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How do Design & Build versus Architect + Contractor costs compare?

Mike Garrison
last month
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Generally speaking, how do "Design & Build" versus "Architect + Contractor" costs typically compare?

In case anyone isn't familiar with the terminology, a Design & Build (D-n-B) is a company that has architects and trades (and usually engineers, interior designers, etc.) all working under one roof.

Architect + Contractor, at least in this context, is the traditional route: find an architect, pay him/her to make a set of plans, send those plans to several contractors for bid, select a contractor, then work (primarily) with the contractor from there forward.

I'm curious as to how the costs typically compare in terms of a percentage.

Thanks for any replies.


ETA: The project under consideration is a Great Room addition.

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