Getting a feeling for design
Most interior designers and architects love a good brief. It’s certainly a more attractive option than trying to extract information from a client who simply doesn’t know what they want.
But design briefs and building wish lists come in many shapes and sizes. For most of us, we’re talking about how many bedrooms we want or the desire for multiple living areas or a landscaped garden with a pool.
But I sometimes wonder if ticking off a checklist of things is really the best approach to take when you’re looking to build or remodel the family home.
When we were renovating the back of our house, we’d already decided against extending the footprint into the backyard. But I was still determined to improve the connection with the house and specified the inclusion of french doors to replace the existing solid wooden backdoor.
As these things go, some unexpected costs came up with the back room, namely the need to replace most of the damaged old floorboards. This put a serious dent in the budget that would have been given to widening the back opening to accommodate the new double doors.
In a bid to keep a lid on costs, the builder suggested we go with a single door that would open outwards, rather than inward as it had before, with a large glass panel. If we did that, there would be enough money saved to cover the cost of the floorboards.
We agreed and it turned out to be a sound decision.
Because, as it turns out, it wasn’t the french doors we were keen on. We wanted a better connection to the garden, which the outward opening door allowed, and more light into the kitchen, which the glass provided.
Sometimes a brief about ‘the vibe’ is the best one of all.
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