The architectural design process is unique for each project and each client, but there are similar themes that run through it. Initial discussions and early communication may be very broad in scope. Learning about your unique goals, visiting your property to experience its qualities, and getting to know a little bit about you are key to a successful project.
Predesign is a time to collect information that will be relevant to the design process. Subdivision design guidelines or local development regulations need to be understood early on. We begin to delve into your specific needs during the programming phase as we create a list of the rooms and spaces and their approximate sizes that we’ll be working with.
Schematic design is when the creative and collaborative process really takes off. There is lots of engagement and involvement as we work together to consider many options. We use various visualization methods, such as simple 3D modeling, to analyze and refine the work. Together, we fine-tune the primary direction for your project.
Construction documents are the nuts and bolts of how your house will be built. We engage with other subcontracted design team members, such as civil and structural engineers. The final outcome is a comprehensive road map to build your home.
Then it’s off to the permitting phase. While some preliminary permitting may have occurred earlier, this is when the plans are submitted and approvals are sought so you can make your dream a reality!
It is my sincere hope that you feel you are a key player in the design process and that you designed your home with my help, expertise, and guidance.
“If you want to be a good Architect, study everything but Architecture.”University of Idaho Graduate Program Instructor