|Rome's Temple of Venus and Roma as it looks today:|
The statues did, in fact, get up and walk away.
|Hadrian, who reigned over|
Rome from 117 to 138:
Now I'm really mad. . .
It might have turned out better for everyone if Hadrian had consulted a good architect before his mistakes were, as it were, carved in stone. That lesson is just as valid today: Even if you don’t want to hire an architect to draw your plans—and there’s no law that says you must—at least consider hiring one for a few hours to critique your work. Yes, it will cost you a few hundred dollars, but you may well save thousands—even tens of thousands—in return. Here are some of the ways:
|Mid-century bathroom: Should you take a|
sledgehammer to it, or save some money
and sell it like it is?
felt its shabby appearance would be a hindrance to resale. In fact, the bathroom just needed some diligent stripping and cleaning to regain its appeal. Moreover, to a buyer interested in a home of that vintage, having the original plumbing and lighting fixtures in place would prove far more attractive than any modern replacement. Net savings: a cool twenty thousand dollars.
• A good architect—and I stress the word good—can guide you toward a truly timeless solution. Of-the-moment designs, such as those espoused by many designer magazines, quickly grow stale and result in a loss of resale value over time. A skillful architect can distinguish between the timeless and the trite, and can steer you away from gimmicks that’ll be an embarrassment in a year or two.
|No, this is not a black-and-white photo. Consulting|
with an architect might dissuade you from using
faddish color schemes such as this one.
• Lastly, remember that what you build will be standing for a long, long time; in retrospect, springing for a few hours of advice will seem like a bargain compared to living with a spate of permanent errors. Just ask Emperor Hadrian.