HOW DO I GET STARTED?
The design process should be an enjoyable and unforgettable experience for clients. Bring only your imagination and a willingness to communicate your dreams and desires for your home. I ask clients to bring in a few clippings and photos from a favorite magazines, or pictures of details and images that appeal to you. All I need are a few to establish the “feel” and the “flavor” of what you like.
I encourage my clients to avoid looking at ‘homeplan’ books. Why? Because communicating by looking at floor plans and finished renderings of someone else’s house simply skips many of the essential steps required to communicate your lifestyle. In my process, I focus on how you live.
THE DESIGN PROGRAM QUESTIONNAIRE:
Over the years, I’ve developed a unique design program that helps clients think about and communicate their lifestyle. The process involves an extensive individual questionnaire that is completed by each person (i.e. husband and wife) involved in the project. This questionnaire is not shared between the two. This allows each client to individually communicate what is important to them. These elements are incorporated into the design of the residence. Invariably, this process brings some great laughs and helps to focus on a client’s actual lifestyle…not just the rooms or plans.
THE PRELIMINARY DESIGN:
Next, you will see artistic sketches of what your home will look like and how it will function. I start with hand-sketched floor plans and rough exterior drawings. From there, the plans continue to be refined until we arrive at a design that fits. Remember, you are in control of this process. At the end of this phase, we have a set of scaled preliminary drawings that consist of floor plans and exterior elevations.
THE CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS:
These are the drawings that show your builder the dimensions and custom details needed to construct your home or renovation. After we are finished with this phase, your builder and their team of craftsmen take over and make your new home or renovation a reality. We are always available for questions related to the design and details for your new home or renovation.