ARE ACA A GOOD FIT FOR YOU? 7 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD NOT WORK WITH US
We have been working on residential projects since 2009 and over the years we have worked with various clients and have been privileged to help them make their dreams a reality.
However, we understand that there is no such thing as a “good fit” for everyone. Especially in self-building, where it is crucial to build a good rapport with your architect. You must ensure they understand your vision and you both want to work hard to create the home of your dreams.
Years of experience in this industry has taught us many important lessons and we know our strengths and weaknesses – we also know the type of clients that are a ‘good fit’ and those that aren’t.
This does not mean that we do not want to work with particular kinds of clients, we just think that they may benefit from co-operation with an alternative practice. Therefore, we have prepared 7 reasons why you should not work with us when building your home in order to help save your and our precious time.
ACA IS NOT A GOOD FIT FOR YOU:
1. IF YOU WANT THE CHEAPEST HOUSE POSSIBLE, EVEN AT THE EXPENSE OF GOOD DESIGN
Building the house of your dreams requires investment, both in time and money. If you want the cheapest house possible, we are not the best fit for you! Initially, we will give you 2 to 3 options for the first designs of your home, these will be reviewed with you then revised until you are 100% satisfied.
This process can take 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the amount of changes – this detailed and collaborative approach is the only way to design your dream home. This takes time and money, but if you are happy with a quick standard design, that does not meet your families needs then pick from a standard design.
2. IF YOU DO NOT CARE ABOUT SAVING MONEY IN THE LONG TERM RUNNING OF YOUR HOME
If you do not care about saving money on energy usage in your house and its environmental impact is not important to you – you probably do not need the detailed services that we provide.
We ensure that our design is not only aesthetically stunning but also technically designed to limit the energy demand and usage.
3. IF YOU WANT AN OFF THE SHELF KIT HOUSE THAT IS NOT TAILORED TO YOUR SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
One of the main reasons why people undertake self-build projects is the freedom they have in choosing every aspect of their future home, whether it is on their aesthetic preferences, hobbies and lifestyle.
However, if you are ready to compromise the vision of your dream house in order to reduce the amount of effort and time invested in it – you can use the services provided by major developers and buy a house that does not fully relate to your needs and then only be involved in choosing limited finishings such as the style of the doors.
4. IF YOU DO NOT NEED YOUR ARCHITECT TO UNDERSTAND YOUR VISION
It is very important for us at ACA to build a good rapport with our clients in order to fully understand their vision. Initially, we will spend a couple of days with our clients and their family members, so that we know the dynamic and how they live. Working closely together is vitally important in the successful design of a home.
5. IF YOU DO NOT WANT THE BEST QUALITY PRODUCT
Throughout the years we have specified thousands of products and know what works, at the right price point. As we have established strong working relationships with them, we can secure reduced quotes from anything from windows to kitchens.
If your budget is limitless it may not be very important to you, but we think that being able to offer the best product for the best price is essential for the success of a self-build project.
6. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN CRUCIAL STAGES OF YOUR HOUSE DEVELOPMENT
In order to achieve a final product that reflects all your preferences, you need to be fully involved in the process, but you will be rewarded for this. If it is not important to you, you can just choose one of the several options offered by a major developer.
But it will not be your home and will not fit your requirements in 100% or even 50%.
7. IF YOU CARE MORE ABOUT SPEED THAN QUALITY
Undertaking a self-build project is a very demanding process. We understand that when planning timelines you may set the finishing date close to your birthday or Christmas – in order to celebrate both. (this is a bad idea, by the way!)
Commencing a Self Build is full of surprises and unexpected incidents, which can lengthen the construction phase. Once again, if you are ready to compromise the vision of your dream house in order to finish it sooner, you can buy a house built by a major developer, and hope that they will finish it on time.