Building with Oak

“Thank you for considering Oak Construction. We would love to partner with you on your new home or project.”

In the design and construction process, there are three primary parties to be identified… the Owner, the Architect, and the Contractor. On every project someone has to take responsibility for the design (typically the Designer) and someone has to take responsibility for the cost and the schedule (typically the Contractor).

The relationship between the three parties commonly takes one of three forms; Design-Build, Design-bid-Build or Construction Management. In our 30 years of experience, Oak Construction has proven capable and flexible enough to offer the owner any one of the three relationships. We will assume the role you are most comfortable with. As you browse our Portfolio Gallery and our Project Photos section, you will notice we declare the role of Oak Construction on each project.

Design Build

Design Build is a common yet often overlooked project delivery method in which a single firm is responsible for the entirety of your project, from the conceptual design through completion of construction. Design-build streamlines project delivery through a single contract between the owner and the design build team. This simple but fundamental difference saves money and time by transforming the relationship between designers and builders into an alliance which fosters collaboration and teamwork.

For more information, read Why Design Build.


Design-Bid-Build is a project delivery method in which the owner contracts with separate entities for both the design and construction of a project. Design–bid–build is the traditional method for project delivery and differs in several substantial aspects from design–build. With Design-Bid-Build, Oak Construction does not enter the process until after the design is complete.

Construction Management at Risk

With Construction Management at Risk, Oak Construction is selected as the construction manager and general contractor early in the design phase. We work closely with your architect to examine alternate materials, systems, and equipment for cost, quality and availability. We then perform due diligence reviews and offer value engineering suggestions. This early coordination fosters collaboration and focuses the entire team on finding the best solutions for your construction project. As the General Contractor we coordinate all subcontractor bids and determine a guaranteed maximum price for construction.

Project Development Process

All Oak Construction projects follow a disciplined order of execution. Attention to detail and excellent communication are the essential ingredients in every successful project. In our estimation, the customer should never be surprised. In that pursuit, we follow a detailed road map honed by 30 years of experience.

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Due Diligence

Prior to any design, it is prudent to conduct an analysis of limitations and restrictions imposed by local or jurisdictional regulations. This analysis is referred to as Due Diligence and can be conducted to varying degrees. As a minimum, we recommend conducting a Due Diligence survey prior to investment of the homeowner’s budget or designer’s time. This helps to ensure the homeowner’s vision to be realistic and feasible.

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At Oak Construction, we measure our success by the growing number of satisfied customers. Take a few moments to consider what our customers say about their homes and their working relationship with Oak Construction. We look forward to adding your testimony.

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If you would like to personally contact one of our customers, please call or contact us and we will provide you with a list of our customers willing to entertain your questions. You may also want to call a several of our subcontractors and professional affiliates. It is our goal to maintain a positive and professional relationship with everyone involved in a project.

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Professional Affiliates

Michael J. Sing, Architect

Moonlight Architecture

Element Design Group

Tony Beto, Architect

Frank Betz Associates, Inc.

Lewes Chamber of Commerce

Rehoboth Beach Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce

Resource Partners

Restoration Hardware

Ferguson Appliances

Cali Bamboo

Carlisle Wide Plank Flooring