So, you're thinking of (or actually have hired) an architect to come up with some plans for your dream house. This is the first step it seeing a visualisation of what you've had your hopes on for, what is presumably, a very long time and it should feel great when you get that set of plans in your hand. But don't be a yes man, explore your options carefully and take full advantage of planing your own home in the early stages. Let's have a look at some examples of good usage of space, visualisations, mock-ups and ambitious house plans!
Anyone worth his salt is going to hand you one of these, after a few day to weeks of planning, for your reviewal. This envisaged top elevation of a story of a house will show you the very basics of your home to be: where the rooms are, any large plants or trees, plumbing and door opening directions as well as accurate size.
A concise view of all floors is of course a must for any planning, however, keep in mind plumbing, gas and electrical whereabouts; planning this wisely will save on build time and money, for example, a bathroom over the kitchen will cause little commotion with plumbing extensions to the upper floor.
It's important to know what's going on from all angles of the project, this way you can take into account the hight and intake of sunlight, as well as making sure you fall in line with planning permissions and don't, for example, obstruct your neighbours light!
In this upper floor apartment plan, the clear wish is to put most of the emphasis on recreational areas: the wooden roof terrace, living area and even a steam sauna. Take not of the fairly small bedroom on this plan, if you want to spend a lot of time in a particular area then make it be known; a huge bathroom will be useless if you mainly take a quick shower in the morning.
Here are the fruits of the above two pictures' labour. This large roof terrace would be perfect for barbecue parties and events throughout the day. That living area, too, would be an excellent entertainment venue and the tiled floor allowing this top floor apartment to remain cool, even in the heat of summer.
For some a conversion project, like a barn, is what's at hand. This particular project, from British architectural firm Seymour-Smith, was to convert a dilapidated old barn situated in a conservation area, next to a listed building and graveyard; a project that, naturally, required quite a lot of sensitivity when it came to planning it. It wasn't a huge issue though, as the soft and natural materials used in the conversion coupled with the planned panoramic light intake allowed bureaucratic order to be maintained and virtually no light obstruction to ensue.
If a simple plan isn't enough (which it often isn't), then a 3D visualisation of a project plan is often a wise move. 3D visualisations also help you get a very accurate projection of what your home (or, in this case, outhouse) will look like.
This, German, interior architect wanted an RV but also to take his Maserati along with him. The result is the above, a rear hold, about five metres in length that would hold it safely on his cross country journeys! Goes to show that planning is everything.