How to consult your residential
First of all, be really sure about your choice of architect as
you will have a lengthy relationship with this particular
individual involving substantial sums of money. Be sure you can
trust him or her and that they are willing to listen with great
care to all your ideas and requirements.
Ideally, formulate your design brief before meeting with your
architect and be realistic about your budget or other
constraints that might exist. This will enable the architect to
assess your project realistically and put forward appropriate
design proposals, which will help you make suitable choices.
Your initial brief need not be very extensive but at least
contain information regarding broad principles such as the
overall size and theme of the structure; define features you
want to achieve and key functional or special
inter-relationships. If you already own a stand point out
specific views or areas of the site that you would like to
realistic and honest about your budget from the start. The
relationship between you and your architect should be one of
mutual trust and by being dishonest about your budget might only
lengthen the design process thus in the end costing you more in
architects’ fees to get to a viable solution or you might end up
with a house design that is beyond your budget limits and you
would not be able to complete the project.
not to impress a specific style or theme or personalize the
design to much to your own individualistic needs. These themes
are often short lived trends in property markets and certainly
put a date stamp on a property and you might have difficulty or
not get the best resale value when it comes to the selling of
the house. A good style is one that is unique but has longevity
and remains contemporary.
design of the house does not only have to do with the aesthetics
and physical proportions of the building but also, and perhaps
even more so, how it flows or functions. Your home must work
visually and physically. It is imperative to consider aspects
that cannot be seen on the plan, such as the various uses for
the different living spaces, the movement through the areas
without bumping into furniture or doors that might open onto
unsightly areas of the home, the provision of light and
ventilation for the various rooms and security of the building.
When consulting your architect for the first time, remember to
try and keep and open mind, the first session with this
professional will largely consist of discussion and questions
about your requirements and ideas of you house and site and
which take priority. During the session the architect might
present you with suggestions, ideas or solutions that might
sound pleasing to you at first, but might make sense later on in
the planning stage.
When negotiating fees with your architect, you might have a
choice to use only a part of his or her service or a ‘full
service’. If your budget does not allow the service of the
architect, he or she might be willing to provide you with advice
and ideas on a hourly basis. The services of an architect is not
rigid and most will be willing to taper services to suit you
needs or budget.
full architectural service includes: consultation, design and
sketch plans, working drawings for local council approval,
construction drawings, obtaining approval from the council,
sourcing and appointing contractors and site management.