Whether you’re building from scratch, knocking down and rebuilding, or renovating an existing structure, creating an architectural home is a journey of discovering who you are, what you want, how you want to live and where you want to be.
It’s a chance for you to reflect your unique character in your design choices, more specifically in the architectural features you choose to incorporate.
As with any journey, you’ll want to do your research and ensure that you’re working with the right team. Keep reading for our top tips to achieving an architectural home design.
1. SET GOALS
Achieving an architectural home design is all about setting goals and taking the relevant steps to achieve them. In order to set these targets, you’ll want to establish the answers to the following questions:
- What do you want your home to say about you?
- What architectural style makes you feel the most ‘at home’?
- What do you want out of your house?
Each of these questions is important and needs to be recognised so that the end result will reflect a unified vision, and mould into the architectural home of your dreams.
Before you contact an architect, research the architectural styles you’d like to emulate in your home.
Successful architectural homes always begin with the process of establishing a project vision. Consider creating a moodboard of your favourite styles, features and interiors by compiling imagery found on Instagram, Pinterest and even physical magazines. You can then show this inspiration to your architect and builder so they can design a home with your vision in mind.
3. ENGAGE AN EXPERIENCED ARCHITECTURAL BUILDER EARLY
By engaging an architectural builder early on in the research and design process, you get the benefit of their technical prowess, as well as their creative design outcomes.
An architectural builder will be able to suggest cost-effective tweaks and materials that help you achieve your dream home within your budget. This is a benefit you may not receive if you engage your builder after you’ve had your home designs.
4. CHOOSE DESIGN & BUILD
Choosing to work with a Design & Build team gives you the opportunity to work with the same group of people from concept to completion, streamlining the building process and alleviating a lot of the hurdles and stresses that can arise during design, planning and construction.
Because the team working on your home will include a mixture of architects, builders, engineers and tradespeople, they will be able to make suggestions both during the design process and the build of your home to achieve the best possible outcome. Your builder and tradespeople can inform architectural decisions, and vice versa.
Working with a personable and communicative Design & Build team that truly understands the vision you have for your home offers many benefits – they will really take your vision and run with it!
5. SITE ANALYSIS
It’s always a good idea to visit the site you hope to build on with your building team and have them conduct an analysis of the space.
Not only is this a good opportunity to see if the objectives of yourself and your architect align, but it’s a good opportunity for your architect to recommend specific styles and features that maximise on what your block has to offer.
Your architect may recommend that you incorporate a balcony facing a certain direction, or floor-to-ceiling windows to increase natural light in the home. Of course, your builder can also chime in with advice on whether these options are actually possible, based on their knowledge of real-time construction costs and access to materials.
Regardless of what your team’s recommendation may be, taking your architect and builder to site is incredibly beneficial when it comes to achieving an architectural home design.
Get in touch with the team at Edina Building Group to find out how we can bring the architectural home of your dreams to life in 2021.