101 Questions That Help Your Architect Design Your Home

This comprehensive list of questions is for anyone wanting to build or renovate a home. Answering these questions will help your architect understand your lifestyle and identify your requirements in your project.
questions you should always ask your designer | 101 Lifestyle Questions That Help Your Architect Design Your Home

There are a lot of essential things to do when renovating or building a new home. The first task is meeting your architect. On most cases, your first meeting is also the design consultation. Here, your architect asks a lot of questions relevant to the project. To make this interview more meaty and productive, come prepared. Try answering this pre-design questionnaire. It will reveal relevant information about your lifestyle and your project requirements. Your answers will help your architect design your home. READ: How to Write a Good Design Brief

Big-ticket questions:

  • Is this your forever home? – Your designer needs to know how long you plan or intend to live in the home you want to live. If you plan to age in place, then your designer must create a home that you will enjoy for the decades to come.
  • How many people will live here? Who are they?
  • Do you have children? How old are they?
  • How many bedrooms do you need? Do you want the other bedrooms close or far from the Master’s bedroom?
  • Do you need a rumpus room, for gaming, movies, etc.?
  • Do you need a study or a home office? Do you want it separate from the other rooms of the house or no?
  • Do you prefer formal or informal entertainment areas (living and dining)?
  • What are the things you want to see when you enter the house? What’s in your entry or mudroom?
  • How much storage do you need?
  • A standard garage measures 6×5.7 metres. Is this enough or do you want a bigger garage? If yes, how big?

Design upgrades to consider:

  • The minimum/standard ceiling height is 2400mm. Do you want high ceilings?
  • What ceiling features do you want to see? (i.e. exposed rafters, raked ceilings, voids)
  • For windows, do you want to use timber or aluminium frames?
  • Do you want to use double-glazed windows only, or do you want to have single-glazed windows in some areas of the house?
  • How do you want your windows to open? (i.e. bi-fold, sliding, stacking, awning, louvred, etc.)
  • Do you want to have window seats?

For people who love entertaining:

  • Do you plan to build a pool?
  • Do you want an outdoor dining area, sitting area, or both?
  • How do you want to cover your outdoor area? 

For every area of the house:

Kitchen & Pantry

The kitchen is one of the busiest parts of the house. It is essential to plan it well. Here are things to consider:

  • Kitchen islands. Do you want or need one?
  • Is your oven freestanding, under bench, or a wall oven?
  • Do you prefer a gas or induction cooktop?
  • Where do you want to put the kitchen sink?
  • Where do you want your fridge?
  • What other kitchen appliances do you have?
  • Do you want a walk-in pantry or a butler’s pantry?

Laundry

The laundry room is important for many Australian homes. It can be a separate room, it can also be squeezed in other parts of the house.

  • Do you require a laundry chute?
  • Do you own a top or front loader washing machine?
  • How much storage do you want in the laundry?
  • Do you need a hanging rail?

Bathroom

  • Would you like to have a shower or a tub or both?
  • Do you prefer a built-in bathtub or a freestanding one?
  • Is your ideal shower tiled or polymarble?
  • The standard shower size is 900x900mm. Do you want a bigger shower?
  • How many sinks are ideal for you?
  • Do you want a separate powder room?

Master bedroom (en suite)

Aussie homeowners spoil themselves when designing their master bedrooms.

  • How large do you want your en suite?
  • Apart from the bed, do you need a couch or daybed in the bedroom?
  • Would you like the masters’ bedroom to 
  • Would you like his and her sink or are you okay to share one?
  • Do you prefer to separate the toilet and shower?
  • How many showerheads do you prefer?
  • Do you want mirrored cabinets?
  • How much storage do you need?

Mudroom

More and more Australian households want a functional entryway. If you’re having one, consider these:

  • What is the purpose of your mudroom? What are you going to keep here? (e.g. school bags, gym clothes, shoes, umbrellas etc.)
  • Do you want a full, custom cabinetry here?
  • Would you like to have a bench seat here?

Study or home office

This room is a necessity in every home. It’s a multi-functional space that helps you become more productive. 

  • Do you work from home? If yes, this is a priority. 
  • Do you want your office in a separate room or a nook?
  • Do you have kids going to school? If yes, consider adding a study nook in their bedroom, in their rumpus, or in the living room where you can watch them?

READ: How to Write a Good Design BriefAt Superdraft, we make sure that your design brief reflects your lifestyle. That way, we can help you create spaces that you find comfortable and functional. We hope that this pre-design questionnaire can help you and your architect design your home. Quality information and communication ensures the success of your project. The more your designer knows about you, the better the outcome will be. Liked this article? Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Or, ask help from our Sydney-based architects and designers.

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Charlene Gonzales

Charlene Gonzales

Charlene is a Superdraft blogger dedicated to bringing you the best information for your home, from renovation tips to design and decorating advice.

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