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Architect’s guide to HOUSE DESIGN

From interpreting a brief to accurately visualising the way that three-dimensional plans will work, the experts juggle a multitude of ideas to shape your dream home. Julian Owen explains how it’s done

Embarking on the design of a new home can be both an exciting and a daunting prospect. Some of the creative decisions to be made are clear, such as layout of rooms, choice of materials, colour of walls and whether or not there is a fireplace. But an expert designer will consider a host of other less obvious concepts. They’ll also know that achieving a successful end result relies heavily on the preparation work done before the first line is drawn.

One of the most important skills needed by a designer is an ability to quickly tune into their clients’ hopes and desires for their new home, and incorporate them without overspending on the budget. Unless you are lucky enough to have no financial limit, each key creative decision should be taken with the likely effect on the build cost in mind.

Most of us want more than we can afford in life and this is usually true when it comes to building projects, so all your important requirements should be listed in order of priority. The designer needs a clear idea of which aspects of the finished building are either essential, desirable or a luxury that could be sacrificed if the plans are at risk of becoming too expensive. Knowing when to let go of one idea so another, more important element can be included is an integral part of the creative process.

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The August edition of Build It magazine brings you all the inspiration & practical advice you need to complete your home building project on time and on budget, including: • A stunning self-build on a countryside plot (page 20) • 10 way to maximise light and space (page 62) • 7 lightweight cladding options (page 67) • Find out whether triple glazing makes sense (page 79) • How to rewire a period property (page 119) • Discover how to find land with real potential (page 123) … and more!