30. The devil is in the detail

Mies van der Rohe said “God is in the detail”. So wether God or the Devil is in the detail, it’s important to thoroughly check all the details before you sign off on the building contracts.

While we are waiting for the building licences, we are supporting our architects and going through every line of the building project and every cost detail. Adjusting where necessary, adding and removing lines and costs to get to the price we can afford.

the devil is in the details

Attention to detail

As mistakes are usually made in the small details of a project, we all need to pay attention to avoid possible problems as much as we can. I believe we, the client, need to pay an active role in this part of the project as well. After all, focussing on the small things can and will have big rewards.

“The details are not the details, they make the design”

Charles Eames

Any action or plan one undertakes should be done carefully and pragmatically; attention to small details will ultimately yield the greatest results. Remember that the Devil is in the detail, so make sure everything is in order before you begin


“Less is only more where more is no good.”

Frank Lloyd Wright

We are cutting several items out of the project, in order to stay within a budget we can afford. Some items will stay on the list to be done in the future, others will disappear. We prefer this way forward especially in the current COVID-19 climate. We need a bit more certainty about our financials in 2021 and are even thinking about slightly postponing the start of the build.


Our architects design and create the building manual and soon the builders will show us their skills and expertise building our eco friendly home. Our role will evolve in … well I don’t know exactly yet. But together we will make our dream a reality.

You’ve got to bumble forward into the unknown

Frank Gehry

And so … we bumble forward finding the Devil in the detail 🙂

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