- If you are having a difficult time in visualizing a design, consider a 3D visualization studio. In these days, they can create a photo-realistic version of your interior or exterior. For more information, type in “architectural rendering” in a search engine. Currently, you can find some incredible studios in south Florida, New York City, and other major cities.
- Take your time. Think about how you will use each space, the furnishings in the space, the circulation through and around the spaces, and what is most important about each space. Cut out measured paper shapes for furniture and cabinets and try them out to see how they will work with windows, doors and circulation paths through the space.
- A pair of scissors, glue stick and a photo copier are your best friend during the process of revising a plan. Cut and paste to your heart’s content and copy!
- Talk to a professional about helping you out right from the beginning of this process. Most good residential architects will consult with you early on in the process, and will save you a great deal of time and money in the long run.
- Tools to use are simple pencil and paper and don’t forget a ruler (or scale). Architects use “tissue paper” which can be found at any store that sells drafting supplies. A wooden kitchen cutting board makes an excellent drafting table! A whiteboard and erasable markers provide an excellent means to flesh out a design that is fast changing or incremental in its development. Nothing is better for getting everyone’s input and involvement in a design than a whiteboard!
- When you’re starting out, put all your materials in folders and keep them in one cardboard box. When you find something, the cardboard box will be the place to put it and find it later on when you need it.
- Avoid the mistake of bringing copies of plans into the very beginning of the process. Most important to the success of your design is giving the people involved in the process permission to just get it all out. Everyone has something that they want most out of the process. Don’t ruin the chance to capture those thoughts, hopes and desires by distressingly focusing on the wrong things too early on. Get what you want out of this stage!
- Verify with a professional that your drawings comply with all local and state codes or provincial codes. That is the Building Code, the Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing Codes and Fire Codes. Code compliance is required to obtain a building permit.