As both my loyal readers know, in the backdrop of my day job I am continuing to research a white paper study on the lifetime cost of supplemental pay rules. Not the cost of the pay itself but the overhead in tracking and delivering it. (See: Kronos Supplemental Pay; A sea story ) In the back drop of that I am building a new office space at the house. As I have been tearing down walls, adding electrical, network, and speaker wiring (okay it might be part man-cave) I’ve been constantly reminded of the wisdom of a home builder I once met. He said “You pay for extra space you don’t need four times—First to build it, then to furnish it, then to heat it and then to cool it.” Even the ‘build it’ part has its own micro escalation.