Anytime we start something new we are going to have expectations. They could be good or bad. Depending on your outlook on the project.

What we have to do as architects is not only take our expectations into account but take those of our clients into account.

They’re going to have opinions and a set vision in their mind for how the project is going to go. They might have a finished image in their mind. But, as we know from experience, the initial idea will evolve and change.

This creates a disconnect between our expectation and reality. The vision or idea your client had might fall apart. That could ultimately be a good or bad thing.

Have you ever had your heart set on something. You knew something was going to be a certain way. Then when you found out it couldn’t because of some reason or another you were disappointed. This will happen with your clients.

They have a vision from either looking on the web or in magazines at home renovations. They get fixated. This can either become a reality for them or it can’t.

There might be restrictions that force it to change. A limited budget or the lack of available space. There are a number of reasons our expectations could be lowered.

You as the Architect need to elevate and create new expectations. Take the current idea that’s not feasible and shift it into an idea that works. Something unique to your client’s situation.

Do this in a way that doesn’t shatter your clients expectations but rather evolves them into new ideas and excitement.

On your next project, try to understand what expectations your client has. How can you meet or exceed those expectations. Be sure to express what it is you’re expecting as well. It boils down to communication.