Our new clients had gathered information about inns and registered the aspects they wished to replicate on their project. They also made sketches and drafts to explain their ideas.
When someone wants to build with scarce resources they often reflect: how hard can it be to build a room with a bathroom?
It really isn’t hard, we all know the use and requirements of such spaces. But an inn is a space where a group of strangers will dwell for some time sharing their daily routines, while expecting a high level of satisfaction in habitat quality. Thus relationships between rooms, public spaces outdoors and circulation needs methodical planning. The room wings should have ventilation adequate for the high temperatures and frequent energy shortages, but also fine views, if possible.
Inns and small hotels can have varied standards with simple or complex area programs. Many questions must be answered before designing it. Will the manager have living quarters on the premises? Will it include vehicle parking for guests? Nearby places provide food or our facilities are the only dinner on the area? Are there reliable electricity and water services?
The climate factors with heavy rainfall, are issues the inexperienced constructors tend to forget or minimize. The alteration produced on the natural drain system by the building structures might create risk factors.
Circulation is another factor of design quality that might be overlooked. The relationship between use blocks must be efficient so that different families going through their daily routines (meals, recreation, rest, etc.) must not disturb one another. If supplies are far from the kitchen staff will need to carry loads through gardens or halls hindering cleaning and creating congestion.
If utility areas (water pumps, heating, engines, filters, etc.) are not planned before construction, they will invade open space with low quality buildings that will disrupt the environment and probably will end up costing much more.
It is possible that beginner constructors will not follow exactly after the layouts prepared by the architect. Changes are frequent during construction. But taking the path of planning along with professional skill, should help them define a vision and develop a project to maturity. The process enables economic decisions, avoids costly building corrections allowing better use of available resources in terms of time and money.