Starting Design

This picture was taken on the first day of design working with a new client on her future home.  Prior to this day she had homework to do in preparation and we ordered a site plan of the lot showing the topography, native plants & other relevant data.  She has completed her homework; the Lifestyle Analysis which is an in depth questionnaire about her lifestyle, likes & dislikes.  She also brought lots of pictures; what she likes.

Great view of Pinnacle that we will capture.

We were fortunate that this first day of meetings was a few weeks ago when the weather was in the 80’s; and we were able to hold in on the site.  Because the weather was so nice we spent several hours discussing the conceptual plan that we will be developing, the orientation of the house on the lot while enjoying blueberry muffins and iced cappuccinos.  This lot has great views of Black Mountain and Pinnacle Peak Mountain both of which we will be able to capture views of.  It also has some significant boulders and rock outcroppings that are both an opportunity and a challenge.  This is the optimal way to begin design – actually discussing ideas onsite.  We went back later after dark and discovered there is a significant lighting issue from another property; this is valuable information.  Knowing that; now we can design it out of being a problem.

The first meeting; considering opportunities

The first meeting; considering opportunities

After this meeting the next step is to assemble the information that she provided and create a hand drawn 1/8” floor plan and elevation (exteriors) for the client to review.  Usually there will me a few minor adjustments.  The objective is to create a conceptual design & budget to make sure that everything is on track.  This may take a few weeks depending on the client.  After we get it right for the client all of the drawings then go to CAD as the beginning of the construction plans.  At the completion of this we are usually ready for the concept review by the design review panel in most of the neighborhoods we design & build in.

Conceptual drawings – the beginning.

Conceptual drawings – the beginning.

Our program is designed to translate the clients “dream home” in their imagination to their new home.  All of it is about doing what matters for our clients.