Test Fits: What Makes It an Essential Prequel to Interior Planning
Planning; it is the most essential aspect in taking any step further, no matter what the task at hand. Naturally, your space is no exception to the same. Real estate is a heavy investment and any step towards building the home of your dreams should be taken with caution so that the fruition of it turns out to be what you desire.
In layman’s words, a test fit is a floor plan undertaken to assess what can be accommodated within the designated space. It is a technique of architecture which allows one to balance the requirements of space and function as per the latest market standards. Not just while acquiring a space for residential rates, test fits are important while determining a place for office purpose as well. In fact, it is even more important in case of the latter due to the sheer numbers that will have to be accommodated not just as per present attendance but also keeping in mind the attrition rate and future hires.
Experts too lay specific emphasis on test fit. Megha from team Mansionly is one of them who clearly states to every client how test fit can help escalate their scope and is the best option for them to utilize all the space and function that they have.
Types of test fit
Test fit can be done in two primary ways:
- 2D wherein the first design is created in a two-dimensional manner and the is extruded in 3D
- The other one is where the design is created in three dimensions and then a view of it is provided from the top
Generally, designers prefer to create the first layout in 2D. It enables them to get a better understanding of the site and even get a grip at the negative spaces which they can eventually utilize for better functionality in the space allotted.
How you deem test fit important?
Often, while we know the furnishing and other stuff we own and love the other space for its individual attributes, we fail to combine both for an estimate of actual results. Here’s where test fit plays an important role, in a few yet crucial ways.
- It helps you gauge the space in three dimensions
- It is extremely essential for the client tenant’s parameters and project goals
- It will not only give an idea of the present requisites such as the number of seats but also give an understanding of the site with regards to expansion in the future
- It will help the client plan and understand as to how the space would be utilized for and by employees
- A test fit will enable the designer in getting an idea of the materials that would be feasible for use
- It will also help the client in curating a budget and create a cost for the same, depending on the carpet area
What is the procedure of test fit?
By now we know how integral a test fit is for professional spaces, and how doing it will be an advantage from not only creative aspects but also financial and budgetary ones. However, what is the procedure of it?
- The first step is to get an understanding of the site by taking pictures and checking the services
- The second step is to get a clear brief from the client
- Basis the first two steps, the next one is to quick zone the space, basis the activities for better utilization of space
- Merging the existing services with the proposed ones, in terms of personnel and furnishing, for a complete design plan
While test fit may seem like a planned alien, in reality, it is not. Just like you would go for a test drive before actually purchasing a car, this is where you as a client would be advised to go for a test fit before you invest in a property for further expansion.
Even if it may look like you are too much of a novice to take the actual plunge, there are a bevy of experts on Mansionly, such as Megha, who will guide you through the process, without leaving a single frown on your face and a dent on your pocket.