Architectural models as a design tool for house extensions

Posted on: June 27th, 2014

For some people reading Architectural plans is really difficult. People struggle to visualise the drawings and cannot imagine the actual spaces.

A few years ago I designed a roof structure over a bedroom. The owners liked the idea, but struggled to visualise it. I made a 1:100 scale model of the area of their dwelling to be extended along with the roof as I proposed. They were delighted with this and the design went ahead, obtained Planning Permission and Building Regulation Approval and was constructed. The room was greatly enhanced by the roof and subsequent ceiling shape, turning it a lovely space. I no longer have the model as the owners daughter kept it and turned it into a magical fairy tale house! The photographs below show the internal space and the external view still under construction. You can find out a little more about it on the projects case study page.

Below is also a photograph of a model I still have, which I made over 20 years ago as an Architectural Student for a design project. It was for a hospital design in Glasgow and was based around getting as much natural light into the space as possible. Design has changed greatly in that time, however, I have held onto the principles of gaining as much light as possible into a space.

I also endeavour to help my clients visualise the space being designed and a scale model is just one tool I use.