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Getting an Architectural Design off the Ground - 5 Essentials

Role - project manager ( Australia )
By - Tracey Clayton
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Being well-prepared is extremely important, and even though there is always a temptation of diving straight into construction works in order to have a project finished as soon as possible, one must understand that creating a sound plan is the key to success. So, in order to help you get your architectural design off the ground, we've prepared a comprehensive list of suggestions and some advice on how to organize your project efficiently. Take a look and let the preparations begin!


Find a design professional

First things first, you should hire an experienced design professional whom you can trust with your project. It's essential that you take this matter seriously and talk to as many different experts as possible. For instance, you can start by scheduling in-person meetings in order to see what each firm has to offer and try to conclude which one will be able to meet your expectations most efficiently. Additionally, you should talk to them about your budget as well, so that they can come up with a design which is within your price range.


Make a site plan

If you want your building to be properly done, you need to have a detailed site plan. This is extremely important because elements like the topography of your site, the vegetation, existing buildings, etc. all influence the final architectural design. Some of the information that this plan should contain include property lines so that you don’t end up building on an adjacent owner's property, and surrounding streets which will help you understand the flow of traffic around your construction site. On top of that, remember to include existing and proposed conditions as well as essential landscape information. After all, the more detailed your site plan is, the more reassured you will be that there won't be any unpleasant surprises.


Estimate all construction costs accurately

Cost estimation is another crucial aspect of every project realization. Therefore, we advise you to opt for reliable quantity surveying services, owing to which you won't have to worry that you'll go bankrupt in the middle of the construction works. On top of that, these experts will monitor your expenditures during the construction phase as well, making sure that everything goes according to plan. Of course, keep in mind that even with the most accurate predictions, certain unexpected costs can occur and that you should be ready for them. Having this in mind, it's highly recommendable to set a separate budget for emergencies and prevent any unexpected expenditures from delaying the completion of your project.


Hire a reliable contractor

The next step in this process should definitely be hiring an experienced contractor and the best time for doing this should be right after you've finished the final schematic design.  First of all, you should ask around in order to get some references from your friends and colleagues and hear their experiences first hand. Once you have made a list of potential contractors, give them a call and prepare questions for them. For instance, you should check whether the firm will take on the project of that size. Additionally, don't forget to ask how many other projects they will be conducting at the same time as yours. After all, having their full attention is extremely important and you shouldn’t accept their offer if they can't give their 100%.


Get all the permits

Last but not least, getting all the necessary permits is extremely important and you shouldn't postpone this obligation under any circumstances. Keep in mind that every project is different, and depending on its scope, getting these permits can take between a few days to as long as a year. In case you're not familiar with these laws and regulations, don't hesitate to rely on a professional. After all, it's much better to make a higher initial investment, than it is to make serious mistakes and endanger your entire project.As you can see, getting an architectural design off the ground doesn't have to be that hard after all. You just need to hire experienced professionals, be well-informed on different possibilities and fully abide by the law. Good luck!
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