When the client approaches the architect, there is usually already a fairly clear idea of what is actually needed and what type of building this might mean. Buildings can range from simple one-room holiday homes to complex schemes including a multitude of different uses.
The differences should become clear by sorting the following vocabulary.
Drag the mouse across the following picture to find out the names of the different residential buildings.
A client may also approach an architect to have work performed on an existing property. This could involve a refurbishment, which would lead to an upgrade of the building, a conversion, possibly to accommodate a different use, or an extension, which would add floor area to the existing building.
If the architect surveys the property and identifies that the existing structure is not worth retaining, the architect might recommend that the building is demolished to make room for a new structure.