Guiding Principles

Before setting out on employing architects and designers it's important to define the guiding principles of the work you want to do

When you decide that you would like to have some work done on your property it is critical that you keep the design process as clear and as streamlined as possible. So before you embark on your project, it's important to get some of your ducks in a row before you even begin to think about what work to do.

Different people have different reasons for undertaking building work to their property. Where one person needs more space for a growing family, another will be trying to maximise the value of their property before selling. It's important to focus on the reasons behind the work before setting out what it is you want to achieve. This will not only help yourself, but also any architects, designers and contractors you employ to help focus on achieving your goals for the project. So take some time and make a list of what the most important factors are for you. These could be any number of things, but most likely a mix of several. Below are some examples of what might guide your project:

  • Maximising the space you already have;

  • Increasing the space you already have;

  • Bringing extra light into your home;

  • Getting that kitchen you've always wanted;

  • Making your home more eco-friendly;

  • Increasing the value of your property;

  • Reorganising a messy space;

  • Extra storage; 

  • Additional rooms;

  • Maximising utility;

  • Vanity work - just to make your home look and feel better;

  • And many more!

Get to the most important aspect of your project first, and then select a few other principles that are secondary or nice to have. Remember that everything you want done will have a cost to it - but there are many ways of going about the same general idea. You also may need to drop some of these in order to meet budgets, timelines or to stick to the more important principles.

For example, you may want to add a loft conversion because you need an extra bedroom, but that doesn't mean you have to abandon everything else. If your family is expanding you may need to know that the work will add value to your home and that you need some additional storage space. With these in mind, a designer will be able to make good suggestions that can keep in with the overall principle but add storage into the design that will be very cost effective (e.g. Utilising the eaves for additional storage).

If you can guide your designs sticking to your key principles, you are much more likely to get a result that you are happy with.