What makes a Bentley… a Bentley?
Of course, everything starts with design. Beautiful exteriors, and beautiful interiors: they’re a big part of the job.
This goes for luxury houses as well as luxury cars. (If you’re reading this, you probably like our designs, and we’re off to a good start.)
But… good design is only the start. A Bentley wouldn’t be a Bentley without its superb engineering. How do you make the engine powerful, yet silent? How do you make the suspension fast, but comfortable? How do you keep the cabin enjoyable, in rain, snow, or sunshine?
The same goes for a luxury house. While engineering may be invisible; it does determine your comfort. Will you hear your other half in the shower and wake up early – or not? Will the temperature and humidity of the house be just perfect – or just a little off? Will you hear and feel the airco blowing – or just enjoy the comfort?
Like a car, a luxury house has thousands of components that have to be perfectly engineered ànd fit together. Most residential architects leave this to a handful of specialized engineers. Electrical, mechanical, structural, lighting, plumbing, and automation engineers… they all make their specialist 2D paper plans, which are given to the respective subcontractors.
That’s… not good enough for us. How do you make sure that the airco ducts are not in the way of the lighting spots? That the plumbing pipes take the perfect route to maximize comfort? That structural beams do not need to have holes cut into them? That the sprinklers will not short circuit the electricity?
When the engineering is done traditionally, these things are left to be sorted out on-site, by the builder. You are actually leaving decisions about your multi-million dollar designer home up to the plumber, electrician or foreman. (That’s not what you want.)
That’s why we use BIM coordination software. Everything is brought together in a “virtual building model”. This digital model contains literally everything that goes into the house. In 3D, so we can solve engineering conflicts before we build.
Nothing – absolutely nothing – is left to interpretation or improvisation on the site.
There’s nothing new about this – all commercial projects (airports, hospitals, skyscrapers) are using this to improve quality, cost control, and efficiency. We’re just bringing this to residential design, because we want our homes to be built like a Bentley.
Yes, this dóes cost a little more than the traditional paper plans. This one or two percent extra, spent on engineering, makes the construction simply better. It makes sure that the budget and timing are respected, and pays itself back many times over.