A Good House

 Kitchen makeover in a brand new house

Kitchen makeover in a brand new house

There are any number of contractors out there who can build you a house, and it'll even keep the rain out - for a while. We believe, however, that people have a right to expect more than just simple shelter from their home. A good house, first and foremost, should be built to last centuries. And, since it's going to be around for a while, it might as well look good. It doesn't take much extra effort to build a house that not only performs as it should but also is pleasing to the eye, but the vast majority of houses built in the last 50 years somehow couldn't pull it off. We won't speculate on the reasons for this, for now, but rather focus on the remedy. A constant attention to detail is what, we believe, separates a good builder from an adequate one and, consequently, a good house from an average one. This attention to detail encompasses everything from design to construction techniques to choices of hardware and fixtures. The house must look good, both at a large scale and up close. All facades must follow established design principles concerning balance, proportion and symmetry and all spaces within the house must do the same. Windows, doors, fixtures, appliances and furniture - they must all be optimally positioned so that the house is attractive both inside and out. Upon a more up-close inspection, all joints in woodwork must be tight, all light fixtures properly centred on axis, all grout lines in tile straight and consistent. We firmly believe that a job worth doing is worth doing well. After all, it doesn't take much longer to do it right than to do it wrong - it simply means paying attention. The desire to pay close attention to such things as the height and placement of light switches, to how to hide plumbing lines cleverly, and to how people move around in a kitchen, for example, isn't for everyone. You must have a passion for house-building and for never resting until the best solution is found. To end up with a good house, though, you must find someone with this passion.