The design process
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Every design process is unique, and this generic step-by-step guide to the design process is indicative only. The number of steps varies depending on the complexity of the project and whether you’re building a new home, renovating or simply making a few small home improvements.
For an overview of the entire process of building or renovating a home, read this article in conjunction with Preliminary research and The construction process.
Your Home is immediately relevant to anyone designing and building a new home, and it can guide renovations and additions (see Planning home improvements; Renovations and additions; Repairs and maintenance).
If a plan house is your preference, Buying a home off the plan shows which design features to look for. You can usually customise your design to some extent.
If you’re buying an apartment, Buying and renovating an apartment indicates the features to look for and how to renovate or make small improvements.
Step 1: Preliminary research
This first step is explained in detail in Preliminary research, which covers:
- examining your current home and lifestyle
- developing your design brief
- deciding your baseline budget
- exploring sources of professional advice for each stage of decision
- familiarising yourself with the advice in this guide to inform your brief.