Design-Build Architects, located in Boston, MA, was developed out of the desire to merge the design and construction teams to deliver quality and affordability to our clients. We believe a successful project begins and ends with collaboration between all parties involved. With DBB, you get a contractor and architect as one entity. As the client, you don't have to play the middle-man, negotiating between two teams, with two different intentions, on two entirely separate contracts. We take care of everything from initial budgeting from Design, permitting, to construction. DBBCO exists as two companies, Design-Build Architects for Design and Design-Build Boston Construction for the actual construction. This only exists for insurance purposes, but in practice, consider us as one company.
Functionally speaking, the primary objective of making architectural design work is to provide shelter. How well the building works relies on sound design. That's where High-Performance Building comes in.
Steve Jobs once said, "Design is not about how it looks; it's how it works!" Even though he was referring to computers, this is still true about Design, especially architecture.
Architecture is about how it works; it's about how a building sits on a site and responds to light. It's about making space within a place, not a one-size-fits-all. A good design is about being invisible and seamless–the wrong Design is like a loud ringing in your ear disrupting your everyday life. When Design works, the world has order; when a design fails, the world is in chaos.
Design|Build Boston strives to take on projects that focus on energy efficiency, building durability, but most of all human comfort. We are a Certified Passive House Builder and if obtaining passive house certification isn't your end goal we still use their requirements as the standard of which to aim. Click here to learn more about Passive House.
Typical projects separate the responsibilities between the design and construction aspects. The owner will hire the architect first; once the design phase is complete, they contact a contractor. Depending on the project's complexity, the owner will hire an architect to monitor the quality and accuracy of the contractor. This interaction tends to build tension between the construction and the design teams. More often than not, it makes for a poor experience for all parties, with the homeowner dealing with most of the stress. Design|Build is a project delivery method that unites the architect and the contractor to make for a more seamless and enjoyable process for the homeowner.