design process

Where Do We Start?

We begin with a conversation about your needs, aspirations and desires, and look at the site and budget limitations. You may already have a plan, or you may come armed only with a vision, an idea expressed in words or with pictures from a magazine. We sketch ideas, talk some more, and develop strategies as a concept emerges. We walk the land, if it's a new home. If it's an addition or a remodel, we measure and photograph.


Schematic Design

Strategies become a design. A draft plan and a computer model take shape. Each time we meet, the vision becomes clearer and more defined: massing, balance, harmony, and proportion; windows and views; light in space; performance, firmness, and delight.

We explore the three-dimensional computer model with walkthroughs and flyovers, so that you know your home intimately before it's built. And, of course, we print scaled plans so you can check that your furniture fits.


Bid Drawings

The computer model is translated into printed plans, sections, and elevations, all carefully annotated with information specific to the project so the contractor can prepare accurate bids. The drawings are printed up in bound sets and distributed to subcontractors and suppliers.

You get a set too - it's your road map as you visit plumbing & lighting suppliers, carpet and tile stores.

A successful construction contract is all about good communication, expressed in drawings, specifications (or descriptions of materials), fixed bids, allowances, and terms and conditions. Your contractor is to be responsible for handling and dispensing your hard-earned financial resources. Trust must play a part, but trust must be backed by a solid and clear understanding of the particulars. Choose a contractor the same way you choose other professional services - always checking references & don't shop on price alone.

At Last - Construction!

With the contract and financing in place, it's time for construction to start, and for the designer to take a back seat. But we're still on hand, and on call, to answer questions, to issue drawing updates if needed, and to facilitate a smooth completion of the project. There's still a long way to go, but if we've done our job well, the only surprises along the way should be pleasant ones.