Your architect is your guardian angel: Part 1
Occasionally people will ask me why they need an architect. They will explain that they already know the design they are after, so why should they invest more in having me create the design for them.
Well, there are many, many reasons why they should invest in having me create their design drawings for them and even more reasons why they should consider having me manage their entire building process on their behalf. So many in fact, that I will need to write more than one article to cover them all.
So here we go with part one, which focuses on home design that actually enhances your life.
Be careful what you wish for:
I was at a party recently where a friend of mine introduced me to a work colleague and her husband who were in the process of designing their new home. As it was a party I did not say too much, but as the night wore on and I got to know them better, the work colleague and her husband insisted on showing me their design.
“So what do you think?” they asked.
“It’s interesting,” was my vague answer.
“You don’t like it?” they queried. “So what’s wrong with it?”
“Well, it’s hard to say that there’s anything wrong with it, without knowing what you want to achieve,” I answered. “I just picked you for being very social people.”
“We are,” they answered looking confused. “Why, is there something anti-social about this design?”
Throughout the course of the evening, I had gleaned that they liked to entertain and that my friend’s work colleague liked to cook, and was actually very good at it. However, the design that they had created for their home had isolated the kitchen from the main living/entertaining areas. Sure she had designed a great kitchen, but she would not be able to interact with family or guests (or anyone else for that matter) whilst she was preparing food. And this was just the start of the design challenges.
Needless to say, they paid me for a consultation and then to create the sketch design for their new home. One that they are completely delighted with.
The problem with designing your home yourself, and then simply paying a draftsperson to draw up your design, is that your design may not actually enhance your lifestyle. Sure you might create spaces that you find appealing, but if those spaces do not relate well to other areas of your home, you will be left with a house that feels anything but homely.
You see I am trained to create great designs that connect all areas seamlessly, both inside and out. Of course, that does not necessarily mean an open living plan. There are spaces within your home that you might sensibly want to keep removed from other areas, like keeping bedrooms, or libraries separate from the main living areas. It simply means that the relationship of every space is considered in the overall design of your home, ensuring that each room is liveable, workable, and functional and ultimately enhances your lifestyle.
Designing your own home can be a recipe for disaster. Of course you should have a huge amount of input into the design of your home, it is your home after all, but to get the best result, you really need to have input from an experienced architect, and ideally, have them create your design drawings for you. Designing your home without input from an architect could well leave you regretting your decision.
I didn’t see that coming:
If you simply want a big square soulless box, then you might feel that working with an architect is unnecessary. But if you want a home that features beautiful spaces that are a joy to live in, then your only hope is to have an experienced architect help you with your design.
As an architect, I can ‘see’ things based simply on a discussion. I can look at flat plans and ‘see’ how the home will actually look when it’s constructed. I can see areas that are cut off from the rest of the home, areas that will have a bland or unattractive outlook. I can even see spaces that will lead to frustration because of the placement of furniture in the room, and the way people will want to move through that space.
Simply putting a few boxes together and then positioning doors in those boxes does not lead to a very ‘liveable’ outcome. Sure it’s a roof over your head, but that’s about all it is. But when you work with me your home will suddenly blend in seamlessly with your lifestyle.
You will have storage space. No more tripping over objects or struggling to find things. Everything will have it place, which won’t be on the floor under your foot.
The spaces within your home will be appealing, both visually and from a comfort and convenience point of view. Stunning areas that are relaxing to live in will be commonplace throughout your new home.
I can achieve these results for you because of my vast experience. The experience that ultimately makes the difference between a house and a home.
That’s quite a saving:
Many of my clients are pleasantly surprised by the amount of money they can save on the actual building of their home by having me create their design.
In fact, it is often a case of false economy thinking that you can save money by not using an architect.
Commonly I find easy ways to achieve my client’s goals, that don’t require additional materials. In fact, it is not uncommon for me to create designs that are actually slightly smaller in overall floor space than what my clients initially thought they wanted, yet the design results in the home being more spacious. Small buildings use fewer materials, and materials cost money. Therefore a slightly smaller, yet well thought out design is typically cheaper as well as offering greater overall livability.
So if you’re thinking about designing your own home to try and save a few dollars then don’t. You probably won’t save money and chances are your home will not achieve your lifestyle goals. If you want a home that suits your lifestyle then give me a call today and let me protect you from the pitfalls of do-it-yourself home designs.