Navigating Your Dream Home Transformation: The Design-Build Timeline

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Are you ready to embark on a transformative journey for your home? At Macktown Construction Group, we prioritize a seamless and well-organized remodeling process. Let’s guide you through the timeline of our design-build remodeling project, providing you with a clear roadmap for your dream home transformation.

Our Timeline

Begin with a friendly phone consultation where we delve into your preferences and project goals. Discuss your space’s intended use, explore contractor preferences, and establish a budget range. This sets the foundation for the exciting steps ahead.

If we’re a good match, an obligation-free in-home consultation follows. This involves measuring dimensions, capturing photos and videos, and delving into a discovery session to understand your design preferences and functional needs.

Translate insights from the site visit into action. Craft a preliminary design and estimate the investment range. This collaborative phase ensures your vision aligns with the budget, paving the way for design and development contracts.

Upon accepting the Design & Development Contract, detailed design work begins. This phase encompasses site measurement, conceptual drawings, zoning compliance, and material selections. Collaboratively define design concepts, select materials, and evaluate budgets aligning with your vision.

Following collaborative efforts, the Build Contract takes center stage. Refine the home remodeling design, confirm selections, define project start dates, timelines, and payment schedules. With the contract signed and a downpayment made, transition from strategic planning to dynamic project implementation.

With zoning and permit approvals secured, our remodeling professionals take charge. Your Project Manager becomes the central point of contact, guiding the daily workflow, resolving queries, and updating schedules. The comprehensive decisions made during the Design Phase ensure a smooth construction process.

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Additional Insights

Is Macktown Construction Group’s process aligned with industry standards? According to CBF Contracting, Inc. and Progressive Design Build, a design-build project timeline is very similar:

  • Project Planning (4-8 weeks):
    • Involves finalizing the scope of work and setting the project schedule.
  • Design Phase (3-8 months):
    • Includes creating the initial design, making revisions, and finalizing the plans.
  • Preparation and Construction (2-8 months):
    • Moves into preparation and construction, securing approvals, ordering materials, and executing the construction work.
  • Post-Construction (Time as needed):
    • Includes a final walk-through, addressing concerns, and providing documentation.

Factors Affecting Project Timeline

  • Project Scope and Complexity
  • Design Phase Delays
  • Permitting and Approvals
  • Material Selection and Availability
  • Changes in Project Scope
  • Coordination and Communication

The Design-Build Difference

Many homeowners underestimate the time it takes to complete a project. Additionally, homeowners may only need a general contractor versus an entire design team for their project. Save yourself some time with the planning process by understanding what the advantages and differences are between the two with this quick breakdown from Lamont Bros. Design & Construction.



  • Seamlessly integrating design and construction, offering a unified experience from start to finish.
  • Collaborative Planning 
  • Guides you through project planning, from layout to specific details.
  • Budget estimation ensures cost control.

Construction Phase

  • Build team executes construction using plans provided by the design team.
  • In-house collaboration ensures quick issue resolution during construction.

General Contractor

  • Oversees the construction project, coordinating various subcontractors.
  • Separate Entities
  • Design and construction handled by different entities.
  • Interprets design plans provided by an external architect or designer.

Coordination and Oversight

  • Hires subcontractors for specific tasks, ensuring timely work completion.
  • Responsible for overseeing any changes needed during construction.

Differences and Considerations

Advantages of Design-Build

  • Budget Integration
  • Designer’s Incentive
  • Clear Project Scope

Disadvantages of Design-Build

  • Not all Design-Build Companies are good at both Design & Building
  • Less Suited for smaller, simple projects

Advantages of General Contractor

  • Suitable for smaller, simpler projects
  • Homeowners freedom to choose each portion of the teams

Disadvantages of General Contractor

  • Limited Budgeting Support
  • Split Responsibility

In summary, the choice between design-build and a general contractor depends on the project’s complexity, budget considerations, and homeowner preferences. Each approach has its advantages and potential drawbacks, making it essential to align the choice with the specific needs of the remodel project.

Embark on your home transformation journey with Macktown Construction Group, where excellence meets efficiency, and the design phase and construction phase are combined to produce a more effective, cohesive, client-focused process.

  • Project timelines speed up considerably compared to the general contractor approach.
  • You have one accountable entity for both design and construction elements.
  • There’s less opportunity for errors or quality issues to occur.
  • Homeowners are provided with a higher level of communication, and a higher level of confidence during production.
  • With our Design-Build approach, quality control is measured under the same umbrella – beginning, middle and end. This more focused project management process results in a lack of disputes between designers and builders… as well as less risk for you, the homeowner.
  • By choosing a company with in-house designers, planners and builders, everything is totally streamlined.

Contact us today to bring your dream home to life!