Todd Hallett, AIA, President of TK Design & Associates, Inc. ( has been designing award winning homes for over 20 years. He spent 15 of those years working for a $50 million production building company. Todd designed all of their homes but also worked in every other aspect of the company including purchasing, development, land acquisition, product development, and operations, and was President of the company for three years. Equipped with his vast building experience and fueled by his love for architecture he left to form an architecture firm that is second to none in working cohesively with Builders. Todd specializes in Lean Design and works, alongside Scott Sedam of TrueNorth Development, in the trenches with builders, suppliers, and trade contractors. His Lean Design blog appears weekly at Todd welcomes your feedback at [email protected] or 248.446.1960.

Lean Design Blog: One small item that can save you $100 per house

I catch myself from time to time spending money on things that I just don’t need to.  Whether it’s the cool action video I think I will watch after the (wife selected) romcom,  the twenty piece Mcnugget vs. ten, or the third hot dog at Home Depot, it’s all waste – well, usually anyway.

A simple item that builders are wasting money on is the HVAC line set. Locate your air conditioning unit as close as possible to your air handler. There are a lot of factors to be aware of when locating the condenser:  noise, grade slope, etc. Take these items into consideration and optimize the line set distance. Too many times I have seen the furnace on one side of house and the A/C on the opposite side.  If this is the case in any of your houses try this quick test: If you can move your condenser unit closer to your air handler without negative ramifications then you can eliminate waste/cost.

Correctly locating your HVAC systems can easily save you $100 per house – for that kind of bread you could rent all the Die Hards and Stallone action movies ever made. Pretty sweet.

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