When I first sit down with a client for an initial meeting to discuss the project brief, I always try and get a feel for the clients’ requirements, both functional and aesthetical. Functionality, in my opinion, is the most important thing in any house design. After all, what’s the point in having a beautiful house if it doesn’t meet your functional needs, both present and future? All buildings should be designed with one eye on the future. Consideration should be given to expanding families, future access needs for the impaired and indeed future technologies. These are all part of the functional considerations that need to be taken in to account when formulating a design brief for a new house.
The problem I have noticed is that many clients seem to think that contemporary architectural design has to be sacrificed in favour of functional design. Many clients seem to think that it is one or the other and that in order to ensure functionality, they need to go with a conservative architectural design. This however is not the case. I can assure you that both functionality and aesthetics can be combined in order to provide a contemporary architectural design. Any good architectural designer will be able to provide you with a design which meets your functional needs AND is beautiful to look at both inside and out.
I am a firm believer that no two houses should be the same. Each house design should be unique and should enhance the landscape of the surrounding area. Therefore, it is important that every house design is well thought out and should include features which distinguish it from other houses in the area. This is where contemporary architectural design comes in to play. Contemporary design allows the inclusion of features which are unique and are unlikely to be seen in the house down the road. Continue reading “Contemporary or Conservative Architectural Design”