Design + Build: Marriage

  • 01 Aug 2011
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Funny I should say marriage. But to some degree, the relationship between the client and the master builder is a marriage of sorts. It also has an analogy to becoming pregnant. But I will save that for another post. I am married. For almost 20 years… and yes, to the same person. 4 awesome, yet exhausting little offspring, add even more chaos to the mix. Back to the point. The homeowner and team, whether a DESIGN / BUILD team or an architect and accomplice needs to be anchored in trust, communication, and equal vision.

Just like a marriage. My guess is, the more the merrier, adds inherent conflict, and will probably not work out. Less is more. Trying to decide to go to the movies is never simple in my family. The easy solution is ask them if they would like to join us for a family movie or would you rather mommy and I go to movies and you guys get a babysitter? The choice is simple and clear-cut.

The whole building process is filled with choices, decisions, and requests. It may also be filled with compromise, trade-offs, and discipline. And like a good marriage, the whole process can be very rewarding with a little effort and a trusting partnership.

It is vital that you trust your master builder and that he or she has your best interest in mind. The net net of a successful marriage between you, the home owner, and the master builder is truly personal. It’s home for you, and great satisfaction for the master builder. That is a win-win and a great foundation for future success.

Next week’s post: “Budget is what budget does”

Cite: Lazar, Steve. "Design + Build: Marriage" 01 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 Aug 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=155306>

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    Nice reading alternative for all the swamp of shiny renderings. A crucial issue expressed in a funny way. Great article, looking fwd to next weeks.

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