From the mails I receive I get a feeling that lot of people have too many wrong ideas about plan of house.Most important wrong ideas are the following
1.Any plan prepared by any one or taken from any website is good enough for plan of your house
2.There is no meaning in paying a higher fees or charges for getting plan of the house prepared by a well known Architect
3.If the plan of the house is ready, builder of the house can manage everything else.No more need for a professional Architect/Engineer.
4.An Architect can make good elevation of the house for any plan
5.If a picture of the house taken from anywhere is given to an Architect,he can make a similar or same Elevation whatever may be plan of your house.
All these are wrong.
A qualified and experienced Architect will have to discuss in detail with you to understand what exactly you need in the house to be designed and built.
He has to see the land where the building has to come up.By seeing the land,he will visualise your house in the plot,check nature of land,surroundings,level of land,Vasthu aspects if he is good at Vasthu also.He will also check up whether there is any restraining factors for building a house as per Kerala Building rules.
While preparing plan for your house knowledge of Architect and his rich experience is used to design the house to get following:
1.Better facilities for you as per your wishes but with lesser cost
2.Better utilisation of every built up space.No unnecessary or unwanted space in the house.
3.Better features of modern architecture and Kerala Architecture if he is well versed with Kerala Architecture.
4.Vasthu compliance for each portion of the house(If he is good at Vasthu)
5.Better structural design to reduce cost
6.Better appearance for the house
For getting all these benefits is it not worth paying few thousands to an Architect?
Even after preparation of plan and Elevation,there are several architectural and structural engineering drawings required for proper and correct implementation of construction of house.Even the drawings prepared by an Architect as plan and Elevation has to be explained with details for the builder to know how to proceed with construction.
So your need for professional assistance and guidance does not end with preparation of plan.Plan will have to be designed in a manner to obtain a good Elevation.You cannot have any Elevation for any plan.Plan and Elevation are inter related.
When I was finalising plan of the house,one of my client told me that a particular builder can do the construction just by getting plan of the house.Then I told my client that he should not engage that builder if he says like that.He does not even know about need for detailed architecture and structural Engineering drawings and periodic on site supervision by the designer.
Only when the construction started and drawings after drawings on details started coming,my client understood importance of having professional guidance during construction.
And now the money part.For the payment an Architect takes , you save much more in lakhs during construction using his guidance and you finally get a better quality construction at lesser cost with proper utilisation of every built up space with definitely more value for money spent by you.
Do not think that Architects and Engineers are costly.They bring their rich experience,knowledge to make a better house for you and in the process in spite of paying them fees,they reduce cost of constructing your house substantially and guide you to have best and latest facilities and trends for your once in a life time dream house.
Do you want to save those fees given to professional and lose both money and better house by design and construction?