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If you aren’t good at making decisions then building a house is definitely not for you!
I spend my days making lots of decisions, managing 20+ staff and a multi-million dollar budget, and I would like to think that generally I'm pretty pragmatic and decisive. Either I'm delusional about my decision making ability at work or I'm unable to apply the same skills when it comes to the house. I get bogged down in levels of detail (that send my poor wife mad, she is amazing putting up with it all!) and toss and turn back and forth on SO many issues.
My current one feels like a major turning point. No doubt one of many! So far all those hard decisions and turning points have been in the virtual world, just one of many hundreds of versions and tweaks of the plan, which although a 3D model is really only a glorified floor plan due to my non-existent design expertise.
For a long time that was an endless loop. Night after night churning out endless versions. The exit came when my wife and I went and staked out the then favourite version on the block. That settled quite a few things:
- The living needed to be at the NW corner of the block, for solar efficiency, privacy and to maximise the outdoor space (with two outdoor spaces, one at the front and one at side/rear, hopefully at least one will be useable in most conditions)
- Our previous decision to give up on trying to utilise the existing driveway crossover was validated (Thanks Pop). Driving straight in on the flat was looking 1000% times better than driving over the current cliff!
- If we wanted Mt Wellington views we needed to rotate as far West as practical/efficient (another compromise decision coming!)
- A $30 investment in some garden stakes and fluoro builder’s line is very worthwhile! We should have staked it out much sooner! (although I'm not sure how many times my wife would have tolerated staking out variations)
Anyway, I started this post intending to relate my current decision dilemma …
Do we go with a draftsperson … do we go with a designer … or do we go with an architect? As I’m sure you can well imagine, each step up comes at a cost! If you start at 5k and double with each step you are probably not far off the mark (maybe add a little more at the architect end).
The professional in me says respect the expertise, use it and don’t resent paying for it. Respect that an architect will deliver a better looking more efficient, sustainable and liveable home.
The risk mitigator goes the middle ground. With the draftsperson I am no doubt at more risk of being crucified by the builder with “extras”. Leverage the work I’ve put into the design and find a draftsperson with design aesthetics and material selection skills and environmental performance knowledge.
The budget conscious me says go with the draftsperson. You’ve done the hard work. Do a bit more on material selection and roof design and get an experienced draftsperson and structural engineer to polish it off, that’s all you need!
What do you think? I welcome your thoughts and suggestions! (and thank you for bothering to read this far!)