Professional in their approach, knowledgeable in execution; passionate about helping us to fulfill our goals for the project. Love to innovate, problem solve; seek out opportunities to incorporate customized features, create one-of-a-kind looks. Met timeline and budget challenges head-on without excuses. A great core team, with great subs & suppliers."


- Rob Byko - Sullivan's Island "Tree House" Project


Custom Home Builders

Design-Build Process

Not all Charleston Design-Build firms are the same. Sea Island Builders' unique ability to consistently provide top quality results and receive superb client satisfaction reviews is a direct reflection of the construction experts on our staff, the design firms and subcontractors we partner with, and our successful Design-Build Process. This Design-Build Process allows Sea Island Builders to serve as a single point of responsibility and accountability in assembling and managing the best team for each project and meeting or exceeding each project's goals. Sea Island Builders' Design-Build Process helps prevent delays and minimizes unforeseen construction costs due to deficiencies which are typical in other project delivery methods. Accurate costing information and realistic schedules are developed and provided early in the design phase. Clients receive input from architects, designers, engineers, builders, and subcontractors while making decisions. Sea Island Builders' Design-Build approach focuses the project team's efforts in a streamlined manner which helps reduce cost, control schedule, and maximize efficiency. Pre-Construction Services are led by a professional who will work alongside the Construction Team to align and integrate project goals and to help ensure a successful project delivery.


The advantages of Sea Island Builders' Design Build Process summarized:

  • Faster design phase

  • Creation of and maintaining realistic project completion dates
Accurate costing early
- Minimized design and construction costs
Fast track project scheduling allowing construction to begin before full design is complete

  • Single point of accountability and responsibility for design, budget, and project delivery

  • Contractor / subcontractor change orders are minimized if not completely eliminated which greatly controls project costs

  • Specials services such as feasibility studies, value engineering, and life cycle costing analyses and break even analyses for various systems


Choosing The Right Custom Home Builder


Selecting the right custom home builder may seem like a daunting challenge. Sea Island Builders understands the importance of selecting the right builder for your home – a custom home builder who listens and shares your vision; a home builder who is totally committed to the delivery of your new dream home, and has decades of experience building new custom homes across Charleston, South Carolina. There are distinct advantages to working with a design-build company like Sea Island Builders versus choosing the design-bid-build project delivery method.


Beach HomeThe design-build approach provides a single source of accountability for your entire project. The design-build method fosters teamwork as the architect/designer, engineer, contractor, and other consultants work together developing the project. The relationship built during the design phase helps ensure a successful construction project which is usually defined by finishing on or under budget, and on or ahead of schedule. However, in the classic design-bid-build project delivery method the owner must select an architect/designer, finalize the design, bid the project, select a contractor, often rework the plans, and then act as an intermediary.


In taking the design-build approach, budget parameters are discussed during the design phase which helps keep the project design and scope within a realistic budget. Communicating the cost implications of design decisions ensures that the owner plays a key role in arriving at the final project price and makes informed decisions along the way. Once the scope of work has been finalized, the project costs are clearly defined, and controlled by the design-build firm. The owner is neither overwhelmed by nor wastes time by having to review quotes, bids, and contracts or by trying to compare pricing and look for gaps in scope. Specific design and construction details are developed throughout the entire design process with the focus on owner “value”. The owner makes decisions while Sea Island Builders provides complete information to help owners prioritize and ensure that they receive the absolute best value in their project. The tremendous benefit of working with a construction expert and design professional collaboratively helps ensure potential problems are discovered and addressed well before construction begins.


Design-build projects are routinely completed in a shorter amount of time by reducing rework and “bid” time. Scheduling for the project and coordination with subcontractors begins before designs are fully complete; this enhanced communication helps keep everything moving along, eliminating delays, and eliminating potential problems. The design-build method helps eliminate ambiguity in material and construction specifications. The designer, contractor, and engineer work together with a unified focus on protecting the client’s best interest. A Charleston custom home builder with this approach is inherently more apt to finish projects on budget and on schedule with the owner realizing all the benefits of “one-stop shopping” at its finest.


Sea Island Builders designs, builds, and improves homes around the Charleston, SC area. Most of our work is performed in a design/build arrangement, where the design and construction are under our management. We often introduce outside architects to project teams to best fit the individual tastes and needs of clients. Sea Island Builders is open to working with outside architects and design professionals. The first step is reaching out to consult about your project. Sea Island Builders promises to put our clients’ best interest first and foremost in every aspect. One call, and you will quickly discover what makes Sea Island Builders the best custom home builder in the Charleston region. Sea Island Builders looks forward to earning your trust, becoming your construction partner, and building a relationship that lasts decades to come.