How to Begin Your Design Without an Architect.

Published on 11th July 2014
One of the most expensive aspects of building or extending a home is the employment of an architect. The reason for this is that it takes skill, knowledge and experience to get the best from a property. However, it is possible to reduce fees by beginning your design yourself.

At Apropos we regularly work with customers who wish to create their own designs, so we know what it takes to get started.

  • Be a nosey neighbour – Even if you have a clear idea about what you would like from your extension, a solid structure will always differ from an imagined one, so if you’ve noticed building work taking place on any similar houses near you, ask if you can have a nosey. Most people are quite keen to show off their new-improved home, and it provides you with an excellent opportunity to see what does and does not work.
  • Functionality – Before you begin make sure that your home extension will have adequate dimensions. If the space is to be used as a dining room, make sure that there’s not just room for chairs and table, but for easy access and finishing touches – pot plants, side table, all the things that make a space homely. If a space doesn’t work, it won’t be used.
  • Marrying function and form – When it comes to aesthetics in a home extension there are two main avenues to be taken: complement and contrast. The simplest way to create an extension that works aesthetically is to follow the architectural style of the original building; employing the same materials; following the flow of the existing roof pitch; using the same style of fixtures. A contrasting extension can be more difficult to carry off for the inexperienced, but constructing from glass is a good place to start – if you would like a second opinion on your glass extension the Apropos design team are always there to help.
  • Consider the neighbours – Keep in mind the effect that your extension could have on others. Your neighbours have a right to privacy, so make sure that your new build will not overlook their home or garden. Equally, try to avoid blocking their sunlight or their view.
  • Planning permission – Check the current planning regulations with your local authority before commencing work.

Ultimately, when working on any design you should follow the truism that the devil is in the detail. Space, temperature and light all impact upon the success of a room; form and function are symbiotic; and little details make the difference.

If you would like to discuss your home renovation plans with us this summer please call our customer service team on 0800 328 0033; we’d be glad to help.

Alternatively, you can click hereto order your free copy of our 2014 Brochure

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