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December 23, 2016

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5 reasons to choose an architecturally designed house

There are many reasons why people choose to engage an architect to design their house. Transforming your vision into a brand new home is a challenging journey – When it’s done well, the results speak for themselves. This article explores a few of the reasons why an architecturally designed house can make a real difference.

An architecturally designed two storey white house

Get a home that suits your lifestyle

With an architecturally designed house people receive a custom design entirely suited to their lifestyle and accommodation requirements. By starting with a clean sheet of paper the Owners are not constrained by the standard arrangements and particular room sizes of a project home or forced to adjust to the constraints set by the house. When engaging an Architect, most people have a vision for their dream home, an opportunity to incorporate all their ideas and desires into an ideal solution.

It is virtually impossible to achieve this goal without asking an Architect to respond to the Clients individual and particular requirements.

Living spaces that work

A house designed by an Architect incorporates appropriate room sizes and efficient circulation, resulting in a house where all the spaces optimize the functions to be accommodated. This is where the real value can be added by an experienced architect:

  • The Living spaces can be sized to suit all of the family, the bedrooms can be adjusted for single or double occupation,
  • The kitchen and dining areas can be planned to suit the owners cooking and entertaining requirements.
  • Rooms are the appropriate size so that money is not wasted on spaces that are overly large or too small to be useful

Harmony between home and site

As an individual design, the house designed by an Architect is site specific.  It is designed to respond to the context.

This includes the shape of the lot, the slope of the land, the views that may be available and any existing neighbouring buildings.  In many cases the Architect’s role is to maximize the views that may be available over water or to distant vistas with large window openings.

By making appropriate adjustment to the fall, the construction costs can be reduced and indoor/outdoor relationships facilitated.  The Architect designed house will make provision for privacy from adjacent neighbours and the street.

Environmental Considerations

When designing a house, an architect will take into account the important environmental considerations. By addressing these issues the Architect ensures a comfortable internal living environment (not too hot in summer, not too cold in winter) and minimizes the cost of excessive energy consumption. The orientation of the site is an important consideration so that with

The orientation of the site is an important consideration so that with an appropriate design the warm Winter sun can be admitted into the house and during the hot months of Summer the sun can be excluded.

Appropriate positioning of windows and other openings promotes cross ventilation utilizing the predominant winds and breezes. Materials can be selected that are both sustainable and minimize ongoing maintenance. The Architect will also ensure that appropriate insulation is provided in walls, floors, and roofs so that the house does not suffer from extremes of temperature during the varying seasons.

Long term value

There is no doubt that an investment in a house is a long term proposition. In many cases it is the single largest expenditure that a person may undertake in their lifetime. The advantage with an Architect designed house is the higher capital gain that can be achieved over this longer term. Unique and individual houses are much sought after.

In most cases, there is almost no comparison between a standard house and a contextually suited, architecturally designed house on the market.

The unique design and higher quality of design resolution with the resulting distinct differences to a project home, all contribute to a higher capital gain. Therefore, while the initial investment may be higher, in the long term, this investment can be repaid many times over by the increased capital value.

The involvement of the Architect in the design of the house ensures an overall higher quality in all the factors used to assess the value and success of a house. The Architect designed house is designed to enhance the Owner’s lifestyle, suit the site, capture available views, features a functional, efficient layout and provides a higher level of environmental comfort.

An architect’s university training combined with their professional experience ensures a level of design resolution and detail refinement that cannot be obtained through alternative procurement methods.  An architecturally designed house will not be the cheapest house that can be built in the short term, but it will definitely represent the best value for money as a long term investment.

Contact us here at Mark Lawler Architects if you would like to discuss the possibilities for your new home.