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PLUSARCHITECTS – CUSTOMER-ORIENTED DESIGN

We could use any of the houses we have designed as our reference – we are proud of what we have designed for our customers. You can view our previous work in the reference gallery, or read customer reviews about working with us.

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

Architectural design is formed of several work phases, each of which our customers can order from us separately. Before drawing up a tender, we perform a needs assessment that goes through the customer’s wishes and needs and also records the opportunities and restrictions related to the plot. We always visit the plot before beginning the design work.

SKETCH DESIGN

The most important phase of architectural design is sketch design.  All core issues related to the functions and appearance of the building are defined in it. A significant part of the building’s implementation costs are also tied down in the sketch design phase. This is why it’s worth investing time in the sketch design phase.

In most cases, we draw up sketches in two phases:

  • The first phase (L1) includes preliminary plot use and floor plans. If necessary, several solutions and approaches can be tried out in the first sketch phase. Once a solution that feels suitable has been found, we can move on to the next sketch phase.
  • The second phase (L2) includes more specific sketches: a site plan, floor plans, elevation drawings and 3D images, etc. The designs in the second phase can be used to ensure with building control that the preparation of the building permit application can be started. In addition, designs from the second sketch phase can be used to call for tenders from builders and prefabricated house factories and to ensure that the planned budget is sufficient.

ELEMENTS OF THE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

Sketch design

Main drawings (building permit drawings)

Working drawings and details

Principal design

MAIN DRAWINGS

The main drawings are the official construction drawings that are used to apply for the building permit. The content of the main drawings has been defined in the National Building Code of Finland and the main purpose of the drawings is to prove to the authorities that the designed building complies with the regulations, is safe to use, and that it can be granted a building permit. The main drawings alone are usually not enough for construction to go ahead. This is why complementary drawings, such as working drawings and detail designs, are needed.

WORKING DRAWINGS AND DETAILS

Working drawings are made with construction in mind. Working drawings typically set out more specific indoor measurements, add details, specify structures and take matters into account that have arisen in the structural design and HPAC planning phases.

Detail design resolves details that require particular attention, such as wall junctions of doors and windows, eaves, or other details that are important in the building.

Proper working drawings and details ensure that construction runs smoothly when things do not need to be designed on-site. In addition, end quality improves when problems are resolved in advance.

PRINCIPAL DESIGN

Principal design is the management and quality assurance task of designing. The Land Use and Building Act requires that a principal designer is named for all construction projects requiring a building permit. In most cases, an architect acts as the principal designer in a detached house project. Among other things, the principal designer is in charge of ensuring that the architectural and structural designs and HPAC plans are compatible. Tasks required by law have been defined more specifically in the Land Use and Building Decree. In the role of the principal designer we often also take part in the comparison of tenders for a contract and site inspections alongside our basic tasks.

INTERIOR DESIGN

In order to achieve a high-quality end result and a functional product, the design of the interior of the house is as important as that of the exterior. As part of our architectural design service, we offer our customers the design of the house’s fixtures. Our interior design usually begins with a moodboard that maps out the general atmosphere in the house. Based on this, we draw up room specifications and interior wall diagrams that define all indoor materials and surface finishes.

Lighting is an extremely important part of the comfort and functionality of a building. A lighting plan is an integral part of our interior design. It defines the basic solutions of lighting, such as the type, placing, number and colour temperature of the lights.

Interior design helps when calling for tenders and constructing the interior of the house. Calling for tenders from fixture suppliers is made easy with fixture diagrams, and interior wall diagrams ensure a high-quality end result. Once the interior designs are ready, we can also offer the construction of the interior.

PARTS OF THE INTERIOR DESIGN

Lighting design

Room specification

Interior wall diagrams

Fixture diagrams