Part One: Preparing your project finishes. 4 min read.
You’ve likely been thinking about the final look of the property that you’ve purchased from the moment you saw it for the first time.
It’s nearly been 4 weeks since you appointed your architect and agreed on fees, as well as the extent of their services.
The internal layouts are agreed upon. You’ve already started exchanging emails with them containing sketches and mood boards.
Alongside this, you’ve been collecting photos during holidays, hotel stays, restaurant visits, and even the photos you took for inspiration whilst visiting your friend’s house when you saw that lovely industrial and crittall style mirror.
Your project design stage, including obtaining all local authority permissions and approvals, will take anything from 12 weeks to a long few months.
Sometimes very little can be done about the duration of your project design stage. That said, there is a great and creative way of spending all of this time, which is to prepare your own project finishes information pack.
Such a pack is not only something that an experienced architect should ask you to provide in order to complete the construction design for you, but it is also a document that will enormously speed up the construction process itself.
Design and finish information issued to the consultant or contractor will help understand the required quality levels, determine true time constraints to deliver the project, and indicate items that will have a possible impact on the duration of your refurbishment project.
Architectural design is essential in that it promotes functionality.
It will be anything that forms a part of the building, from its structure to finish. Below are just a few examples, but the list is potentially endless as your imagination is the limit.
Finishes might include:
There’s no getting away from the fact that a construction project is an expensive undertaking.
Prepare an in-depth collection of all your ideas in an organised and simple format of:
It is very important to clearly present your ideas and chosen products. You should also consider and include other options of product equivalents in case your favourite one has been discontinued or is no longer in stock.
Try to organise and present all the information in an easy-to-follow format. Don’t forget that a copy of this may be laying and moved around your construction site in the future and will be read by at least five different professionals and tradespersons, so it needs to easy to read.
You may well find that combination of all of the above will work best. That said, it is essential to remember you will not be the only reader of this, so it needs to be super easy to follow through.