The method of cooperation with an architect in the realization of a family house

The method of cooperation with an architect in the realization of a family house

The creative work of an architect in the design and projecting of a family house is a process like any other, so it is important to set this process correctly from the very beginning of cooperation. In this article, I will highlight the way of cooperation as it takes place in our studio and describe the individual stages so that the cooperation between the architect and the investor in the creation of a family house is as smooth as possible for both parties and in the end the most valuable work is realized.

Implementation progress

1. Initial consultation:

It is the first step in the entire process of realizing the future work. Here, it is probably most important to inform the architect of the investor's requirements for the future construction. The output of this consultation should be a description of the task and a price offer from the architect. And at the same time, the investor should receive the necessary information about how the overall cooperation with the architect will take place. It is a good idea to prepare materials for this meeting in advance, namely:

  • Information about the land or real estate you want to reconstruct (photo documentation, cadastral map, location)
  • Make a precise list of your requirements and design requirements. There is no harm in preparing an album of inspirations (for this purpose it is very convenient to use, for example, https://sk.
  • Prepare your location program, which means information such as the size of living spaces, the number of rooms, requirements for the typology and layout of the house, the number and description of future users, their age, habits, hobbies, etc. …
  • Set a budget for the future construction. It is necessary to discuss with the architect your financial possibilities and how the future building will be financed. During the first consultation, an experienced architect can estimate the financial complexity of the entire project.

2. inspection

Subsequently, after the initial consultation, it is advisable to arrange for the architect to inspect the land or the property, which is intended for reconstruction

3. study price offer

The next step should be a price offer for the study, which should include a description of the assignment, if necessary, the price for securing the documents (specializations, surveys, spatial planning information), and content studies with the total price for the study and, of course, pre-agreed dates with the method of cooperation (number of consultations)

4. provision of documents

After approval of the price offer, the architect will provide you with all the necessary documents for the realization of the study, such as: focus, digitization of documents and existing drawings, provision of the necessary surveys if necessary (statistically geological... etc.), spatial planning information from the relevant building authority and other pre-agreed documents.

5. study process

In this phase, the future form of the proposed work is proposed and invented, it is the most valuable and creative part of the architect's work, it is in this phase that the very character of the future building is created. Ideally, it is divided into several stages so that the design can be gradually revised and fine-tuned

6. concept

The architectural concept of a family house is typically based on an assignment. It usually includes considerations such as the size and layout of the house, layout, cardinal directions and amount of natural light, the exterior of the house and adjoining grounds, and an overall design outline. Other elements such as energy efficiency, landscaping and accessibility can also come into play. In the conceptual phase, it is advisable to solve and show the client several variants of the layout and operational arrangement of the future house.

7. reworking the concept

After the approval of the overall concept, the proposal is further refined according to the agreed requirements of the client. Material and technical solutions are revised, the static solution concept is revised, and layouts are adjusted. A digital 3D model will be prepared and the overall mass-space solution of the design will be revised. The concept of the technical equipment of the building will be discussed. As part of this stage, the architect will also visit the relevant building authority for consultation on the necessary permitting process.

8. finalization of the study

As part of the finalization of the study, the interior concept will be finalized, details will be reworked, visualizations will be prepared and the final dispositions and material solution will be approved.

9. Submission of the study

After submitting the final study, the client will already have a comprehensive idea of ​​the future building and its character, the conceptual solution to the structure and the technology used will be clear, and at the same time the overall design character of the building will be determined. The final study will be handed over to the client according to the content agreed in the price offer, and at the same time the content and price of the necessary project documentation for the permitting process and implementation as well as the further course of the project will be discussed with him.

10. Designing and building permit process

The design and construction permitting process is a process, it is necessary for the construction to take place. The process includes the development of projects to obtain all necessary permits (territorial decision, building permit). The projects must contain all the necessary information about the construction, including all professions (statics, sanitary engineering, heating, fire protection project, etc.) and details such as dimensions, materials and construction details. Subsequently, the builder must obtain all necessary permits from the local authorities. when all permits are obtained, the builder can start the construction itself based on a detailed implementation project.

11. implementation project

The implementation project of the building contains a detailed description of the building and its construction. It includes all technical, material, financial and time aspects of the project, divided into individual construction phases. It also contains technical documentation that determines the requirements for construction work, professions, construction procedures, incorporation of existing building elements, refined details and all statements of elements together with a detailed itemized construction budget.

12. implementation of construction

As part of the implementation of the construction, the architect oversees the implementation of the construction by the selected contractor, so that the construction is completed according to the supplied documentation. He consults with individual implementers on all technical issues and supervises the selection of materials and the quality of the production of individual details. After the completion of the construction, the architect will make a project for the client of the actual design of the building.

For a good collaboration between the client and the architect, it is necessary for the client to understand his requirements and goals, consistently communicate his needs and realize that the architect has specialized knowledge that will help achieve the client's goals. The client should trust his architect and be open to communication about the architect's proposals and flexible in their implementation.

When making an initial decision on the realization of your future family home and for a better idea of ​​the entire implementation of the family home project, we recommend that you also visit our page dedicated to family homes, in in which we explain in more detail the method of our cooperation in the project of a family house, or a page dedicated to the implementation of an interior project. At the same time, do not hesitate to view our portfolio of realizations and projects.