Developing the accommodation schedule concept

Karlien Thomashoff and Gavin Rooke develop the “flexible accommodation schedule” concept – and the home is divided into fixed ‘functional” areas and flexible ‘living areas’.  This concept serves as the fundamental design concept of the home going forward.

What is the 4-step process?

Our view is that restrictive modern-day constraints combined with the vast array of alternative construction materials and technology available demands a review of the traditional process applied to building a contemporary home.

We have therefore devised a 4 Step process to follow when creating Stand 47;
1. The Accommodation Schedule, 
2. Design, 
3. Specification and
4. Construction

The 4 Steps include what we have learnt, our conclusions and recommendations. These steps also serve as a review of the traditional process of building a home and our suggestions for potentially improving thereon. We believe that understanding the steps involved in building a home makes it easier for anyone who is considering building an efficient home to appreciate how the process unfolds, what needs to be planned ahead, when certain decisions need to be made and the respective roles of key professionals and suppliers.

A fundamental learning is that the order of decision-making fundamentally affects the overall success of such a project. Fundamental decisions regarding function (by way of the accommodation schedule) serve as the foundation of effective design decisions, which in turn lead to more effective specifications and ultimately more efficient construction. The process certainly includes feedback loops, but the direction is critical.

Each Step consists of some “principles” which are generic, while those specific to Stand 47 are discussed under “options”. Then the idea used to resolve our problem is discussed under “solution” and a summary of our findings can be found under “conclusion”.

Step 1 – Accommodation Schedule
Step 2 – Design
Step 3 – Specification
Step 4 – Construction

A researcher joins Stand 47

It was decided early on that the process of design and construction of Stand 47 would need need to be documented in order for the what has been learnt to become a valuable contribution to all the parties involved. In addition, the possibility of using Stand 47 as a replicable / pre-made house has also been explored, but without keeping track of the process this would never be possible. Therefore, Gavin recruited Edna, an architect, urban designer and PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria, to take on the role of documenting the project history and evolution.