The other day we missed out on a commission because the projects shown on our website and some past projects in our portfolio were not the “style” the client was looking for and they weren’t confident that we could deliver the type of design they were looking for.
I believe Custom Design is a very individual process. Each and every project has it’s own set of design criteria. At SCDD we don’t focus on a particular “Look” or “Style”. Some designers trade on the back of a particular style and consumers may look to purchase that particular look. Much like a brand name. Someone may pay twice the price for an item based in the brand name. But we prefer to work with our individual clients and find out what they really like and require.
The first stage in our custom design stage is to find out what our clients want. What is it they want to achieve and what is the most important factors in the end product? What factors may affect the design outcomes. Each client have they’re on likes and dislikes. These often do not necessarily appeal to me or often the partner of the client!!
From the very beginnings of my career as a Designer I have been inspired by the famous American Architect Frank Lloyd Wright and have been fortunate enough to visit his studio Taliesin in Spring Green Wisconsin and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Both incredible buildings in their own right. But for me the stand out was he Kaufman House or “Falling Water” designed in 1935. Mr Wright coined the phrase “Form Follows Function” Which I would say has been my own design philosophy.
So many factors can influence the design of a new home / building. Each has its own set of constraints of which there are two types. Negotiable and Non-Negotiable.
- Negotiable constraints being colour preferences, Roof types, styles, and materials. Sometimes the budget can be one of those as well.
- Non Negotiable constraints are things like Regulations,Budget in this case may be non – negotiable. Topography, and natural features. Generally things that must be designed around.
When the function of the building is defined we can then work on what it should look like. The form. This can involve aspects such as colour, texture, shape and form. Does the building look balanced? etc. Does it fit in with its environment well.
Should the design process be followed correctly then a successful outcome can be achieved in all aspects. Which is the key to “sustainable design”.
- Cost effective
- Socially acceptable
- Ecological Sustainability