Friday, February 20, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
- Time – Builders don’t make money until they start construction of the home. Sometimes they don’t make money until construction is completed. It drives them crazy having to wait for the design process to be completed.
- Money – Going through the traditional architectural design process costs money. Builders are constantly trying to manage escalating construction costs – and Architects represent another cost control issue.
- Attitude – Many Architects look down on the builder; and it shows. Our field likes to put down the housing industry, yet offers little in the way of assistance. So why would a builder want to work with us if he thinks we don’t respect him?
- Try to gain a better understanding the builders’ point of view. We also need to give them a better idea of who we are and the value that we bring to projects. We need to get out and start talking with them and learning from each other. With understanding comes mutual respect.
- Modify our process and deliverables for builders to save time and money. I am not arguing that we should give our services away. Our services are extremely valuable. I am only suggesting a modification of our services and deliverables to bring more value to the builder.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
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