We encourage our clients to begin design early and spend plenty of time in between design meetings to consider the concepts – to “live in the design.”
Contemporary, cottage, craftsman, French provincial – these terms may mean different things to you than to your architect. The best way to communicate is with photographs. We encourage you to create a scrapbook of photos that appeal to you. Organize it by room – exterior, kitchen, master bathroom, etc. The more prepared and organized you are, the better your architect will understand your goals for your new home. Create a wishlist, room by room. Include features, your plans for using the room, special pieces of furniture you intend to bring to the space and anything else that will help the team understand your vision.
These hand-drawn, sketchy, artistic translations are fun to look at and even more fun to play with. They capture the initial statement of a lifestyle quickly and inexpensively. Every architect has his or her own process, but most will present hand-drawn, loose concepts at the first design review.
Budget at conceptual design stage
At this early stage, it’s too early to solicit actual bids from subcontractors. Instead, we target the budget by identifying an expected cost per square foot. We determine this cost based on our experience and our conversations regarding your home’s amenities, finishes and features.
After perfecting the conceptual design, the architect proceeds to CAD drawings. Eventually a “bid set” of drawings is provided that can be bid on by subcontractors. Once we reach this point, we pause the design process to prepare a formal budget, making sure we’re on track with your budget expectations.