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A home elevation design is the most crucial stage in any house design. The elevation design is something, everyone encounters first when entering a house. Even for the passers-by and strangers, it provides an insight into the taste of a house’s residents.
Our clients are most concerned about an elevation design, but still they take this stage very lightly, as they don’t expect to go through a whole process before finalizing something on which everyone unanimously agrees. They invest a lot of time in perfecting the layout of their house, but don’t anticipate the time and patience, the perfect exterior design is going to require.
A house or any building elevation design is very important for several reasons. For the people, who still think they can start their construction on the basis of a layout alone, should consider following factors to realize the importance of a good elevation design service to the overall project.
- Aesthetics: Elevation design impacts the overall appearance of a building.
- Street appeal: Elevation design helps enhance the street appeal/ curb value of a building and its surrounding environment.
- Functionality: Elevation design can influence the functionality of a building by determining the location of windows, doors, and other features.
- Climate control: Elevation design can impact the building’s energy efficiency, ventilation, and protection from the elements.
- Safety: Elevation design can contribute to the safety of a building by determining the placement of fire escapes and emergency exits.
- Regulation compliance: Elevation design must adhere to local building codes and regulations.
A house design, including the elevation design service is the responsibility of the following professionals:
- Architect: The architect is the lead design professional and is responsible for the overall design of a building, including the elevation design.
- Structural Engineer: The structural engineer is responsible for ensuring the design is structurally sound and meets building codes and regulations.
- Contractor: The contractor is responsible for bringing the design to life and constructing the building according to the approved design.
- Building owner: The building owner has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring the design meets their needs and expectations.
Here we are going to discuss the encounter between the architect and the client to understand what both parties expect from each other, to make this process go smoothly without any unpleasant surprises.
WHAT ARE EXPECTATION OF ARCHITECT AND CLIENT IN HOME ELEVATION SERVICES
We did meet such clients, who were sure about the house elevation design; they were going to have in the first meeting. They understand the importance of availing each service. But still most people are focused on their layout and are totally clueless about their preferences in exterior design style until the stage of elevation service. There are certain expectations of clients when they are planning to get home elevation services. Similarly, architects also have some expectations from the clients as well. If both parties work as a team and fulfill each others’ requirements, they will end up with a design, which everyone is happy with.
So, first let us familiarize with what both parties expect from each other to have an unhindered flow of the whole home design process. What Architects want from their clients is:
- Clear communication of design objectives and project requirements.
- Adequate information regarding the budget and timeline for the project.
- Access to site and relevant information.
- Collaboration and decision-making throughout the design process.
- Payment of agreed-upon fees in a timely manner.
- Approval of design and construction documents.
- Invest a good chunk of time in perfecting the layout of the house, so there are no further amendments required, once the elevation stage begins. The change in layout has a huge impact on the elevation design.
- Client should openly discuss their lifestyle and should involve the concerned family members in the overall design, since the beginning of the whole project. Sometimes, people save their opinion till a later stage, but their involvement after the finalization of the whole project might end up in some big changes in the project, disrupting all the timelines.
- Clear guidelines should be shared as in what is the style of a client, what is the budget for constructing a house, how does the client want to finish or furnish the house.
- Prompt and constructive feedback should be provided rather than delayed or negative feedback.
Similarly, if we see the other side of this picture, there are some expectations of a client from their architect as well. A client typically expects the following from an architect:
- Understanding of the client’s needs, goals and vision for the project.
- Creative, functional and aesthetically pleasing design solutions.
- Efficient management of the project timeline, budget, and coordination with other consultants.
- In-depth knowledge of building codes, materials, construction methods, and industry standards.
- Ethical and responsible behavior, adhering to industry standards and regulations.
- Identifying and addressing any design or technical challenges in a timely manner.
- Willingness to work with the client, contractors, and other consultants to ensure a successful outcome.
- Approval of design and construction documents from the relevant authorities.
But when it comes to the elevation design service stage, clients might expect a little more from the architect. At this stage it is architect’s responsibility to help their client decide the architectural style their whole family will agree with. The architect has to take the role of a teacher, as well as a consultant, and inform the client whatever is trending in the industry and the pros and cons of these styles as well.
Another factor, very crucial at this stage is to decide the material, which highlights the important elements of the design but also is not a burden on the clients’ budget. If the client is availing the service of 3D rendering of the elevation design, it will be easier for them to imagine the overall look of the final outcome. Building elevation designs can use a variety of materials including:
- Mixed materials (e.g. a combination of brick and stone)
With such a number of materials available in the market, especially when each category has a number of varieties available, it becomes very overwhelming for anyone to decide any material or a combination of materials for the most imperative part of their house. This is where the expertise of a professional consultant comes, and they guide their client about the trends and qualities of different materials and their types. They, not only envision your house today, but also how it is going to look after weathering in a couple of years.
Expert’s help should always be sought for home elevation services as his or her input will always add value to one of the major projects of life.
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