Budget constraints and time pressures can all too often eclipse the importance of designing to last. Yet buildings of quality that exhilarate the senses and enhance the environment will reward their owners for decades to come, and not least, financially.
Here Today. And Here For Tomorrow.
At Schmidt Associates, we believe passionately in building for tomorrow. Not to elevate our status or build reputation. We believe in building to last because it brings a whole range of benefits to everyone involved. It is invariably, over time, the most economical approach as well. Good buildings are by their very nature durable. And good buildings are only good if they please, stimulate, challenge and reward.
For us, that means each new design has to be nothing less than a tailored, personal response to the needs and aspirations of each client, not a re-run of our existing portfolio. It also means that every project has to strive to be the very best of its kind. There is no room for “there or thereabouts” in our design dictionary. Every choice we make, from the big decisions around spaces and materials to the detailed selection of individual finishes and technologies is focused on answering a single question: “will this improve the experience and the lives of the users of this building?”
True Value. And False Economies.
There is a saying, in which we would challenge, that states “short-termism is the only road to savings”. Form should follow function in the most economical ways achievable. In a built environment of boxes, why would anyone trouble to think outside the box? In our experience, this is the wrong road to take, not least because it quickly – and ironically – proves the most expensive.
Practical situations support our thinking. Time after time, we have created a whole new life for a building of real quality, at a fraction of the expense of tearing down an indifferent one and starting again. And every time we build from the ground up, we commit to creating a lasting and positive legacy for owner and users alike.
To have a conversation about how our Schmidt Associates team can support you in building a lasting legacy of value, get in touch.