Balancing Aesthetics and Budget

By October 29, 2009 November 22nd, 2019 No Comments

How do you strike a balance between aesthetics and budget? This is the question I spend my working life trying to answer.
In 25 years of residential designing and building I’ve only had one client who did not have a budget for their project. They had a vision and the resources to carry it out without compromise. Their house is a real showpiece and perfectly suited to their needs and wants. This scenario is by far the exception.

All of the other projects had a bigger wish list than the client could afford. This is normal. The culture we live in is pushing us to have more stuff. All the stuff we have needs a place, weather it’s a bigger closet for more clothes or a bigger garage for the new sports car.

I love to build. The bigger and more craftsmenship involved the better. I also realize that the delicate balance of size, looks and budget is hard to achieve. To get there takes experience and constant relentless attention to the details. Every decision needs to be weighed and considered as to is it the optimum choice, all things considered.

I believe it is my responsibility to help my clients get the most of what is important to them for their money. If more square footage is what they want and the budget is tight I can help economize the design to create a large but attractive solution. If quality is the most important, then I can provide them with the best available choices. If a tight schedule is part of the picture, we have the resources to work as rapidly as possible to meet the requirements.
The worst thing is when the client can’t build the project because the design is too expensive. Steps need to be taken all along the way in the design phase to insure the project is within the means of the owner. This is easier said than done and always a moving target because costs are continuously on the rise, so it’s important to stay current with real construction costs. At Landry & Foy Builders we have our ears to the tracks with regards to costs of all the systems that go into modern buildings and work closely with the various craftsmen and trades people to stay up to date on costs.

In the last few years the notion that we need to do a better job of taking care of our environment has gained acceptance. Green Building is now a thing people recognize and ask about. This is not a new idea, having first come to the public awareness back in the sixties. Current events lately though have begun to demand that we now take these issues more seriously. This is yet another dimension that needs to be taken into account when considering a construction project. I take them very seriously myself, so much so that we have installed photovoltaic solar panels and a net metering system on our house and are now producing more electricity than we use. I can help you do this for your project as well.

The puzzle of balancing all the variables and striving for the optimum solution is why I get up in the morning and look forward to working on the projects of our clients. Solving these puzzles is very satisfying, then I move on to the next challenge. .

Call us now and let’s start working on a solution to yours.