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Design-Build Contracts

When a construction project becomes problematic, it can be difficult for a homeowner to know who caused the problems. The advantage of a design-build contract is that there is only one person who is accountable to the homeowner.

In a design-build contract, one entity is hired to perform the services of the designer and contractor for projects such as room additions and other types of home improvement projects. That contractor is responsible for all the work done, in addition to any and all construction defects that may result.

Traditional construction projects have divided responsibilities.

The difference between a traditional construction project and a design-build contract is that a traditional construction project has different players.  The owner of the project may hire an architect to design the project and a separate contractor to construct the project. If something goes wrong, it can be difficult to decide who was responsible because each party may blame the other.

Design-build projects rely on a single point of responsibility.

In design-build contracts, the design-builder has full responsibility and cannot shift that responsibility to anyone else. The design-builder is responsible for all aspects of the project, including subcontractors and material suppliers. The design-builder is also responsible for meeting time and cost agreements.

If you have found construction defects, have had time delays in a design-build project, or have any other problems with your construction project, call us to schedule a free consultation at (626) 228-0638 to find out what legal solution would work for you.

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