This week, Carl Turner answers the question:
Where does one begin the building process with an empty plot of land?
And how does Open Source Architecture enable that?
Open source architecture provides the ideal vehicle for someone with a building plot to be able to test various scenarios. Having a menu of varying solutions should assist a home builder figure out the approach they feel comfortable with, from the scale of the building (single storey or multiple levels) modular home, I.e. Start small and build up a solution and so on. Having such diversity of approach under one organisation is a key advantage of open source.
There are also detailed visuals and plans that can be discussed with planning authorities at an early stage to check appropriateness to the site. It's also incredibly quick when compared against the traditional bespoke process and this has clear advantages. Having a defined project cost at an early stage may also help secure early funding for the site and / or build process.