HOW THE PROCESS WORKS
Documenting Existing Conditions
All projects begin with a brainstorming session where ideas are thrown out for what goals we want to achieve through the design process. This is called a program, a written document outlining the goals and objectives. Once the program is agreed upon, a phase of documenting the existing conditions begins. If the project is on an empty lot, a survey must be found or preformed. Site orientation and views must be considered as well as existing vegetation and other features that might be important to the design will be documented.
If the project is a remodel, the existing structure must be fully documented and measured. Views, orientation and existing vegetation must be considered. If the remodel requires an addition, a survey will be required.
Once the existing conditions are documented the design phase begins. Schematic design is the process of exploring as many options and ideas as we all can think of. At this phase, we encourage the removal of rules and constraints such as land availability, budget and existing conditions that might otherwise limit the creativity. Don’t worry you will be reeled back in before the end of the process and such constraints will limit our options, but we believe firmly that the process becomes limited if the exploration of design solutions is bound too early. Quite often the process reveals ideas not previously explored or thought of.
A series of sketches will be generated during
this process, and meeting with the designer and
customer will help define the parameters of the
A series of sketches will be generated during this process, and meeting with the designer and customer will help define the parameters of the project.