Saving money in hiring inexpensive or bad contractors (or friends with good intentions) will cost you exponentially more to get their mistakes, as well as their bad or poor work fixed.
Be it a million dollar home or a trailer, bad contractors will make a mess of it and run with your money. Be aware of Contractors who are known to cut corners. Their motto is usually: Nail it, smear over it and run!
There are also Contractors out there who will bid a low quote, just to get the job and then flood you with extras. Make sure to read the fine print or find out what is not included in their quote or check allowances for specific items. They can be way too low to complete the job.
Check out who you intend to hire to do your work before hiring them:
- Check out their work history
- Talk to at least three of their clients
- Go and check out their work yourself
- Make sure that there is no misunderstanding as to what needs to be done
- Be very specific and detailed with your requests
- Get two or three quotes
There are also great contractors out there who will know what to do, how to do it right the first time and make the finished product look professional. They are usually more expensive, but their work is, without question, worth the extra cost. Good work does take more time to complete than work that is done by cutting corners.
Take your time to hire a good contractor…
It pays off every time !!!!!
Never be afraid of ” Odd Shaped ” lots or properties. Most of the time they offer great opportunities for designers and architects to come up with extraordinary design ideas and shapes to accommodate both the resident owners needs, as well as the property, and still stay within the zoning bylaws and regulations.
This residence occupies 2400 square feet living space over 4 levels and has a 700 square feet private roof top deck with gardens and trees designed for relaxing and entertaining. The Main entrance at the street level was designed to also accomodate a protected carport for two cars.
Odd shaped properties, especially if they are small in size, are a perfect platform for designers, architects, interior designers as well as landscape architects to play and be creative. Odd shaped lots are most of the time also less expensive to purchase because many people have difficulty visualizing a home on them.
Do not be afraid to purchase an odd shaped lot, just make sure that you get a creative designer or architect to design your home for you. Odd shaped homes have lots of character and are fun to live in. Be BOLD and Good luck !
How would you feel about living in a triangular home, designed on a very odd shaped lot.
I just finished designing it, using the disadvantages to my advantage. One does not even know that it is triangular until walking around the property. It has a carport for two cars and roof deck for entertaining and/or sun tanning, with a garden area and trees.
For me, this has been a very exciting contemporary architectural and interior design project, and when completed I have hopes that it will be published in architectural and design magazines.
Many designers, architects, Interior Designers, Decorators and especially Owners of a house, condo, apartment, store etc. are very cautious to think outside the box and stand out from the rest of the group. If it looks old, it is established and safe.
What has happened to today’s Creativity??????
Is our generation not capable to come up with new ideas and creative design concepts to fulfill our needs?
The opposite is the truth!!!!!
We are more intelligent, have much more information at our finger tips, have much more materials and manufacturing processes to work with, much more skills to play with and much more complex demands than ever in the past.
Let’s be bold, lets stand out, let’s be US, let’s not be afraid to show everyone who we are, what we like, what we desire, what we dream off. Lets design of our spaces to be CREATIVE and also reflect our thoughts and feelings. Lets expose ourselves, our good and bad sides and be proud of it. No one is perfect, so why pretend…..be bold, be you and enjoy being true to yourself.
It is time to stand up, design and create our spaces without holding back and say:
THIS IS ME AND I LIKE IT !!!!!!
Buildings are integrated spaces, designed to accommodate particular functions as well as create atmosphere and feelings. Like living organisms, they represent intricate processes, qualities and their interactions.
Be it a high-rise or an igloo, buildings are Micro Worlds on their own. Small or large, they are self contained Bubbles, in which humans live, work, play, are born or die. We are all equal in our rights to be different. Each one of us is unique, and outside of our basic needs we all have our own way of doing things, our own likes and dislikes.
To create the RIGHT SPACE in which all these interactions and feelings take place, is an art in itself.
At AmaDesCo (Amalgamated Design & Contracting Ltd.), we understand this art of creating places in which, even on most difficult site locations, the collaboration of FUNCTION, FORM and BEHAVIOUR is pushed to its highest limits. Without imposing a style on either the space or the client, we design and create buildings from inside out, blending the outside with its larger surroundings. We approach every assignment, be it commercial or residential, with an open mind and a love for detail.