Ferdinand

Your Home Made Perfect - Best design prog I have seen

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I have been catching up with this TV Prog (BBC2).

 

The premise is to get 2 contrasting schemes from 2 contrasting architects. For the episodes I have seen one has usually been a "fat at the back" 2000s traditional modernisation, but the latest I saw had one "on the angle", and the other as an intelligent reconfiguration.

 

I like that it uses entirely ordinary homes in ordinary places with ordinary people on ordinary budgets - the one I have last watched was a couple in a bog standard right-to-buy Council House on a corner plot - and I can find 20 exactly like that within a mile of my desk. In this case it works, and the projects are built-with-modifications.

 

And for me it has the best engagement with the client, rather than with not-yet-famous experts on the make. There is just the presenter and 2 architects - following the BBC template of "sensible woman" and " male character".

 

There is virtual reality tech-gimmickry which blows Sarah Beeny's LCD Floor into a cocked hat, but is in a mainly supporting role.

 

My only annoyance beyond "talking up the tech" segments is a presenter with a slight need to diss rather than explain whatever went before.

 

They are no the BBC2 iPlayer here. Be quick - Episode 1 has already dropped off the end.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/m00048xh/your-home-made-perfect

 

Ferdinand

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I think it's a great programme, even pushed me to invest in some of the VR goggles and software to help show clients designs!

It would be interesting if they did a bit of a "behind the scenes" to try and understand how much time they spend with the clients to get an understanding of their brief/lifestyle etc and how they decide what's in "budget" (because nothing I've seen has really been on budget even after they tell you the design can be done on budget)

It gives you a good insight into clients mindsets too - a number of them ask for something different, bold or completely out there etc, then go for the safe option which doesn't always answer the brief they've set...

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Your wish....

 

https://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/factual-entertainment/your-home-made-perfect-bbc2/5135865.article

 

Also they use Sian from Moregeous as a consultant iirc. It is like Millionaire with thier questions-first, they do the big reveal at the start, and the tension is in the family story and the choice between the Blue Pill and the Red Pill.

 

https://moregeous.com/2019/01/28/new-trailer-your-home-made-perfect/

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30 minutes ago, Ferdinand said:

 

very interesting - four months from the initial meeting to the final model presentation (I think if I told a client they would need to wait for three months for a model to be done I'd be out of a job pretty quick) but the graphics are pretty specialist

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Watched a couple and thought they were both excellent (and show the value of good design/designers) in making the most of tight spaces. And they both (almost) met the budget spec! 

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Really enjoyed this series - the Irish architect was always more 'out there' in design, so got chosen less often, but his triangular extortion in the first episode was very clever, especially playing with the floor levels to demarcate living zones.

 

Agree that it's refreshing to see them stick to the budget in a practical fashion (no painted OSB as a wall finish here).

 

We agreed that a VR representation of our build would have been cool, not sure we'd have changed anything but it was only when the frame was fully erected with internal walls etc that we were confident that our design decisions were correct. 

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5 hours ago, the_r_sole said:

I think it's a great programme, even pushed me to invest in some of the VR goggles and software to help show clients designs!

 

How have you found having VR compared to eg a 3D walkthrough on a 3D package such as ArchiCAD on a large screen? Are you able to walk around with your client inside the model?

 

I think one main reason the programme works is that we get to see serious struggles upfront whilst conceptualising  the design.

 

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30 minutes ago, Bitpipe said:

Really enjoyed this series - the Irish architect was always more 'out there' in design, so got chosen less often, but his triangular extortion in the first episode was very clever, especially playing with the floor levels to demarcate living zones.

 

Agree that it's refreshing to see them stick to the budget in a practical fashion (no painted OSB as a wall finish here).

 

We agreed that a VR representation of our build would have been cool, not sure we'd have changed anything but it was only when the frame was fully erected with internal walls etc that we were confident that our design decisions were correct. 

 

I disagreed on the levels

changes.

 

For me the demarcation of space is good, but the complete non-accessibility of it would make it a total no-no in most circumstances,

 

I like that there are not many things that are completely out there, rather that things that are reasonably established in different places are used in a new setting. Examples of this are the slice taken out of the roof in ep 2 and done with a greenhouse like roof directly onto the rafters, and hidden bed in Ep3 ... that was seen in a lot of tiny flat designs a couple real ago.

 

Another interesting thing in the series is that there is very little about upstairs ..it is all about the key downstairs places.

 

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17 minutes ago, Ferdinand said:

 

How have you found having VR compared to eg a 3D walkthrough on a 3D package such as ArchiCAD on a large screen? Are you able to walk around with your client inside the model?

 

I think one main reason the programme works is that we get to see serious struggles upfront whilst conceptualising  the design.

 

F

 

Well, will most of the domestic projects, we do tend to do a 3d model in sketchup and maybe a couple of walk through videos or cutting through the building... the VR headset seemed to be better received and help them understand it a bit more (when I was trying it out, I used it on a couple of clients who had already had their stuff modelled so they were just simple models with basic materials) I used kubity i think it was called which also lets you change the time of day/year etc which is useful. I was doing it mostly from fixed points rather than walking through spaces, that's something I need to figure out before trying it on a client! 

Just have a single headset so can't walk around with them, but the programme seems to be able to handle multiple headsets - if it's going to be valuable I'll try and get some of the quality headsets (which you don't need to strap your phone into!)

Worthwhile exercise, and it's always worth trying new ways to communicate designs with clients who can't necessarily understand plans and sections

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