Good value starts with a good price. The lowest cost isn't always the best value, but it’s a good place to start. The term “value” can mean something a little different to everyone asked.
Everyone defines good value a little differently, but to most it’s a balance between cost, performance and quality.
A home with Lasting Value should have these characteristics:
- reasonable initial price and operating costs;
- functional design and good performance;
- low maintenance and durability, and;
- timeless emotional and market appeal.
There are some strategies for achieving low initial cost that make sense if followed in steps.
- Design the home to be inexpensive to build.
- Evaluate needs and reduce emotional desires.
- Establish “preferred builder” status.
- Develop detailed specifications and work descriptions.
- Shop for the best price.
There are also strategies to consider to keep operation and maintenance costs in check.
- Capitalize on solar orientation and passive solar design techniques.
- Reduce energy demand and increase energy efficiency.
- Select low-maintenance products and use durable construction techniques.
- Follow Florida-friendly landscaping and irrigation recommendations.
- Perform routine maintenance and periodic performance checks.
Specifications compliment a set of construction drawings as the written description of work to be performed on a project.
There are two sides to the process of designing a home - aesthetic and functional. Good design is a function of understanding, what the customer likes, what they need and, what they can afford.
Energy efficiency starts with good design and a reduction of the demand for energy use.
The preferred builder is often rewarded by his trade contractors and suppliers.
Sustainable construction looks at the impact of a building over its entire lifetime, while optimizing its economic viability, performance and functionality.