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32lolo

I have to disagree with you that this is necessarily the case - more than anything it is about psychology of how it is approached.

You are right that if you just design something crazy for the sake of it without due thought as to how it can be built, the likelihood is that it will be expensive to build. However if you have an Architect/Designer who is enthusiastic, keen to achieve something special and has a good understanding of how things can be built (not always a given sadly), then many possibilities become very affordable.

You are right that if a builder who is not imaginative or particularly interested is presented with something that looks unusual, they will generally simply put the price up because they can't be bothered to get their head around the possibility that it might be no more work than something standard. However, if you have a builder who is enthusiastic, keen to achieve something special and open to a different approach, then again many possibilities become very affordable.

The roof in picture 1 is a fantastic case in point. An imaginative and very practical Architect combined with a builder who was open and keen to take on new ideas were able to make this roof very affordably. The only thing about it that was significantly more expensive were the triangular roof-lights which had to be made bespoke, but even so, this roof probably cost no more that 20% more than if it had been flat and boring with rectangular roof-lights.

My experience is that it is about the ability, approach and attitude of the team more than anything else.

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M J

I'm not quite sure why, but I really like the bathroom in pic 4. Just out of interest though, would this small bath put off buyers? I'm just intrigued. I'm not going to copy this, and I have a 'normal' sized bath and bathroom, but I wonder if Houzzer's think this room is cosy and cool, or just tiny and squashed. What do you think?

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Hi MJ,

The simple answer in my opinion is that there is no simple answer. Sure, some potential buyers of a house would see this as a negative, but others would consider this an attractive element, particularly if the inclusion of a full-length bath were to compromise the space. As we all know, while lots of people love a bath, many are completely un-bothered by having a bath at all, and others consider it essential only where small children are a factor.

The other matter which is vital to keep in mind is what/who is the project for? If the project is fixatedly a development for re-sale, then yes, it is important to second-guess your market - and if having a full-length bath will put off a percentage of potential buyers, then that needs to be taken into account. However if the project if for an individual or specific couple or family, with no short-term aim to sell, then in my opinion their preference would override the importance of what a potential buyer might think.

Hope this helps.

Hugo

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