What New Architects Need To Know Before Their First Project?

 Are you meeting your client for the first time? The meeting can either make a deal or break it. Your meeting may motivate you to accomplish the project or can even pressurize you till the end. Well, when it comes to handling your first project in your career, you have to be very careful as that determines your success in the later stage. The first meeting with your client is just the briefing session and is not about establishing a connection. Project yourself as the one who is most desired in the industry. You must sound convincing and professional. There are various things you need to know before handling the first project as an architect according to Joe Nahas, the property expert, and architect.

 Talking to the client patiently

Yes! It is your first project, and you will feel apprehensive. It is important to talk to the client and learn about the family structure, the living habits, the patterns, and lifestyle. Only by knowing the demand of the client, you can add a personal touch to the design approach. There will be some clients who seem to know more than you about architecture. In that case, you must be patient enough while talking to him. Keep in mind that you are an architect who is educated in the field.

Establishing timelines hold special significance

Right from the first project, you must deliver the projects on time. Setting your timeframe and the client’s is vital. Discussing the project helps a lot when it comes to eliminating ambiguity. Both you and the client must agree to the timeframe or the start and ending date.

Tell your client right away if you cannot handle the project

It may happen that you are not in a position to take up the project. Under such situations, it is crucial to inform the client that you cannot take up the project. To convince the client, you may suggest an alternate option. Be clear about the project delivery date, the pricing, and other factors.

Know about the overall budget

You may ask your client about the approximate budget he/she can manage. Everything will be messy if there is break up of price quotes at the later stage. There is no point in thinking about Bronze Armani Marbles when the client can only afford modest laminates.

Informing about your strengths and weaknesses is must

When you are talking to the client, it is mandatory to let the person know about your strength and weakness. For instance, if you are unsure of light installation, talk to the client. If you are unable to select accessories for space, you must speak to the other person. Not accepting your shortcoming leads to unnecessary pressure in the later stage.

Do not work for an old guard firm. You must choose a company which embraces energy, ideas, and enthusiasm of the young people. Before you proceed to accomplish your first project, learn about the architecture community and also allied fields. Since it is your career, you must be serious about your first architecture project.

What should I choose? A shower bath or a separate bath?

When you are deciding which home to buy then you should go for the one which has all the facilities but when it comes to the bathroom then what you should look for? What should be the basic requirement in the bathroom and what you should prefer?

Let’s have a look here whether you should go for the shower bath or a separate bath?

WATER SAVING

Everyone has different choices like some people like the bathtub while others like the shower. According to the reports and research, it has been seen that bathtub takes a lot of water as compared to the shower.

When you use the bathtub, it takes about 30-35 gallons of water during your bath but when you use the shower, it takes 2.5-gallon water which is a huge difference. If you want to reduce your water bills, you should go for the shower bath.

COMPLETE FAMILY SAFETY

Usually, parents don’t choose bathtubs for the babies because they are not safe inside the bathtub. Due to the lack of support, they may drown inside and this is not the safest way to give a bath to the babies.

A separate shower is a safe place for your baby to have a bath. There will be no fear of drowning and they can enjoy their bath. You can keep the seat under the shower and they can enjoy their time safely.

RELIABLE

When you don’t want to spend money for a long time then having bathtub is not a good idea at all. After a certain time period bathtub starts getting old and you have to change them to have a proper bath.

If you want something reliable and long lasting in your home then choose separate shower for this purpose. Go for the high quality and you don’t have to change the shower for the life time.

VALUE

Separate showers add value to your home as well. At the time of buying the home, people prefer buying the homes that have one bathtub but they also prefer a separate shower to be in the home.

If you are about to go for the separate shower fitting in every bathroom then at the time of selling your home it’s worth will be increased due to the presence of basic facility in your bathroom and you will get a handsome amount in your hand.

LOW MAINTENANCE

Another big advantage of having separate shower bath is that you don’t have to spend money again and again for the cleaning lotions and maintenance. If you have a bathtub then you have to take extra care of that and you have to keep it clean with the help of different cleaners.

While on the other hand if you are using separate shower then there will be no need of maintenance and different kinds of lotions to use it in the long run. You will be able to use it without spending anything on it.

2012 REGION DESIGN AWARDS – CITATION AWARD

List of 2012 Citation Award Winners:

  • SUNNYCREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (FEDERAL WAY, WA)
  • COURTYARD CUT (MERCER ISLAND, WA)
  • NATHAN HALE HIGH SCHOOL MODERNIZATION (SEATTLE, WA)
  • CASE INLET RETREAT (CASE INLET, WA)
  • NIKE OLYMPIC TRIALS PAVILIONS (EUGENE, OR)
  • NEW FRENCH EMBASSY (TOKYO, JAPAN)
  • KENMORE LIBRARY (KENMORE, WA)
  • MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING CANCER CENTER, BROOKLYN INFUSION (BROOKLYN, NY)

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AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference

March 20 – 23, 2013
INFORMATION AND TIPS FOR AIA NORTHWEST & PACIFIC REGION – FIRST TIME ATTENDEES
FROM: NW&P REGION DIRECTORS GREG KESSLER, AIA AND BILL SEIDER, AIA
At the 2011 Grassroots Conference, audience members at an introductory program for component leaders attending Grassroots for the first time noted that they had no idea what to expect, or what was expected of them, during the time they were in Washington.

This brief summary of the Grassroots schedule provides general information for new attendees to hopefully improve your first experience of this very informative program.

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