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Why You Should Invest In Good Design

Whenever you are undertaking a construction project (a commercial development or a private home) the design phase is where you can add most value. Engaging design professionals like architects are vital as their expertise brings key benefits that should more than cover their cost.

A good design meets the client brief, while respecting the local context and client budget. Here is how investing in good designs created by architects can add value to your project.

Visualisation

Construction projects often begin with an idea that is yet to be fully visualised on a particular property. It requires the services of an architect to bring to life these ideas, creating a tailored design that meets the needs of the project owner while ensuring practicality.

Functionality

As you envision the kind of building or development you want to be built, you need to ensure it meets the functional needs of its users or residents. It is more than just an issue of aesthetics, especially for such high-value investments. An architect can ensure that the design arrived at meets the needs outlined when constructed at the selected location.

Aesthetics

While you should give priority to functionality, aesthetics will also have some importance. A good design strikes a balance between the two to ensure that while the client’s functional needs are met, the look of the project will also be satisfying. A good aesthetic is key to ensuring that future residents and visitors to the building will be pleased by their surroundings.

Budgeting

Construction projects have many variable expenses to factor in. A good architect will be knowledgeable in the current pricing on such expenses and can better ensure the project matches or remains within your set budget while trying to ensure the best value for money. Their expertise during the design stage will also help guide the project toward choosing inputs of the best quality.

The Future

A good design takes account of possible future changes that may need to be made to the construction. While meeting the immediate needs of the client is important, seeing beyond this and ensuring the design can be better adapted or extended is necessary.

Environment

A good design is more than just about the construction itself. It also factors in how the surroundings will be impacted and will influence the building. Factors such as topography and views must be considered in a good design to ensure all the elements blend in together to meet the needs of the client without compromising other stakeholders.

Building Regulations

A good design also considers what local laws may impact the construction. Local authorities will often have zoning laws, bylaws, and building regulations or codes that govern what kind of construction can be carried out and where. This is why there is typically an application process for gaining building permission you need to go through, which requires documentation and details on the proposed design of the project. An architect uses his knowledge of these regulations to develop designs that will satisfy the demands of local authorities.

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