Designing your Dream – Architectural Design
At an initial meeting, you and Susan, our architectural designer, will discuss your specific design requirements, including budget, location, style, space requirements, features, building site, and so on. A home is so much more than just a collection of rooms. We’ll talk about your lifestyle, hobbies, how you entertain at home, storage needs, the requirements of your family and anything else that might impact the design of the home. We’ll talk about how the house should be designed to suit the features of the site. We’ll talk about landscaping, outdoor living, whether your garage is just a place to park your vehicles or also a workshop. We’ll talk about energy efficiency options. We’ll talk about new building technologies. We’ll talk about all of this and much more.
The scope of work, design criteria and options are all thoroughly explored in the planning process. After the completion of design drawings, we’ll work on a detailed specification document and proceed to construction plans. The specification document outlines every detail of your project – from pre-construction details to landscaping. It ensures that you are getting exactly what you want and that an accurate budget can then be produced.
How long does it take to design a home?
We are often asked how long it takes to design a home. That depends on so many things: scale and complexity of the project, the number of directions the design takes as options and alternatives are explored, and the time you need to evaluate the design at each stage in the process, to name a few. It can take from a month or two to much longer. We always tell our clients that the design phase is time well spent to ensure that you are getting the home design you want.