As a registered architect who has been working in the construction industry for over 25 years, I’ve worked in architectural practice, for large construction companies, land developers, commercial builders and project home builders.
It was my experience working for a large developer that inspired me to start my business. In that role, I saw many home buyers struggling to make the right choices for their homes.
Since starting my business I have assisted hundreds of people in making the right decisions early in the home building or renovation process to ensure that they build the right house for their family.
I like to listen. The first step in any design or renovation project is to listen to what people love, hate and desire in where they live. It’s a discussion more than a design exercise. It is about understanding how the household functions and how they would like to live.
We discuss the story of the house, how long you’ve lived there and why you bought it. We talk about what you love and what you hate about living in the house. We might take a tour at this point to look at particular issues.
Then we talk about an ideal scenario. If money was no object, what would you really love to do? Then we talk about scary things like money and timing and approvals to set a more realistic set of expectations.
Once this discussion takes place and all the variables are understood we can get down to what the needs really are. What’s needed immediately, in a year’s time, in a few years’ time. This then sets the framework for a course of action and the next steps.