Step 2 – design solutions and conclusions

Our design solution has been generated from a process of transforming the accommodation schedule, brief and design concept into a number of workable design principles. These then generate a functional layout plan that always refers back to the Fixed vs. Flexible approach, and also ensures that the functionality of the home works well with the building strategies and technologies that are available. Although somewhat counter-intuitive, flexibility relies on a few rules and principles that can anchor and guide a number of variations which are sure to work; completely unguided flexibility can result in a breakdown of the integrity of the building.
1. Generate a clear concept that answers the needs of the accommodation schedule, while enhancing the qualities of the brief.
2. Conduct an extensive and detailed site survey 
3. Learn from others – find precedents that have similar constraints and aims and see what you can adapt.
4. Compose a few clear design strategies. 
5. Mould the design strategies into a plan, section and elevation that continuously answer to the needs of the accommodation schedule and design intent, until the most appropriate solution is generated. The aesthetic is derived from this process and becomes an authentic design solution. 
6. Begin to identify the quantity surveyor and engineer who can evolve the design further in the specification step.