Architecture is not about building the impossible, which we can do if we have enough money and enough tools and enough computers. It is about building what is appropriate and about attaining beauty through such an approach. I describe this premise as ‘inherent buildability’, and I believe it is central to what I do.
There are always limitations on design. Planning controls, site size, shape and slope, and building budget all impact on design. While it would be wonderful to be able to design without restrictions, architecture is all about being able to work within these limitations and still design something beautiful.
Designing a home on and within a budget is possible. When you design for the space you need not fort he space you want you will finish with a more economically efficient home. The use of furniture in plan early in the design stage will help maximise quality living space and minimise the circulation space. Andrew Kerr is a Tasmanian Architect and has set himself the challenge of designing and building a house for $60k. Here, he answers some questions posed by The Australian Institute of Architects: Interview with AIA and provides interesting reading.
Andrew documents the project from the very beginning at his blog http://60khouse.com.au/ and is worth a visit to see the project’s development.
One of first steps to take before jumping into the design of your new home, addition or alteration involves setting a budget. The budget you set is influenced by a number of factors. These include:
- Building type & size
- Initial site works
- Quality of fit-out
- Quality of design & materials
- Type of site/context i.e. flat, sloping etc.
The link below will take you to a ‘Building Costing Calculator‘ to help set your project on the correct path.