The Most Expensive Materials
Why you spend the most when you buy cheap
What are the most expensive materials when you build a house?
— Grant, age 6
Tom Silva replies: Well, many years ago I was working in a house that had a showerhead shaped like a fish head, with the water coming out of the fish's mouth. It was covered with gold and cost about $5,000. That seems pretty expensive to me.
But the way I see it, the most expensive materials are not the ones that are the fanciest but the ones that aren't suitable for the job you want them to do. Let's say you built a house foundation using concrete that wasn't very strong. Eventually, that foundation will crack and sag. What will happen then? The walls of the house will get cracks in them, the doors and windows won't close properly, the floors will squeak, the chimney might tip, and the roof might even start to leak. Think of all the money you would have to pay to fix those problems. That concrete would turn out to cost you a lot of money, don't you think?