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#26 My4beautifulboys

Posted 04 June 2019 - 09:18 PM

Thanks for sharing your experience in your new build. Your home size sounds beautiful, it must be very nice having the three living areas, so your not all on top of one another.
It’s sounds like a very similar process to ours. With a lot of thought and important decisions to be made along the way.
We are only in the draft stages of the floor plan so far, so still a long way to go.
Struggling a little currently with agreeing on the most favourable  floor plan. I had in mind what we wanted and told our architect. He then drew up a plan and said it can’t be done exactly as we envisaged due to layout constraints? Which is a little confusing, as I can see that as ideal.  Yes it’ll be an exciting time when it all comes together But definitely a painful process.

Edited by My4beautifulboys, 04 June 2019 - 09:46 PM.


#27 My4beautifulboys

Posted 12 June 2019 - 11:01 PM

Why does designing a new home have to be so difficult. We’re like up to plan number 10 and still struggling to perfect it. Is this normal or not? It seems that the architect sees things a bit differently to what we’ve suggested, It’s frustrating. We’ll have to persevere and hopefully end up with a good outcome. It certainly takes a lot of thought, fitting in 5 bedrooms and two or three living areas, in the best layout to suit our busy family.

#28 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 12 June 2019 - 11:16 PM

View PostMy4beautifulboys, on 12 June 2019 - 11:01 PM, said:

Why does designing a new home have to be so difficult. We’re like up to plan number 10 and still struggling to perfect it. Is this normal or not? It seems that the architect sees things a bit differently to what we’ve suggested, It’s frustrating. We’ll have to persevere and hopefully end up with a good outcome. It certainly takes a lot of thought, fitting in 5 bedrooms and two or three living areas, in the best layout to suit our busy family.
DH counted how many floor plans we went through. Technically, it was 23.

We love our home, but it did take a lot of time to get to a floor plan that worked for our family.

And yes, sometimes "dream plans" don't work because of layout. A seemingly small change in one area can have big effects throughout the rest of the plan. Your architect/planner is not simply considering the floor plan alone, but also the roof plan, services (conduits for plumbing, electricity, cabling, a/c, etc), and how things will actually fit together in practice. It's more complicated than you think.

#29 My4beautifulboys

Posted 13 June 2019 - 09:56 AM

Thanks for your reply. I’m glad it’s not just us going through many floor plans. We’re focusing on the end result of a nice big home to suit our family. We spoke to our architect yesterday and he seemed a little fed up that we want to change things from our original brief. But sounds like this is not uncommon. We really want to get it right.
Yes I can understand that. I do think it could be more complicated from a building aspect of it, to allow everything to work and fit in.

#30 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 13 June 2019 - 10:07 PM

It's not uncommon. Architects/planners can be a little frustrated.

But f*ck it, you're paying for it so they can suck it up. I'd rather spend $5-$10K on additional plans now to get a house that I really want than to pull the plug on making changes simply to pacify the architect to keep him happy and then have a house we were not entirely happy with it.

If your architect seems to be getting fed up, call him out on it. That's not very professional.




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