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A project home is a home designed by a volume home builder to a predetermined design. The New South Homes Australia construct a large number of homes each year and have a catalog of pre-designed homes or project homes in Sydney from which consumers can select. Many people regard them as a cost-effective way to construct a home that provides protection and the assurance that you will get what you pay for.
- Economical:- Since they are manufactured on a large scale, allowing systems, bulk buying, and distribution strategies to lower overall costs (though they are not always the cheapest way to create a home).
- Security:– Since there is a belief that builders who produce that many houses each year, with a show house infrastructure, numerous staff, and corporate structures, are adequately backed up to avoid bankruptcy and eventual non-delivery.
- Confidence:- Since as a client, you can normally walk through an already-built version of your house, or one that's close, in a show town – where you can see the design, volumes, textures, and fixtures, and get a sense of (to some extent) what you'll get in your version
Unlike several other architects, I have no objections to project houses. There are some fantastic ones as well as some awful ones. There are some wonderful architect-designed and bespoke houses, just as there are some awful ones. And I'm not speaking about aesthetics as a criterion for being ‘terrible' – that's much too subjective a standard to use. I'm talking about a layout that is practical, ergonomic, enjoyable, and long-lasting.
Let’s Just Take A Breath
All I'm asking for is a brief pause. Take a few moments to seek guidance. Unbiased advice from someone who knows architecture and what you want to do in your parents' house. Not the person selling it to you, but someone who is not involved in the method and can provide you with unbiased suggestions without the pressure of selling.
It can, believe it or not, make your quest simpler.
Once you put the layout first, you will easily see what won't fit on your site or in your life. It really simplifies the process of selecting a house – a planned home to build. When you're looking for a layout that maximizes your land's properties by properly arranging rooms and spaces for their orientation, you can automatically weed out those that don't. The seemingly endless sea of possibilities is quickly whittled down. It is no longer prohibitively costly to do so. It's just a matter of getting started and sticking with it, trusting that the long-term benefits would be worth it.
If a house isn't engineered to fit the land's orientation and maximize the solar layout and organic ventilation it may need more artificial cooling and heating to be comfortable – resulting in higher energy costs. It's the equivalent to buying a car knowing you'll have to refuel every three days rather than every two weeks.
To my knowledge, you don't fully appreciate how bad life can be in a badly built home – a house that doesn't work – until you live in one… After that, you make a vow to never go through it again. It inspires people to take action, which I admire because they see architecture as a means to a great home and a great place to live.