|Bonin Architects & Associates' Trade Show Display Booth|
About fifteen years ago, it was part of my job description to travel to trade shows as a vendor representing the company I worked for at the time. The shows usually started on a Friday afternoon and finished on a Sunday afternoon. These were grueling weekends of standing on my feet all day, talking to literally hundreds of people throughout the weekend, and giving away small trinkets and brochures to people who would stop by our display booth. In the beginning, it was a way for consumers to learn about our products and services and the crowds were large. It was a time when high speed internet was not readily available or affordable to many households, so this was a way for people to obtain information about different companies offering similar services and products.
My diet during those long days usually consisted of hard candies, Goldfish crackers and water, since there was no time to really sit down and eat. I really did not enjoy these shows at all, there was just not enough time to spend one on one attention with potential clients, and when we started our firm almost ten years ago, Jeremy and I attended a few as vendors. Thankfully, gradually, people started researching through the internet and the crowds started to dwindle over the years. After a few years, we decided not to participate in these trade shows anymore.
|Trade Show Crowd-There were aisles and aisles like this one|
One of the most frequently asked questions I received (and still do) was, "How much will it cost me to design and build a home?" My favorite answer came from another vendor, who was a classmate of mine representing another company in our industry. Between people visiting our booths, he came over to say hi and we started discussing how we answer THAT question, the one people always ask about costs. His answer was one I'll never forget, "I don't know..how much is a red car?"
|There is a big difference in cost between these two red cars|
There are so many different variables in designing and building your home. Site considerations, aesthetics, building codes, material selections, construction types and methods are all factors in which we take into account when we begin a project with a new client. We utilize means and methods which help us work with our clients to establish a reasonable budget range for their custom home which has worked well for us.
Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss all of the different variables which need to be taken into consideration when budgeting for your red car, I mean...your custom home design. Kim@boninarchitects.com or 603-526-6200
|Jeremy & I were tired! Taken in CT at the end of a trade show back in 2007|