The ingredients of good design
The recipe for good design include:
- delivering a customised home designed to your own individual brief
- providing a home that is inclusiveness and accessibility for all
- delivering fitness for purpose, without the expensive add-ons
- providing sustainability that is incorporated into the fabric and use of the building
- creating a low running and maintenance costs home
- delivering a return on your investment
- creating a positive impact on your environment
- completing you home on-time and on-budget
- providing flexibility for a future change of use
- delivering cost-effectiveness in the long term, with good design always costing less than bad design
- delivering value over the whole life cycle of the your home
Using an architect for your new home makes financial sense
Good design has it’s price; however, skimping on design quality will cost you more in the long run. Architect’s fee are typically a small percentage of the overall project costs, and they appear insignificant when compared with your homes operating costs over its life cycle.
Good design can maximise your home’s energy efficiency and reduce it’s operating costs. Engaging an architect at the project’s beginning enables us to design the project as a whole, and to create a design that is economical to run and capable of commanding greater value in the long term.
Developing a solid working relationship your architect, and spending time working through your brief, your timeframe, your budget, and the nature and cost of specialist consultants, will dramatically increase the chances of your project’s success.
If you’d like to discuss your project, please contact me for an obligation free consultation.
Where do all the costs go?
Of you overall costs of works for a new build home 25% of your costs could be taken up with external works and services (power, water, gas, sewer, storm water, paving, fencing etc), contingency, escalation, and GST; with the remaining 75% being taken up with building works.
The existing floor plan
This project is located in Newport in the inner-city of Melbourne. My client came to me with the desperate need of additional space; and they did not want to relocate to a new property due to the costs involved (stamp duty, relocation costs, etc.).
Their brief was simple. The additional accomodation they required was a fourth bedroom and an ensuite. They also wanted to a new kitchen and bathroom.
The restriction included the Building Regulations setback requirements; which prevented a second storey being build (I was also concerned about the increased costs; along with additional area required for a stair). My clients also did not want to extend into their rear garden – neither did I.
The proposed floor plan
The existing plan was reworked and extended. The design cleverly took advantage of the narrow space beside the house – the area which is never used for anything. The increase in area of 7.5sqm was minimal.
To think my clients were able to achieve one additional bathroom, walk-in-robe and bedroom; with only 7.5sqm of additional floor space is amazing. Plus the estimate come in well under budget. That is what I call a happy client.