Soul Space helps you achieve your dream home, office or commercial building by working with you in partnership. We do this by listening to what you want and why you want it, collaborating with you in exploring options that meet your needs, creating a 3D representation of your unique design, and transforming that design into plans for builders to construct within budget.
We develop a project brief that really reflects what you want. This is about more than just 30 years of design experience, it’s about really paying attention to the outcomes that you want and why you want them. This brief then becomes the ‘road map’ for your project – accommodation requirements, building size, budget, design ideas, everything (including what is already on site and how that could be used) – it’s your ‘wish list’ for your building.
The key to this stage is exploring the various design options that might grant you everything on your ‘wish list’. We start the process by first bringing you initial sketches to give you an idea of what your building will look like. We might give you a floor plan, or an elevation to show what the exterior might be.
The idea of these sketches is to help you (and us) explore the various ideas and possibilities. The best way of working out exactly what you do and do not like is to see a drawing or two.
As well as fine-tuning your requirements, this stage also helps us identify any potential issues – for example height or site coverage restrictions that might have an influence on the final plans.
Finally, in this collaboration phase, you can get a better feeling for the budget. While working through these options, we’ll give you an idea of the costs and of what impact different design decisions will have on the overall budget.
With our ideas and your feedback, the outcome is the final concept for your home.
Once you’ve agreed the final concept plans, we will develop them into a 3D model. We use the latest 3D software, and we will be able to show you outside and inside views of the house. We can even take you for a walk through your house before it is built!
Again, not only does the model give you an accurate scale version of your future home, it also helps give a more accurate idea of budget. It’s at this point that you consider the materials you will use – especially exterior cladding, flooring, roofing, windows and doors – and at this stage you might involve a builder to provide a guide estimate of the costs of the project.
Finally, we take all of this information and draw up a set of final plans – these are the detailed blueprints for the construction of your project. These plans will be used to gain the necessary building permits, for the tendering process that gets you accurate quotes from contractors and sub-contractors and also by the builder and contractors who ultimately build your house or commercial building.