Less is more: The advantages of simple design and construction
November 26, 2015
Less is more.
You’ll know this saying (first popularized by minimalist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe). But it’s easy to forget when you get caught up with wanting more – especially when it comes to houses.
There’s nothing wrong with a big fancy house if you can afford it. It is after all, generally your single largest investment. But it’s also your single largest expense!
Bigger, more complicated houses, as well as costing more to build, mean higher insurance premiums, higher rates, higher utility bills and higher maintenance costs.
What are the advantages of simple design and construction?
Keeping your house construction simple and your design compact and space efficient has a number of advantages.
MINIMISE COSTS PER SQUARE METRE
Keeping the design and construction simple means your build cost is lower. You’re paying for less materials and less labour.
No surprises for the builders. No hold ups due to complicated structures and complicated problems. Approvals should be quick and simple too.
USE SPACE EFFICIENTLY
Simple well designed spaces enable efficient use of space. This makes for a practical easy to live in home and also eliminates any extra costs in terms of building, maintenance or energy use.
FOCUS ON BUILD QUALITY
Keeping the design simple and using proven materials and construction methods means you can trust the quality of the build and the longevity of the structure. Less can go wrong when the basic design has been used many times before. For example using eaves to ensure protection from weather.
USE QUALITY MATERIALS AND FITTINGS
Because a simple compact design means you save on the build cost you can invest in quality fixtures and fittings – again, ensuring the longevity of your asset.
No fashion fads or faux pas. Just a good honest house that will stand the test of time.
Keeping it simple means no surprises. You’re more likely to stick to your budget.
MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE
The basics are there. You’re using less materials to build. When your house is complete you’re using less energy to run it.
At Ezyline we build solid, practical homes for your farm, rental property, bach or low cost home.
We construct all of our houses at our yard in Mount Maunganui, and then we help you arrange transportation of your new home to your property – wherever that is in the North Island.
You’ll notice that we don’t often build mono-pitch, big window, designer homes – and that’s because we try to stick to the basics of conventional building. Less is more.
We hope you’ll enjoy the cost savings and simplicity that come with building this style of home. Call me on 07 572 0230 or view our plans.