Architecture / February 3, 2018 / Oriane.
The notion of quality is multidimensional and includes aspects which may be appraised subjectively. The Latham Report identified a number of quality aspects which clients may seek in a satisfactory construction project: pleasing to look at; free from defects on completion; fit for the purpose; supported by worthwhile guarantees; satisfactory durability and customer delight. Several of these aspects are inherent in the design of the project, while others relate to how successfully the contractor constructs that design on site. The designers will aim to produce an effective and attractive spatial and structural solution to the clients brief. This should provide sufficient, well planned accommodation, using appropriate materials, components, equipment, fittings and furnishings to enable the building to perform effectively and efficiently. Ideally it should generate a sense of delight amongst it users and the public at large.
When considering building a new home, completely redesigning or doing a major addition on an existing home, the reality is there is a certain amount of money budgeted for the project. With a finite amount of money, if you were to only focus on the size of the house, the quality would suffer. The same is true of the inverse–using all of the best finishes and choosing high-end materials to enhance the quality of the home will necessitate a smaller-sized home. You must have a balance between size and quality. This relationship is not always obvious at first, but I have found that by talking with my clients about making smart choices and decisions, they can achieve a balance between size and quality and achieve their dream home.
We have all seen McMansions, they have one thing in common–they focus all of the quality on the front of the building with brick or stone or gables or arched windows. Meanwhile the sides and rear are completely devoid of character (quality) and so become bland vinyl-clad sides of a box that are truly ugly. But here is the motivator behind this: the decrease in quality allows the McMansion to increase in size. This happens in the interior, too. The volume of one big open room can seem impressive, but where are the cozy spaces for intimate conversations? Where can you get away to relax and read a book? Do you want everyone who is come for a holiday dinner to see all the dirty dishes used to prepare the meal? Is there a smart, discrete place for the powder room? At first glance, the larger home at the same price seems to be an excellent value, but there are things to consider when sacrificing other elements of a home for size. These show up in many, many ways including: Enjoyment of Your Home, Resale Value, bigger does not mean more value, Maintenance, Energy Bills
The location of the project will influence its cost. High value sites attract high value developments and it is inappropriate to locate low value projects on valuable sites. Local development plans will constrain what can be built on such sites in any case. In general, urban locations are more expensive than their rural equivalents due to higher local wages, costs associated with access constraints, limited space for staff accommodation facilities and material storage, and the additional security measures required.