How to get my dream house – Use an Architect
Let us take a quick look at the elements listed above to see how an architect can help you to move from dream to reality:
Big picture: One of the most common complaints about building projects is that things can be so terribly disjointed. Each stakeholder, contractor, builder etc. is ‘king of his own patch’ with no true understanding of the wider scope of a project. Another way in which the big picture is missed is that homes are often plunked down in places without proper regard for environmental conditions or the personal needs of future occupants. A professional architect will help you to rise above this muddle by taking a truly integrated view of the entire project. Careful consideration will be given to the specific needs of your family, the local natural and built environment, legal requirements, the local climate and the cost implications of decisions.
Having someone on your team who can constantly keep the end-goal (e.g. a welcoming, suitable and comfortable home for your family) in mind will keep you from getting so bogged down in particulars, which you feel unable to deal with, that the project turns from joy to nightmare. It is obviously not the case that the details are unimportant, they are! The fact is, however, that an architect is uniquely placed to form (and communicate!) a coherent image of these details so that they can be managed to your best advantage.
Creative: One of the greatest obstacles towards home designs that provide welcoming and homely spaces is the deep desire to ‘do things as they have always been done’! The result is the kind of cookie-cutter homes that dot the landscape and that make no concession to individual needs or local conditions. Architects can help you to avoid this pitfall by taking a creative look at your needs and designing your home accordingly. Creativity in architecture finds many expressions and here are some that you can benefit from:
- Applying insights into the latest styles and trends creatively within your specific context
- Thinking through ways in which your home can be energy efficient and sustainable
- Exploring cost-effective avenues to achieve certain effects and results
- Thinking ‘outside the box’ in terms of the use of space and positioning
- Designing a home that reflects your unique personality, range of activities and needs.
- Preventing budget blow-outs through the application of time-tested techniques of economic and efficient design
- Providing you with independent advice on costing
- Dealing effectively with stakeholders including local authorities, regulatory bodies and builders
- Providing effective monitoring and quality control throughout the building project.