Bespoke architectural features bring a unique and sophisticated look to a project, but can often take longer to specify and install, driving up costs. Systemised products can provide the same handcrafted look while minimising the amount of work that needs to go into the specification and installation.
Using our Click-on Screens as an example, we’ve outlined the specific ways a systemised product can save time and money on a project below.
1. Specify quickly and simply
Each architectural project has a specific design vision, and understandably, the architects and interior designers involved want to bring that vision to life. This requires a balancing act between specifying each aspect in enough detail and the famous time crunch of the documentation phase.
For custom solutions, this specifying process can involve in-depth research and a very specific explanation of everything from fixings to installation method. For a time-poor designer, this process is important but can often eat up time they simply don’t have.
Systemised products offer a solution to this problem while maintaining the specific look required to meet the design intent. By working within a system, the architect needs to make a few simple selections from a standard range to complete a specification. This removes some of the flexibility in the design, however, offers speed and an established process in return.
In the case of our Click-on Screens, the designer only needs to choose batten material, profile, coating and spacing between battens. While other aspects of the system are customisable such as track colour or fixing method, these have a standard option which we will provide unless otherwise specified.
The ability to specify without needing to make every little decision saves the designers time, while also simplifying the job of the installer who installs the screen.
2. Meet design expectations
Effectively communicating the design intent between the design team, builder and then the installer is crucial to delivering the client what was promised. For custom solutions, example imagery can be used however a higher level of explanation is required to keep everyone on the same page due to the design being so customised.
Using a systemised product slightly decreases the level of customisation afforded to the designer, while helping to level out the expectations of all parties involved. By using a system with an established track record, from the start of the project everyone can understand;
- The cost of the end result
- How it is expected to look
- The method of installation
3. Fast, accurate installation
When it comes to installing an architectural element, speed and accuracy are key factors. Extra time on-site means extra cost, which puts pressure on the budget. Custom solutions can be extremely complex, resulting in more labour hours to ensure accuracy.
Systemised products, particular ones with modular components like the entire Sculptform product range, maintain consistent installation methods between projects. This simple, fast installation method has been refined over the years, ensuring that the end result is installed in the quickest, most efficient way.
4. Pre-determined, lower costings
While design teams strive to fulfil the design vision of a project, budget constraints are another huge factor when making product decisions.
Custom solutions can require a bespoke approach, meaning there is no standardised system to follow for pricing. This can lead to inflated pricing as the installers try to mitigate any risk they’re taking on.
By using a systemised product, all the pricing is standard. In the case of our Click-on Screens, all pricing is prepared in square metre rates, to make pricing even easier. This price includes everything from standard componentry to freight to site within Australia.