process. To ensure everything comes together as intended, certain aspects of the materials need to be verified during the selection process. We excel at this process, and know the qualities to look for, measurements to verify, and questions to ask about the materials chosen. Since the selection process can start during or even precede the design, Design-Build is the best delivery model to ensure we can catch these elements at the right time to avoid problems during construction.

Benefits of Design-Build

Some of the main benefits our
clients find of Design-Build are time-savings, better value, and better process.

In Design-Build, we work to streamline the schedule long before construction begins. As the design develops, we can ensure the constructability of the plans from the start, rather than after the design is completed. We can pull in trusted consultants and subcontractors as needed to review or collaborate on design ideas and reduce permitting and construction delays later in the schedule. Long lead-time items are identified early and can be ordered concurrent to permitting, avoiding lag time once construction begins.

Value-engineering is the process of improving the value of a project by reducing either project or on-going costs while still maintaining the quality. In Design-Build, we can focus on this from the start, rather than trying to make changes later in the process. We work with you and the architect to identify lower cost alternative products and designs, or conversely explore methods that may incur a higher cost up front but help avoid costly maintenance or repairs in the future.

Proper coordination of a project is key to reducing headaches in the process. We understand all the disciplines involved in your project, the work needed from each team member, and the requirements to get a project permitted and built. By managing the sequencing and proper coordination of all information and parties involved, we can reduce re-work, conflicts, and make the entire process much smoother. With us as your one point of contact, you never have to figure out who to call with questions or worry about making sure information is shared to all who need it.

Phases of Design-Build

The phases of a Design-Build project tend to overlap, helping to reduce the overall duration of the project.

Although called the Design Phase, the design is not the first thing that happens. This phase starts with a review of your project goals, ideas, vision, budget, and timeline. If you do not already have a site, we can assist in reviewing potential sites for feasibility. If a site has already been selected, the existing conditions are documented and evaluated. Once all data is collected, a schematic design is prepared for your review and approval. If necessary, we may meet with county, city, or fire officials to discuss the project or plans. Preliminary budget and schedule are also established during this phase while the plans are developed.

As the plans are finalized, they are sent out to subcontractors and suppliers for pricing, and concurrently can be submitted for permitting. We send you submittals or samples to help in making selections. As pricing comes in and selections are made, we provide you with a formal budget and schedule. We order long-lead time items so that they arrive at the proper time during construction. We can also make some site preparations during pre-construction to ensure we are ready to start construction once permitting is completed.

Without having to go thru a second selection phase to choose a contractor, the Construction Phase can continue seamlessly from the Pre-Construction Phase. This is the most well known and most anticipated phase, as you get to watch the concept unfold from a two-dimensional drawing to a three-dimensional reality. We maintain our focus on quality, cost, and schedule throughout this phase. Regular meetings are held, submittal and sample process can continue, and updates to the budget and schedule happen in real time.

The Post-Construction Phase is often overlooked, however we commit just as much time and detail into this phase as the other phases of your project. We walk thru the project with you to generate a punch list, which is completed concurrent to final cleaning and touchups. We also compile extensive closeout documentation for you, including equipment and fixture warranties and manuals, finish selections, plans, certificate of occupancy, and other important information for the care and maintenance of your new facility.

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