Before you start an architectural project, there are 10 important things to consider

You will learn everything you need about the design and planning of your house.

To be able design your home is a wonderful opportunity SteelCell, but to achieve the best outcome you will need to give careful thought to the early stages. You can inform your architect’s discussions about your project by defining your goals and needs before you meet with them. Hunter Architects & Planners is used to working on projects that are new to clients. Don’t be concerned if you don’t have any ideas. We will help to develop your project brief.

Here are our 10 top things to think about before meeting:

Construction of a new building in Cheshire East and West

Wish list or Brief

Consider the spaces and finishes that are most crucial to your project. You may want a new family room that has better connections to the garden, a master suite with an en-suite bathroom and a dressing room or an updated exterior appearance. Which items are “must haves” and which are “nice to haves”? During our first meeting, we will develop the general brief for your project. This will most likely change over time.

Scope and Style

It is important to think about the overall performance and future use of the home. For example, will future adaptations be required? What should be the energy efficiency or sustainability of your house? Which materials and styles are your favorites?


What is your budget range? What contingencies do you have? What is the source of funding and any associated conditions (remortgage, etc.) What happens if the budget is exceeded? What is the realistic budget? Can the project be done in phases?

RIBA Chartered Architects Cheshire East and West


The overall plan for the architectural project can be improved by understanding the timeframes.

i. Think about any life-changing events that are likely to occur (school exams or a new baby, for example).

ii. When do you want the work to be completed or when will it need to start?

iii. If there are financial consequences for the project, (are there mortgage draws downs that need to be considered)

iv. What will happen if you don’t meet the timeframes?

Why do you require the project?

It can be very useful to analyze and understand why the project is needed. While an extra bedroom may be the solution, it could also be that you need a bigger room in order to accommodate a certain piece of furniture or to increase the sound insulation. You should also consider the future, and any changes that may be needed.

What problems will the project solve?

In the same way that understanding the need is important, figuring out the problems to solve will help you to understand the type of project needed. Does the home feel dark and cold? Does the clutter of children stop you from getting the house tidy or is there not enough room to seat the whole family at the table for Christmas?

What aspects of your current home don’t function well?

It doesn’t matter if you live in the home or not, knowing what you dislike and why is a great way to inform your brief. Consider the following: the proportions of rooms in the home, its overall flow, whether certain areas are dark or cold, etc.

RIBA Chartered Architects Cheshire East and West

What would your dream home look like?

When you picture your dream home, what are the first words that come to mind? Is it bright and cheerful, noisy and full of fun, with children having a great time; cosy, quiet, relaxing, with a glass of wine and preferably surrounded by wholesome, happy, and active kids; or calming, cozy, with books and a relaxed atmosphere.

Collect any relevant information about the house.

Do you, for example, have copies of any existing plans, permissions to build, the land registry or any restrictions? The house is located in a Conservation Area, Flood Risk Area and so on.

Collect information about things that you enjoy

Finding similar images can really help you when creating your scrapbook. Images can include specifics, such as materials, finishes or subjective elements like the sense of space, light, or light source, or abstract images to better understand your family. You can highlight the things you dislike and this is often easier.

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