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Dos and Don'ts For Residential Projects

Owning a residential home and making a project are two dreams the ordinary person would hope to achieve within their lifetime. But unfortunately, many new and aspiring homeowners embark upon their home-building process without recognizing the basic things to practice and avoid when embarking on such an endeavor.

What are the things you should do and avoid when doing residential projects? When undertaking a residential project, you should get inspired, talk to your neighbors, and go at your own pace. However, when it comes to what you should avoid doing for residential projects, you should avoid underestimating professional advice, forgetting to make a timetable for your project, and veering away from your initial plan.

What is A Residential Project?

A residential project involves the construction of spaces for living. It is where it gets its name from. Residential projects are built for living and activities related to residing, such as eating, exercising, and other idyllic recreational activities. A residential project can range from taking on smaller single-structure projects to erecting hundreds of structures within a housing community or complex.

Residential project builders have a more personal approach regarding residential projects because this project will eventually become home to someone else for the rest of their lives. For a residential project, a lot of factors come into play. A high-end residential architect can work with a bigger budget.

Examples of residential projects include the following:

  • Apartment complexes

  • Single or multiple-family homes

  • High-rise buildings

  • Retirement homes and apartment buildings

Dos And Don'ts For Residential Projects


  • Seek professional advice - and second opinions. A residential project will one day be a family's home, so the project's outcome must be conducive to living, safe, and well-designed. When in doubt, you can consult other builder professionals about the quality and design of your project.

  • Use good design. Designs in architecture shape the spaces we create. Whoever will get to live in the residential project you have designed. A good residential design ensures that the space is both livable and visually appealing simultaneously.

  • Get inspired. You can look at visually appealing designs on the Internet through Pinterest or Houzz for the type of project you are working on. You can share them with your article so that your architect understands what you expect from them.

  • Build the space for those who are living in it. An adage says, "Different strokes for different folks." Everyone has different personal preferences for visual designs for spaces - and different needs when it comes to living spaces. However, universally, the philosophy behind every unique project for living is that your spaces should be liveable and conducive for residents.

  • Talk to your neighbors. No man is an island, and this principle applies to residential projects, too. You talk to your neighbors and spend some time with your fellow residents, so you have an idea about managing residential projects and logistics. As a result, this move will help you enormously when obtaining planning permissions later on.

  • Be aware of your needs. What do you need in a living space? For example, remote workers would need a wider area that they can use for an office. It is important to keep in mind resident builder lifestyle, and their client needs so that they can accommodate their needs.


  • Underestimate professional advice. The most crucial element in any residential project is the design. Underestimating and belittling its importance is a common mistake that lots of people make. If you start strong and implement great planning from the outset, these moves will save you time and money in the long run.

  • Forget to create a timetable. You should have a timetable to track your current project progress. This will help you communicate better with your residential builder team. Discuss and work out with your team the time needed for the design phase and the build periods so that you can plan and adjust accordingly.

  • Veer away from your plan. If you veer away from your original plan and throw it away at the last minute, you can waste time, effort, and money. In addition, it can lead to more delays in the project.

  • Budget properly. Many often forget that they must set budgets for their residential projects. A thorough discussion about your finances with your architect right from the outset of your project will mean they can work with you on your allotted budget.

Book A Residential Project With APL Architects

When planning your dream residential project, you need a very good residential project builder with a strong track record who can work with your budget. After all, this is not a walk in the park.

APL Architects is a Philippine-based architectural firm specializing in luxury homes and resorts. For the last 20 years, we've been offering creative solutions and quality professional services. With APL Architects, you can rest assured that our team of professionals is determined to deliver excellent service with detailed design and planning, whether residential, commercial, resort or warehouse architecture projects.

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