Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Seemingly Insignificant NOT

Does the beading go on the inside of the window or the outside of it?

Seems like a small and insignificant question about a small and seemingly insignificant piece of wood that goes around the frame, right? Do it either way, how does it matter? But the consequences of not getting it right can be quite severe. Put  the beading on the inside instead of outside and water would slowly seep into the house during the rains. Imagine a house with large french windows and laminated wooden flooring, where the beading was put inside. Suddenly, a small thing then turns into a big problem.

I bet you didn't see that coming. Neither did we when we started off with this discussion this morning. As architects every detail, every question becomes of great significance. Most of the time, it's easier to get the big picture right but the small things is what end up becoming big issues.
How does one counteract this?
Well having experience helps for sure ( case in point Sai's experiences on site was the reason this conversation came up to begin with) In that case one is able to anticipate over time.
But what about those of us who don't yet have that experience? Then it's all a matter of doing the research and working out the details. You never know which one of the tiniest details might come back later to haunt you.
And so, no question is ever too small or too insignificant. If you don't know it, just ask!


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