The Architect's Notebook

I Just Need A Set Of Plans – Part 4

“I already know what I don’t know…don’t I?”

There are so many elements that go into what may at first seem a simple residential project that you will need to consider. Below is a list of 20 questions to get you started…and each of those could probably lead 20 more!

  • What does it look like?
  • How big will it be?
  • What will it be made of?
  • Will it fit on my site?
  • Will the council let me build it?
  • How will it stand up?
  • Who will build it?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What will the interior look like?
  • What colour walls? Floors? Ceilings?
  • Where will the kitchen sinks/oven/pantry be?
  • One basin or two?
  • Where will the light come from?
  • What about solar power?
  • Where will the power points go?
  • What about light fittings?
  • Do we need smart wiring?
  • How long will it last?
  • How do we look after it?
  • Will my car/fridge/piano/Granny’s armoire fit in there?

…and the list goes on!

A good architect will help you both ask and answer all of those questions and more throughout the course of your project.

Our experience and in-depth knowledge of the construction industry gives us the skills to help guide you smoothly through all stages and elements of your project – building your design team, the design itself, selection of materials, choosing a builder and construction.

So do you “just need a set of plans” or do you need an architect?

That concludes this series of posts. Any questions? Head to the comments box below.

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About the Author:

Melissa Fleming
Principal architect, founder and director of Metroworks Architects, Melissa has been involved in the industry full-time since graduating with Honours from Deakin University in 1995. She has single-handedly developed her business into a multi-award winning, boutique practice that offers high quality and personalised architectural solutions - specialising in the design of new homes and major renovations.

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