Getting Ready - Top Tips for The First Meeting with your Architect
6 tips on briefing an architect
Talking to an Architect / Designer
Architect Caroline Pidcock, the curator of our Liveability ‘be inspired by design’ believes “A good design requires not only a good architect, it also needs a client who is really engaged in the project. This means being clear about what you want and at the same time open to new ideas for how this might be achieved."
But how can you prepare yourself? Here are 6 tips to help you get ready.
1. What is your budget? As this needs to align with your brief, it is a good idea to talk honestly and openly about this from the start and be prepared to adjust either the brief or the budget (or both) to make this work.
2. It is good to talk through the stages of design with your architect so you know when things are going to happen and you can plan to make time to consider ideas between meetings. There are some pretty standard stages involving design, approvals, documentation, builder appointment and construction – but each project will have its own particular journey.
3. What is the main thing you are trying to achieve; how you would like to live in your home; and what is most critical to helping you achieve this – conversations about these ideas will help your architect to design the optimal amount of space you need. Size does count – less can be best!
4. What is your daily pattern of life and when are the various members of your family at home using things? This will help your architect to design the best place as well as the renewable energy system to help offset your power usage.
5. What materials and finishes do you like? It is good to think about those with low embodied energy, from renewable sources and will still be desirable in years to come.
6. Don’t just go for the latest ideas in the magazines, unless they really resonate with you. Work with your architect to find solutions that are an expression of your values and how you want to live