Things to Keep in Mind while Working with an Architect
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Your home is probably one of the most significant assets that you might invest in your lifetime. Whether it is building a new house from scratch or planning major changes or renovations in your existing house, it’s best to get it done by professionals to plan, design and execute your thoughts efficiently. An architect can help you plan your brief, develop innovative design concepts, prepare drawings for submissions/approvals and co-ordinate and manage your project from start to end. All of this experience can bring added value to your investment. Here are some tips to keep in mind while working with an architect.
- While deciding on building or renovating your house, plan to keep in mind the generic changes that are bound to happen in your family in the next ten years. The space with demand modification depending on the developments in the family. There could be children moving out for education, or families could expand. It is ideal to keep these things in mind while curating the requirements of your house.
- Understand and talk to the architect about what makes you feel good in a space. Multiple things can elevate a person’s mood in the house. Things like good lighting, artwork, simplicity, luxury detailing- all of these can have a significant impact on creating space. Once the architect knows what’s good for you, they can implement those elements consistently around the house.
- Define the focal point of your house. Every individual has some element like an artwork or a decorative vintage swing that could become a highlight feature. Making that clear to the architect can give them a starting point to design, and the home design can thus revolve around it.
- Be honest and open about your budget and keep a 15% buffer. When you are open about the amount you are willing to spend on your house, it gives the architect a clear idea of bifurcating and prioritizing that budget on all the works and elements of the house. Be it decor, curtain fabrics, sanitary fitting or civil works, once the budget is clear, the process of execution becomes smooth and the outcome is satisfactory.
- Be open to design ideas. Many of us have been inspired to transform our properties with influence from architectural reality television shows, magazines, websites etc. It is good to know what you want, but it is not ideal to be stuck on a photograph that you see on a particular platform and ask an architect to replicate it. The inspiration is always designed and executed in a different context and with a design thought that would typically be unassociated with the specificities of your house. Hence it is ideal to look around, research a little on products, trends and functionality and identify what works for you. After presenting in front of the architects, they will best incorporate these ideas into your house with the help of their experience, exposure and a sense of aesthetics.
- Communication is key. A good flow of communication between the client and the architect can result in sound design. Expressing your ideas for your house design or even being part of the execution process and suggesting your inclinations will only make the final output better.
- Not many know this, but if as a client, you have a very clear and crisp idea of what you want your space to look like, it’s best to hire a good contractor instead of an architect. This will make the process of designing your house smooth and save time and money.
As architects, we understand the apprehensions of clients and the focus is on providing appropriate design solutions. With good research, communication and understanding, we can be sensitive towards the clients’ requirements and deliver a good, comprehensive design.