Every brief is unique. There are many factors and considerations that go into defining your brief – what’s your budget? How many rooms do you want? How much space are you working with?
Building a brief with your architect carries with it many considerations. Fortunately, this is a process that your architect could – and should – walk you through in order to establish total understanding between all parties.
Each architecture practice will have a defined process they go through with their clients. No matter your requirements, this blog will give you an idea of the journey you can expect to go through during the briefing process.
The architectural briefing process
Effective architectural briefs are all about collaboration, understanding and chemistry with your chosen architectural practice. Below, we’ll take a look at Marraum’s own briefing process and provide you with insight into how we invite clients into this.
Discovery – get to know your architect
An experienced architect knows not to run into a job before building understanding with the client.
When getting started with your architect, be ready to take the time to really dig deep into what you want for your new home; not just the specifications of the space, but what you want that space to mean for you living in it.
Your wants and needs must first be taken into account by your architect – as does their expert insight into the reality of what can be achieved with your design. After all, effective communication is why it’s worth waiting for the right architect.
Development – building upon ideas
Once your architect has a complete understanding of what you want from your build, and you’ve got to grips with how they work, it’s time to conceptualise your space.
Through extensive concept analysis, your architect can design a space that meets the following criteria:
- Matches your needs and desires for your space
- Excels within the limitations of the available space
- Has the maximum likelihood of approval from the relevant planning authority
This journey is vital, and your architect should be working with you throughout the conceptualisation phase. It’s important to be open; say what you want and need to give your architect what they need to act on your brief when it comes to designing your space. From an architect’s perspective, the more we get to know a client and the more information we receive, the easier it is to move forward.
What information should I give my architect?
It can be tricky to know what boxes to tick when it comes to giving your architect the specifications for your new home. Aspects and ideas can easily be forgotten or overlooked, which is why your architect should provide you with a comprehensive briefing document before they start designing your home.
At Marraum, our project briefing document for our Cornwall architecture clients covers a vast range of questions to help you think about the granular details of your project. Covering everything from budget considerations to a room-by-room breakdown of criteria to think about, it’s the perfect companion to help you and your architect align your visions.
Begin building your brief with Marraum Architects today
You can get in touch with us today if you’re interested in finding out more about the briefing process with our Cornwall architects. We’d be happy to supply our project brief template which gives you an overview of the brief-building process when working with us.