To create a new architectural project, it must go through a series of phases. These are necessary to complete the project properly, with the right permissions to build and using appropriate building materials.
Whilst architects love the design phase, there are many other aspects to it. In this example, we’ll use a home build for illustration purposes. We hope that this article provides a little bit of insight into the other facets.
1. Initial Research Phase
In the initial research phase, we look at how you live in your current home and what lifestyle is preferred. While this might seem unusual, it significantly impacts the design choices to come later.
For instance, if you or your family enjoy outdoor space when at home and the weather is good, then a greater emphasis can be applied there.
Once the design budget is established, and in combination with lifestyle choices, a design brief is put together.
2. Choosing Your Architect/Building Team
The choice of an architecture firm and building team is a critical one.
They will be looking at the best design and what materials are a good choice for said design. Much of the time, this will include the materials that fit the budget and have the desired appearance.
Architects and builders must be practical when it comes to building materials. Materials need to be durable, perform the purpose they’re intended for, be affordable, and look good too. It’s a big ask at times.
For example, council paving slabs are excellent concrete slabs for the front or surrounding walkways of a home. They come in two fixed sizes, which allows architects to plan their inclusion easily within home design. You can get a hold of these through Armstrong Supplies who have the two different sizes, which are available here. This gives designers a starting point for their exterior planning.
3. Finding the Right Land
Finding the right land is another important stage.
It has a bearing on the plot size and the architectural design too.
This search may happen concurrently with the home design because of the time it takes to locate the right plot, negotiate, and to secure it.
It’s a reality that for many people getting a home designed and built to their specifications, the size of the planned home dictates the size of the plot (and not the other way around).
Factors to consider with land selection include:
- Road access including to regional motorways and/or international airport(s)
- Access to utilities (electricity, gas, water, phone/internet, waste disposal)
- Flat or sloped land
- Potential for harnessing solar energy (for green home designs)
- Overshadowing or obstructions to the view
- Water drainage from rainstorms
4. Design Brief, Fees and Contracts
The design brief pulls together everything that’s been learned to date. It then lays out the specifics about what the design will require.
It might include specifics like the number of bedrooms, the approximate size of the kitchen, outdoor access, driveway size, and so forth. The basic concept should be clear for everyone.
The fees and a contract confirm that the project is moving ahead. Once signed, the project moves from a theoretical idea to one that will proceed to through to fruition.
Following this, the architectural house concept design, development, and final design are subject to approval. Once approved, and planning permission is received from the local council, then the building phase will begin shortly thereafter. These are stages that cannot and should not be rushed. They’re all important in their own right.