Luxury items

Our obsession with 'standards' and 'safety' is all part of a sinister global conspiracy to bankrupt property developers


19 thoughts on “Luxury items

  1. Mr Kyknoord kindly advise whether your firm were the civil engineers involved in the construction of the building in which I work – it would appear that you were successful in your efforts to save money for the client! Or are those leaks, loo back-ups and cracks just part of the charm?


  2. But you can bet the CEO won’t be cutting back on his bonus or office furnishings.

    Perhaps a nice angle in the stairwell as a surprise?


  3. charmskool: Nah, those are all architectural features. You pay extra for them.
    thrills: He’ll have to, if we leave out the sewer pipes.
    stef: That has the hallmark of wisdom about it.
    betenoir: Just think how much we’d save if we dispense with the structure altogether. Now that’s some real out-of-the-box blue-sky thinking.
    dolce: Maybe a fireman’s pole in lieu of stairs?


  4. Heating and Air Conditioning is also unnecessary. In the Winter, the warm feeling you get from a job well-done should be enough to keep you warm.


  5. uncle keith: and in summer, we won’t need aircon as long as we manage to save a cool million.
    parenthesis: What? No snort?
    daisy: We’re going to revive the ancient art of building drystone walls
    ol’ hoss: It’s still there. Allegedly.
    gnukid: I’ll put together a proposal immediately.
    ctyri: Brilliant. I think you have single-handedly saved the economy.


  6. Just get rid of any inside structure. Make it a giant empty space, where people can use their own creativity to make their personal space. I call ground floor!


  7. I have found, after 18 months of being beaten up by the client, there is really only one standard that the latest time/money saving scheme needs to pass – “Will it blow up?”. And the addendum is “Do I have enough pipes on site to bypass it?”.

    But then us chem eng’s have it easier than you civils blokes, generally our mistakes tend to hide themselves. In a hole in the ground in some cases…


  8. nursemyra: True. If the building catches fire, the client can just upend the coffee urn.
    robin: I call basement!
    schrödinger’s cat: Our mistakes tend to be more subtle, like not getting the client to sign off on the design scope at the project outset.


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