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Why is an Intial Site visit important before designing an ADU?

Updated: Mar 7, 2023

A site visit is important before designing a project for several reasons:

  1. Familiarizing with the site: A site visit allows designers to get a better understanding of the site's physical characteristics, such as the topography, vegetation, existing structures, and soil conditions. This information is essential in designing structures that fit well into the site's environment and can withstand the site's natural forces.

  2. Assessing site constraints: Every site has unique constraints that can impact the design process, such as zoning regulations, environmental regulations, and building codes. A site visit allows designers to understand these constraints and work within them to create a design that meets all necessary requirements.

  3. Understanding user needs: A site visit also allows designers to interact with the site's users, such as clients or end-users, to understand their needs and preferences. This helps ensure that the final design meets the intended purpose and satisfies the user's expectations.

  4. Identifying opportunities: A site visit also allows designers to identify opportunities that might not have been apparent from the project brief. For example, designers might discover unique features of the site that could be incorporated into the design to enhance its functionality or aesthetics.

Overall, a site visit is essential in the design process to ensure that the final design meets all necessary requirements, is appropriate for the site, and satisfies the user's needs and expectations.

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