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For owners and design professionals alike – This tool can help organise your thoughts and cover all the basis when you start designing

The first stage in getting any plans done is to prepare a design brief. Your Architect or Building Designer will typically prepare one before starting to make sure everyone is on the same page. In fact if your Design Professional doesn’t provide one you are quite within your rights to insist on one.

Now a design brief is a fluid document which means through the course of a design the brief might change slightly. The design process is meant to be an exchange of ideas and design options. However if the change is significant enough your Design Professional may ask to adjust their quote based on the changes. And in some cases it may mean a re-writing of the brief. If this does happen then it is better to happen at this stage rather than after they have started laying bricks.

My recommendations to clients when they are starting out is to gather as much information as they can before meeting with the Design Professional. I am including a link to the Design Brief that I use when I am developing a proposal for a client. The reason I am including it is so that you know what type of information the Design Professional is looking for.

To get access to and download this design brief click here

So I always recommend to gather as much information as you can at the start. And they say that a picture is worth a thousand words and it is never more true in this process. Take as many photographs as you can of the things that you like and the things that you don’t like. (make sure you adequately differentiate between the 2 so your Design Professional doesn’t get them mixed up.) Cut out photographs from magazines including appliances, fixtures and fittings (toilets, bathrooms, sinks, vanity basins etc) all of which helps describe your requirements.
Now you are well prepared to contact some Design Professionals, show them your ideas and ask them for a quote.
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Article by: Mark Sabadina for Affinity Building Design

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