What makes us different.

An article on using social media has suggested that as a company, you should make it clear how you differ from the competition. So here goes:

When we start a project off we nearly always carry out a measured survey. Many of our competitors develop a scheme from a basic sketch of the building to be altered and then carry out a proper survey once a scheme was been agreed. We’ve considered working this way, but the danger is that if you base your scheme on erroneous information, the scheme may not be as build-able as supposed, thus leading to delays and additional design costs later on. Of course the cost of the survey has to be borne at some point, but with our way of working it’s at the very beginning of a project, and with the other way, it’s later. I can see why some clients prefer to defer this cost, especially if they worry that they’ll never achieve an acceptable scheme, but we can nearly always find a suitable scene for our clients. Our record shows that less that 2% fail to move forward because we could not achieve a suitable scheme, and all but one of these clients has returned to us with another building to look at. I’m pretty sure that one of the reasons for this is because we’re thorough, and that having accurate data at the outset means we can “design tight”, meaning we do not have to shy away from solutions that are highly spatially/structurally sensitive to what is there in respect of the existing building.We’ve certainly found solutions where others have failed, and this perhaps is one reason for this.

The downside of our policy is that we have to charge more for this initial phase of the work, and no doubt this will put some potential clients off. However, if you read the recent report that shows a great dissatisfaction and mistrust of architects to deliver their schemes to the client on time and budget because of a lack of technical rigour, I must stick to my policy of insisting thoroughness from day one.

Of course, we have our way of working and other successful practices have theirs and I do not wish to denigrate other ways of working. I will, however go on to explain where we differ from other architectural practices in future articles.

Tony Keller
Building Tectonics

What makes us different.

A recent article on using social media suggested that you should make it clear how your company differs from the competition, so here goes. When we start a project off, we nearly always carry out a measured survey. Many of our competitors develop a scheme from a basic sketch of the building to be altered and then carry out a proper survey once a scheme has been agreed. We have considered working this way, but the danger is that if you base your scheme on erroneous information the scheme may not be as build-able as supposed thus leading to delays and additional design costs later on. Of course the cost of the survey has to be borne at some point but with our way of working it is at the very beginning of a project and, with the other way, it is later. I can see why some clients prefer to defer this cost especially if they worry that they will never achieve an acceptable scheme, but we can nearly always find a suitable scene for our clients. Our record show that less that 2% fail to move forward because we could not achieve a suitable scheme and all but one of these clients has returned to us with another building to look at. I am pretty sure that one or the reasons for this is that we are thorough and that having accurate data at the outset means we can “design tight” meaning we do not have to shy away from solutions that highly spatially or structurally sensitive to what is there in respect of the existing building. We have certainly found solutions where other have failed and this perhaps is one reason for this.

The downside of our policy is that we have to charge more for this initial phase of the work and no doubt this will put some potential clients off. However, if you read the recent report that shows a great dissatisfaction and mistrust of architects to deliver their schemes to the client on time and budget because of a lack of technical rigour, I must stick to my policy of insisting of thoroughness from day one.

Of course, we have our way of working and other successful practices have theirs and I do not wish to denigrate other ways of working. I will, however go on to explain where we differ from other architectural practices in future articles.

Tony Keller
Building Tectonics

Space Kraft, our sister company.

Space Kraft is a new premier architectural design service, based in Milton Keynes. It’s the sister company to Building Tectonics, with the same approach to work.

Space Kraft can help you with changing the character of your property to suit the way in which you would like to live. The service which Space Kraft provides can also help you with adding value to your house if you wish to sell it in the future, because your house is your biggest asset in most cases. Be this in the form of a complete ‘makeover’, or even taking on a holistic approach to how the rooms inside connect, Space Kraft are willing and ready to help you obtain your dream house.

They also offer a design service using 3D modelling and computer generated, photo realistic images to help clients understand design options. Some clients can’t visualise a 2D plan as easily as others, and so a 3D model helps them to see the vision which the architectural designer has for them. Once the 3D model has been created, a ‘fly around’ can also be made available. This is a short video, taken from a point of view (usually a high point, so that you can also see how the roof works with the building externally) which ‘flys’ around the model so that a client can get a feel for how the exterior will work.

If a client is not sure about what they want then the service is there to offer alternatives and give any advise needed for the client to make the best decision possible for them. Space Kraft can help with suggesting exterior treatments to improve kerb appeal and future saleability.

Check out the Space Kraft Website at www.space-kraft.co.uk

Written by Jade Turney – Building Tectonics Ltd