Working with the home design process

By: Jon McAlpine

One of the most common questions we get asked is ‘how does the design process work?’

While huge amounts of work go on in the background, l will attempt to give you a very topline overview to cut through some of the misconceptions.

Firstly, actually creating a brief is something that people often find the most challenging.

We start by having clients complete a very simple online system that asks practical questions to automatically generate a design brief.

When we have all the information to hand, including a clear understanding of your budget, we will arrange to meet on the site to distil this information further.

If required we will come up with suggestions to modify the brief to save on cost. We then make all this tangible with an initial sketch that collates all of this information, while always balancing with budget. I really enjoy designing by hand sketches in the initial phase, rather than on a computer as it keeps the design very fluid and allows some of the individuality of each home design to be reflected at an earlier phase in the process. The sketch is then presented to the client and amended as required. The sketch stage leads onto developed design. This is where the sketch design is loaded onto the computer and modelled.

This allows clients to walk through their home and gain a full understanding of the design, an incredibility powerful tool as it turns the piece of paper into reality.

Following the developed design we move into pricing drawings. This stage delivers a portion of the full construction drawings to the respective builder/s for estimate pricing.

Upon client approval we proceed into full consent/construction drawings. Another critical stage where accuracy is key. Accurate drawings flow through to construction allowing for an enjoyable and seamless construction process.

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