Most builders will tell you that architects’ bid packages are typically not as detailed and complete as they could be. Some specs are not defined clearly, if at all. So builders then have to fill in the blanks. Builders get to select the brand or quality of lumber used, for example.
As the homeowner, you will rarely know why one bid was lower than the other. Even if you did know the technical differences, you may not appreciate the implications of these differences.
When we design a project for you, we design it knowing what materials and production approaches will be best for what you are looking for, your needs, and your budget. Because of the extended warranty we offer, we make sure what we design and specify will serve you best. We don’t want to have to fix something later because we cut corners up front. Architects know materials and how to spec them, but when we design your home we know how materials work in the field and spec the ones best suited for your objectives.