How to create a design brief before engaging an architect
Embarking on a building project can be really exciting. However there may be unexpected surprises, misunderstandings between the contractor, the client and the designer on the contracted scope of the project, and allowances for items not specified in the contract. The detailed design brief eliminates these problems considerably.
• WHERE TO START. WHAT TO CONSIDER
• ANSWER THE WHYS. WHO. WHAT . WHEN
A well thought-out design brief is the foundation for a successful project. It helps the architect understand your expectations, preferences, wants, needs, aspirations and lifestyle. If your expectations are not clearly outlined and understood by all parties, you run the risk of spending unnecessary money, project complications, and costly delays.
This guide will help you cover critical aspects of a design brief. It will help you outline your design brief – capturing your expectations and preferences.
Right then! Let’s get started…
WHERE TO START
WHERE TO START
- Your site
- The spaces and sizes
- Design Mood and feeling
- How colors affect the user and spaces
- Materials to use
- and More !!!!
What are the specific features you will like on your site. Any specific site and landscape features. Pools, fountains, walkways, pergolas, gardens, play area etc
A good design can transform the way that we live. Think hard about your family’s current and future needs. Map out your daily routine. Be specific about the number of rooms required. Do you love open floor plans or enclosed spaces? Do you love split levels, courtyards, archways, Do you love wide windows, high doors, double volume spaces? Your architect needs to have these details. List any special requirements you have, e.g. accessibility, extra storage areas, garage loft space, built in furniture/shelving, home office.
Design Mood and Feeling
This is important. This is your home. Think about the ‘feel’ of your project, do you want it to be bold, low-key, minimalist, contemporary, exciting ?
List major appliances you already own or are considering buying and any preferences you have about where you want to put them. Do you have lots of gadgets that need sockets in your island unit? These details can make a big difference to the way your kitchen and utility space is planned.