4/05/21 / Manila, PH
Everyone is experiencing it, not only you. The biggest question of "how am gonna make my existing space useful with the present demand of socially distance requirements?" And the longer question "is it enough?" and the confusion go on and on and on...
You should be well adapted now since the pandemic is already a year old already and seems poised to claim its second anniversary with the present situation we are all having right now. Life must go on as many says especially to those who are "facing it with their best positivity ways and accepted the challenges of the pandemic with guts" , You should and must quickly adapt to it as this is just a part of bigger things to come that only the future can tell. So how do you go about it? What are the means you have presently, to face it chin up and with full confidence. As we enter the second quarter of 2021, we've been doing our research in respect with the built environment, including but not limited to indoor and outdoor space distancing studies, public and private spaces, engineering and scientific viable approaches to help minimize the transmissibility of the virus even in our own smallest way of providing fact based suggestions and solutions to public and private needs.
Social Awareness is one the key elements we need to embrace if we are all serious in ending the spread of the virus. You must keep your hands full in dissecting the legitimacy of the information you are reading and its real contribution to the challenging situation we are having right now.
Your space, property and well being are the major concern when seeing an Architect or Design Professional to provide you the proper lead on how to and best solution possible your plot of lot, idle space or spaces needed to achieve optimum performance. Here are the three best approaches in dealing with your problem.
1. TALK ONLY TO PROFESSIONALS
With the fast changing way the internet world can give you flashy and eye catching design schemes nowadays you are tempted to splurge in a variety of options based on your visual taste. Nice to look at isn't it? This will lead you to a more frustrating scenarios once you take the route of getting your design through the good heart of the free internet, yes they're all great and truly satisfies your appetite to whatever you may want to call it but lo and behold, there is this "appropriately adaptable" or what we can call exact fit to your present space or plot of lot based on the local regulatory requirements, codes and standards that will play a vital role to your project success. Explore the best option to talk to a Professional, Architects, Engineers, Interior Designers, Building Contractors and Material Suppliers, they are the right people to seek with as we have a web of network that will not only address your needs but also provide the most suitable answer to your requirements. Don't hesitate to get the services of a Professional, I assure you their time is worth every penny you sweat.
2. KNOW YOUR NEEDS FIRST , NECESSITY IS THE KEY
Always be aware that having a project be it small or big requires BUDGET, its a must that what you have in mind or looking forward to is a necessity. We don't encourage people to dive in into any project they have in mind if it's only gonna give them sleepless nights and domestic problems. We don't suggest projects that will result to redundancy of spaces unless being called for. You better think twice if not a thousand times with this question " Why do I need this project? " If your answer is pure and sincere yes I need this project get done, then you call and talk to Professionals at once. That is the first you need to know and next is your budget.
3. SEE BEHIND THE SCHEMES
Now that you know the first two most important part of the deal let me introduce you to your newest friend since you got a full requirements to deal with, meet Schemes. Yes you read it right, it will be your go to guy during the first part of decision making covering the project requirements budget included. Your project is like a baby that'll have its gender once finalized. The shape, size, color, texture, height and heft, ambiance and experience it'll create once you're done with it and lastly the sincere satisfaction you are looking for. Seeing what is behind the curtains is better than getting shocked with a thousand volts of frustrations.
Talking to a Professional is a surefire way to know your limitations, the necessity, the needs and wants all within the bounds practicality and neutrality could be seen behind those schemes being presented before you and will help you process the right decisions you gonna make in this trying times.
Ar. Ferdi Santiago, UAP, MPM, CBP
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