This may throw a cat amongst the pigeons, but after the umpteenth email I’ve received about this, I feel the need to share.
The copious number of emails I receive go like this …
“We’ve been working with a draftsperson. They’ve not really been creative. They’ve just drawn up what we’ve told them. We’re wondering what we are missing out on.”
Do not expect your draftsperson to know how to design.
They are trained to draw, to represent your home in the required way to achieve approvals and get it built. They may be self-taught, job-trained or do a TAFE course – in DRAFTING.
Drafting, and designing are two different things. Drafting is drawing … and drawing is not designing.
Designing is an exploratory process of testing, creating, checking and testing all over again. At its core, it’s problem solving.
Drawing? It is putting pen or pencil to paper, and marking a line. (Or mouse or keyboard to CAD program as may be the case!)
That’s not to say that that draftspeople can’t design – some are good designers.
BUT – It’s like expecting the book publisher to know how to write the book as well. The publisher knows what is needed to get that book out into the hands of its readers. But physically writing the book? That’s a different skill-set and not one all publishers usually have in their bag of tricks.
So if you’re wanting to design a home or renovation, get a designer. They will ‘interpret’ your needs, wants and desires into a home, not just convert your ideas into a drawing. And they should challenge you and expand your vision beyond your expectations.
This is not a judgement on you, the homeowner, or an attack on the choices you make. Please understand that is not (and never) the intention of UA. This is about helping you understand so you can demand what you deserve for your home.
Expect more – whatever your budget, because you deserve a home that works.
Choose the right person with the right skill-set for your needs, and you’ll always get a great outcome.
– Amelia, UA x
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