Todd Hallett, AIA, President of TK Design & Associates, Inc. (tkhomedesign.com) has been designing award winning homes for over 20 years. He spent 15 of those years working for a $50 million production building company. Todd designed all of their homes but also worked in every other aspect of the company including purchasing, development, land acquisition, product development, and operations, and was President of the company for three years. Equipped with his vast building experience and fueled by his love for architecture he left to form an architecture firm that is second to none in working cohesively with Builders. Todd specializes in Lean Design and works, alongside Scott Sedam of TrueNorth Development, in the trenches with builders, suppliers, and trade contractors. His Lean Design blog appears weekly at Housingzone.com. Todd welcomes your feedback at [email protected] or 248.446.1960.
Lean design and curb appeal: A marriage made in heaven – Lean Tuesday with Todd Hallett
Lots of matrimony talk lately. From the saccharin sweet royal wedding to the much publicized split between J’Lo and Marc Anthony - some marriages are meant to last while others fade away. The marriage that I am most excited about (save for my own naturally) is the one between Lean design and curb appeal. These two young lovebirds are guaranteed to make it for the long haul.
Lean Design is often misunderstood. Often people imagine a Lean plan to be stripped of all the dramatic amenities and aesthetics that make homes exciting and marketable. Just the opposite is true. The best approach is to strip the plan but to strip it only of waste. Nearly 60 percent of all construction waste begins in the planning stage. When a structured approach is taken to eliminate this waste then construction costs can be dramatically reduced. It is our recommendation to use part of the savings and invest it back in to the home to increase amenities and more importantly it’s curb appeal.
Curb appeal pulls at the heart strings of the buyers. Everyone loves a beautiful home. Imagine the strength of the union between curb appeal and Lean design and the effect this marriage can have on your absorption rates. Now that is romantic!
So raise a glass and toast the young couple for soon they will be expecting a new arrival. In fact they have already picked a name - profit.