What is Design-Build?

Design-Build is a project delivery system which streamlines construction by providing a single point of contact throughout the entire building process.

Under the Design-Build concept, the owner works directly with one company, such as Tamlin, from the design stage through to final move-in ready completion. This includes conceptual plans, preliminary budgets, permit plans, final budgets, hiring of professionals (such as engineers, surveyors, architects and interior designers), managing of all materials and labour for construction, and final delivery to the owner.

The Design- Build system is strongly tied to “accountability” since the design -build entity is responsible for all of the coordination to final occupancy permit.

Why Choose Tamlin?

Tamlin takes responsibility for building your custom home, or commercial building from conceptual stage to completion. We have the experienced staff and in-house resources to successfully plan and manage each project. We are a one-stop building solution with the advantage of integrating prefabricated building components, custom post and beam features, and energy efficient technology. Tamlin also coordinates building details with other professionals such as architects and engineers as required to achieve the intended vision of each project.

At our head office in Coquitlam, B.C., Tamlin has our own in-house experienced design staff available as an alternative or complement to other professional architectural services. Our project managers and project coordinators work with you with you from the preliminary design stage through to permit plans, budgeting, materials selection/procurement, scheduling of construction, coordination of all subtrades, and final occupancy approvals.

We ensure that all contracts and warranties are properly documented so your investment is protected. Tamlin can even help recommend options for financing.

The Benefits of Tamlin’s Design-Build System

More Efficient Communication



With a single point contact, communication is direct between the owner and Tamlin Homes. This eliminates confusion amongst suppliers, subtrades and professionals. Speed and clarity of communication are improved.



Tamlin is an experienced builder (Est. 1977) and accountable from the beginning to the final move- in ready stage of completion. Design, budget, quality and completion time are all critically important.



Less Administration



In a Design-Build project, the owner signs a single contract with Tamlin. This streamlines the process so the owner can focus on priority project details, and important decisions to meet critical time lines rather than handling multiple contracts from different companies with an overload of information and paperwork.



Tamlin designs and builds as a “builder” with practical solutions to cost savings while maintaining quality. Tamlin works out all the details of construction ahead of time which saves money on “change” orders later on.

Reduced Costs

“Hybrid Building Design”



Tamlin is one of the few companies who are able to integrate conventional building design (in contemporary or traditional styles) with factory made building systems such as SIPs (structural insulated panels), ICF (insulated concrete forms), panelized walls, custom post & beam prefabricated components, and other building envelope systems.



Tamlin’s prefabricated building components not only allow for efficient year-long construction but allow 30-50% faster building time to lock up. This is particularly beneficial in remote projects. Drawings and details are “signed off” at each stage of planning to reduce or eliminate delays later on. A detailed “Gantt” chart is used for scheduling of construction, and this is continually updated.


Faster Construction Time


Open Book Accounting



Tamlin uses an advanced project management software system to track all costs, budgets and compare “actual” to “projected” costs throughout construction. All invoices and costs are linked to Tamlin’s in-house accounting system to provide the most up to date cost tracking system. Our clients have access to view their project details at any time.



Tamlin works with each of its clients to provide realistic and attainable budgets based on a builders’ experience not a stand-alone designer’s estimate.

Realistic Budgets


Minimized Risks



Tamlin is accountable to complete your project on budget and on time. Our goal is to reduce the risk of cost overruns (by careful pre-planning, and cost tracking during construction), but we also recommend contingency budgets for items that might not be fully known during the preliminary stages. Tamlin is a licensed builder (in B.C.) and offers a 2-5-10 year warranty on residential homes. (Ask for details).



Achieving your project goals is a priority from the design stage. Tamlin is committed to collaborating with other professionals, architects, interior designers, and our network of suppliers/subtrades so you have one team working for you.


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