‘There is a danger that in the rush to cut costs we lose more than money from our building projects. To avoid diminishing the quality of life that good design brings, it is necessary to identify the value created by thoughtful and responsive architecture.’
Ruth Reed, Royal Institute of British Architects President, 2009–2011
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
The benefits of good design
If there is one place you will appreciate and experience the benefits of good design, it will be your own home. It is were we eat, sleep, work and play.
In a world that is constantly changing, our home provides a place of stability and security.
Our spaces need to be flexible, functional, and comfortable, whilst providing privacy. Otherwise the quality of our life may suffers.
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.