Architecture / June 20, 2018 /
You do not live at the front door, the front elevation is very important, but so is the rear elevation. The back of the home is where you grill, entertain guests, and spend time with your family; it needs to look and feel great, too. Be thoughtful about how your house can help improve your mood and daily efficiency. All home design should focus on the day-to-day aspects of everyday life: coming into a welcoming, naturally lit mudroom (which I call a family foyer) from the garage is far better than entering your home directly into a laundry room with a pile of dirty clothes. Have a place to put keys, mail, sunglasses, hats, sports equipment, coats and gloves. I promise that by not having these items clutter your kitchen counters, it will improve your mood. You deserve to look forward to years of contentment and joy from your new or renovated home. Find the right balance and also consider: Circulation and flow, Interior vistas, and The orientation of your home to the sun. A breakfast table that sits in a warm and sunny spot every morning is a welcoming start to the day.
The choice of the architect as lead designer is a key decision on any project and will reflect the clients priorities, particularly those related to cost and quality. Clients who plan to develop high quality or landmark developments often employ high profile design practices. Indeed internationally acclaimed architects including Daniel Liebskind, Santiago Calatrava and Dublin-born Pritzker prize-winning Kevin Roche have completed projects in Dublin in the recent past. The leading Irish architectural practices are likewise normally in high demand and clients are keen to buy into their signature. High expectations are usually linked to high prices and such clients will expect to pay a premium on prestigious projects. Nevertheless, they may not be prepared to provide total carte blanche to the architect. Architects, quite naturally, may be reluctant to drop quality standards and compromise their brand to reduce costs and it may difficult for the quantity surveyor to control costs in these circumstances. In this regard Ashworth refers to a cynic who described architecture as the design of beautiful buildings that satisfy only the architect and not the client. At the other end of the cost spectrum a client may require a practical, nononsense design to accommodate a production process. Such designs are often developed by architects operating within a design and build arrangement where providing an economic design is essential to winning the contract.