Architecture Means Profitability

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Following our first podcast that was published on the 19th, we received several questions from our followers about our approach to architecture. In fact, architect Helder Pereira Coelho emphasized TOTE SER’s architecture as being one of the main strategies for the profitability of our projects.

This approach was met with mixed feelings and the reason lies in the stereotype associated with personalized architecture: it is an expensive service that is aimed at the client who wants to have something truly unique, and who has no problem paying for it. It is precisely this prejudice that TOTE SER has been changing for almost 30 years.

It is undeniable that one of the main components of architecture is, in fact, the creation of a unique project that aims to combine the client's requirements with the artistic and technical side of the architect. However, it would be a big mistake to think that it is just that.

The profitability / appreciation of architecture is in the expertise of space optimization and design integration. It’s possible to argue that it’s easy to design spaces that are aesthetically pleasing, but one of the important factors in the financial success of some projects is the consistency and durability of this construction. This means achieving a project that ages well as the years go by. In this matter TOTE SER has proven itself with works over 20 years old, in which users do not believe that the project is this old, because it is still completely up to date. It’s mainly foreign customers who have this reaction. We explained in our podcast how TOTE SER’s architecture has not only aged well but also achieved financial returns never before expected after 2 decades. The reason is in the neutral-conservative architecture, which at the same time is of great functionality and sophistication. From the point of view of profitability / appreciation, a space that consists of magnificent infrastructures from the 1st day to the 2nd decade after it’s inauguration is a guarantee of a high and consistent return.

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An excellent ratio
low-cost => high appreciation.

The low-cost results from 30 years of experience focused on the maximum well-being of the user and the maximum value of the property. It sounds like a paradox but the reality is exactly that - the more we satisfy users with our spaces, through comfort and aesthetic impact in a seductive way, the more our investors are able to rent and sell for more and in less time, due to the status impact that our project conveys after it is completed. In this sense, we can enumerate several optimization techniques in the construction that we propose, that both lower the cost and the time of completion of the work.

For the high appreciation, our long experience has led us to envision a project that goes from its layout to the type of materials used, and the strategic way in which they are applied. All this together gives us a feeling of spaciousness, regardless of the greater or lesser number of square meters that we are working on and this stems from the habit of working in areas where the square meter is very expensive, and the investment has to be highly profitable.

Sustainable architecture

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On the other hand, architecture combined with sustainability is increasingly valued in the real estate market. Currently, we see large investment funds and family offices betting on BREEAM certificates, thus supporting their projects with a proven sustainability and efficiency stamp - which will consequently enhance the property. Sustainable architecture is the key to an environmentally positive future. The philosophy behind sustainable architecture is about reducing waste. This means not only physical waste but also the mitigation of energy loss. By keeping the energy we consume inside our buildings for as long as possible, we need less supply in the first place. Using less energy to keep us comfortable means that we can become environmentally responsible and more resource efficient, which are vital to reducing the effects of climate change.