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We have a client that we’ve done many projects with over the years. They develop and build rental duplex apartments. Normally they stick to a uniform traditional design (nothing like the ultra-modern picture that I chose here!), both with regard to floor plans and the exterior “look” of the duplexes. It has been a successful model for them over the years as these buildings are meant to be money making investments. The investment is sound and they keep them rented on a monthly basis, which is the name of the game.


We recently started working with this client on a new investment project in southern Indiana. The premise is the same as always - duplex investment rental apartments. However, the old way of building the same thing has gotten a bit stale, so they have asked us to change a few things this time. They did not have any specific ideas related to the changes, they just knew they wanted a fresh look on both the exterior façade as well as some interior layouts. 


PDMi took on the challenge and we came up with multiple different exterior designs that would give a more updated look while still being cost effective. We also looked at the interior layouts and changed little things to help the flow inside each apartment. In the end, the results of a few minor changes such as mixing up exterior colors, slight changes to roof lines, added façade details and alternative kitchen layouts will give this set of new duplex apartments its own identity.   


This is a prime example of a few small tweaks that can make a big difference. These changes will make the new duplex apartments more desirable to potential tenants and thus more successful in the long run.  Give us a call so that we can help make your next project more successful in the long run as well.

  • Writer's pictureBrad Bollman

We received a call from a past client about an expansion project they were looking to do. He said his boss must have been looking at one-too-many aerial photos of their facility because his instruction was to "make the building square".  This building had been added on to multiple times over the years which made it sprawled out and not well connected. His boss’s solution was to tear down the parts that stick out and fill in the areas between. This may be a solution that will make the facility look good to the birds flying overhead, but it would do very little to solve their real problem which is a need for “more efficient space”. His boss was correct in that his operation was not efficient. His mistake was that he jumped to a solution before he identified the real problem, which has everything to do with the flow through the facility.


You may have a building that has been added on to many times, one that has never had an addition, or maybe you are looking at building new. Whichever the case, how the building flows should always be the starting point for your building needs. Before you start thinking about walls and square footage, we suggest that you:

  • Identify each of your work areas and the tasks that will be accomplished in those areas.

  • Determine the type of relationship each task has to the other tasks (Absolutely Necessary, Ordinary, Undesirable, etc.)

  • Create a flow chart of how your organization functions from the information gathered

Had his boss done these steps he would have identified the right problem and found an effective solution. Whether your facility is used for manufacturing, retail, offices, or a church, PDMi we can help you create a flow chart and develop a facility plan that will be the right solution to the right problem. Give us a call.

  • Writer's pictureBrad Bollman

You’ve heard the saying “Out with the old and in with the new”. There are times when applying that principle can be good and times when it can be bad. “Repurposing” old buildings can be a good thing, especially when they have a lot of useful life left in them. On the flip side, old and outdated equipment in a manufacturing facility can be a detriment to production. We got a call from a client a few weeks ago that is looking to remove two of their manufacturing assembly lines in order to do a full overhaul and upgrade of those lines. The current equipment is over 30 years old and at this point, the production is suffering. With the new equipment in place, they can be more efficient and produce more product, thus strengthening the bottom line.


When weighing the pros and cons of upgrading, whether it be a new facility, new equipment or simply repainting a room in your house, be sure to keep an eye on these important steps:

  • Analyze the need. Solid upfront analysis can help you make the initial decision whether to keep the old or bring in the new.

  • Plan for the change. Planning is always essential to ensure the success of any project and to be sure it accomplishes the goals you set forth.

  • Implement the process. Be sure the implementation process goes smoothly as to avoid unnecessary headaches after the fact.

Whether you decide it’s time to get rid of the old and bring in the new or simply keep what you have and modify it - give us a call, we’d love to help you walk through the process.

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