5 ways to be an Effective Client

To ensure the ideal success of their timber frame project, the client must take an equal amount of responsibility along with their architect in order to have the ideal working relationship.  A successful buyer-seller relationship is practically inevitable if these 5 simple methods are followed by the client.

Maintain Open Communication

It has been ingrained in America’s consumer-driven society that good communication is the key to success in any endeavor. This principle is no different when building a timber frame project.  It is critical that the client be clear about their needs so the architect understands their clients’ preferences, lifestyle, and intended use of the space to be designed.  The client should also not be afraid to ask questions.

Choose the Budget and Stick to It

The client should decide on both their ideal and maximum budget at the outset of the project.  Once this is done, the client should again use good communication to ensure that the monetary boundaries of their project are clearly understood by all parties involved.  The client’s architect can help determine a realistic budget based on the project’s size, quality, and other criteria.

Be Prompt and Precise in Decision-Making

For the timber frame process to run smoothly, the client ideally makes decisions in a timely manner.  It is best if these original decisions are as final as possible since each decision affects work to be done later and last minute changes can be costly.  Should the client change their mind about any aspect of the project, it is crucial that they let their architect know immediately to avoid complications.

Take the Time to be Thorough

Timber framing can be a complicated, detail-oriented process that requires each decision be thoroughly planned.  Therefore, it is key that the client take the time to precisely plan their project as well as allotting time for their architect and contractor to properly design and build the project with the best quality possible.

Be Thorough in All Aspects

The client should carefully and promptly review any drawings and materials their architect gives them.  They should then return the items with any questions, comments, or changes.

Go with the Flow Whitepaper

When a floor plan flows well from one room to the next, you barely notice it—it’s when it doesn’t that it’s a real traffic-stopper (and not in a good way).

Clare Martin of Timber Home Living Magazine provides these tips to ensure your plan is silently seamless:

  1. Start with your site.
  2. Decide how you want your home to feel.
  3. Create invisible boundaries.
  4. Visualize living in the house.
  5. Keep your guests in mind.

Download this free whitepaper from Timber Home Living Magazine packed with great insights for designing your timber frame home.

Contact us to begin designing your dream home to meet your special needs.