Home Remodeling [3.0] — Budget Wisely

When thinking of budget there are actually few budgets that you need to plan. Let’s start from the beginning of the project: In early design phases you’ll count everything that you want done and arrive at a number. Let’s say … Read More

Home Remodeling [4.0] —Notes About the Budget

Prerequisite: Home Remodeling [3.0] — Budget Wisely If you look at the budget stages, you can notice that in each stage you can’t predict or see what is going to come in the next. No matter how detailed your initial budget is, you … Read More

Home Remodeling [5.0] — Roles and Interests

Navigating through the maze of home building is easier if you understand roles and interests that drive behaviors. Each role has its rational interests, inherited interest, but also its personal, intrinsic interests. Additionally, there are two variations of each role, … Read More

Homeowners, Architects, Builders… We Deserve Better

Our industry, the building industry, is in technological stone age. In the age of information we build information in CAD, reduce it to the PDF, email to our colleagues to print it and look at it same way they would look … Read More

Three Pillars of Architectural Service

Not to be Confused with “What is Architecture” What do Architects do, and why one should pay them? In my 20 something years in AEC industry I had to answer this question to myself and then to the clients, their … Read More

Should I Spend a Dollar ?

…or Marginal Cost=Marginal Revenue Somewhere at the start of my MBA path, econ professor Sebastian Edwards walked into his first class and said: Marginal Cost=Marginal Revenue is the answer to all the questions in this life and if you answer … Read More

Is it Important?

…or, who is going to see the difference? Setting priorities is the key when time is limited. But how to decide what is the priority. When in doubt, appropriate question is : Is it Important? In a time of ever-shortening architectural … Read More

The Worst Self-inflicted Disaster

… that can happen to your project is running out of funds midway through construction There is an old saying: The only thing worth less than a bare piece of land is land with an unfinished structure on it… (just … Read More

Timeline vs. Deadline

.. or plan vs. wish list When I was young and unexperienced, I assumed that a client’s organization is, by definition of the relationship, better managed. Haphazardly, to my great disbelief, and definitely too late, somewhere along the way I realized … Read More

Chess, Strategy, Design….

…they all like to come from one mind There is a reason why chess is not a team sport. If you and I would play chess together against a seven year old, we would lose miserably. If we would try to … Read More