Zen Lesson # 4: Design to a Budget



A key to the Collaborative Construction approach is to design to a budget, rather than designing to a concept. Every client has a budget no matter the size of the project. I once worked on an estate home that cost $25 million to build, even that homeowner had a budget.

When you Design to a Budget


Homeowners state upfront how much they want to spend on the project

Owners Representative is the team leader who manages project costs

The design is completed with every detail and real pricing for all aspects of the project.

In this approach, the client states upfront how much they want to spend on the project, enabling their budget to drive the design process. The Owners Representative is the team leader who manages project costs and with input from the builder, ensures that the architect does not design something that the client can’t afford. The design is completed with every detail and real pricing for all materials, labor, supervision, profit, and overhead. In other words, the project is completed before it started.

Until I'm back next time with Lesson 5 from the Zen Builder, best of luck Designing to a Budget!

Ed