Design modestly and flexibly to allow future change. Challenge clients on extraneous spaces.
Make schematics clear. The less contractors see, the more they charge.
Tightly integrate the building. A simple structure is easy to build.
Create a hierarchy of finishes. Spend the money where you get the most value.
Let the house be what it is. If the roof is pitched, don't add wall-board to make the ceiling flat.
Standing-seam metal roofing and siding
“Attractive, durable, versatile. It's fantastic stuff.”
Corrugated Metals, 800.621. 5617; www.corrugated-metals.com. Petersen Aluminum Corp., 800.722.2523; www.pac-clad.com.
“I love the natural wood color. It's easy to machine and can be used for cabinets or wall panels in living areas.”
Hylan Design, 312.243.7341; www.hylandesign.com.
“Ikea has really great stuff—lighting, sinks, faucets, vanities.”
Ikea, 800.434.4532; www.ikea.com.
“Great products. They aren't the cheapest out there, but they're the best-looking and most reliable.”
Marvin Windows and Doors, 800.346.3363; www.marvin.com.
Speed-Rail industrial fittings
“They're easy to assemble and very low-maintenance. I used Speed-Rail with cargo netting for railings on the deck.”
McMaster-Carr Supply Co., 630.833.0300; www.mcmaster.com. U.S. Netting, 800.331. 2973; www.usnetting.com.