Alexandria Ellison. Home Design. September 25th , 2018.
If the due diligence has not been this thorough then there is a good chance you will not get your dream home design. No matter how creative it is if it is not what you imagined then it is a failed design. I am not suggesting taking away creative freedom only that any expectations have to be communicated. Make sure the designer is asking all the right questions or make sure you volunteer them. Alternatively just consider another designer because it is hard to correct a design that heads down the wrong path. Only when the scope of the design has been completely defined should the design drawing begin. The primary goal should be to meet the design criteria in the most space efficient way possible while being creative. The next meeting will be to review the preliminary design which typically consist of the floor plans without all the construction details, the front elevation and the plot plan showing the house located on the lot.
A designer has a responsibility to a client to inform them if they think they are making a mistake. Once the client knows why you are concerned hopefully they will agree. It is never acceptable to just ignore a clients wishes or substitute your own preferences. This preliminary design meeting is also the time to discuss in depth details like lighting, cabinet styles and finishes if it has not been done. If the revisions are such that it would be prudent to review the preliminary again once they are done that would be the next step. If any revisions are minor then the design is ready to be finalized.
Make sure that your designer or builder knows what they are doing. Choosing reputable companies isn't difficult as long as you are willing to invest the effort to look. You need to be absolutely certain that your builder is going to be there for you and provide you with not only great home plans, but also with great service and support throughout the building process. If you find a builder who claims to be a Registered Master Builder, for example, make sure you ask for their registration number so that you can confirm this is so, the guarantees covered by the Master Builder program won't mean much to you if you encounter problems during your house construction only to find your builder isn't actually a Registered Master Builder after all. Don't fall susceptible to the heartache and frustration many people suffer as a result of not running credential checks.
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