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KEPHART knows how essential it is to control design costs and spend smartly, particularly when designing affordable and workforce housing projects. As we expand further into the workforce housing market, we have become experts in finding ways to help our clients save dollars without compromising good design. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you get the most bang for your buck:

  • Minimize the number of building offsets. A simple box form is the most efficient to build, so balance the design aesthetic, streetscape and program considerations in relation to that optimal form.

Denizen Exterior

  • Be strategic with the kitchen layout. Consider the same layout across all unit types.

  • Select fewer materials. Gain purchasing power by buying a larger quantity of one material (i.e. countertops or cabinetry) that can be used in kitchen and bathroom spaces.
  • Select and use exterior finishes wisely. Use expensive exterior finishes like masonry sparingly and place it in high-impact areas where it will be seen and experienced.

Villa Sierra Madre Exterior

  • Minimize the number of different window sizes and types. 
  • Know your dimensions. Right size your spaces to get full use out of materials like carpet or plywood to reduce material waste and installation time.
  • Eliminate odd truss spacing. Building dimensions should consider optimum use of the 24″ on center spacing of trusses.

KEPHART believes that EVERYONE deserves a well-designed place to live, work and play and we know our clients do too. If you are interested in learning more about our design process or how we can work together to help you become more efficient in your next project, please give us a call at 303-832-4474!


This is the philosophy that drives KEPHART to create thoughtful homes and communities that positively change people’s lives.

KEPHART is a nationally recognized, award-winning architectural design and planning firm with 50 years of housing expertise. Our passion for designing well-designed places to live, work, and play has driven us to create more than 500,000 homes across the country, ranging from single and multifamily homes to workforce housing, senior living, LIHTC communities, and everything in between. We have a deep bench of talented staff to design and deliver innovative and practical solutions to meet the unique requirements of every project.