Many people believe they should have a strong plan when they contact a builder or designer. The opposite can be true.
If you have your ideas set in stone you may miss the valuable, cost-saving advice that only a builder/designer’s experience can add.
Instead, create a list of criteria to brief your expert. This allows your needs and wants to be clearly communicated and lets the builder give you constructive, creative and realistic feedback.
- Outline your project type: renovation, extension, knock-down or new build
- List the current problems of the home: too small, run-down, privacy issues, etc
- List your broad goals: family home (2 adults, 3 kids), sell for profit, granny flat.
- Define your vision in a sentence: Country style, Bali beachhouse, Aussie mod.
- Define and prioritise your needs as ‘critical’ ‘wants’ and ‘wishes’. Breaking your ideas up like this helps to provide an overview and communicates where energy should be focused.
- Keep a visual scrapbook or Pinterest board of your style. Be sure to clearly mark what appeals to you about each image.
- List special interests to give insights on how your space is used: eg we love displaying our kids’ art, we’d like to be sustainable, we go fishing and camping.
- Outline any site issues: mosquito area, poor ventilation/breeze, flood area etc
- Calculate your budget: be upfront about this as it acts as a parameter to keep the ideas contained and realistic.
- Add anything else that may be of help.