The intent here is to assist you, the client, to understand just what in general terms that process  means to me. For you, essentially a "Working with an Architect" to design a building discussion.

For every project there is essentially the same Design Process. The building type varies, the property aspects are different, the client has varying tastes and the Architect his own style.  Yet no matter the end result (which can be wildly different) the path to get there is similar. 

The Design Process

1a. My Wish List

First Floor Requirements

Chef's Kitchen with commercial grade appliances, an island to sit around and an informal dining space
Formal Dining Room to seat at least 12 people. We also need place for our other Dining Room furniture
It should look something like this. This is an abbreviated example.
Great Room with stone fireplace - 18' x 20'
Study/Library with lots of natural light and plenty of book shelves as we have many, many books
4 Car Garage. Could be 2-2 car garages if that works better. We also need lots of storage for bikes, etc.
Gather up pictures and images of things you like from whatever sources you choose. Keep these to the point. Sometimes too much information and too many choices is not a positive thing.

1. These are some of the things we'd love to have in our home

2 and 3. Topographic survey of the lot
8. Survey/Site Plan with the house shown on the lot
4. Preliminary First Floor Plan
4. Preliminary Second Floor Plan
4. Preliminary Front Elevation
4. Alternate Preliminary Front Elevation
4. Preliminary Rear Elevation
5. Design Development First Floor Plan

You've decided you want to build a new home. You've found a lot you really like and you have some ideas as to just how you want a house to fit and enhance your lifestyle. What is the next step? That's the focus of this page. The topic is just how an architect will guide you though the design process and develop plans and drawings such that you get your ideal home on paper so you can approve the designs, achieve completion of construction drawings, get your project bid (priced) and obtain a permit so you can get the wonderful process of building and realizing your dream home in motion.                                  

5. Design Development Second Floor Plan
Check your closing papers to see if you might already have this. If not, a surveyor should be engaged to create the survey for you.

4. Preliminary Design Drawings

The architect's job at this stage is to organize your Wish List and analize the site in order to create the first round of drawings. The drawings below are representative of this phase. We will meet to discuss the designs. Several iterations may be required to reach a final design.

5. Design Development Drawings

This phase of the drawings begins with the approved Preliminary Design and further develops the project. The number of drawings is expanded to include things like a roof plan, a basement plan, electrical and plumbing and a site plan with the house located on the lot. A budget should also be determined at this point. The architect and the builder (if selected) will help with this task.
5. Design Development Site/Roof Plan
5. Design Development Elevations of all sides
 The building footprint and square footages will also be determined in this phase. Exterior and interior materials will be discussed and selected if feasible. The selection of an interior designer and landscaper should also take place in order to fill out the design team. If you have decided on a builder you may want him them to do a preliminary quote as well. This is a good time to determine if we're staying on budget before the drawings are 100%.

7. Construction/Bid Drawings

We'll begin this phase with the completed and approved Design Development Drawings. Prior to starting the Construction/Bid Drawings we will give you the drawings to take with you to do your final review and provide us with your written approval.  Changes thereafter will be an additional charge.
7. Construction Drawings First Floor Plan
7. Construction Drawings Elevations
7. Construction Drawings Details
7. Construction Drawings Rear Elevation
The Construction Drawings will be submitted for the necessary building permits. Once obtained, the construction of your new home can begin. Now, because we paid proper attention into creating quality drawings the construction should go smoothly with no unexpected surprises. Minimizing or maybe even eliminating additonal expense is our goal.
If you have elected to do so, we will provide you with a 3D fully rendered model of your new home. There is no better way to understand just what your home will be when everything is completed.

The Design Process Steps

1. Pre-Design meeting where we can meet and talk in general about your home and I can tell you about myself and my practice - please bring your wish list and photos with you. We'll discuss your budget.
2. Walk the Site with you to understand the land
3. Obtain or order a topographic land survey
4. Preliminary Design Drawings and client approval
5. Design Development Drawings
8. Engineered Site Plan will be co-ordinated with our  work. Engage Landscape Architect if required.
9. Submit the plans to the building department for approvals as well as to builders for bids

1b. My Budget

We have set a budget of $200 per sq ft. for the house only. We own the lot outright and will handle the landscaping, drives, walks and walls separately.

want these windows

love the prairie style

like cabinet color

chimney is wonderful

what a staircase!

6. Meeting to discuss the developed designs. These  drawings include plans,  exteriors and details

These steps are discussed and illustrated below

3-dimensional photorealistic renderings

7. Construction and Permit Drawings will be    completed from the approved Development drawings