Investor's decalogue

The 10 most important things that we should know while building a house - part IV

9. A typical project

We often decide to design a typical house because of its low cost. We should be aware, however, that a typical design does not include overall documentation that should be an attachment to the application for a building permit. A typical design has to be adapted by an architect, constructor (with a study of an individual construction of foundations) and other industry designers. In addition, each typical design should contain, among others:
- a land development plan prepared on the base map for design purposes,
- projects of external installations and utility service connections (sometimes networks),
- geological analysis with geotechnical opinion,
- information on impact zone of the building.
You have to pay extra for smart home installation projects.

Thus, the global cost of a typical project is really only slightly lower than the individual one. According to one of the company selling houses, the typical cost of an overall documentation with adaptation and additional projects can be as much as 14 000 PLN. This amount is similar to the project prepared on individual order. Additionally, while making changes in a typical project, it may turn out that their execution time will be equal to preparing the project from the beginning.

10. One-off design

When ordering an individual project, we receive a complete full-discipline service- a set of documents needed to obtain a building permit, documentation adapted to the individual needs of future users, as well as to any, even the most unusual plot. When preparing an individual project, we are able - as designers -to implement significant savings, to advise on issues concerning technology or construction, used materials, and above all, practical solutions and proportions of rooms. Working in three-dimensional technology (BIM - Building Information Modelling), we create a virtual model of the designed house. It facilitates cooperation with the client and allows us to design an optimal one. The client, seeing the virtual model of his/her home, is able to clearly assess their preferences concerning the suggested solutions. The best example is a completely different way of perceiving the proportions of a building on a flat drawing of the elevation and a three-dimensional model. It is particularly visible in case of buildings with steep roofs, which only in the 3D model can be seen from the right perspective and become viewed in a way similar to reality.

Example of drawing of the elevation and three-dimensional model of the same building - Marmurowe estate (stage 3) at Beskidzka street in Łódź:

Constant cooperation with the architect during working out an individual project also allows the introduction of changes at every stage of the design process, and what is important with no additional costs. For comparison, in case of a typical design, some changes are not possible at all, and you have to pay for each change additionally.