The brief is basically what you want to achieve out of the whole building process. Not only does this cover what you want in your project, but also deals with timeframes you may have in mind, your budget and how the building is going to function. It is important to try and establish as many or all of these things before a design is underway. Taking this brief, we can then formulate solutions to your requirements. If you are unsure on any of these aspects then we can assist you in preparing this. Using the example of a house, some of the things you need to decide are:
- Practical Requirements – e.g. numbers of bedrooms, bathrooms, living spaces, single or double storey, etc.
- Design Preferences – What style of architectural design do you like? It is often a good idea to bring photos or pictures from magazines that illustrate what you like and pass this onto me at this stage so I have a clear idea of your expectations.
- Timeframes and programming of design, Council consent and construction.
- Your budget – how much are you wanting to spend on your project?
- What degree of involvement do you want from me? Just the design and documentation? Do you want help with finding a builder and running the project once it gets to construction stage?