When it comes to building projects, you’ll make the big financial investments towards the end of the process when your building is being constructed. But when it comes to saving money, the biggest opportunities come at the beginning.
The reason for this is simple: you decide how much space you want to build at the start of the project and the cost of your project is in direct proportion to the amount of space you are building. Build more space than you need and you’ve wasted money before you even get to the build stage, so the size is the biggest decision you’ll make in terms of your budget. In comparison, when you reach the build stage, there are only relatively small decisions to make and they will only have a limited effect on your budget. For example, changing the specification of your paint during the decorating stage, while it will impact on the finished result, it won’t have a big impact on the budget.
We are passionate about the importance of getting the big decisions right (and we were delighted to see the importance of these decisions recognised in the new RIBA Plan of Work). Right from the start of your project we work closely with you to understand your needs, wants and desires. It means that the space we design is exactly the right size, delivers maximum value and saves you money at the build stage.
In short, we recognise the 80/20 rule when it comes to your budget, 80% of the important decisions are made at the start of the project and 20% at the end.