By Meg Escott
You might think that writing a design brief is only useful to you if you're planning to hire an architect, but hang on there a second. Even if you intend to design your home yourself or buy a ready-designed (prêt-á-construire?) house plan, have a think about this...
The more information you can gather to feed into the design process, the more likely you are to make better decisions about the design of your build or remodel.
I'd like to introduce you to three techniques that you can use to discover what you really want in your home. You'll learn how to create a detailed design wishlist (or design brief). These techniques are expanded upon in the House Plans Helper Design Brief Workbook that's available in the members' area.
I think we can all agree that we’d like our homes to be:
That’s not much information to go on. I think we can do better than that.
So here's how the House Plans Helper Design Brief Workbook will help you put together a design wishlist for your dream home.
Try these techniques. They work best if they’re attempted in the order below.
Here’s the three main mistakes that most homeowners make when they’re thinking about what they want in a home. Avoid these mistakes by becoming a member and going through the HPH Design Brief Workbook.
The number and layout of the rooms comes at the end of the home design journey. An efficient, elegantly laid out design that’s suited to the needs of your household can only be achieved if you examine how you want to live in your home by using the function (activity based design) technique.
Images draw us in and it would take several lifetimes to look at even a fraction of the number of interior design and décor images available. It’s so easy to get caught up in the latest design trends without thinking about whether or not a particular style would be suitable for you. Use the mood board technique (coming soon) to learn how to use interior design pictures to channel design ideas for your home layout and architectural features.
Other tempting sources of home design ideas are loving a friend’s house and wanting a carbon copy. Or browsing through off-the-shelf house plans online without taking the time to understand how to adapt it to the way you and your family want to live. Using the exercises in the design brief section of the home design workshop will help you avoid this mistake.