The demand for architectural design is evident, especially when you consider that as of 2021, ‘there are approximately 51.1 thousand people employed as architects in the United Kingdom’.
Architectural design is a crucial element of any construction project in that it places emphasis on both aesthetics and functionality.
Every detail included within the architectural design of your project will have a direct impact on the people using the space on a day-to-day basis, highlighting just how important it is.
When planning a construction project, you will likely run into issues if you fail to prioritise architectural design that both meets your needs and delivers your vision.
There are numerous benefits associated with investing in architectural design ahead of your construction project.
Having good architectural design prepared ahead of your construction project is important because:
1. It saves time
2. It promotes functionality
3. It can help to ensure you stay within budget
4. It ensures customer satisfaction
Prioritising architectural design can help you keep the time frame of your project on track, helping to deliver the project to schedule.
The architectural design process offers a clear plan that can help to prevent very expensive and time-consuming errors from happening during the duration of your construction project.
This comes down to the fact that correcting sketches and 3D mock-ups is significantly more convenient and less time-consuming than fixing an actual building that is in progress, which has the potential to negatively impact the construction schedule.
As such, you can save a significant amount of time and money in the long run by investing in architectural design in the first instance.
Architectural design is essential in that it promotes functionality.
A high quality construction project should not only look aesthetic but should also be functional, meaning that it needs to meet the needs of the people occupying the space.
Working with the right designer helps you to make your dream project a reality, from everything to maximising the space you have available to ensuring certain rooms receive enough natural light.
They’re trained to see the bigger picture beyond the construction process, and design accordingly.
Having clear designs in place from the start thus leaves less room for error, helping to create a building that meets your daily needs and expectations.
There’s no getting away from the fact that a construction project is an expensive undertaking.
Another reason why investing in architectural design is important is that it can help to stay within budget. This largely comes down to it being ‘the architect’s duty to identify client requirements and project constraints must include the client’s budget, which the architect should seek to establish at an early stage’.
It’s important to recognise that design errors can result in costly reworks if you don’t invest in high quality architectural design, emphasising its importance.
Architectural design can also inform budgets. This is particularly true when it comes to project proposals, as you cannot easily predict how much a project will cost without the help of architectural design.
Taking into account both the complexity of the project, as well as the materials used, then, architectural design can help to inform your budget.
As such, it can be significantly helpful to keep your dream project within your budget or help you to understand where you can scale it back to come up with a compromise that works and helps to deliver a similar vision.
Lastly, it’s important to invest in architectural design because it helps to ensure customer satisfaction.
The beauty of preparing architectural design ahead of your refurbishment is that you can make changes and voice any concerns that you may have about the design before your project is actually built.
If you’re going into the project blind, and later have to make changes, it’ll be much more difficult and expensive to do so. This will not only lead to dissatisfaction but could even lead to more serious problems such as debt if you’re having to go over budget to correct mistakes and can’t afford to finish the project.
Correcting planning in the early stages of your project thus helps to ensure that you’ll be more satisfied overall with your project.
We hope that this article has provided you with a better understanding of the importance of architectural design for your construction project.
If you want to find out more information about our work at Rose Line Premier Construction, contact us today for any questions or queries you may have.
Written by Jemima Thomas for Rose Line Premier Construction.