From time to time we all have grand ideas of improvements or even building a grand design. In truth, only residential architects will be able to advise you if your ideas are viable. Many grand designs are possible but the cost implications often outweigh the design viability. That said, if an architect is able to understand your vision, they can often find ways to help you to produce your dream home and your desired home renovations. The important thing is to be able to convey your vision to your architect, which can be the hardest part, especially when you don’t know the right architectural terms to explain what you mean. We will now take a look at some of the ways that you can do this.
Organise a Home Visit
An architect visiting your home is a great idea as the architect gets to see your style and how you currently use your space. They can draw ideas from the little touches that you have in your home.
Allow your architect to get you know you and what makes you tick. Let them know if you an indoor kind of person or more outdoorsy as this can also impact your design before you call out the hardwood floor contractors.
Make your Style Clear
Be direct and let your architect understand exactly what you are about. Your interests, such as your taste in beauty, art and gardening also gives your architect a window into your style. For example, if you like a modern minimalist look, you would not want to have a cluttered design.
Consider the Mood
Decide whether you want cosy and seductive or bright and airy. It may even be that you would like a mix of the two. Try not to assume that your architect will think or know what you want, you need to be explicit and let him know which moods you prefer for each room.
Create a List
When you see something that you would like to incorporate into your home whether it’s a colour, a shape or a texture note it down so that an architect can try and incorporate these ideas into your final design. Modern building standards allow us to use new recyclable materials that can give our home a personal feel, without costing too much. Remember that likely, not everything on your list will be accommodated.
Photographs will help any architect to really understand your vision. Putting these together with the list that you have made will help the architect to appreciate your interests. Browse interior magazines and create your own mood board. These include photographs and clippings and it’s also worth looking at what your architect can provide you, especially in their previous projects.
Think About How You Use Your Home
Does anyone in the family work from home? Could it be something that could happen in the future? If so this is something you need to think about and discuss with your architect as you may require an office. If you have considered this now, it can be planned onto your design from the beginning.
Meet Your Family
Let your architect meet your family so that they can discuss their preferences etc. If you have children and they are only young right now but they will soon grow into teenagers and require extra space, this should be factored into your design. Alternatively, if you don’t have children but plan to have children in the future, it’s worth informing your architect of your plans. If you have any pets, again let your architect know so that they can be incorporated into the design of your home.
If as a family you have guests over to stay then let your architect know so a suitable space could be created. It could be that you can turn an area that’s used as a study for example into a guest room when needed or you may want to build in a separate living area for your guests.
Your Day to Day Habits
If you have any day to day habits you need to let your architect know these. For example, if you like to have your own space in your bedroom to relax that’s not on your bed, your architect needs to know this before it’s too late.
Do you prefer to keep things or get rid of them so that your house is clutter free? Storage is something that you need to discuss with your architect to make sure that you have enough. There are lots of ways that architects can build in hidden storage so that you have the amount that you need as well as disguise items that you don’t want on view such as a water pump cover or water carriers.
Outline Everyone’s Role
If everyone knows and understands what their role is, the project will run smoother. Be upfront with your architect from the beginning and make sure contracts are in place and fees and budgets are discussed. When it comes to your budget, if you are spending to the top of your budget, make sure your architect knows. Discuss communication, for example, who will talk to the builder? Will it be you or the architect?
The Finer Details
When you feel like you have got your ideas across to your architect you can start to think about the nitty gritty details such as the lighting, the space on your walls for decor, or the types of cabinets and door frames you’d like to use.
Keep the Communication Up
In order for the project to run smoothly you need to keep communication up. Make sure you have regular contact with your architect whether it on the phone or by email.
Once you’ve started building it’s easy to become impatient. However, it’s important not to rush anything and to attempt to enjoy the whole process. Rushing can cause mistakes and mistakes become costly.
By following our tips and taking them into account, you will find that your vision will be well presented to your architect, which means that the home of your dreams will be just that and not become a nightmare.