What to Tell Your Architect about Your Project:
When you invest in an architect to design your business or house plans, the last thing you want to do is come to the consultation and meetings unprepared. In order to save you time, money, and any potential frustration, you want to supply your architect with everything he or she needs in order to capture your vision.
But wait, you’re not an architect! That’s why you hired one. So how do you know what is important to share, and what is not?
When you choose the right architect, he or she will know the right questions to ask in order to help glean what they need to know about your project. However, a little research on your part can go a long way in helping you better articulate your wants and needs.
Take a look at these suggestions on how and what to communicate with your architect. Not only will he or she be impressed, but the results are bound to be better.
“An architect can whip up concept sketches fairly quickly based on your verbal descriptions, but he or she can’t see what is inside your head,” explains South Florida Architecture. “Until an idea is put down on paper, it remains open to interpretation.”
Rule number one: pictures speak louder than words! When you begin to describe your ideas, they are often abstract and open to interpretation. Yet resources such as photos, concept sketches, or other references can help solidify what you’re trying to convey so that both you and your architect are on the same page.
Don’t just focus on the overall design, either. If you have a preference for external elements, such as siding or ornamentation, bring a photo that defines your preferred material, color, and characteristics. The more you precise you are, the better!
Also, make sure your description goes beyond aesthetics. After all, architecture is as much about functionality as it is about looks! Be clear about how you plan to use your commercial or residential space, as well as what features are a priority for you.
An architect can not only add the features and functionalities you request, but also suggest what he or she might find relevant to your desires. View this consultation as a collaboration, and be willing to be flexible toward budget and structural limitations.
Be upfront about what you’re willing (or not willing) to spend before an architect begins the design process. This will allow him or her to rein you in when your ideas go beyond your budget or find ways to cut costs in order to achieve all of your desires.
It’s also important to keep in mind that architects, while capable of many phenomenal things, are limited by structural integrity. This includes electrical work, heating, plumbing, and stability. If your architect states that certain changes or alterations are necessary in order to ensure your design is safe and efficient, trust their expertise. It’s better to have a home that is structurally sound, than a home that is aesthetic but unreliable.
This doesn’t mean you can’t ask questions, though. If you’re unsure about a decision your architect made or you want to understand why something is not possible, don’t be shy. Ask! A good architect will ensure he or she is on the same page with the client every step of the way. Plus, there may be a compromise or alternative to make you feel good about the design.
Good communication is key in any project. Speak up. Work as a team. When you do this, you’re bound to achieve phenomenal results!
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