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When looking for a building designer for your project, you’ll want someone who provides quality output, bang-for-your-buck prices and is trusted by their clients. It may take some time canvassing for rates, asking others for recommendations, and interviewing potential building designers. Still, Airtasker makes it possible to find a rated and reviewed specialist in minutes.
First, you’ll need to fill out a task post. This form will include your location, desired appointment date, budget for the job, and any other details you think the Tasker should know. After filling it out, tap “Get quotes”, then wait a few minutes for local building design specialists to send their offers.
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Building designers are often hired for smaller projects such as single-family homes or projects with no complicated construction processes. Architects, on the other hand, are often employed for complex projects. Also, building designers may not necessarily have a licence or certification, which is why they will often work alongside a licenced architect. Both professionals are familiar with the building and construction processes and the laws and regulations in your area.
Yes, you may be able to design a house or building without holding an architecture licence, but this limits how much work you can legally do on your pet project. Also, several experts still need to come together to turn your design into a reality. To make the most out of your time, money, and effort, we recommend that you work with experienced building designers, architects, and building specialists such as your local electricians and plumbers.
Depending on where you live, a building designer is usually not required to hold a licence. It helps if they have considerable experience in architecture and building design, but the Tasker you hire to design your project may not necessarily hold a title. At most, they’ll have experience and knowledge when it comes to creating building plans and calculating the materials and hours of labour needed for the project.
As designers typically work with builders, you may be able to ask the designer you hire to recommend a local builder. Of course, you can also use Airtasker to request quotes from several local builders. Just like with booking a building designer, all you need to do is tap “Post a task”, fill out the task post, hit “Get quotes”, and wait a few minutes to receive offers.
This would depend on your needs and objectives for the building to be designed. But, some factors that could take a design from “good” to “great” are:
Discuss your priorities with the Tasker before you start designing and building, and be sure to align with the rest of your construction team.
Your task post should have the essential details, such as the location and size of the project (if it’s a residence or a commercial building). For your first appointment, it would be good to recap these points and cover details such as the lifestyle you have. This includes any anticipated changes over the years (e.g. ageing parents may need wheelchairs), your budget for the project, any design inspiration you have, and so on.
Building designers’ primary difference from architects is that they do not usually have any license or certifications. Yet, they have a working knowledge of industry standards, legal guidelines, and the tools necessary to develop a good building design.
Usually, the building designer is tasked with talking to clients, providing suggestions for both the exterior and interior of the building, drafting plans, and presenting them to the client. While the specifics may vary from Tasker to Tasker, you can usually expect a building designer to do the following:
A project starts with you and the building designer getting to know each other. They’ll ask you about the property, your vision for it, the working budget, and even the kind of lifestyle or activities you plan to do within the building. They may encourage you to share vision boards or snapshots of buildings you like.
During client consultations, the building designer may also suggest ways for you to address your needs. These may include recommendations on room layout, materials, and other elements. The goal is always to stay as close to your vision and your needs without going over budget.
Next, the building designer translates the ideas into concrete plans. These will evolve from preliminary drawings to plans that include the exact specs for each element in your future home or office. Not only is the Tasker challenged to think creatively and logically, but they’ll also need to comply with the building codes of your local planning office.
Once each round of designs is finished, your Tasker presents these to you, asks for your feedback, then proceeds with the necessary modifications. Your Tasker also works closely with the architect during this process, making sure that the design is structurally sound, practical in terms of both man-hours and materials, and up to code.
After you’ve signed off on the plans, it’s time to move on to the next step: planning the construction process.
By this point, you can choose to part ways with your building designer since they’ve already accomplished their mission. But, you can also retain the building designer and ask them to stick around for the actual building process. They may help you look for a suitable building & construction company or find a local interior designer who’ll proceed with the next step of your home or office interiors.
If you prefer not to retain the building designer after the plans are done, proceed with looking for builders, electricians, interior designers, and local plumbers who can help you turn your plans from drawings on paper to a brick-and-mortar building.