November 22, 2012:
We went to site with our contractor today to take a look at our #LongBranch project. The clients *think* they would like to eventually put a 2nd storey addition on but would prefer to renovate the main floor of the house which is techinally a sidesplit first. Our contractor delivered the bad news that in order to support the structure above, he doesn't feel we could phase it.
Shiznits. That's a poopy answer. Talk about raining on our parade.
However, looking at the house itself, there are other options that would make this phasing possible but it just doesn't involve building the entire house up. Now I can see the possibilities as can our contractor but our client, is more hesitant though she seems to be leaning to wanting to get on board our new party train. UPDATE: Cient emailed. We are going to fully investigate all options and the prices associated with each. Dun Dun DUnnnnhhhhhhhh!!!
The balance as the designer though is to open the client's mind up to all the amazing possibilities that can be all the while not making it seem like they are settling because they aren't they are just revising their initial expectations. NOT a downgrade. The client asked the contractor if I was selling her a line of BS at one point (did I mention that we are friends and this was totally in jest?). Design is always a sales job so I often have to remind others that I work for good not evil. It's times like these that knowing what your client wants/needs from a functional basis is important. Add on top of it what they hope to gain experientially from the changes and it's much easier to find solutions. Well usually. Planting a money tree never hurts either.