A Source of Inspiration
We would like to build a house on a 1/2 acre plot we bought, chosen for the view, it's easy access to the city and the lovely neighbourhood, there were several objectives my wife and I had in mind when we set out to design this family residence. It was our intention to create a house with all the modern amenities of a conventional home, an open plan layout that would allows us to alter the use of space over time, it would be affordable with as little environmental impact as possible, adequate amount of windows to highlight the spectacular views, cross ventilation to cool and refresh the home throughout.
The architect we discussed our ideas with understood immediately what type of design we had in mind, detailed drawings to show how the component parts fit together to create the most efficient solution possible, a diverse collaborative team was in order beginning in the conceptual design phase, a holistic approach for communicating was established for fine tuning the project, taking into account construction methods, design aesthetics, affordability and site resources.
There were definitely trade-offs and compromises but this was a balanced process where the elements which were taken from one area ended up benefiting another, the integrated approach was the key to the project success. I believe the success of this project relied on the many synergies which occurred through planning. The Builder's Guide Magazine afforded us a resource of information and a better understanding of the building process, one of the most important synergies was pairing the resources of the site with our needs. An important lesson learned was how to take what may seem like a compromise and evolve successful relationships between the dynamic forces acting on a project. Thank you the magazine speaks volumes.
D. Fletcher, St. George's