INITIAL BRIEF/CONSTRUCTION METHOD
The Initial Brief (otherwise known as the ‘Client’s Requirements’ or ‘Statement of Need’) should be discussed with your Architect/Structural Engineer, and is the first attempt to articulate your fundamental requirements, expectations and key objectives.
This Initial Brief must clarify whether the proposed development is:
- for use solely as a private residence, or
- for rental purposes (even for part of the year), in which case the standards required for an *EOT Licence will apply.
This Initial Brief should be just that, brief, and include:
1. Construction method
The Construction method will largely depend on whether you are considering a ‘new build’ or renovation of an existing dwelling.
New builds are generally all reinforced concrete frame structures with brick infill to comply with anti-seismic regulations.
Alternative ‘natural’ building methods are also available in Crete, including ‘Adobe’ brick, and a hybrid form of ‘*Cob’ construction.
2. Use of internal space
The use of space will largely depend on whether you are considering a ‘new build’ or renovation of an existing dwelling.
Items to be considered include:
- where do you gather at meal times?
- is anyone working from home (Study)?
- sleeping requirements (number and size of Bedrooms – Guest Bedrooms?)
- do you have to accommodate existing furniture?
3. External area requirements
Define your requirements in terms of:
- garden/child’s play area
- swimming pool (or space for a possible future pool)
- outside dining – bbq
- pergola or veranda
- parking requirements
Define your budget for the project, and set a ‘Cost Limit’, stating whether or not this includes professional fees and *FPA/VAT.