Collaboration between you and your design-build team begins with your first in-home meeting. The top priority in the initial consultation is for the design experts to listen carefully, discover your core needs, and align them with your vision for the project. The other very important discussion that will take place is about your budget. Be upfront about your budget, because in the design-build process, the team will design to your budget. Knowing how much there is to spend gives the estimator the opportunity to maximize your budget and give you the best value for your investment.