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The key to success for compact living? A well-defined architectural design

The key to success for compact living - new construction

An ideal new construction home? You won’t have one until it has been optimally designed right from the start. The work can only be carried out correctly en completely if all aspects are taken into account from the start. Especially now that sustainability is becoming increasingly important. A cosy and comfortable sustainable home – also known as compact living – starts with a well-defined architectural design and therefore involves a lot more than just installing energy-efficient installations. 

Compact living, what exactly does that mean?

We all live a lot more compactly in 2023 than we did before. Compact living means constructing houses with as much habitable volume as possible and as little external surface area as possible. As a result, you build with less energy loss, and you build cheaper.

Yet compact living does not mean living small. A spacious villa, for instance, can also perfectly fulfil all the characteristics of a compact home. A compact home does not refer to the size of your house, but to the maximum limitation of heat loss. The more sides and corners your house has, the more of the external surface through which heat can escape if not properly insulated. So if you have a house in the shape of a cube, you have used the most compact building form.

So a compact house is not a small house in area, but one that is most interesting for heat retention within the house.

A buildable area

If you want to build a compact house, it is best not to make the built-up floor area larger than it should be. This way, you leave room for other functions or for green space. If you build compact and not on a larger surface area than is really necessary, you also save a lot of energy costs and you save on raw materials.

Both in the case of a compact and a less compact home, it is always a good idea to orient your living spaces towards the south and to place your windows on the south side of your home. This will provide you not only with sunlight, but also with natural heat, saving you on heating costs. Your bedroom? Those are best oriented towards the south-east.

A flexible design

Living trends and the way we ourselves want to live are constantly changing. Time and again, we find new reasons to adapt our home: children who grow older, spaces that are used differently, you yourself who grow older and can no longer walk well and consequently can no longer climb the stairs… If you design your home flexibly, you will be able to rearrange your spaces much more easily in the long term, without the adjustments having to be made. For example, if you work with larger spans or flexible wall systems, you can easily change the layout of your home over time.

Yes, flexible construction takes a slightly bigger bite out of the budget, but is a more interesting and cost-saving application in the long run and in the case of later renovations. One more tip: make sure you only deal with parties (architects, engineers, contractors…) you trust. That can save you a lot of misery.

Are you planning to build a house, but still looking for land? Immowi might be able to help you out! We’ll bring you into contact with the right estate agents.

Immowi Assistance

There is often an invisible wall between marketing and sales. Companies invest in marketing campaigns to generate leads, but do not take the right actions to turn those leads into customers. To remedy this shortcoming, the strategic online lead generator Immowi is adding a new extension: Immowi Assistance. Until now, we delivered high quality leads thanks to online marketing, but with Immowi Assistance we significantly increase the chance of these leads actually becoming customers. Thanks to this approach, companies that do business with us know how to convert their leads and have a platform where the leads are offered on a silver platter, ready to be converted into valuable customers.
Extremely result-oriented
We could make it easy on ourselves and be happy with just bringing in high-quality leads. But it’s frustrating when your hard work doesn’t follow through. Immowi’s great strength has always been that we are very results-oriented. Many marketers have a reputation for selling hot air, because they can’t substantiate their returns. We did that right from the start, and that’s why we were able to grow from one to more than 10 full-time employees in a very short period of time.
With MyImmowi we just go one step further than what classic lead generators do. We go to the point where a lead becomes a valuable prospect. We help our customers convert their leads into customers.
Entrepreneurial mindset always in mind
MyImmowi builds the bridge between marketing and sales. We Make it as easy as possible for the client to contact the lead. You have to keep them warm. If you let a few days or even weeks pass between the moment a lead shows interest in your product and the moment you contact that lead, you will lose him. Then your success ratio will remain low. So, we try to immediately set an appointment in the diaries of our clients’ salespeople. You have to strike while the iron is hot.
Letting sales people do what they do best
Sales people like to sell, but they thoroughly hate administration. They keep track of their leads, their appointments and their deals in Excel, or even with pen and paper. They only keep track of their own prospects. Many companies do not have a sales pipeline. So, you risk sending a quotation to a customer after a successful meeting, but ultimately missing the customer because you forgot to follow up on the quotation. You’re almost done, but because of the lack of a decent digital process you miss out on a customer – and therefore also on turnover.
We pick the low-hanging fruit for our customers. We automate the entire process from lead to customer, and put it into one clear dashboard. This way, as a business manager, you can follow everything from A to Z. How many leads does a campaign produce? How many of those leads drop out along the way? How many become customers? What stage is each lead in? The personnel cost of sales people is very high in many companies. If sales people do not lose time calling leads and recording appointments – which we do – they can focus on what they are really good at. And that is still selling, closing deals.
Measuring ROI to the euro
We bring marketing and sales under one roof. That way, you can make your campaigns much more effective. Imagine that your campaigns for one brand on Facebook and on Google both generate 10 leads, but that 8 of those 10 Facebook leads become customers and only 2 of those 10 Google leads. If you’re purely marketing, you won’t get that information and so you’ll continue to put the same amount of effort into Facebook and Google.
If you also include the sales part and you do get that information, then you can turn the right buttons, redirect your budgets and generate much more turnover.