Critical Elements in Planning a New Home
Planning a new home is one of the most exciting and challenging projects anyone could embark on. It’s a continual goal to achieve balance in a multitude of ways; the balance between form and function. There’s also the balance between quality of finish and budget. Undoubtedly there is the balance between what is planned and what is unforeseen. When considering which architect, I believe there are four main critical elements to consider:
When selecting your architect, you will obviously have a lengthy criteria to ensure you select the right person to play such a critical role in the design and development of your new home. It’s important that you not only make your selection based on style and design that aligns with your personal taste but there are a few other things to consider. When selecting an architect, it’s important to remember that you’re not just selecting them but also their network of contacts that will inevitably help to deliver your dream home. This well established network often includes a construction team, interior designer and a range of suppliers.
Design is something that is very personal and can often be quite subjective. There are always architectural styles and design trends but inevitably most architects have their own personal style, which permeates through their designs concepts. While it is one thing to consider the overall design in terms of look and feel of your new home, it’s also important to consider the quality of the fixtures and fittings. It is critical that the selected builder can provide the desired standard so that the overall design is not compromised.
When looking at design, providing a visual queue of how things will look in the real world creates perspective. Some of the tools architects use to do this include 3D models, drawings, scale drawings and plans. Often computer generated images are used to provide a life like visualisation of completed product.
Do you and your architect have the same view point when it comes to the final design and presentation of your home. Most architects have a specific visualisation of how a build will look on completion. It’s critical that you are both on the same page with this vision, as it also needs to marry with your lifestyle in order to make it work for everyone involved.