What is it? Why is it needed and what does it do for you?
For an architect, just as for your doctor for instance, it is simply impossible to start working without a clear preliminary analysis. Your doctor wouldn't pick up a scalpel right after you walk into his office and say that your leg hurts. Or would he? 🤔
What a shame if you only had just a stretch… 😧🦿
SO WHAT IS PRE-DESIGN ANALYSIS?
In fact, it is a document that solves most of the technical and financial problems. It covers project feasibility and sets quality criteria and defines achievable goals.
From our personal and professional experience, lack of a clear pre-design analysis gets you no further but into dangerous paths. Remember that leg your doctor nearly cut off? Imagine it's your wallet...
No matter what kind of project you have in mind: a house construction\reconstruction, landscape design or an interior project, having a clear preliminary analysis in your hands will save your time and budget.
Checked. Rechecked. Guaranteed. 👌
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN A PRE-DESIGN ANALYSIS?
Predesign analysis includes 8 main clauses to solve:
1. Analysis of the project idea
In order to understand the project it is necessary to conduct an initial concept analysis and discuss ideas. The quality of the architect's work would depend on the analysis of this information. It sets project goals, helps to assess what tasks need to be dealt with, what constraints are and much more.
2. Special preferences
Want a rock pool? - Not a problem.
Your own tree in the house? - Sure, we will build your house around one.
The following steps of the analysis will allow you to soberly assess all the possibilities of the special project requirements.
3. Available options and possible variations
Even the seat you are on right now went through various design stages and included several design variations. By selecting the best design out of the range, you have what you are sitting on. Do you still think it is worth treating your project easier?
4. Existing and potential limitations
At first glance, it can be difficult to determine what constraints you might encounter in a project. This research will make sure you know which waters not to go to long before you set your sails.
5. Budget and time frames
Both must be plainly indicated in the analysis. Project delays are not beneficial to anyone. By setting up the time frames for your project, you already solve a big problem. Budget and financing are the key to determining the rest of the design aspects.
6. Criteria for assessing quality
First, try defining the word quality correctly. Quite difficult, right? But it is possible to assess quality. To do so, you need to establish at least some criteria. Project quality criteria directly affect its budget, hence are negotiated in advance in all our projects. It helps a lot when choosing building materials, furniture and decor, selecting contractors, and often saves valuable time.
7. Project design within budget
It should be understood that the design of your project will depend on the parameters of the budget. Equally, it makes no sense to saving on little things that are helpful and spending on luxury that in no way fits the original idea. It is necessary to decide on the style for your project in advance in order to adjust the budget according to the established quality criteria.
Try reading this article to understand why this is important - there is a lot of fun and shocking stories on this topic.
8. Required documentation
In many cases, project documentation required for submission is determined by your local government authority (Councils), it usually covers the bare minimum needed for your builder to start pricing, however, full construction documentation is much more detailed. You can learn more about what kind of documentation is required for your project here.
We, as responsible design practice, believe that it is at least unreasonable to undertake a project without completing all the above analysis. This is a mandatory rule for all our projects.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO GO WITHOUT A PRE-DESIGN ANALYSIS?
Actually, no. It is a mandatory prerequisite. What you can do instead is to try and make your own analysis. It can be of different format, but must include all above clauses to get you where you want. Bear in mind, that it is for your own benefit to supply professionals you hire with sufficient information about the project. Those who have enough experience, of course, can make a competent pre-design analysis. We still recommend you taking this easy test (opens on this page) and understand how ready you are for the project and whether you need an assistance from an architect.
Sometimes, customers come to us with their homemade analysis, which typically contains a rough budget and includes a couple of pictures from the internet as an idea. Obviously, this information is not enough to get a clear picture of the project, so we recommend taking further steps to get ready for your dream.
SO WHAT DO I DO?
In order to avoid common mistakes, it is necessary to make sure that all the above 8 clauses of the analysis are taken care of. You can rely on our professional service to make sure you are covered for a design stage.
Contact us for a free consultation. We will be delighted to help with your queries.