Building your dream home is a huge undertaking. It can also be very overwhelming as well; there are so many factors to consider and put into one structure. To avoid making mistakes, the best way to tackle this process is to take things one step at a time. The first meeting with your architect should create a framework that will allow them to prepare basic sketches for your build. In this article, find out what you should pay attention to during this meet so as to get the process started on the right note.
First off, discuss what type of house structure you want. That is, looking at your dream house from the curb, what do you want it to look like? Do you want a bungalow, a storied maisonette or do you wish to build a house with more than one storey? What you decide here will have a huge bearing on other factors such as the size of the house, the floor plan, costs, and many other considerations.
Next, you should discuss what concept you want your house to portray? That is, what statement do you want to give off with the house? Do you want a traditional, modern or contemporary structure? Or perhaps do you wish to blend various elements for a bespoke look? Your answer here should be guided by your lifestyle and what you want to get from the house in terms of comfort, stature, novelty, etc.
It helps to nail down some specifics in terms of what you want your house to have. This helps the architect get a clearer picture of what you need in the designs. It also eliminates much of the guesswork and repeat work. For example, how many bedrooms do you want? Which bedrooms do you want to en-suite? Do you want to have a study room, private office, play room, etc?
There are other structural considerations that you probably want factored in to your dream home. For example, you may want a house with plenty of natural light, a very spacious living room, a house with external views all round, lots of ventilation, plenty of outdoor space for your lawn, etc. These considerations are crucial to your home's design so let them be known at the earliest convenience.
Last but not least, discuss how much you wish to spend on your house. This factor will resonate across all the other considerations and will let the architect know how which boundaries to confine their plans to. A good way to handle this issue is to give the architect a budget range, with the higher figure being the limit.
Your architect's services will help bring turn your dream home from just an idea to a feasible plan. In consequent meetings, you can start to refine the plans and get into the minute details.