Developing Effective Master Plans
Phases to Developing a Master Plan
The most important thing to keep in mind when developing an effective master architectural plan is the client. No matter what turns the plan takes or what adjustments are made, always keep the client in the loop. After all, that’s who is paying you, and that’s who will be affected by your accomplishments and/or your failures. With the client at the forefront, let’s walk through the steps in developing an effective master plan.
Phase 1: Meet, greet, and walk
The preliminary phase should consist of a meet up with the client at the project site. This is an opportunity for the architect to gather as much information as possible from the client, specifically to understand the client’s vision. Each party (the designer and the designee) needs to grasp the essentials of the process and ensure they are on the same page. Of course, there will be questions from the client all throughout; however, the initial phase can eliminate many follow-up questions if the architect is thorough from the start.
Next, complete a walkthrough of the site. A walkthrough will help with the overall design process, as well as alert you of any potential building issues or hindrances. Walk the site with the client by your side so you can visualize an effective master plan together and bounce ideas off each other. At the end of the day, you are the expert, but the client’s input will always help with the flow of the project.
Phase 2: Develop a rough sketch
Take the information you gathered from phase one of the master plan and develop concepts and ideas. You’ll want to be able to portray your concepts to the client next time you visit the site; therefore, draw a number of sketches. Decisions will be made easier if the client has something to look at, rather than trying to envision an idea in his/her head. The feedback will be more helpful in this instance as well.
Return to the site and share the sketches with the client. It is also helpful to take pictures of the site or maybe pictures of other designs which you fill would suit this particular project. The second return to the site is an opportune time to gather all pertinent parties to once again ensure everyone is on the same page budget wise and design wise. This includes yourself (the architect), the client, the builder, and any other parties of interest.
Phase 3: Create and present the Master Plan
Now, the completion of your specific project influence—developing the master plan. The master plan is where the project comes full circle and where the architect’s expertise is proven. Master planning requires an extremely detailed layout of the project. It consists of all of the new designs, mapped out specific to measurements and accounting for any existing structures, such as plumbing pipes.
The master plan acts as the blueprint for the builders to work off of. There should be no surprises at this point for the client. Ultimately, the execution of an effective master plan should transition smoothly into the execution of the design build.
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