Architecture / June 25, 2018 /
You do not live at the front door, the front elevation is very important, but so is the rear elevation. The back of the home is where you grill, entertain guests, and spend time with your family; it needs to look and feel great, too. Be thoughtful about how your house can help improve your mood and daily efficiency. All home design should focus on the day-to-day aspects of everyday life: coming into a welcoming, naturally lit mudroom (which I call a family foyer) from the garage is far better than entering your home directly into a laundry room with a pile of dirty clothes. Have a place to put keys, mail, sunglasses, hats, sports equipment, coats and gloves. I promise that by not having these items clutter your kitchen counters, it will improve your mood. You deserve to look forward to years of contentment and joy from your new or renovated home. Find the right balance and also consider: Circulation and flow, Interior vistas, and The orientation of your home to the sun. A breakfast table that sits in a warm and sunny spot every morning is a welcoming start to the day.
The relationship of quality to cost is often expressed in the saying that you get what you pay for. Cost is a critical factor in most building projects and some clients will seek a low price. Low price and maximum price competition, however, often have negative impacts on quality standards and achieving best value for money overall. In the current economic climate below cost tendering has heightened the risk of contractor insolvency and it may be difficult and expensive to obtain protection from this risk. Unrealistic and inadequate budgets often lead to projects becoming finance driven where cheaper options are preferred to better or more sustainable alternatives. Certain clients may have fixed budgets which may not be exceeded in any circumstances. In such circumstances the client will expect the quantity surveyor to maintain rigorous cost control during the project in order to deliver the project within budget. Designing to achieve such cost limits might curtail the introduction of beneficial features and or variations which may result in excessive running and maintenance costs later on.