Our approach to the design process is the expression of dialog between the client and architect: a willingness to explore possibilities and create a collaborative experience. This is true whether it be a new house or an addition and renovation. Our attention to detail along with careful listening, assures that you are not a guest in our house. Our goal is to have a collaborative process that produces one of a kind results for each client. The design process is broken into several phases. They are:
Programming: This is the time when we interview our clients to learn what their wants are, their desires are and what they envision. Simply put, this is their wish list. Asking the right questions and frequent communication are an important part of this phase. What size house do they want? How many rooms? How do they see the flow of the house working to fit their lifestyle requirements? This knowledge informs the design process and assists us in prioritizing how rooms relate to each other and, their views out into the landscape. With this information we transform the clients’ ideas and expectations into a cohesive vision.
Site Analysis: Understanding and studying the site is the first part of schematic design. A meaningful part of what we do is seamlessly integrating the house to the site or in the case of additions, we carefully integrate the new with the old and respect the existing site conditions. We analyze all facets of a property and devise a Master Plan. This plan looks at the driveway progression, the views from the approach, the path of the sun, the views from each room and the natural topography of the site. This is also the time when some technical issues are addressed regarding local ordinances including zoning, setbacks and impervious regulations.
Schematic Design: In this phase we investigate and present different design options based on earlier conversations. Recognizing there is never one solution, we present clients with several choices guided by their program requirements. These simplified representations of spaces help give a clear visual explanation of how each room relates to one another and to the outdoor spaces.
Design Development: We begin to develop a selected concept with more specifics to yield more detailed plans and elevations. This is an essential time where the exchange of ideas between client and architect refines each space to meet expectations and needs. We move from broad generalizations to more specific details on the use and design of each space. This is the phase where the house becomes unique to each client.
Construction Documents: Creating the construction documents is the most time-consuming phase of the design process. Construction documents are the instruction manual for the contractor, outlining and detailing every aspect of the project. Once complete, there will be finalized technical drawings required for building and permitting that specify the quality of materials, types of systems, and other building components for construction.