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The Design Risk of Not Creating an Effective Design Brief

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Hello! This is Episode 308, and in it, I want to discuss a Design Risk I see that creates problems for you from the get-go, in terms of how your project begins, and then the way that the design process progresses overall.

This is a DESIGN RISK that can mean you waste time and money in any design process. At its worst, it can mean you end up with the wrong home - a home that doesn’t suit you, your site, your budget or your lifestyle.

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As a reminder: DESIGN is one of my five factors that I believe threads through every decision and step in your project journey. The other four are COST, TIME, TEAM and YOU.

It’s understandable to be super excited and want to dive into the design process, and get things going asap. Often, by the time you’ve selected your preferred design professional or company to work with, you’ve been thinking about your project, and imagining your future home, for a LONG time. 

But, if you don’t take the time to create an effective design brief before you begin, you can waste a lot of time, money and effort in your design process. 

And you can miss huge opportunities and benefits in the design process and the outcome in your future home that come from thinking about yourself, your lifestyle and what you need to best support it.

So, let’s talk about the DESIGN RISK of not creating a thorough, personal and effective design brief, so you can get this right before you begin any design work on your future home.

Remember, if you’d like to grab a full transcript of this episode, plus information on the resources we discuss, you can do that by heading to

Now, let’s dive in!


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