Yes, we said it. Construction is disruptive and we urge you not to believe anyone who tries to convince you otherwise. It is loud, it is messy, and it is a far cry from your daily routine. For this simple reason, one of the discussion items we cover with clients during the design process is how they will operate during the construction process. Is a temporary rental available to them, and if so, at what cost? Does the preliminary budget include a line item for such expenses? What about storage of possessions you do not want damaged during construction? Businesses, families, individuals–all need to operate during this process–better to think about it while working through the design and plan ahead rather than waking up one morning to the sound of a sawzall.
One of our recent projects was profiled in the South Coast Almanac. Here we take a look at the nitty gritty details of how a stable can evolve into an ugly home, and eventually transform into a coastal retreat.