THE ARCHITECTURAL PROCESS
The second part of stage one is creating your Design Brief for your new home. When the site analysis has been carried out you will sit down with your architect and develop your design brief. The brief, along with the site review, is the fundamental building block from which your new home design will grow. Because of this it’s very important that you get your design brief just right. Anything that you forget to tell your architect, that you really need will not be in your finished home, or will be the cause of expensive re-design fees and may require re-building sections of your home to get it right. As you are creating your brief be aware that if something is not in the brief it won’t be in your new home.
what is the DESIGN brief?
Simply put, the design or project brief, also called a ‘program’, is a list of all your requirements that need to be included in your home.
how to start on your design brief
When you start to create your brief, before you go over your requirements with your architect, it’s best to sit down with all the people who will be living in your home and discuss everything that they need and want. Discuss ideas, go away and think about them, come back to the brief and refine it. Your brief will be a work in progress until you feel that you have recorded everything that you need and want and defined what is important in your home for all your family members.
As a starting point you can think about houses that you know and like and consider what aspects of them appeal to you.
Think about the home you are living in now – what works and what doesn’t, what’s great about it, what does it lack?
Looking in magazines, collecting images and noting down ideas are great ways to help you to think outside the box.
what to consider when creating your brief
what your architect will do
When you work with your architect to create the brief together they will ask you a multitude of questions about your ideas, your needs, your lifestyle and they will hone in on tiny details to make sure that they fully understand your requirements. Typically after your first meeting to create the brief they will put together a draft brief for you to look over which may include items requiring clarification. The draft brief can go backwards and forwards several times to refine the brief. Your job is to go over their brief document and make sure that it perfectly defines everything that you need in your home.
Don’t start designing... This is the stage for ideas.
This early stage of creating your home design brief is a chance to have fun and explore ideas, because right now there are no limitations to your perfect home. Even big ideas that you think are impossible right now, but are things that you would love to have in your home, can be adapted by your architect into creative design solutions that will help your finished home to be absolutely perfect for you.
THE ARCHITECTURAL PROCESS
STAGE 1: PROJECT DEVELOPMENT & ANALYSIS
The first stage of your architectural design is all about working out exactly what you need, what you want and what you actually can do with the design of your new home. At the end of this stage the parameters of what you can build will have been established and the viability of your building project will be assessed.
There are two parts to this stage:
1. The Site Review and
2. Creating the Design Brief.
Right now we’ll explore what is included in The Site Review.
the site review
Undertaking a detailed and thorough Site Review is fundamental to the overall success of the project. Missing information could result in a design that doesn’t function properly for you, doesn’t maximise the opportunities of the site or worse isn’t able to be built because of planning restrictions that weren’t considered.
What your Architect will do to complete the Site Review:
Your Architect will need to visit your property in person and take photos and measurements of the site and any existing structures and look at the existing conditions of the site and the surroundings.
Your Architect will arrange for a survey of the site and surrounding buildings. He or she will prepare a Site Survey which will be presented as a map showing boundaries, topography, utilities on the site, the location and height of any existing buildings, the location and height of neighbouring buildings, fences and any existing other features of the site. The survey will also establish the legal boundaries, any covenants or rights-of-way or encroachments on the site.
They will conduct research on the zoning and planning restriction with local authorities and check if there are additional planning restrictions that apply to your property. Local councils' regulations and processes, Local Environmental Plans, Development Control Plans, State Planning Policies, environmental agencies' regulations, Building Codes, BASIX and environmental design requirements and Standards all have their own conditions and restrictions which need to be considered.
A site analysis will be completed that will collate all the information collected from the site visit, the survey and the research. This will present findings on access, circulation, topography, materials, views, prevailing winds, sun movement, overshadowing, climate conditions, surrounding building context, site and local land use, local environment effects, existing vegetation, electrical lines, surrounding roads.
All of this research and the findings will be compiled in a Project Review Report that will summarise the limitations on building on your site, regulations that affect your property, the planning application process and any issues that will impact on your home design.
CONSULTANTS NEEDED FOR STAGE ONE
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO FOR STAGE ONE
You will need to supply any existing property information that you have, such as existing site and building plans and surveys, land information, consultant reports, building reports etc.
You will need to obtain a sewer and water diagram from the water authority in your area.
You will need to engage the Surveyor and in for some sites you will also need to contract a Geotechnical Engineer – your architect or designer will help you with these.
The second part of Stage One is creating the Design Brief, which you can read about in the next entry.
If you have any questions about the Architectural Design Process or would like to work with us on your new home, please contact us here: