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Architectural designing 2

Posted by William Robert King, R.A. on Dec 4, 2018 4:38:09 PM

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Question: Now that I have a program but don’t like the budget, what’s next?
This is still the easy part. We have a “program” (statement of the design elements, AKA the “wish list”),“ideal room sizes for the program”, and a “budget” (however not well liked but it’s linked to room sizes). Since the budget was a function of room size and program, I can use “room sizes” as a variable againstthe budget and program. We can also agree to increase the budget, or reduce the program and we move on.
Solving this problem for room sizes, I use diagramming software to take each of the rooms or spaces from the program list along with their “ideal size” and shape (usually a square or rectangle, but it could be any shape geometry regardless of complexity). I then map the room shapes (program) out on a scaled virtual page of specific size for easy printing and sharing with clients. This gives me something in two dimensions that I can easily manipulate and “move” around later when it’s time to explore the proximityrelationships of rooms to one another.
Once these diagrammatic rooms or spaces are arranged on this virtual page (in no particular layout yet), using my mouse, I “select” them all, “group them” and use an “area and perimeter” function to calculate the total area of these rooms or spaces deducting in advance 33% of the “budget” for circulation space between the rooms. (On our website I created an Excel spread sheet titled “the Program Calculator” to do a similar thing, but already includes an allowance for circulation between rooms and spaces that is often not taken into consideration when sizing a project. This is most helpful when the physical size of the premises is a hard known number such as an existing office space or apartment.)
This diagramming software does what the spreadsheet doesn’t do very efficiently and that is to reconcilethe budget and the program with the possible room sizes.
For instance, since I now have a known program and somewhat agreed upon budget (cost per square foot), I can continue the analysis of room sizes. Using the software tools, I can simply take all the spaces together and/or separately and shrink or expand them to fit the cost per square foot budgeted by a quick move of the mouse. Each of the rooms selected is automatically re-sized until the room areas match thetargeted “budget”. I can now also take these same diagrams and overlay them in partial transparency on top of any other scaled floor plan for simple visual comparisons.
Could be an “oops” moment if the rooms are too small for the program, but this starts a newdiscussion...what goes, what stays & if it stays, what size would it have to be in order to stay.
This is the end of the easy part...

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Topics: Residential Architect, NYC Architect, Design Architect, interior design architect

Architectural designing 1

Posted by William Robert King, R.A. on Nov 15, 2018 8:11:16 PM

Architectural designing 1

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Bob King

November 15, 2018

Question: How to...

I’m often asked how does an architect goes about designing. This would apply to almost anything in the greater design world as we don’t just design structures. In any event it’s a great question.

All design exercises, from my point of view and training over many years, starts with a statement of the problem – “I need a “such and such”, with this much “this and that”...budgets come later. This impliesthat the need for a “such and such” is already known and the “this and that” likewise already identified.

Rarely do problems have this much definition beforehand, unless something is just plain broken & needs to be repaired. So the first place to start is the most simple of statements, like... “I want you to design me a house (or a building)”. From this statement follow the usual questions from me, of programming -rooms, sizes of rooms, types of rooms and write this all down to create a “wish list”. Once the list is considered complete, we can deduce the approximate size of the structure with some basic math. Taking this newly estimated physical size of the project, the budget can be roughly estimated using comparable budgets from similar projects and again, some more basic math and we have a “number”. Not terribly complicated yet but this is just the very beginning as most clients don’t like the first number. I, however, like the first number because it’s a place to start and has a rational basis for its creation. Note that having this rational first numberas a template, allows us to start manipulating the “wish list” parameters in order to find the right balance of size (cost) and program (project description).

This is still the easy part.

Stay tuned.  More to follow.

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Topics: Medical Office Architect, Commercial Architect, NYC Architect, Design Architect

8 years later - time to update

Posted by William Robert King, R.A. on Oct 31, 2018 4:13:04 PM

Girls are now older and showers are preferred. Installed new polished and tempered glass sliding doors for each bathroom.  Hardware is polished chrome from CR Laurence.  One of our favorite details for bathtubs that are mostly used for showers.  Both doors slide so water can be controlled from the outside.  

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Topics: Residential Architect, Our favorite architectural details, NYC Architect, Design Architect, interior design architect

8 years later - time to refresh

Posted by Bob King on Oct 20, 2018 12:49:53 PM

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