Architect vs Design/build
Hey everyone, new to the forum here and know that the info gained here is going to be indispensable.
As the title of this post suggests, we are conflicted on whether to use a design/build firm or an architect to build our reiterment home in Florida. So far we have only contacted design/build firms and the disparity in initial estimates is quite ridiculous (nearly $1million!!!). We work hard for our money and don't want to get taken for a ride. The significant variation in price is making us second guess our initial inclination to go with a design/build firm. We thought that we could save money by cutting out the architect's fees, but it now seems that some of these design/build firms are taking advantage of us managing the build out of state.
The whole notion of contracting with an architect and having contractors bid on the project is looking more and more attractive.
We are just worried that all the bids will come in over budget and we will be stuck. On the other hand we are thinking that if we let the architect know our budget, we might be able to design a house that contractors will be able to build for a lower price and we could potentially offset the architect's fees.
Is this reasonable?
Any insight will be greatly appreciated.
Some additional info. We are building near the water so the home and pool area needs to be elevated either on a stem wall or piles depending on the results of the soil analysis.